Review: G/Fore Gallivan2r golf shoes

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By Lewis Fraser Published: 3 May 2024
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The most affordable golf shoe that G/Fore has ever made

Who are they for?

Golfers who want a luxury shoe that performs and looks incredibly well

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PROS

  • Not many better looking golf shoes on the market (if any!)
  • The insole is different but we think it works very well
  • Very easy to clean and keep looking box fresh

CONS

  • The spikes aren't as advanced as some competitors, but still provide decent traction

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G/Fore Gallivan2r golf shoes review

You might not be familiar with the G/Fore brand, but if you’re looking for a fresh and snazzy pair of golf shoes, then you’ll want to get familiar with them.

The Gallivan2r range, (pronounced Gallivan-tour) is new from the brand, who say that they’re into disruptive luxury.

In the past, you might have viewed G/Fore shoes as being super-premium products and therefore out of your price range, but these come in at £150. Sure, that isn’t cheap, but compared to other brands, it’s not overly expensive.

I wore these for five rounds on the Isle of Arran, which was a rigorous test to say the least.

Here’s what I made of them.

The First Look

These come in a pink box, which certainly catches the eye. I’ve got a pair of these in the white/blue camo option, and they look brilliant in my opinion.

At first, I was worried about keeping these clean, particularly with the wet weather we’ve been having in Scotland recently, but that wasn’t an issue, as we’ll touch on later.

These are available in a multitude of colours, so if you want something more traditional or more wild, then you’ll be catered for.

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The Tech

The first thing you’ll notice about these when you put them on is the insole. It’s like nothing I’ve worn before, as bumps on them press into your foot. G/Fore call this their cushioned interior, and it does just that on the course. It essentially massages your foot as you walk along. Really nice touch.

Next, the 3D moulded heel cup is designed to keep your foot stable on the golf course. It also adds to the out of the box comfort that these give.

The amplified sole gives these a distinctive look when they’re on your feet. On this sole is G/Fore’s cleat (that’s spikes to you and me) system, which is there to give you more stability through shots.

Finally, these shoes are made with waterproof TPU for added protection on the outside of the shoe.

A combination of the mg4+’s modern performance details with the gallivanter’s classic silhouette, the new gallivan2r is a fresh addition to our wide selection of popular golf shoes. Equipped with an auxetic lattice midsole, integrated rubber cleat system, heel cap, cushioned interior, and antimicrobial mesh lining, its ultra lightweight and comfortable design comes with fully locked-in stability for every swing. The waterproof T.P.U. upper won’t let the weather stop you either. 

The bunkered Verdict

I love these shoes and after wearing them for five rounds in the space of three days, I can really see the appeal of them. That was the first time I had worn them and they were light on the feet, while being very comfortable. I wore them with thick socks and thin socks and with both, they felt great. No breaking in period needed.

As I touched on, they look great and if you’re spending money on a new pair of shoes, you want to like the look of them. Of course this is all subjective, but I think the majority of golfers will agree with me on this one.

The insole, which is common across all G/Fore shoes, takes a little bit of getting used to, but on the course, it really helps to make walking comfortable.

The leather upper on these is very easy to clean. The material, if washed with a damp cloth, so far hasn’t stained for me. Considering I spent a lot of my rounds with these on in the thick rough (and sometimes mud), that’s a good sign.

In terms of performance, these are excellent. The stability provided by the heel cup is there to see, and I felt pretty planted over the shot.

What I will say is that the cleat system on the bottom isn’t quite as advanced as other shoes on the market. If you’re prone to slipping on the course and want something that will keep your feet grounded, then you might be better served with something else. It’s a small point and by no means are the spikes on this bad, but some competitors do it better.

Having said that, it’s a small point and very much nit-picking, it wouldn’t discourage me from wearing these in a competitive round.

Overall, they look great, are very comfortable and perform well on the course too. They are well worthy of their inclusion in the best waterproof golf shoes of 2024 buying guide. I’ll certainly be using them more in 2024.

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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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