Nobull Matryx Shoes Review

In this Nobull Matryx shoes review, Mike Harris discusses the brand's product plans - and offers his verdict on its debut golf shoe

Nobull Matryx Shoes Review
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Golf Monthly Verdict

For anyone looking for something different when it comes to golf shoes – but wants the reassurance that the footwear is made from a genuine performance sports brand – the Nobull Matryx shoe offers plenty of appeal with this athletic trainer-style design, which is lightweight and extremely comfortable.

Reasons to buy
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    Distinctive styling and niche cool brand will help you to stand out from the crowd

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    Lightweight and comfortable

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    Durable Matryx fabric

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    On and off course appeal

Reasons to avoid
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    Not fully waterproof

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    Not as much grip as some other spikeless shoes in wet and muddy conditions

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    White colourway will get dirty

Nobull was founded in 2015 by Reebok veterans Marcus Wilson and Michael Schaeffer, and it has become the dominant brand in CrossFit. It’s the title sponsor of the CrossFit Games – which is like the Olympics for the sport – and has been expanding its offering into running, cycling and swimming and more recently golf. As someone who has really got into CrossFit over the past 12 months, I can vouch for the fact that the brand’s shoes and training wear are extremely popular among fellow CrossFitters!

American professional, Scott Stallings, is the current face of Nobull on the PGA Tour but don’t be surprised to see more players follow, as the brand’s vision is to create more high performance premium products for golf. Just recently, Nobull was announced as the official training apparel and footwear of the PGA Tour. The big question is, what did we make of its debut golf shoe?

Let’s start with the style. This is a very athletic, sporty, trainer-like shoe. The upper features a seamless one-piece construction of Matryx, a hardwearing and breathable material, which is water resistant, but not waterproof. This textured material offers a very distinctive look, as does the reflective Nobull logo branding on the side which is a style that’s common across a lot of the brand’s footwear. This may be a bit too prominent for some, but others will really like it – and I’m one of those. Yes it’s eye-catching, but, for me, in a good way. 

I’ve been wearing the white shoes, which I’d probably say are made more for dry summer conditions. The Matryx material is easier to clean than I thought it would be but in the long run I do fear for the ability to keep them looking pristine. It’s the same for any white shoes but more so for any model with textured material. There are two other colours you can choose from: black and slate. Both, I would say, are more year-round colours.

Nobull Matryx Shoes Review

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How about the comfort levels? It’s a big tick. The internal collar padding provided plenty of comfort and cushioning. In terms of support, there was plenty on offer but my feeling is that the Matryx shoes will perform best in summer or dry conditions. The ‘nubs’ on the sole produced decent traction, but on wet and muddy days – the type you tend to experience more in the UK – they do not offer quite the same level of grip some of the other spikeless shoes on the market.

Nobull Matryx Shoes Review

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However, there's no doubt about it, this is an impressive debut golf shoe. Nobull’s golf apparel and footwear ranges are likely to be expanded in 2022, and we’re excited to see how the range will evolve. If you want to buy a golf shoe by a golf brand, there are loads of options out there. However, if you want something different, a shoe that says 'more than just a golfer', this is very much Nobull’s space. 

 

Mike Harris
Mike Harris

Mike has been a journalist all his working life, starting out as a football writer with Goal magazine in the 1990s before moving into men’s and women’s lifestyle magazines including Men's Health, In 2003 he joined Golf Monthly and in 2006 he became only the eighth editor in Golf Monthly’s 100-plus year history. His two main passions in golf are courses, having played over 400 courses worldwide, and shoes; he owns over 40 pairs.

Mike’s handicap index hovers at around 10 and he is a member of four clubs: Hartley Wintney, Royal Liverpool, Royal North Devon and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews.