While apparel has been Straight Down’s métier since its establishment in 1989, the California company has dipped its toe into golf footwear recently.
It’s a category that founder Mike Rowley has long explored, and the trend the past decade or so toward comfortable, spikeless shoes that can be worn on and off the course motivated him to start bringing out models of his own. Two of his latest offerings are the Turnberry and the Field V2.
According to Rowley, both boast polyester uppers made in part of recycled plastic bottles and treated to be water repellent and breathable. They also employ a cushioning technology that has been used in running shoes for years and relies on small, polyurethane balls to provide comfort while promoting a better transfer of energy, or what Rowley calls bounce-back.
But there are differences. The Turnberry has more the look of a running shoe and features a multi-directional traction outsole labeled the Diamond. And Rowley describes the Field V2 as more of a lifestyle play. The outsole is different, too. Called the Wedge, it has 80 engineered traction points that are made to provide superior grip. Smooth toe and heel sections are included for better stability off the golf course.