The branded shoe from G/FORE is absolutely eye-catching on the shelf. It’s a great fusion of classic style and a bunch of cool, modern details – and it’s those touches that set Gallivanter shoes apart from anything I’ve seen and tried on the market.
Not everyone will be a fan of versions with bold outsoles and the Skull and Ts emblem on your face, but for those who like their golf shoes to have classic high-end styling and ‘attitude’, so I don’t think the Gallivanter can be beat – the Tuxedo version (Blue Camo design) is for me the nicest pair of shoes I’ve ever worn.
Aside from his unique appearance, how did the Gallivanters behave? First, they are extremely comfortable shoes. As you’d expect from one of the best golf shoes, the traction levels are also very impressive, and the premium leather feels as good as it looks and the grain textured finish pebble is eye-catching and easier to clean than I thought. . The cushioned footbed which has lots of little raised “nodules” provides a wonderful massage – a feeling that takes a bit of getting used to, but after a short while you really start to like it.
The only small negative point was the weight of the Gallivanters. For me, in terms of quality and style, it’s a shoe to match the FootJoy Premiere Series – and while I think the Gallivanter offers more style and attitude, it’s definitely heavier. I was so impressed with how light the Premiere Series was compared to the DryJoys Tour it replaced and it definitely set a benchmark for light weight among classic style high end shoes.
G/Fore mentions this on their website, but the Gallivanters are narrower and for me the G/Fore shoes run slightly small – I’m normally a 7.5 for most golf shoes, but I’ve gone up to a size 8 for these and the excellent MG4+ model.
And finally, it may seem like a small detail, but for anyone like me who takes great care in keeping their shoes in top condition, you’ll appreciate the spare pair of laces that come with the Gallivanters.
If you play a lot of golf – especially in the UK where you can’t escape the mud, dirt and grime – it’s always nice to have a spare pair to keep your golf shoes on too A1 as possible.