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Adidas ZG21 Shoe Line

Feb 03, 2021

Adidas ZG21 Shoe Line

FairwayStyles chatted with Shawn Koutahi, the U.S. Senior Merchandise Manager in Footwear & Accessories for Golf at Adidas. He gave us the inside scoop on the ZG21 shoe line, spiked Adidas men’s golf shoes that offer plenty of style and functionality. Additionally, we got his hot takes on trends in men’s golf footwear, comparisons between the ZG21 vs. Tour 360 golf shoes and so much more.

FairwayStyles: Describe what your role is with Adidas Golf Shoes.

Shawn Koutahi: I am the U.S. Senior Merchandise Manager for Footwear & Accessories, including Adidas shoes for golf. My role entails working closely with sales, marketing and the product creation team to ensure we have the most progressive and compelling products in the U.S. market.

FairwayStyles: What trends are you seeing in the industry right now? Are there any specific materials, fabrics, or performance features?

Shawn Koutahi: As it relates to footwear, we’re seeing a couple key trends. On the footwear front, Adidas spikeless golf shoes outsole models continue to trend up and spikeless golf shoes currently represent about 65-70% of golf shoes sold in the U.S. – this is up from about 50% just a couple years ago. However, there is still a healthy appetite for quality spiked models and we at Adidas Golf pride ourselves on making the best spikeless and spiked footwear for all golfers.

Versatility is a trend we’re seeing across all product categories; golfers are looking for products they can golf in as well as enjoy off the course, too. Materials in footwear continue to rapidly evolve, we’re seeing technical waterproof textiles and microfibers become more common in lieu of traditional all-over leather shoes. Ultimately, it comes down to performance and comfort which makes perfect sense for a sport that involves so much walking.

Adidas Code Chaos 22 Boa Spikeless

FairwayStyles: Golf footwear has changed tremendously in the last two decades often with the promise of better performance. What has been the biggest change in golf shoe design at Adidas Golf and how is it helping golfers play better?

Shawn Koutahi: We also have a clear mission to be the most progressive golf brand in the world. With this mission in mind, we’re creating products with the tenets of innovation, creativity, inclusivity and sustainability. Over the last couple decades we’ve continuously challenged ourselves to make the best performing most comfortable shoes for golfers.

Take our most iconic franchise, the TOUR 360, that launched in 2005 that really redefined what a performance golf shoe should be, to BOOST technology in golf footwear in 2015 that provided the most comfortable and responsive midsole foam, unlike anything golfers had previously experienced.

In 2020, we launched CodeChaos, which represented the most technical and comfortable Adidas spikeless golf shoes in our portfolio. It was one of the bestselling models all year long and exceeded all expectations.

We launched the ZG21 in 2021, which is all about lightweight performance without compromising comfort, traction & stability. In addition to the ZG21 the EQT SL will debut in February which offers the exceptional comfort and performance you’d expect from adidas footwear, but also incorporates PRIMEGREEN recycled polyester as we continue in our journey to end plastic waste.

With all these advancements we stay true to our positioning which is, Born of Sport, Rooted in Golf. We’re part of one of the greatest sports brands in the world but everything we create is through the lens of the golfer.

Adidas ZG21 Motion Golf Shoe

FairwayStyles: Tell us about the new ZG21 Shoe. What can golfers expect when they slip on a pair for the first time?

Shawn Koutahi: The ZG21 which is all about lightweight performance without compromising comfort, traction & stability.

This model is offered in Men’s (Medium & Wide), Women’s and Juniors versions in both laced and BOA closure options. The ZG21 offers a clean, sleek yet bold design that stands out from other golf shoes. It represents the lightest spiked golf footwear model with BOOST that Adidas has ever created, weighing in at 13 oz. (size 9), that’s approximately 20% lighter for ZG21 vs TOUR 360 XT.

It’s all about innovation when it comes to the ZG21. The SPRINTSKIN 4-layer fused upper offers a lightweight waterproof alternative to traditional leather. The midsole is comprised of a proprietary LIGHTSTRIKE foam which offers excellent cushioning and energy return along with a 40% weight savings compared to regular EVA. Combine that with BOOST in the heel and golfers will experience the best of cushioning and stability in a spiked model.

One of the most noticeable features of the ZG21 is the stability fin on the lateral midsole. Not only does this lightweight polymer component provide a bold aesthetic element, it also functions to provide tremendous stability. The stability fin’s elegant design works in unison with the TPU heel counter to ensure golfers are secure and stable in any condition on the course.

Last but not least, golfers will notice a unique swing plane traction zone on the outsole which was perfected over hundreds of hours of testing & heat map studies over about 2 years. This swing plane zone creates optimum traction for the golfer throughout their round.

Ladies Adidas Tour360 22 Golf Shoe

FairwayStyles: What trends are you seeing in the industry right now? Are there any specific materials, fabrics or performance features?

Shawn Koutahi: The only thing that comes to mind is that we’re seeing a slight shift in traditional technical fabrics. Those will obviously always live on the course and are made to perform, and the golfer loves them, but they also want to fill their closets with other fabrics that are also extremely comfortable to wear.

We’d like to extend a big thank you to Shawn Koutahi for taking the time to speak with us about the latest Adidas shoes for golf. For those looking for spiked golf shoes that are lighter than anything they’ve experienced before, pick up a pair of Adidas ZG21 shoes to experience them for yourselves. There’s no doubt that Adidas men’s golf shoes will continue to advance and innovate, and every fan of Adidas shoes for golf should be excited about what’s next.

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