There is a lot of cool gear in the golf world that doesn’t always fit into Most Wanted Tests or Buyer’s Guides. You still want to know how it performs. In our We Tried It series, we put gear to the test and let you know if it works as advertised.
What We Tried
adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes
Your “Thick Kick” Tester
Dave Wolfe– Though I talk mostly about putters, I also have feet so wide that they would spill over the edges of Clementine’s herring boxes, without topses.
Welcome to Dave’s Stout Shoe Search
Some of you are decidedly average, at least in terms of shape. Don’t feel bad about that—apparel companies love you! You and your average cohort are the money-making target market. They make gear for the majority. If your body plan hits the middle of the bell curve, you’ll have all kinds of choices when to comes to golf gear, be it hats, jackets or shoes.
Those of us who ride the edges of the size curve rarely experience the same breadth of choices. Case in point: my wide feet. Finding golf shoes that truly fit my feet is a chore at best. I may have understated the challenge. Finding shoes that fit usually proves impossible.
Again, some of you have never had to deal with an abundance of girth. Let me explain the issue. Most shoes are built in that average width-to-length sweet spot. For the wide-footed folk, this often equates to needing to go up a size to accommodate a foot’s width. Seems simple but that plan frequently fails. A shoe that finally fits in width is likely too long to be comfortable or functional.
But what about shoes that come in wide sizes?
Yes, golf shoes do come in wide sizes. Problem solved! For those living the straight and narrow, this seems like the simplest of fixes. The problem is that, much like shaft flex, the term “wide” lacks an industry standard. We’ve all experienced this with shoe sizes and brands. Some brands run small, others large.
Ultimately, this means we of the wide need to try on every shoe, usually plus or minus a size as well.
It’s an exhausting endeavor. I have tried to find golf shoes by ordering multiples using Amazon’s Wardrobe system. The Prime boxes were comically expansive. As per usual, nothing fit and the lot was returned to Mr. Bezos.
Which brings us to my new project. The working title is “Dave’s Fat Foot Follies.” My plan is to run as many pairs as possible of the allegedly “wide” golf shoes through their paces (literally). Hopefully, I can uncover some ample kicks that we can slide our flippers into comfortably.
The first pair I’m exploring is the adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes.
adidas S2G BOA Wide Spikeless Golf Shoes: Features
- Wide fit
- Micro-adjustable dial-based BOA® Fit System
- Waterproof upper
- Slow resilient sock liner
- Bounce midsole
- adiwear outsole with V-Traxion
- Upper contains a minimum of 50% recycled content.
- Colors: White/gray or black/blue
- MSRP: $110
adidas S2G BOA Wide Spikeless Golf Shoes: Fit
Let’s get right to the core issue. Do the adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes fit as advertised? I went with my standard size 11 and didn’t need to select the “wide” option as this shoe only comes that way. Having “wide” in the name is what drew me to the shoe. Obviously, if a shoe is marketed as wide, it will be wide, right?
If you don’t have a wide foot, adidas also makes a standard width version of the S2G.
Once the BOA was released, I was greeted with a huge opening for my foot. The top of the adidas S2G BOA Wide shoe opens like a hatch. Score one point for adidas as this shoe required no foot cramming at insertion. The only downside to this design is that the tongue is not attached at the top and it can be an issue getting the layers aligned when securing the shoe.
The BOA closure system was interesting as this one features the Dyneema fiber as “laces” rather than wire. My previous BOA shoes all had the wire.
Back to the fit. They were initially tight across the front but all shoes are for me. That said, they were not so tight that they were uncomfortable. After wearing them around the house for a while, I decided the fit was close enough to go and try them on the golf course.
adidas S2G BOA Wide Spikeless Golf Shoes: On the Course
The fact that the adidas S2G BOA Wide spikeless golf shoes made to the golf course is a big deal. Most shoes never make it that far. With my feet, golf shoes are more likely to experience Return to Sender than I’m Gonna Send It.
There are a couple of design issues that often come up with wide golf shoes on the course. The first is lacing width. If you look at the top of your foot and see mostly laces, that is typically going to be a problem. You see, you need to have shoe, not laces, at the top edges of your instep if the shoe is going to be stable. If the gap between the sides of the shoe is too large, your foot will not stay put inside it.
I was Code Yellow on the adidas S2G BOA Wide lace spacing. It was on the edge of too wide but the BOA system seemed quite adept at stabilizing the top of the shoe.
“Upper overhang” is a common problem with wide golf shoes. Sometimes companies will place a wide upper on a standard width sole. Seriously, who thought this was a viable design? This type of construction leads to muffin topping around the edges of the shoe. This is a disaster in terms of stability and support, two things that are vitally important in golf shoes.
adidas got this part right, as the wide upper is married to a wide sole. The edges of my foot rest on the bottom of the shoe rather than hanging over the edges of it.
On The Grass
As far as being a golf shoe, the adidas S2G BOA Wide performed as needed. It was comfortable to walk in, with the comfort improving with subsequent rounds. Though not as structured as my gamer pair of adidas ZG21 BOA shoes, the adidas S2G BOA Wide kept my feet in place during the swings.
The only recurring issue was with the tongue and the non-wire BOA laces. The fit with this BOA system is seemingly not as secure as with the wire system. Nothing serious. Again, I played multiple rounds with the shoes. The adidas S2G BOA Wide BOA system requires more maintenance clicks than the wire BOA to keep the shoe tight.
Additionally, I wish that top edges of the shoe sat a little closer together when laced. Part of this is for overall stability but the other is to secure the tongue. The edges of the tongue sit too close to the edges of the shoe opening. This creates opportunities for tongue overlap on the top of the shoe. If the upper extended just a half inch more toward center, this would not be an issue.
adidas S2G BOA Wide: The Takeaway
All in all, the adidas S2G BOA Wide is a wide shoe worth checking out. Though not perfect, it is functional and comfortable. Though it’s too early to draw any conclusion about long-term durability, I will say the comfort has improved with use.
At about a hundred dollars, it’s a good deal as well. If this shoe fits your wide foot, buying a couple of back-up pairs won’t break the bank. If you’ve never considered buying back-up golf shoes, your foot is likely not that unusual in size.
Wide-landers know that if you find a shoe that fits, buy multiple pairs. I learned this lesson the hard way. The adidas S2G BOA Wide appeared on my radar because I was searching for another adidas golf shoe, the aforementioned ZG21 BOA. The ZG21 BOA and my feet had such a good thing going on that I decided to buy another pair. Unfortunately, they were out of stock everywhere. As I said, I learned this lesson the hard way.
The adidas S2G BOA Wide golf shoe is a good wide golf shoe. I do suggest you of the Clan Widefoot check it out. Unfortunately for me, I know this shoe is not “the one.” I’ll keep playing in it but my search for my forever wide golf shoe continues.
Naturally, I’m open to suggestions.
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JJGolf2 weeks ago
What makes “fit” even more important is golfing is about walking 6-8 miles. You can have shoes that don’t fit perfectly if you are sitting at a desk for 8 hours but you have to have a good fit for golf.
Adidas (at this point) doesn’t quite “get it” compared to what NB, FJ, and Skechers are putting out on the market. In fact, 2 of those 3 brands are doing well in the golf world BECAUSE they do wide shoes properly.
To me, it’s confusing to offer a wide shoe that really isn’t THAT wide. Either do it right or don’t do it.
Matt G3 weeks ago
I was intrigued by the possibility of a new wide shoe to try. I wear a 10.5 EEE. I also have a high instep so I suspect these won’t work for me after reading your comments “tight across the front” and “close enough” are red flags for me. Every time I compromise to try something more stylish, it ends in failure. To date I’ve had the best luck with Skechers. I am an envious of the cool designs available those whose feet fit within the “average”.
HAC3 weeks ago
I have wide feet and have gone through the same issues as everyone else here. For decades, I wore New Balance sneakers and FootJoy golf shoes, but in the past couple of years I have found a different shoe brand I love for both sneakers and golf shoes – Skechers. What I love about these shoes is that they also have a lot of cushioning on the bottom so that they both fit right and are really comfortable. My one issue with these is that they don’t seem to last as well as New Balance and FootJoy shoes do, but, they also tend to be cheaper.
Rams3 weeks ago
most problems and postural decompensations start with the feet. Most shoes have a V toe, that’s horrible for your feet, creating bunions and unused little toes. we were born barefoot, try to imitate that design if you want to be healthy. the shoe analyzed here ends in a V, apart from the absurd inclination that the shoes have. the only golf shoe that doesn’t have a V toe is true linkswear, and if not, barefoot. I am playing with barefoot, people look at you badly, but my feet are getting stronger as they do their job and they are getting wider, I also use toe separators at home, thus reducing decompensation that even affects breathing. I don’t understand why big companies are bent on destroying people’s feet, or… maybe yes. true linkswear or barefoot is the only thing that respects your feet.
Geoff Baker3 weeks ago
Normal Adidas are pretty narrow I think and even their wide fitting shoes aren’t really wide. Are these just normal Adidas wide or actually wide?
JJ3 weeks ago
I don’t have very wide feet, but I guess they are wider than regular size. I struggled a lot to find a comfortable pair. I ended up with the Cuater Moneymakers and they are great. Stable and comfortable. I walk 18 without thinking about my feet at all.
William Clark3 weeks ago
I have a perennial problem getting shoes for a wide foot. As someone who likes to walk the 18 holes, and a runner until hip replacement intervened, for years I have found New Balance shoes, both for golf and working out, to offer the best accommodation in terms of both width and room in the toe box. I bought a pair of (I think) NB Strikers last year, and love them. Glad to see that other manufacturers are getting the message at last.
PJ3 weeks ago
People complain about BOA malfunctions, I’ve been wearing BOA for over a decade and have had ONE lace break. I contacted BOA and they sent me a replacement wire, which I was able to replace myself.
I know a lot of folks are fans of ‘spikeless’ shoes, I am not. I tried them and found they slip too much on the tee box. And why you’d buy shoes that have soles that will wear out (when there is a better option in spikes) and become useless is beyond me..
Michael Pasquill3 weeks ago
I have a pair of the shoes but in the laced version and I like them. New balance shoes for me work the best. I will agree that having wide feet and high arches create a interesting process of finding the right shoe size. I look forward to hearing more about your adventures in the wide shoe search
LesR3 weeks ago
I suffer from Hallux Rigidus and take out the insoles provided with whatever shoes I purchase and have to use prescription orthotics. I usually wear 3E width and much prefer laces as I can mitigate specific pressure areas. Recently ordered Footjoy Pro SLs but will be returning them as the current model size is no where near that of prior years. Since so few manufacturers make extra wides and even fewer retailers carry them, I will be following this thread closely.
Richard Delmont3 weeks ago
I’d be curious how the BOA with Dyneema holds up over time. Having first hand experience with Dyneema fibers in various applications, the fiber will creep (stretch) over time before it finally gives way and snaps. It does have very good initial strength and very good water resistance being polyethylene.
Gary3 weeks ago
I have also done the “buy every wide shoe” and return what doesn’t work game. I’ve bought all the models that are marketed as wide but not necessarily sold in a reg and wide version (e.g. True, Adidas as examples). The two wide shoes that have worked the very very best, resulting in me buying multiples of each are: Footjoy’s Pro SL Carbon Spikeless in BOA (extra wide) and the Footjoy Flex Spikeless (extra wide). Both are ridiculously comfortable on my very wide feet. Huge recommend.
Michael Tatom3 weeks ago
I’m an OW (Original Widelander). So tired of buying up a size to fit the wide foot and then tripping over the toe. Wore only Footjoy for years because they had a wide and extra wide option. I still had to try on multiple pairs because sometimes I was a 10W and sometimes a 9.5EW. The W and EW options did not always come in the full range of color styles. The best I’ve found is ECCO BIOM C4 BOA. ECCO has a removable insole for the wide fit and it seems to work well for my foot to remove it. Very comfortable and stable .but they aren’t particularly good looking and don’t offer many color options/combinations. Also, they are pricey at $200++ a pair.
Graig3 weeks ago
So removing insole on Ecco’s create a wide fit? Does this impact comfort?
Fred3 weeks ago
I’ll never buy Adidas again. I had a pair of Code Chaos that were really comfortable, but after about 9 months, the sole split where the softer rubber met the hard plastic. I called Adidas, because they had a 2-year waterproof warranty, but I was told the shoes were only covered for 6 months for wear and tear.
Steve C3 weeks ago
So the shoe would leak through the split. This should be covered under waterproof warranty. Plus I’ve read in a couple places Adidas starts he warranty clock based on date of manufacture, It would then be possible to buy a new pair and be out of warranty considering the slow cargo ship supply issues.
Derrick3 weeks ago
I had the same thing happen in much less than 6 months. Adidas said that was normal wear and tear and not covered by warranty. I still have some 6-7 year old tour 360s that are in my rotation, but I will avoid Adidas golf shoes in the future. Next pair will be GFore.
John P.3 weeks ago
it is great to see someone looking for wide shoes. I wear a 14 4E. I did wear New Balance all the time but they have decided to narrow their toe box. So I had to look for something else. I tried Ecco shoes because they have a removable insert. They actually work for me for now. The lacing spacing has a lot to be desired but they work. It is too bad we golfers with wide feet have to constantly search for wide shoes.
It is also funny that some golf shoe companies don’t believe we can have a long foot and it be wide.
Thanks Dave for investigating wide golf shoes for us wide foot golfers!
3wack3 weeks ago
I feel your pain, NB and True have worked for me.
Steve3 weeks ago
I am a 10.5 XW on Footjoy shoes and they fit ok, along with some Ecco models(though there is more discrepancies with Ecco sizing). The shoe that fits me best is the G4 Gallivanter, but the problem is they are routinely out of stock and not all of the styles come in Wide.
Manotee3 weeks ago
I had two pair of BOA shoes fail in about a week, both under warranty.
I therefore am not a big fan of BOA. I have asked that the replacement shoes be the laced model vs the BOA model. If laces break, they can be replaced.
I have moderately wide feet and have the same issues as the reviewer. FootJoy, Ecco and New Balance have wide shoe models that fit well.
As I play 6-7 days a week, weather permitting, and walk and usually carry 9-18 holes, athletic style shoes are a must. Due to terrain and other conditions, I have had issues with spikeless shoes, so spikes are a must.
I am glad Adidas is offering more wide options. Adidas shoes I have looked at over the years have not had wide models. I will add Adidas to my golf shoe options if wide spiked models are available.
I have used LockLaces in most of my golf and athletic shoes, and they offer the same benefit as BOA with the ability to replace if they ever fail. So far, the laces have outlived all my golf shoes.
Mark R3 weeks ago
BOA technology sucks. They break. Give me laces
David K Scott3 weeks ago
I’m not a big fan of spike less golf shoes.
At least when the spikes wear down you can replace them, not the
whole shoe. Especially with the outrageous prices of golf shoes.
JD3 weeks ago
A lot of newer golf shoes have non-replaceable spikes now
RC3 weeks ago
Dave – I just want to re-emphasize the great point you made about buying (as many as you can afford) backups when you find a pair you love. I didn’t do that when I bought my wide Spieth 5’s from Under Armour, and I’m suffering through search after search trying to find them. Some opportunist has a pair on eBay that he wants $400 for!! And the point is, it’s not perfect because it has a back material that gets filthy, and impossible to clean. The leather portion that makes up the majority of the shoe is easy to clean, but the back does become an eyesore, but the shoe fits me perfectly, and performs better than any spiked shoe (other than metal spikes) I’ve ever owned. In terms of wide fit, the wide golf shoes from Callaway that I tried a few years back were very wide, so maybe they have a good spikeless version now. One more thing about the Spieth 5’s is that the “spikes” are very long and very durable. Nice article, looking forward to the next in the series.
Joe3 weeks ago
Skechers has some good wide options!
Dick Read3 weeks ago
I am a member of the wide foot group with a large tailor bunion on rt foot. Every brand, every style is a different size, width. Just when you find a shoe that works, DISCONTINUED. Of course replacement doesn’t fit now.
I’ll have to take a look at these, but finding wide shoes in any store is impossible.
Thx, keep up good work.
MAC3 weeks ago
Hey Dave, can you do me a favor and try/review the Sqariz golf shoes. I keep rea ding that they are perfect for w ide feet and exceptionally comfy. As another Wide Foiter who has issues finding golf shoes that fit comfortable, I’d like your opinion.
Warren Faust3 weeks ago
For what it is worth, I spoke with a Squairz rep several months ago. I told him I needed the New Balance 4E to fit my feet. He told me they would not fit but there was a consideration of bringing a wider version to market. I have been watching and waiting!
tscdave3 weeks ago
They look worth a try to me. Price is not bad for a BOA strap, maybe find them on sale too.
Adam3 weeks ago
Thank you for the review. Being 9.5 EEEE with high arches, I’ve been banished to the New Balance lineup for a long time. Do you find the BOA system superior to the lace up method?
RT3 weeks ago
These are lacking in inventive design… The toe kick is ugly with that chopped up chucky rubber look, the tongue is vented which will hold dirt in the holes, the outer material is better fit to a jogger the shape looks like a lazy designer trying pass off a gym shoe as a true golf shoe. .although that’s not all bad for the jogger /mountain climber/ soccer player .The Boa lace system is not worth the price , I had Puma shoes with a system like the Boa and it would not stay tight. The Tread design isn’t bad though !!.You can put lipstick on a pig but it’s still a pig…!!!! Shinny Leather shoes ?????
Donnie Envelopes3 weeks ago
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your review of a new Wide-Body shoe. As a charter member of this clan I can attest to the near impossibility of obtain a show wide enough for my side-spreading foot. (11 4E).
I’ve always been limited to if it fits, buy it no matter how it looks or performs. I’ve been confined to New Balance, Sketchers and top-end FootJoys. I look forward to further reviews
Keith Tuttle3 weeks ago
Wide feet? Try the struggle of extra-wide. Where to begin? I’ve recently added yet another pair, as this article describes I buy what I can when I can. As a Canadian, extra-wide (XW) isn’t marketed here at all. I have to get creative to be comfortable. Footjoy is effectively the only brand that fits, the XW struggle is real. I feel your pain and identify with what is said here.
Steve C3 weeks ago
What exactly does “Waterproof Upper” mean? Could the shoe leak up through the sole then and not be covered by warranty? Thanks for a good review.
Jim3 weeks ago
Sorry but these shoes do nothing for me. I think they are cheap looking and have very little style to them. This is coming from someone who ones 6 pairs of the older Adidas 360 shoes when they were leather and have great stability. They also were a lot more stylish in colors.
Curt Weaver3 weeks ago
Here, here for the 360. Especially the 4.0. You got me beat…I have 4 pair. 2 white, 1 black, and 1 brown that I dyed black. The 9 fits my 8 1/2 wide foot. Any golfers out there know of a golf shoe that fits exactly like this, but is lighter?
William Gothard3 weeks ago
I share the misery of searching for a comfortable wide-width golf shoe, or any shoe for that matter. My problem is compounded because I have perfectly flat feet as well. Going up a size is not an option in any athletic shoe due to stability and slippage. I agree that a huge problem us building wide shoes on the same regular or medium-width last. The only golf shoes I have found to fit me well across their models have been manufactured by Footjoy.
Rory3 weeks ago
Footjoy tour X was a good wide shoe, now it’s beat and I am in the same predicament as you. So I take from this that if I can find the zg21’s I should buy them?
Rob3 weeks ago
Dave, I am with you brother! I have wide fee but not freakishly so. But also have flat feet that require me to use custom orthotics for support. That puts me into a 4E in most shoes, some I can get away with 2E. So it is hard to find normal shoes in 11 4E, much less golf shoes. I have had every issue you mention and then some. So yes, I have two pairs and I prefer spiked versions because once I find a shoe to my liking, I want to keep it for as long as I can. So I replace the spikes frequently, change the insoles at least once.a year and run them through the washing machine after the season is over.
I thought about just wearing athletic shoes on the course, but they just do not have the grip or stability for golf. My current pair is a FootJoy and my back up is Etonic. They are comfortable but they will not last forever. So I look forward to more of “Daves fat feet follies.”
Joe3 weeks ago
What shoes did you settle on?
Thomas A3 weeks ago
“Tight across the front” and “close enough” are big red flags. Close enough isn’t good enough. Most wide shoes still have the traditional tapered inverted “V” toe box. Your feet and toes need room to move. The only shoe for golf out there that comes close is True Linkswear.
Steve3 weeks ago
Might have to try these. With my fat “toe box” and skinny heel I gave up on golf shoes and switched to hiking shoes for golf. Had to go thru a number of different styles to get the right sole traction. These look perfect; if they’ll fit.
Chas3 weeks ago
Steve, you and me both, brother. The thing is, some of us don’t have big beefy feet that are wide front and back but we need a wide toe box combined with a more narrow heel construction. Bunions can necessitate that shoe configuration. If the shoe is too wide in the heel then the shoe seems loose, your feet sloshing around side to side back there. In my experience Asics street shoes fit me best but their golf shoes don’t. New Balance street shoes are second best. Anybody, any suggestions for wide toe box/narrow heel?
Nick3 weeks ago
I’m in this boat (medium heel, wide toe box), bought this pair of S2G wides. I think the article is spot on for me anecdotally. It was my first pair of golf shoes and as a new golfer wasn’t looking to spend $200. Having worn them for the season they are okay, very comfortable and fit the foot shape. The tongue issue is real, the BOA needs to be tightened multiple times a round.
MrRellim703 weeks ago
Thanks for the review! As part of the Clan Widefoot i can affirm the struggle to find good fitting golf shoes is real.
David West3 weeks ago
Very glad to see the start of “Dave’s Fat Foot Follies!” Zappos has been my go to for multiple orders and returns. My issue with foot overhang has to do with the curved last almost all shoes use. If you could find som straight last golf shoes, I would love to know! Lastly, if someone would start a series of reviews for tall men’s golf apparel, that would be great.
Tourstagefan3 weeks ago
Thank you for the write-up. I commiserate with you in the quest for the perfect-fitting golf shoe in a wide width. I’m a size-10 wide and found the Adidas PowerBand BOA Boost to fit like a glove. I bought three extra pairs near the end of the shoe’s lifecycle and just wore out my last pair this past season. I’m now wearing the FootJoy HyperFlex BOA in Wide-width and rate it a 9/10 especially since I have recently put it through its paces walking the course for Winter golf season.