FootJoy Flex XP Shoe

Our verdict on FootJoy's lightweight, casual spikeless offering for 2020

FootJoy Flex XP shoe review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

Flex XP is the perfect golf shoe for a social round with friends or for golfers who prefer a trainer-like fit and feel.

Reasons to buy
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    Stylish, very comfortable and now provides waterproof protection, adding even more value for money.

Reasons to avoid
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    Lacks stability. Textured upper difficult to clean.

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We test one of FootJoy's new lightweight, casual spikeless offerings for 2020 - the Flex XP

FootJoy Flex XP Shoe Review

Key Technology - The Versa-Trax outsole features multi-dimensional, strategically-placed traction elements for on and off course wear. - A lightweight performance upper comes with a one-year waterproof warranty. - A high density Eva Fit-Bed and bootie-fit construction provides a sock-like fit and comfort.

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GM Review While last year’s Flex shoe was a stylish, versatile option at a very appealing price point, golfers today expect their shoes to be waterproof, especially in Europe’s changeable climates. So the Flex XP was created, providing that same comfort and casual styling of Flex, but with one year’s waterproof protection guaranteed.

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Trendy and versatile, the three colour choices available will go with any outfit and look the part off the course too. We’d also say it has quite a roomy fit, being quite wide in the mid-foot area, so be sure to try a pair on before buying to get the right size.

FootJoy has made a change to the look and feel of the upper - it has a more textured look and feel to it that is almost ribbed or a bumpy effect, which we think looks quite smart but does seem to make dirt more difficult to remove than if it was smooth.

We test one of FootJoy's new lightweight, casual spikeless offerings for 2020 - the Flex XP

The Flex XP maintains that light, soft and flexible overall feel that makes it the ideal summer shoe but that can now repel any early morning dew or an unforeseen rain shower, meaning you can wear them for more of the year.

There is an element of support too from the wider and thicker heel section but the spring in your step as you walk is arguably more noticeable.

Most other shoes in FootJoy’s spikeless range, like the Pro SL and Pro SL Carbon, will offer slightly better grip and support, but the rubber outsole on Flex XP provides an adequate footing for all but the worst of lies and wettest conditions.

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 87 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 3.3.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x