NikeID TW ‘14 Shoe Review

Prior to getting tasked with this review for Nike Golf I had seen the NikeID concept online, but it was for basketball shoes rather than golf shoes.  I thought it was cool idea, but never really gave much thought relating to something that I’d ever do.  When I found out I’d be doing a review on a new set of TW ‘14 golf shoes I was super excited.  Having the ability to customize your own pair of shoes is such a cool idea and something that I should have seen coming.  Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of years you’ve noticed the not so subtle splash of color that golfers are adding to their apparel.  I think it’s great to see and I couldn’t wait to get started building my pair.

The Design Process

The design process was very simple. Nike gives you basically a blank canvas or if you’d like they have some of the more popular designs there to act as a template.  Every detail down the color of Flywire and shoelaces is completely up to you.  My initial designs were all over the spectrum from basic to completely off the wall and very colorful. 

Upon getting the link and all the information I need to begin my design I decided that I wanted to involve the great members of the THP community and have them help me with the design.  I created a thread on our forum and the suggestions started flowing in.  Everyone commented how easy it was to wind up getting lost in the fun they were having just coming up with different and sometimes crazy combinations. 

We had several forum members participating in the designs and at the end I narrowed what I thought were the top four designs and put them up to a vote of our members. The winning design would be what I ordered.   In the end the design by forum member Golf Ghost was the winning design.  A nice and rather simple design compared to some of the entries we saw, Golf Ghost stuck with a gray base with green trimming and won the design contest in a landslide.

The ordering process was simple. I followed the design chosen and I was set in a matter of minutes.  At that time I was told delivery would be 6 weeks from the date of order, which seemed reasonable.  I was notified via email every step of the build process and to my surprise my original 6 week wait time was cut down to about 4 weeks.  I love when a company under promises and over delivers – exactly the case in this situation.

About the TW ‘14 from Nike

Tiger Woods debuted the Nike TW ‘14 at the 2013 Players Championship, where the latest in footwear technology helped power him to his 78th PGA victory. With Nike Free-inspired technology and design, the TW ‘14 delivers the freedom and support to unleash the full power of your swing.

Look

When the shoes arrived I wasn’t sure how closely they would resemble the design that was submitted.  I’ve seen many online designs of various products arrive only to look way different in person.  The TW ‘14 showed up looking exactly as they did online, but even better.  I opted for the all-leather waterproof version in my shoe, but users can opt for a breathable mesh design as well.  The customization varies slightly depending on the model you go with, but I’m happy to report that in person they look even better than they do in the online design tool.

Fit/Comfort

The TW ‘14 fit true to size for my feet.  The TW ‘14 features Nike Dynamic Fit with Flywire technologies that not only look really cool, but also makes for a fit and comfort that almost feels tailored to your foot.  I can say without hesitation that the Nike TW ‘14 is the most comfortable golf shoe I’ve ever worn.  I know that I could easily lace up a brand new pair and walk 18 holes and not have a single issue. 

Something that I had always wondered about the Nike Free design of the TW line of shoes was the support.  Because they are so flexible and move with your foot I did not know if support would be something of strength.  I was wrong and it became immediately apparent the minute I put these on for the first time.  That support carries over to the course as well. I never once felt anything close to a lack of support when wearing these while playing golf. 

Parting Thoughts

I’ve been anxious to get an up close look at the TW ‘14 since Tiger started wearing them last season and they did not disappoint.  I believe Nike has taken a lot of feedback from the initial Nike Free renditions and improved and adapted where needed.  The TW ‘14 is the best looking TW golf shoe to date in my opinion and that’s without going the route of customizing your own.  The fact that golfers can now design their own shoe to reflect their personality is really something cool in my opinion. 

A new pair of stock TW ‘14 cost $179 and if you choose to design your own they’ll run you $225.  I can see people getting a little sticker shock when seeing the price tag, but as I mentioned early I believe these are the most comfortable golf shoes I’ve worn to date.  In addition, the waterproof synthetic leather upper means that your feet will not only stay comfortable, but they’ll also stay dry.  It’s hard to put a price tag on that in my opinion.  Now that I’ve got this great looking custom pair I’ll will certainly be adding another pair to my collection so that I can enjoy the benefits of these golf shoes every time I play.

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Jason Kunze
Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.
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