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Hybrid Spikes

Following on the heels of the success of its innovative golf sandals, Bite continues to nibble away at the notion of what a golf shoe should be. In much the same way that metal spikes gave way to soft spikes, Bite now asks us to imagine a spikeless world altogether. The new Bite Golf and Travel shoe ($80–$100, biteshoes.com) comes in five models—solid black or brown, saddle and two hiker styles—and is a hybrid, designed for both on- and off-course wear. The hard-rubber Vibram sole features lugs in various shapes that are angled to promote gripping as well as uphill and downhill traction, enabling them to go from a morning round to an afternoon hike or sightseeing tour. We found that they only lost their grip on firm, wet fairways and tees and, happily, didn't clog up with sod. Traditionalists might get their knickers in a twist over the idea of a hybrid shoe, but these aren't designed for them anyway. They're for the laid-back golfer who likes the idea of traveling with one less pair of heavy shoes.

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