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Hi, I'm doing my first tournement in Feb, looking for a good disc golf shoe. What shoes do you like the best for the sport? I find my plant foot slides around alot, especially on wet, and snowy Tee-Pads.
When the course is set in park-like conditions, I now opt for my skate shoes.
Padded & supportive, they are comfortable and produce less tension on the feet.
For rugged courses, believe or not, Born make some tire tread-soled shoes that hold up quite well.
I'm on the hunt though, for the perfect pair.
I don't think I'll buy a pair of Merrell's again.
DC's and DVS's... Period.. They are designed to be light on the foot for easy maneuverability and to grip Boardtape (witch is kind of gritty just like a brushed concrete teepad) I have been using DC's and DVS's for 10 years now... no problems off the tee... I feel an easier heel turn in them too, being that the shoes have flat flexible soles... no problems in wet or snowy ground... not recommended for ice!!(but what shoe is??)
Grip is a touchy thing in discgolf If you get too much it slows your approach witch results in early releases.. too less grip, well you fall on your face... I wouldn't recommend turf shoes because they are designed for sharp cuts in wet or dry turf or grass not for concrete... High strain on your ankles and increased risk of twisting a knee... I haven't tried any discgolf shoe.. but they look bulky and heavy.. also look like too much grip on the ball of your foot... Your foot has to have a easy transition from heel to toe on your release.. but I cant say.. This is just my opinion of what I have seen and experienced.. Just like everything else in DG you have to find what works for you.. But that is hard unless you have a endless money supply to test run a bunch of shoes.. So take from this post no turf shoes...
For warm dry days (which are not overly abundant in Alaska) I go with the Vibram Five Fingers KSO. For me, the barefoot feel allows more confidence in awkward positions. I love being able to dig in with my toes. The thin sole on the ball of the foot is also enough to protect your foot while also allowing great rotation. But, definitely not good for winter as there is little to no insulation in the shoe.
In any other conditions I tend to wear the Merrell Chameleon 3 ventilator hiking boot. They are great for the puddles, dew and shallow swampy areas. I don't have nearly as good of feel as I do in the five fingers, but they have a decent tread so I don't worry as much about slipping as I have in the past. I got mine early last summer so they took an injury shortened season of abuse and the tread still looks good. Paired with a good winter sock they don't do too bad a job keeping the toes warm as long as you're moving.
I have been using a Timberland shoe for years. The hold up well and basically you have to wear the sole out to kill the shoe. The bottom two-thirds of the shoe is rubber and looks like the old duck/boat shoes, the rest is rough leather. It's got a good knobby patterned sole that settles in well on sticks and roots for footing. Here's the link