Adidas Adicross Retro Golf Shoes

Elliott Heath tests out adidas' spikeless Adicross Retro golf shoes to see how they perform out on the golf course...

Adidas Adicross Retro Golf Shoes
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A fantastic-looking golf shoe that is comfortable to wear and versatile. Very good value for money at £75.

Reasons to buy
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    Extremely comfortable, versatile and very decent value for money.

Reasons to avoid
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    May not offer the best grip in the winter months. Styling may put some off.

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Elliott Heath tests out adidas' spikeless Adicross Retro golf shoes to see how they perform out on the golf course...

Adidas Adicross Retro Golf Shoes

The adidas Adicross Retro shoe is just what it says on the tin, a retro take on a modern day golf shoe that many will think looks fantastic.

We are certainly in that camp, with the shoe looking like a timeless classic that performs as a golf shoe as well as a street trainer too - that's why we included it in our 2021 Editor's Choice list.

It's a leather shoe with water-repellent qualities, meaning it should keep your feet dry in most conditions and is easy to clean after your rounds.

The spikeless outsole features the brand's Traxion outsole tread, which offered us absolutely fine grip on dry days.

We have noticed with adidas' Boost Technology that it can be more difficult to clean but the Retro doesn't make use of Boost and is therefore a breeze to wipe clean after 18 holes.

Without the superb aforementioned Boost cushioning featured in some of adidas' other shoes, you may think that it's a hard wear and perhaps not the most comfortable.

However, it really surprised us here and we found it to be perhaps even softer than a Boost shoe, with it feeling exceptionally comfortable out on the course.

It's certainly more comfortable on the grass as oppose to hard ground, so don't wear it when out jogging on the streets.

We experienced no blisters or any pain to the feet after the round, and part of that is down to us getting the correct size.

As always with adidas shoes we'd recommend going up a half or a full size to get your perfect fit.

The Retro is extremely comfortable and, if you love the styling as much as we do, we think you'll get an awful lot of wear out of it down the pub or for general trainer use.

Adidas Adicross Retro Golf Shoes

It's seriously versatile and well worth its modest £75 price tag, coming in at half the price of some of adidas' and the industry's most premium golf shoes.

After a few wears we did notice a slight scuff on the leather, which was beginning to fold in as many leather shoes do.

We'd recommend taking care of them with some leather cream and whitener and using shoe trees to keep them stretched out when not being worn.

Related: How to clean golf shoes - our step by step guide

The Retro feels like a quality product, it performs just as you would hope on the golf course, can easily be worn off of it.

We also love the styling and how easy it is to clean.

It might not offer industry-leading grip or be to everyone's taste but there's certainly a market for it.

It's also not the highest shoe so you may feel slightly lower to the ground than usual, but we didn't find that an issue and, as mentioned previously, the level of comfort was surprisingly brilliant.

You might not favour it through the wet and boggy winter months, but for a summer or fair-weather shoe it is perfect.

If you like the look of the Retro and are seeking a comfortable, versatile, spikeless option, then we think you'll be a big fan.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: TaylorMade TP5x