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> Best Overall: Adidas Response Shoe
“One of the most popular shoes on the market this lightweight and sturdy shoe is a great choice for any golfer“
> Most Versatile: FootJoy FJ Flex Golf Shoes
“Great lightweight shoe which can be worn on and off the golf course, with a soft EVA midsole for increased comfort“
> Most Comfortable: Skechers Performance Men’s Go Golf Elite
“This all weather golf shoe produced by Sketchers is one of the most comfortable shoes you can wear on the course“
Gone are the days when golf shoes looked like dress shoes, with hard metal spikes which tore up the putting greens around the world. Your feet would feel totally uncomfortable and painful after a few hundred yards.
The modern day golf shoe feels more like wearing slippers. The transformation of the golf shoe has made walking the golf course a more comfortable experience.
Gone are the metal spikes replaced with more forgiving plastic spikes, and the shoes look and feel more like an athletic shoe. Golfers from beginner to professional are preferring this type of shoe.
With golfers walking as far as a 10K runner, manufacturers have incorporated the design and technology of an athletic shoe with the demands of a golfer walking an 18 hole golf course. The shoes are lighter and more comfortable than their early counterparts.
After 1990 plastic spikes began to replace metal ones, and spikeless shoes began to appear on the golf course around 2010.
The plastic spike helps give you a steady stance in lots of different conditions on the golf course. The advantage with the plastic spike is they can be replaced when they begin to wear.
Spikeless shoes feel and look more like running shoes. To create contact with the ground the shoes have little bumps and nubs, which sink into the grass, and can feel more comfortable than spike shoes.
The shoes are also adaptable to all surfaces and can be worn off the golf course. Just be aware that you do lose some traction especially when in full swing.
With so many different golf shoes on the market now it can be daunting choosing the right pair. We’ll walk you through our best choices available today.
12 Products Tested
13 Hours Testing
Best Overall Shoe
- Breathable texture helps keep your feet dry
- Great for warm climates
- Stability with Adidas EVA insole
- Great for walking long distances
If you’re looking for a lightweight spiked sole golfing shoe the Adidas Men’s Tech Response Golf Shoe is regarded as one of the best around.
Walking 18 holes in a heavy leather shoe is going to add to make you tired. The Adidas shoe is remarkably light. The lightweight feel of this shoe combined with the excellent spikes will help your stability while swinging.
The solid enhanced mesh upper layer, will keep you dry in the most watery conditions. I personally own a pair myself, and have found them to be very comfortable, and they also look great!
“An excellent shoe very light, took a few days to brake them in. They feel comfortable after even after 18-holes.” *****
“A big improvement over my old leather golf shoes. Not sure how waterproof they would be, yet to try in the rain.” ****
“I’ve owned these shoes for 12 months and still feel comfortable after 4 hours of golf.” ****
Most Versatile Shoe
- EVA soft midsole
- 100% Textile for a comfortable fit
- Light material
- Ideal in warmer conditions
- Outsole designed to give traction
Super comfortable, the Footjoy Flex spikeless golf shoe, is not just for golf, you can wear them off the course too. If you’re looking for comfort it’s hard to beat the Footjoy Flex.
As the number one seller of in the USA, there is little this company doesn’t know about making golf shoes. Some of the top players including Justin Thomas wear this brand.
Made from a performance mesh, the shoe is lightweight, with a versa-trax outsole, to give you some traction when taking a swing, although I would recommend a spiked shoe if you’re a heavy hitter.
It’s also worth noting that this shoe is waterproof, although with a heavy downpour you may find they let in some moisture.
Although they’re a lace up shoe, they do fit like a slip-on, making them easy to get on and off.
“I’ve been wearing these shoes in 100 degree heat, and they keep my feet cool.” *****
“Love these shoes, although I would say they’re probably better for someone with a slower swing speed. .” ****
“Amazingly comfortable, less grip than a spike shoe, but you can wear them off the golf course too.” ****
- 100% Leather
- Breathable leather
- Different colours
- Cushioned sole
This all weather golf shoe produced by Skechers is one of the most comfortable shoes you can wear on the course. The leather upper is fused to the sole to provide a watertight seal, making these shoes great for any weather condition.
The midsole provides comfort and support which you’ll need if your walking for 4 to 5 hours around the course, which makes this shoe a winner.
The spikeless shoe is great in most conditions, unless your a big swinger, then you’d be better with a spiked shoe to give you more traction.
Available in multiple colors the Go Golf Elite 2 will keep your feet snug and dry, and you won’t notice your wearing them even after 18 holes.
“A great fit, and I’ve worn them in wet conditions, and my feet are always kept dry.” *****
“I wear Sketcher shoes for lots of occasions, and these golf shoes are just as comfortable.” *****
“Worn mine for over a year and thy have been excellent from day one, and always kept my feet dry.” ****
- Climaproof upper
- Fit foam
- PU sock liner
- Low profile spikes
If you’re looking for more traction when taking that big swing, your going to need a spiked shoe, and none come better than the Adidas Adipure Flex Golf Shoe. The climaproof show let’s your feet breath without getting wet.
If you face yourself in a downpour looking to hit a long drive down the fairway, then you’re going to be OK in these shoes. The 7 spiked configuration is designed to give you maximum stability, during the swing this is further helped by a closer grouping around the heal.
This is a more heavy duty shoe than the previous ones, but it’s 100% synthetic upper makes it remarkably lightweight, and a fit foam pu sock liner adds to the comfort.
The also come in various colors ways to satisfy most golfers.
“They look and feel great, only a few months old, but holding up well in all conditions.” ****
“They fit narrow, which is great for me, adidas are a quality brand, and more than happy so far.” ****
“18 holes in the rain and no issues. Happy I went for a spiked shoe finding they give excellent grip.” ****
- 100% Textile and Synthetic
- TPU outsole
- Hexagonal lugs
- Performance Mesh +TPU
- Ignite Foam
Although not a spiked shoe, the Puma NXT comes with hexagonal lugs that grips the ground firmly. The shoe looks like an athletic shoe and provides comfort with a responsive cushioned insole.
A TPU outsole is when the bottom of a shoe or is made from thermoplastic polyurethane, making it longer lasting and resistant to splitting.
Keeping your feet dry in all conditions is vital for any footwear, the Puma NXT feature a flat-knit waterproof mesh.
“These shoes exceeded my expectations, and a great fit, and dry feet in wet conditions” ****
“Owned a pair of Nike’s. The Puma’s fit larger than. Keep me steady while swinging” ****
“Like the shoe, but don’t keep your feet dry in heavy rain, but they’re probably not suited to those conditions..” ***
- Forefoot Water-Guard
- NDurance Rubber Outsole
- REVLite Midsole
- CUSH+ Insole
Based on the New Balance running shoe frame, you can depend on this shoe to be comfortable, and gives you stability with the CUSH+ insole. The insole is remarkably light with no detriment to the stability the shoe offers.
18 holes in these New Balance are going to leave you refreshed ready to go again.
To make these shoes light and feel like a running shoe the mesh design will not keep your feet dry in wetter conditions, but they’ll be fine in the morning due.
The shoe fits wider than most, and would be ideal for a senior golfer.
“Love New Balance, worn them for many years, these golf shoes don’t disappoint.” *****
“Unlike most shoes these golf shoes come wide width, and really comfortable” ****
“Lightweight shoe, and give good traction, the fit is wide, which is ideal for me” ****
- Forefoot Water-Guard
- NDurance Rubber Outsole
- REVLite Midsole
- CUSH+ Insole
Looking for a classic golf shoe? look no further. Made by Footjoy you can be sure they won’t fail you on the golf course, and your going to look classy walking down the fairway.
A classic saddle-shoe with a synthetic construction the FJ originals give you great traction with a spiked sole.
If you have any doubts of the durability of the FJ’s you don’t need to worry as they come with a 1yr guarantee.
With many golfers now preferring the sneaker like shoes, the classic lines of the leather look shoe are still worn by many on the PGA tour.
You’d be feeling fairly fatigued after playing 18 holes if these were made of leather. The synthetic construction actually makes them very light.
They will take some breaking in to make them feel comfortable with use. This is only expected with a more rigid shoe.
“Wanted something classy for those wet days on the course, and they do the a great job, and look great too.” ****
“Feel and look great. I play in the north mainly, and wanted shoes that keep my feet warm, and they do the job” ****
“Prefer my lighter trainer type shoe for most visits to the course, just wear them for club tournaments” ***
- Premium Leather
- Climaproof technology
- 8 Spiked sole
You may have seen this shoe on the TV, it’s popular footwear worn on the PGA tour. The Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt is a quality golf shoe.
The breathable technology designed by Adidas helps keep your feet dry and arm while letting your feet breathe in the harshest of conditions.
The stability and traction these shoes offer, is one of the best available. The 8 spike and heel heavy, giving you excellent traction on those big hits down the fairway.
The insole is solid, and doesn’t slip when your in full swing.
Looking for various colors the Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt has that covered. Available in four variations the golf shoe looks superb.
“These shoes changed my game, the added stability they give me, helped me strike the ball sweeter” ****
“You need to wear these shoes in to get the benefit, but they’re probably the best shoe I’ve owned ” ****
“A little expensive, but worth the price. They’re very comfortable with great traction when using the driver” ***
- Quick remove cleats
- Full-length mid-sole
- CUSH+ insole foam
- Wider fit available
- Soft spikes
Another New Balance quality golf shoe based on their athletic footwear frame. One of the attractive features of the shoe is the Exoskeleton TPU outsole which moves naturally with the foot, giving you one of the most natural feel shoe available.
The shoe will keep you dry with a waterproof microfibre leather mesh upper, and rubber sole.
Want to get those cleats removed quickly, then you’re going to be OK with the fast twist removable cleats.
“Nice, comfortable shoes, available in a wide fittings. That suited me perfectly” ****
“The shoes have no tongue, which I love they make them feel snug, with no movement when hitting the ball” ****
“Love my New Balance golf shoe, always been a big fan of NB’s and they feel great even after 18-holes” ***
- Full-length midsole foam
- 100% lightweight microfiber leather
- Rounded and wider toe
- Breathable material
If you’re in the market for a good quality reasonably priced golf shoe then the Adidas Men’s 360 Traxion is a shoe you should consider.
Made by a top manufacturer of sportswear, and at a great price, you get a shoe that fits like a glove and will keep you dry in most conditions.
When you’re about to take a swing with your driver you need to feel confident that your feet are planted on the ground, although the shoes are spikeless, they have good stability and traction. Something you will need if you’re a beginner.
“Inexpensive shoe to get you started in golf. A good quality shoe for a beginner” ****
“My second pair of these Adidas spikeless shoes. They feel comfortable and lasted me a couple of seasons” ****
“Good even in those early morning starts when there is water on the course, kept me dry” ****
What to consider when buying golf shoes
When purchasing golf shoes you need to consider three things. You’re going to be walking many miles around the course over many years.
1. Golf is not always played under sunny skies, there are some, if not many days when the heavens will open and the you’re going to be standing in wet grass.
A good pair of waterproof golf shoes are going to keep you dry, there’s nothing worse than having wet feet when you’ve still got two or three hours to play.
I know, I’ve been there! 3 holes in and the rain is soaking through a cheap pair of golf shoes that promised to be waterproof.
You may play mostly in a warmer climate, but I can assure you there will be days when you wished you had purchased those higher quality golf shoe.
And, don’t forget those early morning starts when the grass is soaking wet with the morning dew.
Waterproof shoes are vital not just for your game but for the mind too. Being sure that you’re going to get round 18-holes with dry feet is giving you one less thing to worry about.
2. Waterproof is one thing, but on those hot blistering days, keeping your feet cool is vital. Most modern shoes like the Climaproof Adidas Men’s Tour360 Xt are designed to be breathable.
Breathable shoes are a modern technology used in athletic shoes. They offer a cool airflow across the feet, keeping your feet cool on the hottest of days, while repelling water.
The material is made to vent any sweat away from the feet, keeping them dry.
A tip, if you’re walking the course for four to five hours, cover your feet with talcum powder, the powder helps absorb any moisture, and reduce any foot odours.
3. Comfortable shoes are going to make your day on the course more enjoyable. There is nothing worse than having your feet aching an hour into playing, it’s a long walk back to the clubhouse!
Unlike your normal every day walking shoes, a golf shoes will have spikes or nubs to give you traction when swinging the club, making them feel different when walking on surfaces apart from grass.
Golf shoes nowadays feel and look more like athletic shoes, using softer materials to make them comfortable than the harder tougher golf shoes from the 90’s and 2000’s.
The softer materials make you feet less fatigued during a round. This is vital to help you make the best shots possible, without concerning yourself with tiredness.
The insole of the shoe goes a long way to make the shoe feel comfortable, with many shoes today having a full length insole made of various materials. The insole also needs to be stable inside the shoe as your foot twists when making iron or wood shots.
The New Balance Golf Fresh Foam Links Pro comes with a full-length mid-sole and a technology called CUSH+ which works like memory foam found in mattress. The foam moulds itself to the foot, which helps stop your foot moving when swinging the club.
The outsole can be stiff if made of leather or softer with a mesh type fabric. It’s something to consider when buying golf shoes. A leather or synthetic type leather will need to be broken in for them to feel comfortable, where as a lighter fabric shoe, should be OK straight off the bat.
Why do I need golf shoes?
Taking a swing at a golf ball, needs you to have grip and stability. If you were to wear ordinary shoes, you’d find your feet sliding and your body twisting out of control.
Golf shoes come with spikes (left) or nubs (right). Both help with stability and traction. For the casual golfer with a slower swing the nub type shoe is going to be fine for most conditions. If you’re going to be playing more often it’s worth considering the spiked type shoe. A spiked shoe will give you more grip, and stability when making a big hit.
Should I buy spiked or spikeless shoes?
For a long time the spikeless golf shoe has been the popular choice for the casual beginner golfer. It’s easy to see why, they’re designed like an athletic shoe, they feel light on your feet, and they can be worn off the course too.
The only downside is that they don’t give you the grip a spiked shoe offers. Spiked shoes dig into the ground unlike nubs which only give surface grip.
If you have a big or fast swing, spiked shoes are the way to go. the more traction and stability you have, the more steady your swing will be.
Feeling that grip in your stance will give you more confidence as you take your club back. You can be sure that you won’t be slippin and slidin’ on the grass.
The other side of the argument is that spikeless shoes are more comfortable, especially if you’re walking for four to five hours.
If you have difficulty walking or a senior then spikeless shoes are a much better fit. If you have a slower swing then spiked shoes won’t make a lot of difference.
If you can afford it then having a pair of each will give you an advantage. Keep them in your car for when you get to the course.
If the ground is wet, then a spiked shoe will give you the grip you need, and if the course dries out you can go for the lighter spikeless shoe.
Spikes on a spiked shoe will also need to be replaced from time to time. Walking across the car park or other hard surfaces will wear them down, and you’ll get less traction.
How far can I expect to walk on a golf course?
At an average of 6500 yards you can expect to walk over 4 miles for a 18 hole round of golf. Add to that the extra yards you walk to to the clubhouse, between tees and any practice you do before, you could be looking at over 6 miles in one day!
A new pair of golf shoes are going to give you some grief if you don’t break them in first. Wearing them at home without spikes is a good idea, and will avoid the pain of walking in new shoes on the golf course.
If you’re heading out to the course for the first time in a new pair of golf shoes, then think about taking a few blister plasters in your golf bag. At least you’re covered if you have any problems with the shoes rubbing.