FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow Golf Shoe Review

FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow Golf Shoe Review

Part of FootJoy’s bestselling Premiere Series range, you’ll no doubt have seen many of the world’s top golf professionals wearing Tarlow golf shoes. Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Max Homa, Billy Horschel are four players who have worn the golf shoes in competition, so we decided to get our hands on a pair to test them out for ourselves. Here’s how they did it…

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First off, the Tarlow collection comes in three colors, an all white, all black and an illustrated cap toe design, all of which offer a traditional look. In short, it’s FootJoy’s modern take on the timeless toe cap design, crafted with natural grain leather in the vamp (the middle part of the upper above the foot) and quarter (the part back of the upper), completed with a coordinated croc print in the heel, toe and eyelets (lace area). This combination of traditional and modern is inspired by Bill and Dick Tarlow, who bought the FootJoy business in 1957 and focused the brand primarily on golf. What’s interesting about the aesthetic is how they seem to divide opinion, a Marmite shoe if you will. There will be some who like it, and some less so, but you could probably say that about most of the best golf shoes on the market.

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As you’d expect, and just like the Flint and Packard models that round out the Premiere Series lineup, the shoe isn’t just about looks. We found the shoe to be extremely comfortable thanks to the soft and supple sheepskin linings, and best of all, it also didn’t cause uncomfortable chafing or blisters, which often happened when we took the shoes out out of the box and onto the golf course.

The Tarlow has a lug sole, with the VersaTrax+ pattern combining well with nine low-profile Pulsar lugs to provide impressive grip and stability in a variety of lies. At no point did we feel limited despite testing in different conditions over multiple laps. Speaking of different conditions, the shoe’s waterproof leather construction worked really well when we got caught in a few showers, as our feet felt nicely cocooned against the elements.

Another big positive is just the overall build quality. The shoes were really durable and sturdy in our testing, while every part of the shoe was of very high quality.

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We love the subtle details on this shoe, like the FJ logo in the heel area and the quality of the stitching. It’s this attention to detail that elevates it above many other shoes in this category, comfortably becoming one of the best FootJoy golf shoes money can buy. As we mentioned above, there are three colors available and there are plenty of sizes as well, so if you’re looking for a shoe that combines performance, craftsmanship and a premium look, the Tarlow is definitely a model to consider. Granted, the straight toe and traditional design will put some people off and a few Golf Monthly team members agreed that they would prefer a more sporty and versatile design, but other team members loved these shoes and have noted how they are the perfect pair of golf shoes for special rounds of golf.

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