FootJoy’s new Stratos shoe, which goes on sale on December 4, promises to offer the ultimate in on- and off-course comfort.
Key to achieving high levels of all-round comfort is an all-new cushioning material called StratoFoam, a proprietary foam blend which absorbs shock for maximum cushioning and energy return, and provides optimal support while swinging and walking.
The uppers are made from soft, premium NappaLuxe leather supplied by Pittards of England, utilising a proprietary tanning process to achieve a luxurious, supple feel. They also feature an athletic design with an integrated tongue and a reinforced heel for greater stability.
The all-new VersaTrax+ outsole is designed to provide improved grip through a channelled tread pattern that not only minimises grass and mud gathering on the outsole, but also features non-linear nubs so that shoe is always able to find the next traction element to catch onto the ground.
The new outsole configuration also features different hardness of materials to provide enhanced grip any surface – a harder TPU for on-course grip and a softer TPU for traction on firmer surfaces, making it ideal for wearing on and off the golf course. The FJ Stratos was recently named as the ‘best-in-class’ shoe in Cornell University’s recent turf grass/green friendliness testing.
Richard Fryer, FJ’s Director of Product Management, said: “A golf shoe needs to connect your foot to the surface that you’re playing on, but the clear feedback from our target consumer is that it also needs to provide exceptional comfort. Our game-changing StratoFoam midsole was designed specifically for golf, providing cloud-like comfort while absorbing and returning the most energy, which results in less foot fatigue after a round. Combined with the revolutionary VersaTrax+ outsole, the FJ Stratos delivers the best combination of uncompromising on-course traction with genuine off-course versatility and ultimate comfort.”
Offered in four colour options for men (white, grey, navy and cognac) and two for women (blue/green or silver), the FJ Stratos comes with a 12-month waterproof warranty and has an RRP of £159.99.