Last week, we did the True Linkswear Original review, and today we’d be doing a quick True Linkwear knit review too.
Out of the entire TRUE line of products, the knit might be the most seamless street-to-course shoe they make. The lightweight and breathable materials it is built with ensure you enjoy the highest level of comfort over long wear periods while still functioning as a solid golf shoe. The versatility and comfort are what you get if that is what you’re looking for.
TRUE Linkswear Knit review
For beginners, the TRUE Linkswear TRUE Knit is comes in 5 various colorways such as white, navy blue, black, grey, and a red-ish knit. I’ve found the Knit to dress up or down for really any look. Whether it’s jeans at the bar or golf pants for the course, the overall look is solid.
The completely-breathable TRUEKnit upper has a somewhat casual look to it with its white midsole and gum bottoms. Pick any color you want but be wise as they can be faintly seen through the shoe’s knit.
As you can see, there are some accent detauls in the knit on the toe boxes to give the TRUE Knit a little extra character. In other words, the TRUE Knit is a casual, yet appropriate, shoe that goes with a wide range of looks both off and on the course.
TRUE Linkswear has a way of managing to make their shoes feel all snugly and firm around your feet without being restrictive and feeling tight. The TRUE Knit feels very fitted to your foot with a strong “wrap” for stability, but somehow still manages to feel freeing on your foot.
Alongside that snug feel, the TRUEKnit upper is barely noticeable while you’re wearing it. I noticed the same effect in the TRUE Linkswear Original as well. This fit is an added advantage for better control and stability to deliver strong “course performance” as well. I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but you almost need to wear them for yourself for this to really make sense.
As earlier mentioned, the TrueKnit upper is highly lightweight and breathable. This makes for a extremely comfortable wear over longer periods of time both on and off the golf course. While there is moisture resistance, I would recommend not wearing these on muddy or overly wet days.
Wet days because they are only water repellent (not “water proof”) and muddy because over time, that mud will be tough to clean off. If you’d prefer a more waterproof solution, check out our TRUE ORIGINAL review guide.
For normal dry conditions, however, the TRUE Knit is comfortable as can be. Also worth noting is that the midsole is on the firmer side but is still comfortable out of the box. This sole helps provide a more stable base and better ground feedback.
Over time, the midsole softens some, but doesn’t become “bouncy” or pillowy” which is great news for me. I don’t want to walk on 2x4s, but super squishy footbeds historically do more damage than good.
Players that prefer a free range of motion will fall in love with the TRUE Linkswear TRUE Knit. While I earlier mentioned that the TRUE Knit is form fitting, it does allow for some movement. To be honest, I love that feel, but if you really need some heavy arch or ankle support, you may need to consider a different TRUE model.
The TRUE Knit’s gum soles have what TRUE Linkswear refer to as a “Cross-Life Tread” for “maximum versatility”. While on the course, the Cross-Life tread provides great grip and the stable base makes a comfortable swing from any lie a breeze. Note, if you’re not a spikeless fan, these aren’t for you.
While off the course, our review of the True Linkswear knit shows that it is highly comfortable and “walks around” well. I’ve found many shoes that are branded as “street to course” but aren’t really all that great for either.
The worst is when floors the floors or concrete are wet and the nubs slide everywhere. With the TRUE Knit, I paid close attention to this specific test and found no issues. Do they feel like my addidas sneakers when walking around? Not exactly, but when they are perfectly uncomfortable and do fine in civilian life. I can easily wear these on a regular basis on nicer days.
TRUE Linkswear TRUE Knit Technical Specs
We often do not add this to our shoe reviews, but we discovered the specs from the TRUE Linkswear page as very useful with additional information.
- TRUEknit Fully Breathable One-Piece Upper (90% Polyester, 10% Spandex)
- One Piece TRUEknit Upper Flexibly Conforms to Most Foot Shapes (D-EEE)
- Cross-Life Tread for Maximum Versatility
- Transitional (Minimal) Drop – (4-6mm dependent on size)
- Oil and Water Repellent Upper
- EVA Midsole for Lightweight Cushioning, 12.55 mm
- Super Lightweight – 9.5 oz. (size 9 M)
Room for Improvement
By its nature, knit construction is not all that supportive.
If you have ankle or arch issues and kust need more support (à la Jordan Spieth finish), these shoes might not be right for you.
I sometimes feel like I swish around in the netting and on uneven lies feel like I’m sliding out of the sides. That doesn’t mean the shoes don’t hold up or lack quality, it just makes me more aware of slope and balance.
Another “problem” you may encounter is the Sockfit Upper digging into the back of your ankle. The issue is easily resolved by pairing the shoes with your best Kentwool Tour Profile socks. If you go for the Low Profile, you’re gonna have a bad time.
If you’re searching for a new gold shoe, I highly suggest you try out the TRUE Knits. They are affordable, comfortable, breathable, and incredibly lightweight. You can find them in navy, white, or gray colors for $129.
The year’s not over yet, you still have time to select a pair. Just be prepared for cool compliments on and off the course. Also, be sure to check out our review of the other two major releases from TRUE Linkswear this year.
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