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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.
My day job is selling shoes so this topic is near and dear to my stomach. Our store is only about three blocks from a disc golf course, so I have plenty of opportunity to get feed back. Top advice I give - Get a shoe that is comfortable to you. A round of discgolf involves several miles of walking and can be over a wide variety of terrain and double it for tournament days.
Running shoes can be very comfortable, but they often don't have enough grip in rough terrain and the foam in the midsole is a bit soft so they break down faster. Expect no more than 6 to 8 months of good support from street runners if you are of average size and put the equivalent of 5 miles per day on them. After that, the midsole has collapsed enough that it won't give good arch support. You can tell by looking at the soft midsole, will develop creases and wrinkles. That's you clue that the shoe is breaking down under foot.
If you like the feel of a running shoe try "trail runners" like Salomon XA or The North Face Ultra (any number 101-106) or Vasque Blur. These shoes were designed for adventure racing, so they should give better grip, hold up a little better.
The one drawback to running shoes is that they were designed for forward motion only. Since disc golf includes both lateral and twisting motions. That's why the Milo has a reputation for coming apart, it's based on a running shoe. And even though they added a toe rand to help with "toe drag wear", it still doesn't stand up to lateral and twisting forces well. The next step up in in shoes is the outdoor cross trainers. Something like The North Face Hedgehog, Merrel Moabs or Chameleons. For my personal use I opt for the Chameleon because the mid sole is stiffer providing more support and stability for my flat, fallen arches. But, I also hear good reports on the Hedgehog and Moab. There are other good brands as well, but these are the most popular ones in the "affordable" category.
If you're playing in slush, mud or a very wet area, you may need to add gore-tex or high tops to your must have features. My ankles aren't very stable, so I think a mid top may be in my future. Make that "near" future. I've had my Chameleons as my primary disc shoe for couple of years and it's showing the strain.
I play in MA so playing in snow is common place , I've tried Northface and Coumbia but nothing can compare to these: http://www.merrell.com/US/en-US/Product.mvc.aspx/10414M/0/Mens/Ther...
Gore-tex with Polar Tech Lining (fleece used to make Northface) unbelievable traction , and great wrap around toe to heel protection. Basically UNSTOPPABLE!
Thats like saying why Pay so much for Nike, or Under Armour shoes? Just buy Walmart brand! LOL
Your going to get what you pay for, so dont settle for something less! But i do highly recommend the Sealskin waterproof socks. We wear whatever shoes around here (Ohio) and just throw them waterproof socks on, and your good to go. Your feet wont even get wet with holes in your shoes.
Montrails, Garmont, or The North Face in Goretex. If you want a good shoe, you have to pay the price. Out of the three, Montrails are my favorite. A dark horse is a company called 5-10. They make mountain climing shoes, but they also make a mountain bike shoe. Kind of looks like Vans, but that's were the similarities stop. The grip on these shoes is insane!
Check out Zappo's.com. They have the best customer service, quantity, and prices around.
I got some DVS Militia Boots.
Feet stay warm and dry. And i stay stylin'.
Used them for my first tourney of 2011 in the Midwest a few weeks ago. Work great.