G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe Review

Joel Tadman takes the latest spiked shoe from G/FORE out for a spin to see what golfers can expect

G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

A premium golf shoe that combines a traditional look with athletic performance and comfort, the Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle is a highly-impressive shoe that will appeal to a broad audience.

Reasons to buy
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    Premium, stylish, versatile design

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    Ample comfort and rebound

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    Excellent grip

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    Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid
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    Come up on the big side

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The crossover style between traditional and sporty in the golf shoe world (think FootJoy Traditions) is undoubtedly growing in popularity, but this latest offering from G/FORE might just be the best of the bunch. The Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle shoe follows on from the Gallivan2r shoe and combines a sophisticated waterproof TPU upper design with a springy midsole and cleated outsole, so you get a smart look and grippy performance without the weight. I tested these shoes over multiple rounds and have to say there was very little to dislike.

G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe rear detail

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The first impressions out of the box were very good. This is clearly a very well-made golf shoe and the all white with a hint of grey means the look is versatile and can go with pretty much any outfit choice, including shorts. There is also an option with a black upper and white midsole which also looks super smart. I love the detailing on the upper, the subtle pops of color on the bottom eyelets and the more in-your-face color sections on the outsole that catch your playing partner’s eye as you hold the finish on a perfect shot. 

Slide your feet in for the first time (the heel design makes it easy to do this pretty much hands free) and the bumpiness of the massaging insole at first feels strange, but once you take your first steps you understand completely why it is there. I’ve always worn a size 10 in G/FORE and while these did come up a smidge on the big side, the overall shape and fitted my feet nicely.

G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe outsole

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The lightweight design was really noticeable and these shoes struck the perfect balance underfoot. There was enough give so that they didn’t feel firm or harsh, but they are by no means soft or squidgy - placing them among the most comfortable golf shoes for those that have cleats. To the point that they provided some bounce in your step, which really came in handy towards the end of a 36-hole day I tried them on during a recent trip to Wales.

The outsole has 10 Tour Flex Pro SoftSpikes cleats, arguably the best cleat design of anything out there in the market right now, which provide a really secure footing no matter how hard you’re swinging or the lie you’re stood on. The flex channels on the sole aren’t obvious, but walking comfort certainly hasn’t been compromised here. This isn’t the most stable or supportive shoe you’ll try in 2024, but the locked in feel from the heel counter certainly helps and there’s enough rigidity to ensure you’re able to harness whatever power you’re able to generate through the ground and into your club.

G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe in action

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While G/FORE’s shoes unquestionably tick the boxes for style and visual appeal, performance or comfort hasn’t been sacrificed with the Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle shoe. This is one of the best spiked golf shoes I've tried in recent times and while the premium price of £160 may deter some, the complete package on offer here ensures there is value to be had. These shoes have become my go-to pair for an important round and thus far, they have delivered in spades - on any bad round I’ve had, the shoes haven’t been to blame!

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