Callaway is a top golf brand, although it may not spring to mind when thinking of your next pair of golf shoes. But they offer an impressive range of footwear; here, we review the Callaway Apex Coronado S golf shoes.
Callaway Apex Coronado S golf shoes review: NCG Summary
This is a traditional-looking golf shoe, the colours are perfect for winter golf, and it performs exceptionally well out on the golf course.
- Extremely comfortable out of the box.
- Excellent traction.
- Looks won’t appeal to all.
Callaway Apex Coronado S golf shoes review: First Impressions
This shoe was not immediately interesting or striking out of the box. The leather upper has a pretty traditional look, and I like the contrasting ‘camo’ sole and heel piece.
This model comes in two colours; black and white. I tested the black version, which looks less appealing than the white model but is definitely more appropriate for winter golf in the UK.
The upper is a smart full-grain leather which feels soft and flexible. I personally didn’t feel the appearance was enhanced by the Callaway ‘V’ on the inner and outer aspects of the shoe. The Camo heel piece felt reassuringly firm, and the lovely soft padding to the shoe’s interior made these extremely comfortable. Although this has a traditional spiked construction, it feels incredibly light on.
The UK size 7.5 (Euro 41) standard width fitted my usually sized 7.5 wide foot snugly out of the box. It almost felt as though I was wearing a pair of slippers. This is thanks to the interior padding and the 8mm cushioning footbed. I think this model runs true to size. However, if you have particularly wide feet, it may be sensible to go up half a size.
Callaway Apex Coronado S golf shoes review: On The Course
Testing was carried out over two rounds in damp conditions on my home heathland course. I found the shoe to be extremely comfortable straight out of the box. The leather upper felt supportive but flexed nicely in play. There was a springy, cushioned feeling walking between shots.
One might expect such a comfortable shoe to compromise on performance. This was absolutely not the case on testing. The Fusion-Lite TPU sole offered excellent feel and traction. The nine cleats and some additional nubbins afforded excellent grip, with no hint of slipping.
The shoe remained waterproof in the damp, but not wet conditions thanks to the waterproof and breathable membrane laminated to the lining of the shoe all the way up to the collar and tongue.
There were no issues with breathability which is not surprising, given the thought that has clearly gone into the construction of this shoe.
Callaway Apex Coronado S golf shoes review: The 19th hole
The configuration of the outsole really means that this is a shoe that belongs on the course rather than the clubhouse. So this is not the shoe for the individual who prefers to put on their footwear at home.
Although I was not particularly fond of the look of the shoe, the comfort and performance were first class, and I think this would make an excellent winter shoe.
The leather upper will need looking after to maintain the appearance and behaviour of the shoe but I would expect that to be straightforward enough.
I think that the construction and performance of the shoe justifies the pricing and I fully expect that I will be wearing this shoe over the winter months.
Fit: True to Size/Small/Large/Wide/Narrow
Style: Athletic/Traditional/Off Course Friendly/All Weather/Casual
Out of Box Comfort: 9.5/10
Value for Money: 9.5/10
Sizes: UK 6.5-11 (inc. half sizes). 12 and 13
Colours: Black/camo or White/camo.
More info: Callaway Apparel website
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