Spotted on Tour: Tony Finau’s shoes are the golf/skating crossover you didn’t know you needed

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Tony Finau's Nike Janoski shoes are half skate shoe, half golf shoe and fully certain to leave you with the most fashionable kicks in your foursome.

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Welcome to Spotted on Tour, where we’ll highlight buzzy apparel, gear, gadgets and more that caught our eye over the weekend. Better yet, we’ll help you get your hands on your own.

We begin this week’s Spotted on Tour in Cincinnati, Ohio — some 715 miles away from the site of last week’s 3M Open. But no, we’re not talking about the bevy of great golf happening in the Buckeye State this July, we’re talking about baseball.

Major League Baseball returned to television screens Thursday and with it, a new wave of on-field gear. But for all the bells and whistles, no equipment change earned more attention than the one that occurred in Cincinnati. On Saturday, Cincinnati Reds pitcher Michael Lorenzen briefly set social media ablaze when he wore a pair of custom-made Vans baseball spikes. Lorenzen, who grew up in California, had the spikes specially designed as a nod to the cult-classic skate shoes.

Undoubtedly, Lorenzen’s shoes are sweet. Sweet enough to raise the question: could something similar be done in golf?

As it turns out, something similar had already been done in golf — and 715 miles up the road from Cincinnati at TPC Twin Cities, something similar was on Tony Finau’s feet.

The simple design and understated cut of Finau’s shoes welcome an iconic look in a new setting.

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Finau’s Nike Janoski G golf shoes represent the perfect intersection between golf and skate culture — built for performance but designed for the cool, understated style that skaters (and golfers) love. A foam sockliner built into the shoe cushions every step and provides wearers with protection against blisters and discomfort.

The Janoski comes waterproof in both suede and leather (depending upon the color scheme), while a unique traction pattern provides wearers with the necessary grip and stability to withstand the force generated by a golf swing. Sure, Finau’s spikeless kicks aren’t your grandfather’s golf shoes, but isn’t that the point?

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Nike Janoski G Men’s Golf Shoes

Nike Janoski G men’s golf shoes pair the minimalist approach of a classic skate shoe with the performance factors Tony Finau (and you) need to go low out on the course. A built-in foam sockliner provides added support and comfort for those who love to walk, while waterproof suede and leather keep you dry, no matter the conditions. The Janoski is cool, it’s comfortable, and it’s stylish enough for wear inside the clubhouse, on the course and out on the town.
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James Colgan Editor

James Colgan is an assistant editor at GOLF, contributing stories for the website and magazine on a broad range of topics. He writes the Hot Mic, GOLF’s weekly media column, and utilizes his broadcast experience across the brand’s social media and video platforms. A 2019 graduate of Syracuse University, James — and evidently, his golf game — is still defrosting from four years in the snow, during which time he cut his teeth at NFL Films, CBS News and Fox Sports. Prior to joining GOLF, James was a caddie scholarship recipient (and astute looper) on Long Island, where he is from.