Golfkicks is one of the products aired on Shark Tank Season 11 Episode 5 on Sunday 27th October 2019. The Golfkicks adventure began in a Denver garage with three friends ranging from decent to unsafe on the golf course. They had trouble finding cool, comfortable golf shoes and wondered why they couldn’t just add traction to a pair of Chucks or Jordans or whatever they wanted. After several bad prototypes and a few injuries we launched a Kickstarter campaign and set up shop to provide freedom of footwear choice to golfers around the world.
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Founders are the creator of the Sushi Roll by Fishpond, Tyler Stuart, along with outdoor enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, John Krosky and Matt Mockus.
About Founders of Golkicks
The founders of Golfkicks are an impressive team. Tyler, CEO, is a serial entrepreneur with several successful startups and a passion for design; John, Chief Revenue Officer, specializes in advertising, management and building customer relationships through social media; and Matt, Executive Officer and Promoter, excels in lead generation and customer acquisition across mobile, tablet, and desktop platforms.
How Golfkicks Works and how they can be added to any shoes
CHOICE OF SHOES – Soles need to be 1/3 inch thick and have RUBBER (NOT FOAM) on the bottom. The flatter the sole the better. If you have a lot of traction on the sole you don’t need Golfkicks.
Mount your Golfkicks on a FLAT area of your shoe so that the disc part of the cleat is flush to your sole. Do not hang off already-raised traction. Do not install a cleat way up on your toe this is not necessary.
Map cleat placement on sole with included marker and
ALL VERSION 2 KITS AND JORDAN 11 INSTALLS: DRILL PILOT HOLES with a 5/32 drill bit 1/4 Inch deep, this helps because:
Some Jordans (11s) have a layer of carbon fiber directly beneath the rubber that Golfkicks can’t penetrate without a pilot hole.
Some Nike Airs have air bladders that are too close to the sole and you will sacrifice the air pressure if you choose these models (Max 270, 32’s) if you have a question email us and we’ll try to find a “deconstruct” image of your shoe model and help out.
PLACEMENT – ALL SHOES ARE DIFFERENT – Install Golfkicks into flat areas of sole. If you place GKs on already raised traction they will tear out. Cleats are designed to let the sole of your shoe touch the earth. Avoid overhanging outside of sole to prevent tear-out. AVOID PUNCTURING ANY AIR OR GEL BLADDERS within the sole. Start with 4 cleats in the heel and 4 in the fore-foot of each shoe (less on kids/smaller shoes).
The easiest way to install your Golfkicks is to mark your cleat positions on the sole, and use included hex driver to screw in Golfkicks to the point where the disc snugs up against the sole of your shoe. DO NOT OVER TURN as this will strip out your sole material making it hard for the Golfkicks to stay in place. When snug, give an extra 1/4 turn to allow the underside ridges to grab your sole.
Golfkicks are meant to be permanent. Avoid repeatedly removing and installing your Golfkicks into the same hole as this will cause the sole material in the hole to weaken and be less supportive.
Be aware that softer, spongier sole materials will not hold Golfkicks. We pack extra Golfkicks in every package in case you lose a few.
HEADS UP ON VANS! – Place cleats in the bottom of the traction buckets on VANS, use Shoe Goo to keep Golfkicks from falling out on golf course and VANS are doable. You will feel the cleats on the cart path but Vans are the favorite golf shoe for our cofounder Matt he rocks them every day.
Safety Tips on using Golfkicks
- Avoid wearing Golfkicks indoors – they may scrape flooring.
- Some surfaces can be extremely slippery for Golfkicks.
- Be careful out there. Golfkicks are designed to give you extra traction on the golf course but they do not eliminate the inherent dangers of playing golf or using tools for installation. Golfkicks is not liable for any injury, loss or consequential damage resulting from the installation, wearing, or other use of our product.
FAQs on Golfkicks
Q: What are Golfkicks made of?
A: Metal and rubber.
Q: Will they ruin my shoes or make them leak?
A: Golfkicks are meant to be permanent but if removed usually leave only a small hole in the rubber and the 7mm screw does not go all the way through sole of recommended shoes. Different soles heal in different ways, some barely visible.
Q: Do Golfkicks require me to pre-drill pilot holes?
A: NO for Version 3 traction kits (Metallicore), YES for Version 1,2 – it results in a cleaner, better install and some shoes have tougher materials hidden beneath the rubber sole.
Q: Does glue help?
A: Yes, some customers have found that a little dab of Shoe Goo increases hold.(In VANS you want to use it for sure)
Q: Will Golfkicks fall out?
A: It is possible for any type of screw-in cleats to fall out. There are some sole materials that hold better than others. The best materials for holding screw in cleats are harder/high carbon rubber soles. Softer foam rubber soles and outsoles with deep siping cuts tend to be less reliable for holding screws.
Q: Is there a single recommended pattern for installing Golfkicks?
A: No. It depends on the shoe and tread pattern, find flat spots on the sole and distribute similar to a golf shoe, 8 cleats on a single adult shoe.
Q: Will Golfkicks push through to my feet?
A: We have not had a reported case of push through and encourage you to only use Golfkicks on shoes with minimum sole thickness of 1/3 inch. Some customers who wear them with minimal shoes or sandals with soft soles report feeling “hot spots” when Golfkicks are placed directly under heavy strike places of your foot such as a big toe, ball of foot, or heel.