This is a review of the Stuburt Urban Casual spikeless golf shoes.
If you haven’t noticed in some of my other review posts, I tend to wait quite a while before I give any official review about something.
You see, this review isn’t about me.
- It’s not a “let’s jump on this hot new product and get all kinds of clicks” kinda post.
- It’s not an “I’ve never used this before, but I wanna make a quick buck so I’ll ‘review’ it” kinda post, either.
As you can see:
I actually own these.
Matter of fact, these are the 2016 models, but since they changed very little, if you think you want to try a pair by the end of this review, the 2017’s are out and about. Really, the only thing that’s different is the color schemes.
What Is A Stuburt?
If you live in the US, it’s understandable that you might not’ve heard about Stuburt golf shoes.
If you wanna check out their website, click here. It’s OK, I’ll wait.
Anyway, Stuburt is a clothing and shoe brand not unlike Nike (since they left the equipment side), Under Armour, etc., but they cater to the European crowd mostly. As their site states, they’re the “proud sponsors of Darren Clarke”.
If you don’t know who Darren Clarke is, I’m gonna educate you just a wee bit. He has been a masterful Ryder Cup champion, and his pairings with Lee Westwood have been the stuff of legends… if you’re a fan of the Euro Team, that is. Seriously, though, he’s been pretty damn good at that event.
He was also on the infamous list of Best Golfer Never To Win A Major for a long time. He broke through, though, winning the 2011 Open Championship.
If it sounds like I’m fanboying (as the kids call it), this is one of those “sorry/not sorry” things. He’s one of my favorite pros.
Anyway, Clarke is known for his stylish and elegant taste. So, it makes sense that a company like Stuburt, who has high-end stuff just like any other clothing company, would seek him out to sponsor him.
Criteria One: Looks
While the Urban Casual line isn’t exactly “high end”, they definitely have a stylish quality to them.
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It’s not quite a “skateboard” shoe, but definitely not a “golf” shoe. You get four color options:
- White (with blue accents)
- Titanium (a medium gray, with an almost neon-yellow accent)
It’s not so flashy that it’s almost garish, is a way I’d put it. Yes, even the “titanium” doesn’t look too out of place. You could say you get two “classic” looks and two “modern contemporary” looks.
But hey, if you’re into garish, more power to ya. If you’re like me and like a more understated tone for your shoes, however, this is right up your alley.
Criteria Two: Function
There are people that swear up and down that spikeless shoes don’t offer as much traction as regular spiked shoes.
I don’t think I buy that.
I’ve been using spikeless golf shoes for about five years now, and I’ve never had an issue. Granted, I don’t play on courses so sloped that I’d be standing almost perpendicular to the skyline, but my courses do have some slope to them.
Wet or dry, I don’t get any slippage. If I screw up and try to swing out of my shoes, yeah, but I shouldn’t be doing that. Matter of fact, you shouldn’t, either. There’s a reason why we say “only swing at 76-80% of your max potential”. Whether your shoes have spikes or not, you want to swing in balance for the best results.
Criteria Three: Durability
I’ve had these Suburts for about two years now. They’re still going strong.
The only thing I’d say is wrong with them is the material in the heel is (finally) starting to tear away. But, I’m also kind of a lazy SOB when it comes to untieing my shoes when I take them off, so this happens to pretty much all of my shoes.
I’m also not a big fan of wearing my golf shoes everywhere. I guess you could wear these everywhere, but I think it helps to keep the “nubs” in better shape if you only wear them on the course. But you do you, though… just don’t say I didn’t warn ya.
The 2016 Urban Casuals are still available, in limited quantities and sizes. Check them out HERE!
Criteria Four: Cost
As far as golf shoes go, the Stuburt Urban Casual Spikeless golf shoe is pretty affordable. The links I’ve been referring you to have them no higher than $55!
When I bought mine, that’s what I paid, as well.
Honestly, I don’t know what the hell’s up with their website. They have a check out icon in the upper right corner, but there’s no way to add these shoes to the shopping cart! Subsequently, if you’re interested in buying these, it’s probably best if you went through Amazon.
Criteria Five: Fit
Seems like everything’s been lollipops and rainbows so far, hasn’t it? Like the song…
Well… it gets kinda dicey here.
As you know (or maybe you didn’t; if so, you will now!), the US and UK don’t have the same sizes. If you’re a size 10 in the US, that’s not what you’ll be with UK shoes.
If you’re interested, and I think you should be, here’s a shoe size conversion chart you can check out.
I’m a 13 in US sizes. When I bought mine, I had to get size 12 (UK). Even then, I probably should’ve gone up a half size.
That’s where it gets tricky: Stuburt doesn’t offer a 12.5. They run the gamut, from 7 to 10.5, but after that, it’s 11 and 12, and it stops there.
The 12’s are fine, but I think since I tend to like a little more wiggle room for my toes in my street shoes, I should’ve done that with my golf shoes. Couldn’t do that with the Stuburt’s.
Like I said, they’re fine, but they could’ve been better. If you’re looking to buy these, you might want to consider going up a half size. Unless you’re a size 13 like me, then you’re SOL.
It also doesn’t seem they offer wide widths, either. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve found that wider widths feel better. I didn’t know that when I bought these, but going forward it’s something that I’ll be looking into.
That, unfortunately, might leave me no choice but to skip future offerings of the Urban Casual style.
Ladies, you, too can rock this shoe! Stuburt offers the Urban Casual for you, too! Click HERE to see them!
Who Should Buy The Stuburt Urban Casual Spikeless Golf Shoe?
If you meet the following criteria:
- you have “normal” sized feet
- you like the look of non-traditional golf shoes
- you like, or are interested in trying, spikeless shoes
Give ’em a go.
If not, you might wanna skip these.
What to do if you have bigger feet
If you have bigger feet, like me, I do have an alternative: the Adidas Adicross Spikeless golf shoe. Check them out HERE! Here’s what they look like: