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Please describe the characteristics that make a shoe optimum for disc golf (ankle support? sole?). What are some examples of this kind of shoe? Can you send a link to the kind of shoe you think is best for our sport?

I've had it with my running shoes--they are too wide to allow a spin around on a drive.

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I started off playing with skate shoes (Vans). They were loose and low and nothing what a good disc golf shoe has to offer EXCEPT there was no traction on the soles. This was good because I have a bad knee and high torque results in injury, so rotating on concrete tee pads was about the only good thing about those.

Once I started to play seriously, I upgraded to Merrells. Normally they are roughly $100 shoes, but when I need a 'new' pair, I just set up a search for my size on ebay, and have them e-mail me when there are matches. I have yet to pay more than $40 for my DG shoes. The good thing about this is that they are already broken in, and you don't really have to worry about getting them dirty or destroying them because they were relatively cheap. Also, I drag my toe, so I had the same problem of wearing the toe out, until I found this nifty solution:


It's called a "Boot Bumper" and it's just an extra piece of rubber that you glue on the front of your shoe, increased the life of my shoe by two seasons. It's usually around $8 and you get two in a package, so if you only drag one toe, then you have a backup.

As far as other features you were asking about, Merrells have a Vibram soles, gortex for waterproof, and great ankle support. Other good brands that Rescue missed are Columbias and Keens. One thing I've noticed about these kinds of shoes are that some have draw string laces vs. tie up laces. I personally prefer my laces to be really tight, but that's up to the individual. The important thing is to make sure that you're comfortable in them. I've made my case for Merrells, but find whatever works for you. Here is a link to the shoes I currently wear:


Hope this helps.
Wow! You guys are great. This is a lot of good data! Thanks!
I always wear my asics running shoes. They are by far the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned. Haven't had achey feet since I started wearing them.
i'm big on my montrail goretex trail running shoes.

Gore Tex, Vibram Sole, with toe rubber guard.
Have a pair of Merrells now, these are my 'next' pair.
Durability, lightweight, comfort, breath...
What's the name of this model - I can't find it online anywhere and it looks perfect.
Chameleon II Storm Gortex XCR
Found it just this morning! Different colors. I like the orange.
Thanks! I'm fond of orange myself.
I wear a pair of well broken in super comfortable cat work boots that go up just above my ankle. I have found that they are good in all conditions with a heavy stiff sole and good support for my ankle. Also the sole is super stiff so you dont get a lot of funky foot roll on bad lies.
For summer play I like using my old Prince tennis shoes, they're like slippers on the feet and just have little enough grip left to allow you to spin pivot on the drives. Winter is a little more difficult here in the wet heartlands. New Balance hikers are ok but not waterproof, may have to look at Solomons next go.

I have a pair of these !!!
Hey man, just wanted to add something here. For summer play, I really really like my Teva Narmadas. And they aren't very hard to find for a very reasonable price. There are also Teva Dozer, Omnium, Toachi, and Karnali sandal/shoes that are freaking great, plus I don't care if my feet get wet, so I'll use em anytime. For winter I wear my Merrell Boots.

Campmor has a great price on any of the Teva shoe/sandals. Narmadas are $40 a pair right now. Omniums, Dozers are $50


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