Originally Posted by dan
In the winter I like to golf with lightweight goretex hiking boots. When it's dry, I like running shoes. What is a disc golf shoe? How is it different from a hiking or running shoe? Is it goretex? Heavy, light? I'm very curious, because it seems like an activity that doesn't necessarily need a shoe specifically designed for it.
You might be a lot less hard on your shoes than most of us. I've personally found light hikers to be the best balance in terms of durability, traction, and weight/flexibility, but even so, they're not built for disc golf and break down. The main issues I tend to have are the sides of my shoes blowing out, like right around the balls of my feet, due to the twisting/torquing action through a drive. The other major issue I've had is soft tread just getting eaten away like it was on a belt sander from teepads. Back when I was a toe-dragging sidearmer, I used to ruin my shoes with regularity on the tees.
This is the first I've heard about the Keen dg shoes, but I think this is awesome. The Bite shoes were a step in the right direction (heh, no pun intended), but I think it's a lot more promising to have a fairly well-known brand supporting the sport. Next up, Salomon and Merrell?