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G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe Review

G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe rear detail

The crossover style between traditional and sporty in the golf shoe world (think FootJoy Traditions) is undoubtedly growing in popularity, but this latest offering from G/FORE might just be the best of the bunch. The Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle shoe follows on from the Gallivan2r shoe and combines a sophisticated waterproof TPU upper design with a springy midsole and cleated outsole, so you get a smart look and grippy performance without the weight. I tested these shoes over multiple rounds and have to say there was very little to dislike.

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The first impressions out of the box were very good. This is clearly a very well-made golf shoe and the all white with a hint of grey means the look is versatile and can go with pretty much any outfit choice, including shorts. There is also an option with a black upper and white midsole which also looks super smart. I love the detailing on the upper, the subtle pops of color on the bottom eyelets and the more in-your-face color sections on the outsole that catch your playing partner’s eye as you hold the finish on a perfect shot. 

Slide your feet in for the first time (the heel design makes it easy to do this pretty much hands free) and the bumpiness of the massaging insole at first feels strange, but once you take your first steps you understand completely why it is there. I’ve always worn a size 10 in G/FORE and while these did come up a smidge on the big side, the overall shape and fitted my feet nicely.

G/FORE Gallivan2r G/Lock Saddle Shoe outsole

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The lightweight design was really noticeable and these shoes struck the perfect balance underfoot. There was enough give so that they didn’t feel firm or harsh, but they are by no means soft or squidgy – placing them among the most comfortable golf shoes for those that have cleats. To the point that they provided some bounce in your step, which really came in handy towards the end of a 36-hole day I tried them on during a recent trip to Wales.

The outsole has 10 Tour Flex Pro SoftSpikes cleats, arguably the best cleat design of anything out there in the market right now, which provide a really secure footing no matter how hard you’re swinging or the lie you’re stood on. The flex channels on the sole aren’t obvious, but walking comfort certainly hasn’t been compromised here. This isn’t the most stable or supportive shoe you’ll try in 2024, but the locked in feel from the heel counter certainly helps and there’s enough rigidity to ensure you’re able to…


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