Nike Golf has introduced two new footwear styles inspired by more than four decades of Nike’s involvement in athletic shoe design.
Nike Golf’s new Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal join the Lunar Clayton.
Nike Golf designers created styles inspired by running and court sport silhouettes perfect for both on and off the golf course.
“The Lunar Waverly and Lunar Mont Royal were really inspired by classic Nike footwear styles and we adapted those designs for athletes who want a golf shoe with versatile appeal,” says innovation design lead Carl Madore.
“These are shoes with incredible performance technology that are great for playing 18 holes or wearing before or after the round, too,” he said.
“You can hit balls at the driving range on your lunch break without ever changing your shoes. These styles are modeled after some of Nike’s first shoes, but modernized to perform specifically for our sport,” added Madore.
Since introducing Integrated Traction technology in its footwear in 2010, Nike Golf has continued to work on the tread design for a combination of traction and off-course comfort.
Madore and team crafted the Lunar Waverly to be just as comfortable on the course as it is off.
Partnering with the Nike Sports Research Lab, Nike Golf designers used pressure-mapping analysis to zero in on how the foot moves during the swing in order to determine the size, height, hardness and overall configuration of the waffle lugs.
Nike Dynamic Flywire technology combines with a rubber cup-sole for lateral support, surrounded by a premium waterproof, full-grain leather upper.
For the first time ever, Nike Golf designers utilized cork for the sock liner. The anti-microbial material helps prevent odor and provides a distinctive design detail, while full-length Nike Lunarlon foam delivers responsive cushioning.
Lunar Mont Royal
When the Nike Montreal was unveiled in 1975, it was the brand’s first signature shoe designed for running legend Steve Prefontaine.
Nearly 40 years later, Nike Golf is bringing the Montreal’s iconic color blocking design and running-inspired silhouette to the golf course in the Lunar Mont Royal.
Featuring Lunarlon foam in the heel and modern, no-sew technology in the midfoot, the Mont Royal also utilizes the traditional Nike waffle sole for grip and control.
Tapping into insights from performance testing, Nike Golf footwear designers constructed the outsole with waffle tread rolling up around the toe and inner side of the foot to maintain traction through the swing as the foot pushes off the ground.