While the latest and greatest tends to lead itself deeper into the wallet, there needs to be viable options at a more reasonable price point. Callaway boasts an impressive nine offerings in their men’s golf shoe line for 2015, stretching from 59.99 to 169.99, and accommodates nearly every style that is sought after. The Chev Aero returns in 2015 as the Chev Aero II, offering plenty at a feasible price point.
From Callaway: The Chev Aero took the industry by surprise in 2014 with its good looks and lightweight comfort and stability. In 2015 the Chev Aero II takes it a step further.
- An enhanced storm guard in water-resistant Clarino® microfiber to ensure playability during those summer squalls.
- 3D breathable breeze airmesh and debris guard for cool comfort and performance.
- Lightweight EVA midsole.
- 3D Ortholite® insert for exceptional comfort right out of the box.
- 30-Day Comfort Guarantee – Warrants shoes for fit, comfort, or cushioning within 30 days of purchase.
- Additional color offerings are provided in black/black, white/black, and grey/orange.
- The Chev Aero II is offered in sizes 7 through 13.
Out of the box there is an obvious presentation of breathability. Any time mesh is present, thoughts go to those hot summer days where having the wind break through the golf shoe would add comfort and reduce sweating. This does present some concern with regard to discoloration in wet, muddy conditions, however enough non-mesh material wraps the Chev Aero II to provide confidence for a majority of days on course.
These are likely not ideal for overly wet or muddy conditions, especially in the pictured white mesh offering. Despite the mesh design, it will take some time for water to seep through into the foot bed. This allows the Chev Aero II to be a suitable option for minimal early morning dew, or days where there may be a slight risk of showers.
The Ortholite insert is quite comfortable, hugging the heel and offering plenty of padding for walkers. As the Chev Aero II is tried, the heel wraps well around the insert, which is elevated on all sides of the back of the shoe, with a notable arch section. Depending on the style of foot, this could lead to a decent break in period as the arch portion forms to the foot.
While the heel section is notably snug due to the insert, the toe box offers a decent amount of wiggle room, which is welcomed for the early days of wearing. Despite the heel section offering some fatigue during the break in period, the toes rarely yearn for shoe removal.
These factors lead into the overall size of the shoe feeling slightly larger than some of the other offerings by Callaway, however not to the point where this reviewer would claim they are notably larger than expectations based on sizing. The sizing around the mid sole is entirely dependent on the tightness of the lacing, making the Chev Aero II a perfect option for golfers with slightly wider feet.
Traction support is ample, with five spikes supporting the larger mid-to-toe section of the Chev Aero II and two spikes stabilizing the heel. A flex point is introduced between the two mid spikes and the three toe spikes, offering enough give to flex well during walking. Alongside these spikes are a series of traction improving miniature chevs and spikes built into the sole.
Callaway offers a comfortable shoe with quality features, unique colors, and solid traction without breaking the bank at $79.99. For additional information about the Callaway Chev Aero II, visit www.CallawayFootwear.com.