FootJoy Flex Shoe

In this review Technical editor Joel Tadman puts FootJoy's Flex shoes through their paces.

FootJoy Flex Shoe Review
Golf Monthly Verdict

We found ourselves wearing Flex almost as much away from the course, given the smarter look of the darker colourways. When you consider the comfort, styling, versatility and value for money, we’re confident you’ll be impressed with the FJ Flex experience. If they were waterproof, they’d be pushing a five-star rating.

Reasons to buy
  • +

    Modern, appealing styling and exceptional comfort with surprisingly effective grip.

Reasons to avoid
  • -

    Not waterproof. Mesh upper is a little difficult to keep clean.

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FootJoy Flex Shoe Review - Technical editor Joel Tadman puts FootJoy's Flex shoes through their paces out on the course.

FootJoy Flex Shoe Review

We are seeing a trend towards lightweight, athletic summer golf shoes and the FootJoy Flex might just be the best of the bunch.

Ideal for a quick nine holes after work or some practice time, it combines a host of appealing features. The styling is right on point – the two-tone mesh upper and subtle details mean this shoe will go with multiple outfits in any of the three colours you may opt for.

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Key Technology

  • The Versa-Trax outsole is engineered with traction elements –perfect for on-course performance with wear-to-the-course versatility.
  • Flex offers a full rounded toe with a standard fit across the forefoot and instep. A toe spring and a slightly narrow heel complete the design.
  • The lightweight mesh upper delivers comfort and breathability, helped by the soft EVA midsole underfoot.


Performance In the dry conditions it’s designed for, the grip was surprisingly effective. There’s also an element of lateral stability to provide some support and control on tee shots.

It’s certainly a wider-fitting shoe than most other FJ models, especially around the midfoot, so be sure to try before you buy. Once laced up, it feels smooth and soft all around, particularly under foot and around the ankle.

Comfort is unquestionably the stand-out feature – you could walk 18 holes and wear the shoes in the clubhouse and then home without feeling the need to take them off.

The fact it’s not a waterproof model will put some people off, but we see many golfers opting for Flex as a second shoe for summer given the lower price point, working in conjunction with a higher performance, waterproof pair for competitive rounds or when the weather forecast is iffy. Flex does this job perfectly and it comes in three colours so you can match them to your favourite summer outfit.

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Joel Tadman
Deputy Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 14 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all equipment and video content 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 or viewer find exactly what they are looking for. 

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 2.8.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9°, Fujikura Ventus Black 6 S shaft.

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Titleist T150, 4-PW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM10, 50°, 54° and 58°

Putter: LAB Golf DF3 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x