There is a lot of cool gear in the golf world that doesn’t always fit into Most Wanted Tests or Buyer’s Guides. You still want to know how it performs. In our We Tried It series, we put gear to the test and let you know if it works as advertised.
What We Tried
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Dave Wolfe– Though I talk mostly about putters, I also have feet so wide that they would spill over the edges of Clementine’s herring boxes, without topses.
Welcome to Dave’s Stout Shoe Search
Some of you are decidedly average, at least in terms of shape. Don’t feel bad about that—apparel companies love you! You and your average cohort are the money-making target market. They make gear for the majority. If your body plan hits the middle of the bell curve, you’ll have all kinds of choices when to comes to golf gear, be it hats, jackets or shoes.
Those of us who ride the edges of the size curve rarely experience the same breadth of choices. Case in point: my wide feet. Finding golf shoes that truly fit my feet is a chore at best. I may have understated the challenge. Finding shoes that fit usually proves impossible.
Again, some of you have never had to deal with an abundance of girth. Let me explain the issue. Most shoes are built in that average width-to-length sweet spot. For the wide-footed folk, this often equates to needing to go up a size to accommodate a foot’s width. Seems simple but that plan frequently fails. A shoe that finally fits in width is likely too long to be comfortable or functional.
But what about shoes that come in wide sizes?
Yes, golf shoes do come in wide sizes. Problem solved! For those living the straight and narrow, this seems like the simplest of fixes. The problem is that, much like shaft flex, the term “wide” lacks an industry standard. We’ve all experienced this with shoe sizes and brands. Some brands run small, others large.
Ultimately, this means we of the wide need to try on every shoe, usually plus or minus a size as well.
It’s an exhausting endeavor. I have tried to find golf shoes by ordering multiples using Amazon’s Wardrobe system. The Prime boxes were comically expansive. As per usual, nothing fit and the lot was returned to Mr. Bezos.
Which brings us to my new project. The working title is “Dave’s Fat Foot Follies.” My plan is to run as many pairs as possible of the allegedly “wide” golf shoes through their paces (literally). Hopefully, I can uncover some ample kicks that we can slide our flippers into comfortably.
The first pair I’m exploring is the adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes.
adidas S2G BOA Wide Spikeless Golf Shoes: Features
- Wide fit
- Micro-adjustable dial-based BOA® Fit System
- Waterproof upper
- Slow resilient sock liner
- Bounce midsole
- adiwear outsole with V-Traxion
- Upper contains a minimum of 50% recycled content.
- Colors: White/gray or black/blue
- MSRP: $110
adidas S2G BOA Wide Spikeless Golf Shoes: Fit
Let’s get right to the core issue. Do the adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes fit as advertised? I went with my standard size 11 and didn’t need to select the “wide” option as this shoe only comes that way. Having “wide” in the name is what drew me to the shoe. Obviously, if a shoe is marketed as wide, it will be wide, right?
If you don’t have a wide foot, adidas also makes a standard width version of the S2G.
Once the BOA was released, I was greeted with a huge opening for my foot. The top of the adidas S2G BOA Wide shoe opens like a hatch. Score one point for adidas as this shoe required no foot cramming at insertion. The only downside to this design is that the tongue is not attached at the top and it can be an issue getting the layers aligned when securing the shoe.
The BOA closure system was interesting as this one features the Dyneema fiber as “laces” rather than wire. My previous BOA shoes all had the wire.
Back to the fit. They were initially tight across the front but all shoes are for me. That said, they were not so tight that they were uncomfortable. After wearing them around the house for a while, I decided the fit was close enough to go and try them on the golf course.
adidas S2G BOA Wide Spikeless Golf Shoes: On the Course
The fact that the adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes made to the golf course is a big deal. Most shoes never make it that far. With my feet, golf shoes are more likely to experience Return to Sender than I’m Gonna Send It.
There are a couple of design issues that often come up with wide golf shoes on the course. The first is lacing width. If you look at the top of your foot and see mostly laces, that is typically going to be a problem. You see, you need to have shoe, not laces, at the top edges of your instep if the shoe is going to be stable. If the gap between the sides of the shoe is too large, your foot will not stay put inside it.
I was Code Yellow on the adidas S2G BOA Wide lace spacing. It was on the edge of too wide but the BOA system seemed quite adept at stabilizing the top of the shoe.
“Upper overhang” is a common problem with wide golf shoes. Sometimes companies will place a wide upper on a standard width sole. Seriously, who thought this was a viable design? This type of construction leads to muffin topping around the edges of the shoe. This is a disaster in terms of stability and support, two things that are vitally important in golf shoes.
adidas got this part right, as the wide upper is married to a wide sole. The edges of my foot rest on the bottom of the shoe rather than hanging over the edges of it.
On The Grass
As far as being a golf shoe, the adidas S2G BOA Wide performed as needed. It was comfortable to walk in, with the comfort improving with subsequent rounds. Though not as structured as my gamer pair of adidas ZG21 BOA shoes, the adidas S2G BOA Wide kept my feet in place during the swings.
The only recurring issue was with the tongue and the non-wire BOA laces. The fit with this BOA system is seemingly not as secure as with the wire system. Nothing serious. Again, I played multiple rounds with the shoes. The adidas S2G BOA Wide BOA system requires more maintenance clicks than the wire BOA to keep the shoe tight.
Additionally, I wish that top edges of the shoe sat a little closer together when laced. Part of this is for overall stability but the other is to secure the tongue. The edges of the tongue sit too close to the edges of the shoe opening. This creates opportunities for tongue overlap on the top of the shoe. If the upper extended just a half inch more toward center, this would not be an issue.
adidas S2G BOA Wide: The Takeaway
All in all, the adidas S2G BOA Wide is a wide shoe worth checking out. Though not perfect, it is functional and comfortable. Though it’s too early to draw any conclusion about long-term durability, I will say the comfort has improved with use.
At about a hundred dollars, it’s a good deal as well. If this shoe fits your wide foot, buying a couple of back-up pairs won’t break the bank. If you’ve never considered buying back-up golf shoes, your foot is likely not that unusual in size.
Wide-landers know that if you find a shoe that fits, buy multiple pairs. I learned this lesson the hard way. The adidas S2G BOA Wide appeared on my radar because I was searching for another adidas golf shoe, the aforementioned ZG21 BOA. The ZG21 BOA and my feet had such a good thing going on that I decided to buy another pair. Unfortunately, they were out of stock everywhere. As I said, I learned this lesson the hard way.
The adidas S2G BOA Wide golf shoe is a good wide golf shoe. I do suggest you of the Clan Widefoot check it out. Unfortunately for me, I know this shoe is not “the one.” I’ll keep playing in it but my search for my forever wide golf shoe continues.
Naturally, I’m open to suggestions.
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