Adidas Codechaos Shoe Review

Our verdict on the eye-catching Codechaos shoe from Adidas

Adidas Codechaos Shoe Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

The styling will divide opinion but it has really grown on us and we really enjoyed the performance this shoe offers. It is a sporty, athletic golf shoe that delivers excellent comfort and grip - there is some very good value for money on offer here if you want to try something a bit different.

Reasons to buy
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    Super comfy and provides excellent grip in different lies and ground conditions

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    Lots of performance for the price

Reasons to avoid
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    Lucid colours won't be for everyone

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    Certain sections more difficult to keep clean than others

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Adidas Codechaos Shoe Review

Unquestionably one of the best golf shoes when it first launched in 2020, the Adidas Codechaos is still turning heads in 2022. As the name suggests, the shoe was deliberately designed to be unlike anything else on the shelf and really reset the bar as to what a golf shoe could look like. But we wanted to find out if there is some substance behind the unorthodox style. 

Visually there’s a lot going on but it is actually quite a clever design from adidas. The upper is made of a multi layer mesh, making it lightweight, flexible and breathable. It also has a thin film on top that provides waterproof protection, durability and it repels water and debris so it doesn’t stain and is easy to clean.

Full length Boost cushioning features across the entire midsole, creating energy rebound and putting a spring in your step. You'll also notice how the rubber wraps over from the outsole in three key areas to limits the Boost's expansion here for added support.

The Twist grip outsole was developed by evaluating heat maps in swing studies, specifically focused on the way golfers distribute and shift their weight throughout the swing. The blue section it a TPU insert with special lugs that vary in height and have lots of different angles for maximum grip. The spikeless design of Codechaos means you also get the to-and-from-course versatility, making it one of the best spikeless shoes currently on the market. 


Golfers will really enjoy the soft, spongy feeling underfoot when you first slip Codechaos on. It definitely has a trainer-like fit and feel - light and mobile with stability where you need it. The outsole feels a little thin but we can't fault the grip on offer. It provided stable footing from a variety of different lies and the wet ground conditions didn't seem to make a difference.

Dirt comes off the upper easily although the Boost sections and material strip at the back are more difficult to keep clean. Codechaos also comes in garish Hi-Top Boa option with a hydrophobic stretch knit collar with slip on style as well as a lighter sport version. There is a choice of safer colour options should you want a slightly more traditional look.

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Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 86 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x