Comment from: Jay Mijares [Visitor]  
Jay Mijares

Great review, Philip! I'm wondering now how these would work in an office environment. I use the Vivobarefoot RA at the office, but these look like they might work as well.

02/26/14 @ 19:05
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

What do you think of buying these TRUE Tour golf shoes(in black) to wear to work?

(I work at Portland State University,and I'm looking for a more durable alternative to my Soft Star Runamoc Dashes.)

03/04/14 @ 08:59
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

I wear a size 9 with my Soft Star RunAmoc Dashes.(They fit perfectly)

Would a size 9 Tour fit the same?

03/04/14 @ 15:38
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Jay and Mike - Thanks for your comments.

I have definitely worn these to work (academic teaching/lab/office settings), and they certainly work just fine. They do have a "cleated" sole, so if you cross your leg in a meeting people may notice the unique sole not typically seen in an office environment :) The padded style laces and the eyelet loop holes aren't super professional looking, but that said, they could certainly pass just fine in most work environments.

The upper of these is much more structured than the Ra or Runamoc Dash. It just feels like more of a shoe if that makes any sense. Combine that with it's waterproof nature, and I'd say it's much more durable than either of those. I still think my pair of Vivobarefoot Ra look better suited for a "work" environment, but I'm glad these can pull double duty when it's raining and wet outside (hello Portland State...).

TRUE is actually releasing a new 2014 model that looks more dressy (gent wingtip), which I should be reviewing soon. Stay tuned!

03/05/14 @ 15:34
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Mike - I'm not sure about the size comparison to the dash. I like to wear my shoes a tiny bit long, and the tour 10.5 fits me with almost a thumbs width extra in the toes. I generally wear Vibram 43 and Vivobarefoot 44 if that helps.

Lastly, I think TRUE offers a one time free return and exchange shipping if you don't like them or want to exchange them for a different size. (http://www.truelinkswear.com/returns/)

03/05/14 @ 15:43
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

Just received my brand-new TRUE Linkswear Tours.

They fit perfectly,are insanely comfortable..and they look perfectly normal.
(Took a 5-minute walk outside to try them out..wonderful-feeling.)

03/08/14 @ 15:52
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Thanks for the update Mike. Glad they fit perfectly. Which size tour did you end up getting, and does it fit the same as your size 9 RunAmoc Dash?

03/11/14 @ 03:09
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

I ended up getting the size 9 Tours.

They fit exactly the same as my RunAmoc Dashes.

Tried them out at work yesterday,and they worked wonderfully.

03/11/14 @ 09:10
Comment from: Dylan [Visitor]
Dylan

I am looking for a pair of office/street shoes with zero heel-to-toe drop. I don't golf (at all). I spend a good portion of the day at a standing desk. Besides being comfortable, my main goal is that the shoes don't stand out too much.

I've been wearing Merrell Tough Gloves for a while now but they scuff very easily and as comfortable as they are, it's time to replace them.

A few of you have mentioned these True Linkswear Tour shoes are good at work. Would they be comfortable if you were standing more or less in place for a long time?

What about compared to
a) merrell tough glove
b) truly barefoot (no shoes or socks)
c) vivobarefoot ra
d) merrell barefoot edge

Many thanks!

03/23/14 @ 05:43
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Hi Dylan, I think many of the True shoes would be really comfortable just standing in one place, because they're really comfortable after 4-5 hours of standing and walking on a golf course. They have a foam insert which squishes down and is really comfortable. Once your weight squishes the foam, it should be about the same thickness of sole as the tough gloves, maybe even thinner. But the overall structure of the upper makes it feel like more of a shoe (thicker walled uppers and heel).

As compared to the Merrells and Vivobarefoot: If you are comfortable standing around in place barefoot or in those (which are pretty thin and firm soled), then you should have no problem with the True's. You mentioned not wanting them to stand out too much, and I think the tours look perfectly normal (other than the lugs on the bottom). Personally though, for a strictly work/office shoe, my favorite is the Vivobarefoot Gobi or Ra. If you are comfortable standing in the tough gloves, you could probably be good in the Vivos. And, if you don't need the waterproofing and will never golf in them, you may want to go with one of those instead of the True.

03/26/14 @ 22:27
Comment from: Mike [Visitor]
Mike

Hi Philip, Another great review! Do you think you could do a full review of the VFF V-Classic LR? Thanks!

04/02/14 @ 22:40
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Thanks Mike, I actually recently received a pair from Vibram and will try to test them out soon.

04/14/14 @ 15:53
Comment from: Drew [Visitor]  
Drew

hi all! if you have purchased this shoe please tell me:
1. what size it is
2. length of your foot in inches
3. how well the shoe fits. eg: tight, loose, half inch spare room, perfect.

i am going to buy it from canada and i can't get the size wrong, they do not pay for international shipping when doing size exchanges.

thank you so much!

every brand is a bit different. i find that if i measure my foot and read a chart, it tells me im a size 7. but i find that most shoes i wear fit snug and are size 9 or 9.5. so i want to get an idea of how the sizing really works on his shoe. thanks so much.

05/27/14 @ 21:26
Comment from: Danny N. [Visitor]
Danny N.

Thanks for the review -- I am just wading into barefoot golf shoes. I have been wearing Vivo Porto's and PrimalPro to office for ~year.
Several times in the review you say they are no longer the best barefoot experience for a golf shoe -- who would you say is better? And given my reference point with Vivo how would you say the best and TrueLinks compare to my Vivo experience (not their golf shoe). Thank you

06/12/14 @ 09:20
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Drew - My feet are exactly 27cm to the longest toes and my TRUE tours are a US 10.5. I have about 2 cm of spare room beyond my toes, which is exactly what I want. Gives me a deeper toe pocket and more toe freedom.

06/13/14 @ 16:26
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Danny - TRUE linkswear shoes are definitely thin and comfortable and certainly qualify as "barefoot" shoes for me. What makes them a bit less "barefoot" than others is that they are maybe a bit thicker and have a little more cushion with the foam insoles. They also feel more structured in the upper.

The others I'm thinking of are any of the Vibrams (I'll be posting about the V-Classic LR soon) and the Vivobarefoot golf shoe which has a very thin sole. There are some tradeoffs for the better barefoot feel of the shoe (like looks, water resistance, etc.) I haven't tried the PrimalPro, but I've had my hands on the Portos. Compared to the thin firm sole on those, you'll likely notice the TRUEs having a bit of squishiness to them with the insoles and there's also noticeable padding around the shoe collar. Again, these aren't necessarily bad things. Some of the newer TRUE models have a mixed rubber/EVA outsole so they aren't as flexible than these tours I reviewed here.

If you're wanting a really comfortable minimal/barefoot shoe that looks great, the TRUEs will be a good place to start (I believe they still offer a one-time free return shipping to make sure they fit and you like them). If you are familiar with the feel of Vibrams and truly want the thinnest most barefoot feel possible, you might want to look at the Vibram V-Classic LR. The primary downside of those depends on the types of groups you golf with and whether you can/want to wear toe shoes on the course.

Hope that helps!

06/13/14 @ 16:46
Comment from: Mike H [Visitor]
Mike H

Is it normal for my Tours to be wearing down on the lugs(noticeably),after only 3 months?

(I mostly wear them on pavement..)

06/16/14 @ 18:26
Comment from: philip [Member]  

Mike H - I guess the wear will depend on usage, but 3 months is pretty quick. I do wear mine to work and on pavement occasionally, but certainly not enough to see any significant wear in the sole since I've had them. You might want to contact them to see what they say.

06/17/14 @ 13:00