Fans of the site may know by now about the availability of barefoot/minimal golf shoes. We've highlighted a couple of recent barefoot options from TRUE linkswear (tour and phx) and more recently Vivobarefoot (hybrid). One of the great things about the 2012 release from TRUE linkswear, was that the updated sole, while cleated for golf, still allows you to wear them off the course. If you're a minimalist and a golfer, I have to believe you've already tried out this brand. However, the comfortable fit and minimal feel make these a great option even for non golfers out there looking for another comfortable work or casual minimal shoe option.
I wanted to take this opportunity to remind everyone about TRUE, because I recently spotted what might be the new 2013 models. I was able to grab some screenshots from a golf channel video, so read on for the screenshots and details.
New Phx Colors
First, you might want to know that the current phx model is being offered in a limited release of "team colors." The special color options are limited to 100 pairs each and are the same $100 price as the original phx (with free shipping both ways). You can see some of the colors below, or check out the True Linkswear website for all the options.
So what's new?
From the video, it looks like there might be 2 new styles as well as an updated sole. Let's start with the sole. You may recall from my previous review that the 2012 updated sole improved the look of the shoe without altering the feel and function. I did have some minor issues with it though. First, it has a solid ridge running around the entire edge that seems to slightly reduce flexibility in key areas. Second, the gap of cleats under the arch/midfoot created a height difference which could allow the foot to sag a bit. Amazingly, both of these issues seem to be addressed with the newest update to the sole.
Note how the outer edge is split at the ball of the foot creating a better flex point. It also splits at the midfoot which could enhance overall flexibility. The gap of cleats has also been filled in a bit. I'm not sure how much it will help with traction, but it appears the square lugs have been swapped for diamonds.
As for the new models, it's a bit hard to tell for sure what they are. One looks a bit like a cross-trainer (I've heard it's called the Sensei), but given the hybrid nature of their shoes, I'm sure it can still be worn on the course. This new sole looks similar to the updated sole, but with a more lugged outer edge and some larger lugs in the tread. You only catch a glimpse of the other new style, but it looks like a cross between the stealth and the tour with the new sole. I've read that the Sensei might be released this November with others coming in January 2013.
You can check out the video source for these screenshots here starting at 2:40.
So do you already own a pair of TRUEs? What do you think about the new options?