Puma Proadapt Alphacat Leather Golf Shoe Review
In 2021, Puma introduced us to the Proadapt Alphacat Golf Shoe – an impressive spikeless golf shoe with unique styling and performance features. For 2022, Puma has released an all-leather version of the Alphacat, available in white or black. Could this version improve on the original to make it one of the best golf shoes on the market? If you’ve ever read my verdict, you’ll see that Alphacat leather doesn’t hit that mark. In this review, I’ll explain why it’s still a very solid golf shoe and just a few more details are missing.
I tested the Alphacat leather over several laps on the course to get a really good idea of whether there were any performance benefits over the stock shoe. From a comfort perspective, the Alphacat Leather outperforms the original shoe and many other spikeless shoes on the market. It uses the same Adaptfoam midsole cushioning that I have always found impressive in Puma shoes.
There’s enough cushioning and energy return to support your foot through an 18-hole walk and the leather upper makes for a much softer golf shoe than the original Alphacat. The leather upper is also very easy to clean, which helps me see these shoes stay fresh and clean for a long time after first use.
Where the Alphacat leather falls for me is style – put simply, these are aesthetically very boring golf shoes. Compared to other spikeless golf shoes like the G/FORE MG4x2, Ecco Biom C4, and FootJoy Fuel, the Alphacat Leather is rather tepid to look at. Granted, if you want a shoe that’s neutral enough to match the majority of your other golf apparel, that’s great, but to me, it doesn’t inspire much joy when you lace them up. Although the leather upper creates a calmer look than the original Alphacat, to me it also looks a lot like many recent Puma golf shoes. Not that it’s a terrible thing, but it would be nice to see Puma mix it up a bit.
I was able to test the Alphacat leather in both dry and wet conditions on the golf course and can report the spikeless outsole. In my opinion, there are still better performing spikeless outsoles – see the FootJoy Pro SL or Skechers Go Golf Drive 5 – but this Puma spikeless outsole still works in multiple conditions. Overall, this is a performance spikeless golf shoe at a competitive price in today’s market. But for an uninspiring style, the Puma Proadapt Alphacat Leather Golf Shoe will give you a very comfortable walk on the links.