The new Nike Lunar Swingtip shoe is made with a classic wingtip design, with inspiration from skateboarders and surfers.
The engineers and designers visited Hurley, a Nike affiliate, to receive insights and design ideas from the Nike Skateboarding line for a shoe that provides stability and comfort on and off the golf course.
“Nike Action Sports has a lot of skate and surf athletes who love golf and are low handicap players,” said Lee Walker of Nike.
“When they play, they want to look the part, to wear the uniform of golf, but at the same time, they, better than most, can appreciate the stabilility afforded by low profile cupsole construction, given the performance demands of their chosen sports,” he said.
“Balance and stability are critical in board sports, just as they are in golf,” said Walker.
The traction pattern of the outsole was derived from a pressure mapping study that Nike’s Sports Research Lab conducted on various categories of Nike athletes. The findings influenced the stud configuration, geometry and height of the lugs.
The lugs are designed to engage with the ground throughout the swing, providing a secure grip with hidden traction. The rubber rim around the bottom of the shoe is weight activated, working with the movement of the foot for increased stability while concealing the traction lugs below.
A full-length Nike Lunarlon sockliner is in place for comfort, ground feel and support.
“Action Sports had been utilizing this execution of Lunarlon foam in their skateboarding line. This inspired our team to incorporate a similar drop-in Lunarlon sockliner for comfort directly underfoot,” said Walker.
Wingtip upper designs are available in multiple colours and material offerings, including leather and suede.