Action sports provide inspiration for Nike's new Lunar Swingtip golf shoes

Nike Golf
The unique new Swingtip golf shoes from Nike come in leather, suede and canvas iterations.

Series: Golf Buzz

Published: Monday, July 30, 2012 | 2:26 p.m.

The new Lunar Swingtip shoes from Nike Golf might sound like they’re inspired by wingtip dress shoes, and they are to a point. But they’re much more influenced by surfers and skateboarders. In fact, Nike Golf designers and engineers visited Nike affiliate Hurley for insight and inspiration into the Nike skateboarding line to create a golf shoe that provides stability and comfort both on and off the course.

The traction pattern on the sole was derived from a pressure mapping study that Nike's Sports Research Lab conducted on Nike athletes across several different sports. These findings, Nike says, directly influenced the stud configuration, geometry, and heights of the lugs.

The lugs 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 movements of the foot to create increased stability while concealing the traction lugs.

A full-length sockliner made of the Lunarlon foam that Nike uses in its skateboarding line delivers comfort. They’re available in multiple colors and several materials, including leather, suede and canvas, and the leather models come with a one-year waterproof guarantee. The leather models carry a street price of $119.99, while the suede versions carry a street price of $109.99, and both of those are available now. The canvas models, which will be released in January, will carry a street price of $99.99