Golf players require a great amount of traction, stability, and control from their golf shoes. Apart from those core characteristics, great golf shoes also offer additional features such as waterproofing, high-quality materials, and more.

Choosing the best golf shoes isn’t always so easy. You’ll need to consider your level of experience, the weather conditions you’ll be playing in, and your budget when making your final decision. However, to make that process easier, we’ve compiled a list of the top 15 best golf shoes in 2018. These shoes are broken into four separate categories, including:

  1. Spiked golf shoes
  2. Spikeless golf shoes
  3. Golf sandals
  4. Golf boots

Best Golf Shoes 2018

We go over the characteristics of each type of golf shoe in the extensive golf shoes buyer’s guide below (check that out first if you need more guidance). If you’d rather just get into the list of best golf shoes, check out the overview of each shoe below and be sure to pay special attention to our editor picks!

Spiked golf shoes are still one of the most popular types of golf shoes among the pros so you’ll see more of those than any other type of golf shoe in this list. Although if you’re looking for spikeless golf shoes, sandals, or boot we’ve also included our top picks in those categories.

Happy golf shoe shopping!

Shoe NameWaterproof WarrantyClass 
Footjoy DryJoy’s DNA (Editor's Choice)2 yearsSpiked
Adidas Tech Response 4.0NoneSpiked
New Balance NBG20042 YearsSpiked
ECCO Biom Hybrid 2 (Editor's Choice)1 YearSpikeless
Footjoy Contour Series2 YearsSpiked
Footjoy Hyperflex2 YearsSpiked
ECCO New World Class1 YearSpiked
Adidas Tour360 Boost2 YearsSpiked
Skechers Performance Go Golf Drive 22 YearsSpikeless
ECCO Cool 18 Gore-Tex3 YearsSpiked
Skechers Performance Go Golf Pro 22 YearsSpiked
Adidas Adipower S Boost 31 YearSpikeless
PUMA Faas Lite1 YearSpikeless
Oregon Mudders MCS400 Golf SandalNoneSpiked
Oregon Mudders Golf Boot1 YearSpiked

1) Footjoy DryJoy’s DNA – The Best Spiked Golf Shoes

Footjoy’s DNA’s are a step up from the Footjoy Hyperflex in terms of design and materials. The uppers of these shoes provide a SnugFit tongue with a microvent to allow the foot to breathe and are made of premium Chromoskin leather rendering the shoe 100% waterproof.

As for the mid section of the shoe, a 3D Foamcollar is built in to provide added ankle support and comfort. It also uses a lightweight cushioning fine tune foam in the midsole for even more support and comfort. Furthermore, the shoe features NitroLast technology to provide a full rounded toe character, slightly shallow forefoot, slightly narrow heel and standard instep.

Moving to the outsole of the DNA’s they feature a trademarked NitroThin TPU outsole and TourLock cleat system to give golfers the stability they need while remaining low-profile and lightweight.

Overall, if you’re looking for a superior spiked golf shoe that offers a great fit, excellent traction, is built to last, and is 100% waterproof then the DryJoy’s DNA by FootJoy are for you. All that combined is what makes these shoes our editor’s pick for spiked golf shoes.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Extremely comfortable
  • High-quality materials and well-integrated technology
  • Waterproof warranty for up to 2 years


  • A bit on the pricier side

2) Adidas Tech Response 4.0 – Excellent Value

If you’re looking for a golf shoe that offers a great set of features at an excellent price than the Adidas Tech Response 4.0 are the ones. The uppers of these shoes are constructed of a lightweight mesh and synthetic materials. As for the midsole, it offers a soft layer of EVA foam that provides impact resistance.

Moving to the outsole, the Tech Response 4.0’s make use of an array of proprietary technology including:

  • THiNTech: Low profile technology that brings you closer to the ground for improved traction and stability.
  • TRAXION: Secondary lugs that help maximize perimeter grip and further improve stability.
  • adiWEAR: Provides a good combination of abrasion resistance, traction, and stability.
  • adiTUFF: Helps extend the life of the golf shoe and prevent excessive wear in the toe box.

Although these shoes offer great value for the money, they are considered a beginner’s shoe due to the materials used, traction provided, and lack of waterproofing.

Waterproof Warranty: None

Shoe Class: Spiked 


  • Excellent value, cost-effective
  • Great shoe for beginners
  • Good combination of technologies which help improve stability and extend life


  • Material is made of mesh and synthetics therefore not as resistant as leather
  • Not waterproof

3) New Balance NBG2004 – Accommodates Wide Feet

Although it’s been over 10 years since the New Balance NBG2004’s were released, they’re still a great shoe that has lots to offer in terms of comfort, stability, style, and performance. Starting from the top, the uppers of these shoes are made from a microfiber leather that provides a 2-year water-resistance warranty.

The midsole uses New Balance’s REVlite technology which gives a good amount of cushioning and responsiveness with a 10mm drop.

Moving to the outsole, it’s constructed of TPU with grooves removed around the cleats to provide players with improved flexibility and decreased weight.

These shoes are in the mid-price range for golf shoes so if you have a little extra money to spend and want a great pair of golf shoes that offer a 2-year water-resistance warranty, these are worth a try.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • 2-year water-resistant warranty
  • Lots of sizing options available for those with wider feet
  • Fairly light, weighing in at just 11.6oz


  • Some players mentioned comfort concerns

4) ECCO Biom Hybrid 2 – The Best Spikeless Golf Shoes

The ECCO Biom Hybrid 2’s are a step up from the previous iteration in that they are 20% lighter than the originals. Apart from that these shoes come with a range of other great features that will surely peak your interest if you’re in the market for a superior pair of spikeless golf shoes.

The uppers of these shoes are constructed with a Yak leather that’s extremely durable, lightweight, and breathable. ECCO has applied their Hydromax technology to the shoes to ensure that they repel water and have also applied an anti-stain treatment to keep them looking like new.

As for the fit, ECCO scanned the feet of 2,500 athletes to determine what the ideal shape of the shoe should be to provide maximum levels of support and comfort.

The outsoles of the Biom Hybrid 2’s are another one of the highlights of this shoe. They’re made of TPU (thermoplastic polyurethane) and use E-DTS Hybrid Technology to provide 800 traction angles and exceptional grip.

Overall, if you’re looking for a spikeless golf shoe that versatile, durable, stylish, and high-performing, then the ECCO Biom Hybrid 2’s are worth trying out. From the water-repellant uppers to the 800 traction angles found in the outsole, these golf shoes are built for serious golfers.

Waterproof Warranty: 1 year

Shoe Class: Spikeless


  • High durability leather
  • Water repellant and stain resistant technology
  • ECCO scanned the feet of 2,500 athletes to provide maximum support and comfort
  • 800 traction angles and grips
  • Low to the ground


  • On the pricier side
  • 1 year waterproof guarantee whereas others offer 2 or even 3

5) Footjoy Contour Series – Laser-Focussed on Fit and Support

If you play a lot of golf you’ll know that comfort is extremely important. An uncomfortable pair of golf shoes can leave your feet blistered or simply decrease your desire to finish the game. That’s why Footjoy’s Contour Series heavily focusses on fit and comfort.

The uppers of these golf shoes are made of a soft premium full grain leather that provides 2 years of waterproof protection under normal use.

The inside of the shoe and the midsole are the real stars here. These shoes provide a full rounded toe character, full across forefoot, standard instep and heel. The last bottom has also been created to better match the shape of a foot. Furthermore, the insole provides a cushioned bed to offer additional comfort and heel support.

As for the outsole, these spiked golf shoes utilize a TPU stability bridge which is placed in the shank of the shoe to provide torque reduction and platform stability.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • 2-year waterproof guarantee
  • Focused on providing superior fit and comfort
  • TPU stability bridge for added stability and torque reduction


  • Spikes tend to create larger holes than normal on golf greens due to spike placements

6) Footjoy Hyperflex – The Editor’s Pick Runner Up

Footjoy’s Hyperflex golf shoes excel at delivering lightweight support and cushioning thanks to the exoskeleton upper, while simultaneously being waterproof.

These shoes also use a soft FTF 2.0 cushioning to offer added comfort and provide better lateral support and stability. Cushioning aside, Footjoy’s Hyperflex is heavily focused on providing an exceptional fit. They offer a full rounded toe character, a standard fit across the forefoot and instep, with a slightly narrow heel. They also use Next Gen HeelLoc technology to help reduce slippage.

As for the outsole, these shoes come with 9 spike placements as well as additional smaller molded plastic spikes around them for even greater traction.

These golf shoes really excel in terms of traction which is essential for any golfer and if you’re a beginner, traction may even be more essential. For the price, this shoe is an excellent deal, it’s comfortable, provides great traction and is waterproof.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Excellent value for price
  • Provides superior traction thanks to 9 soft spikes as well as additional surrounding plastic spikes
  • 2-year waterproof warranty


  • Style-wise they are more “sporty” where some may prefer a more classic look. Although this is personal preference
  • Not as lightweight as some of the other shoes mentioned – comes in at 15oz

7) ECCO New World Class – The High-Class Pro Golf Shoe

Ecco’s New World Class golf shoes are part of the high-end category of best golf shoes both in terms of quality of materials and price. The uppers are made of a Hydromax treated leather to protect against moisture within the shoe and are also water-repellant ensuring that no water will enter.

These shoes come with a second skin of full leather lining to add to the durability and breathability. Furthermore, the inlay sole is removable to provide extra width to those with wide feet.

Moving to the outsole, it is constructed with an extremely durable leather that’s sure to last you for years. When it comes to traction, the Stinger III spike with the special q-look system has got you covered. The 11 spikes are strategically placed in the forefoot and heel of the shoe to provide you with the proper traction golf pros expect.

Waterproof Warranty: 1 year

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Extremely durable thanks to high-quality leather construction
  • Protects against moisture inside the shoe and is water-repellant
  • Luxurious look and feel
  • 11 spike system provides great traction


  • On the pricier side
  • Only 1 year waterproof warranty

8) Adidas Tour360 Boost – Best Midfoot Stability

If you’re a fan of Adidas’ Boost technology then you’ll be happy to know that they’ve integrated it into a golf shoe. Meet the Adidas Tour360 Boost. This shoe features a smooth, premium full-grain leather upper that delivers 100% waterproof protection and comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty.

To provide superior stability, Adidas integrated their 360 wrap technology to offer improved support around the midfoot. They’ve also integrated a couple of technologies to optimize the comfort and fit of the shoe including the S-curve heel shape as well as fitfoam to offer maximum comfort in the sockliner, collar, and tongue.

The outsole of the tour360 Boosts feature a dual-density 10-cleat system as well as THiNTech technology to bring you closer to the ground. The Torsion Tunnel bridges the heel to the forefoot and allows the 360 wrap to travel under the arch of the foot to provide even greater stability and control.

However, the most notable feature of the Adidas tour360 Boost golf shoes is, of course, the Boost technology. Boost foam is added to the forefoot and heel of these shoes to provide golfers with additional comfort and exceptional responsiveness. If you’re a basketball player, you’ve likely seen Adidas’ Boost technology integrated into many of the best basketball shoes.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • 360 Wrap and Torsion Tunnel technology for additional stability
  • Boost foam in the heel and forefoot to offer increased comfort and responsiveness
  • 2-year waterproof warranty


  • Some players have experienced poor inner lining durability
  • Tend to run narrow

9) Skechers Performance Go Golf Drive 2 – Extremely Comfortable and Multipurpose

The Skechers Performance Go Golf Drive 2’s are a spikeless golf shoe that work well on the course but are made to look like a sneaker to be worn off the course. The uppers of these shoes are made of a synthetic faux leather that offer perforation along the sides for better breathability and use an H2GO Shield construction to provide waterproofing.

The insole of these shoes features Goga Mat technology for high-rebound cushioning. Apart from the Goga Mat, these shoes also use Resalyte sole with memory retention to help further absorb impact and improve comfort.

The Go Golf Drive 2’s are also low profile, therefore, keeping you low to the ground for a solid foundation. As for the outsole, the rubber grips are firm enough to provide traction on the green, however, are soft enough to walk comfortably on a hard surface such as concrete. Therefore if you’re looking for a pair of golf shoes that you can wear casually while at the same time being ready to hit the course whenever an opportunity arises, these shoes can do both.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spikeless


  • Very comfortable thanks to Goga Mat insole
  • Breathable and flexible
  • Versatile – can be worn as a spikeless golf shoe and street shoe


  • Materials are synthetic and therefore won’t be as durable

10) ECCO Cool 18 Gore-Tex – The Most Breathable Golf Shoes

The ECCO Cool 18 Gore-Tex shoes are made to keep your feet cool and comfortable as you work your way through your next 18 holes. Constructed of high-quality Yak leather, these shoes provide perforated uppers to improve 360 degree breathability. On top of being extremely breathable, these shoes also make use of GORE-TEX SURROUND technology that offers 100% waterproof protection and is backed by a 3-year waterproof warranty.

The midsole features a direct-injected PU foam to provide cushioning and comfort while the high-density insole adds support to the underfoot through your stroke. The sole also features perforated grids in the midsole for even more air flow.

Moving to the outsole, it features a rugged TPU material with Zarma II spikes for top-notch grip and stability.

Waterproof Warranty: 3 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Extremely breathable, great for golfers whose feet tend to sweat a lot
  • 3-year waterproof warranty


  • On the pricier side

11) Skechers Performance Go Golf Pro 2 – Comfortable and Supportive

Although similar in terms of technology to the Skechers Go Golf Drive 2’s, these shoes are spiked for those who need or prefer a little more traction. The Go Golf Pro 2’s are constructed with a combination of premium and synthetic leather. They also make use of H2GO technology to offer a seam-sealed waterproof design.

5GEN technology allows for the midsole to be lightweight and responsive. They also come with a heel lock feature for added stability and a cushioning comfort insole.

The outsole of the Go Golf Pro 2’s feature a diamond-design traction plate to ensure maximum grip and make use of nine Softspikes that use the Stealth Pin system in traditional positions. The outsole of these shoes are “quick-release and full contact” meaning that besides the spikes, there is nothing else that can get clogged up with grass on the outsole.

Waterproof Warranty: 2 years

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Responsive and comfortable thanks to 5GEN foam
  • Quick release and full contact outsole provide a good amount of traction


  • Tend to run on the small side

12) Adidas Adipower S Boost 3 – Wide Toe Box

The Adidas Adipower S Boost 3’s uppers are constructed of a blend of textile and microfiber leather. This allows them to be lightweight and flexible while still remaining waterproof. The fitfoam GEO collar gives golfers a locked-in feel for greater stability and control during their swing.

The midsole is equipped with Boost technology thus adding to the comfort and responsiveness of the shoe. It also comes with an external heel counter for additional lateral stability.

The outsole features an advanced puremotion with adiwear traction thus providing deeper flex grooves for increased flexibility and traction. The spikeless outsole’s traction rubber is also very durable and non-marking.

Waterproof Warranty: 1 year

Shoe Class: Spikeless


  • Lightweight due to textile and leather combination
  • Breathable
  • Built-in energy sling to guide energy transfer and prevent power loss
  • Widened toe box to accommodate those with wider feet


  • Only 1-year waterproof warranty
  • Toe box may be too wide for some

13) PUMA Faas Lite – The Lightweight Winner

The PUMA Faas Lite’s are the winner in terms of lightweight and flexibility. These golf shoes use a synthetic microfiber leather along the uppers which are equipped with stormCELL technology to keep your feet protected from any moisture.

They provide a zero heel-to-toe drop, therefore, allowing for a more natural walking stride and posture during swings. The midsole section is made with PUMA’s FaasFoam+ which is a blend of foam and rubber that is 25% lighter than conventional rubbers used in golf shoes.

As for the outsole, the Faas Lite is equipped with EverTrack carbon rubber in forefoot and heel to provide extra durability in high-wear areas.

Waterproof Warranty: 1 Year

Shoe Class: Spikeless


  • Extremely lightweight and flexible
  • Zero heel-to-toe drop (for those who prefer it)
  • Reasonably priced


  • Only comes with a 1-year waterproof warranty
  • Some testers have noticed them being loud and squeaky with every step

14) Oregon Mudders MCS400 Golf Sandal – The Best Golf Sandal

Although much less common than a spiked or spikeless golf shoe, golf sandals come in handy if you find yourself in a warm climate and want to wear something comfortable while keeping your feet cool.

The Oregon Mudders golf sandals are made of a breathable pigskin insole, molded neoprene midsole made of synthetic rubber, and a TPR rubber outsole.

Even if you’re wearing sandals, you won’t have to sacrifice traction as these golf sandals come with 8 standard twist-lock spikes.

Waterproof Warranty: None

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Comfortable and keep your feet cool on a hot summer day
  • Spiked outsole to provide decent traction


  • Doesn’t provide the same amount of stability as a typical golf shoe
  • Not ideal for extended periods of play

15) Oregon Mudders Golf Boot – The Best Golf Boot

If you don’t mind golfing in weather that’s a little less than ideal, than you may want to consider getting a pair of golf boots. The Oregon Mudders golf boots are 14 inches tall and include a fleece lining for warmth. With a hand lay-up rubber upper and a top draw string these boots can be used to golf in just about any weather.

These boots are waterproof, comfortable, and provide a decent amount of comfort and lateral stability. Although not ideal for continuous golfing, these golf boots will allow you to go out in slushy or cold weather and satisfy your need to hit a few golf balls.

Waterproof Warranty: 1 year

Shoe Class: Spiked


  • Warm, weather resistant, waterproof
  • Provide an 8-spike design on the outsole


  • Not ideal for continuous play
  • Heavy and large

Best Women’s Golf Shoes

If you’re looking for the best pair of golf shoes as a woman, then first check any of the shoes mentioned above to see if they are available in women’s sizes. If they are, then you can be sure that they’ll be just as good as the men’s version. However, not all golf shoes come in a women’s size. Therefore, we’ve compiled 5 great-quality women’s golf shoes to choose from below if none of the golf shoes mentioned above suit you.

Golf Shoes Buyer’s Guide

Before making the decision to buy the best golf shoe that’ll fit your needs, it’s important to know the different types of golf shoes that exist. Apart from just the types of shoes available, you should also educate yourself about the materials used, the type of fit you should be looking for and more. The golf shoe’s buyer’s guide below will cover all those aspects and more so that you can make an informed decision before purchasing the perfect pair of shoes.

Types of Golf Shoes

There are four main types of golf shoes available. Depending on personal preference, your skill level, as well the weather conditions you’re playing in will determine what type of golf shoe you should wear. The two most popular types of golf shoes are spiked and spikeless, therefore we’ll compare both of those types directly below.

Spiked vs Spikeless Golf Shoes

Spiked golf shoes are still one of the most popular types of shoes for serious golfers. If you want the advantage of better stability on the course, than spiked golf shoes are the way to go. For example, if you’re playing on a course that has lots of hills or are playing in wet conditions where the ground is soft, then the spikes will dig into the ground and give you that extra bit of stability you need to counter the unfavorable conditions.

Spikeless golf shoes, on the other hand, have been gaining in popularity due to the fact that they’re typically more comfortable and more convenient. With spikeless shoes, you can wear them both on and off the court. Furthermore, you don’t need to change out of your spiked shoes to move from the 18th to the 19th hole and they’re also great for driving ranges.

There are pros and cons to each type of shoe. Below we’ve highlighted the benefits of each.

Spiked Golf Shoes

spiked golf shoes

  • Provide better stability and traction
  • Better for beginners as they provide a more solid foundation
  • More generally regarded as a pro golf player’s shoe

Spikeless Golf Shoes

spikeless golf shoes

  • Better versatility (can wear them on and off the court)
  • Tend to be more comfortable
  • No need to change the spikes periodically
  • No need to change shoes from the 18th to the 19th hole

Golf Boots

Golf boots aren’t something that golfers will typically use in summer months as they’re just too warm. Golf boots are made for golfers who golf in colder weather conditions or who want to stay 100% dry in the rain or on muddy terrain. They resemble a hiking or rubber boot and although they don’t offer as much freedom or flexibility as a typical golfing shoe, they’re great when the weather conditions aren’t optimal. Golf boots tend to be on the more expensive side but if you want to get the most out of the golfing season and aren’t worried about a little cold, then they’re a great investment.

Golf Sandals

You won’t see any pro golfers wearing golf sandals since they don’t provide much support. Furthermore, if you’re going to be walking for long distances then they won’t be very comfortable either. However, if you’re golfing in very warm weather climates and need a shoe that provides breathability and more traction than a typical sandal, then golf sandals are an option. Golf sandals are also the least expensive type of golf shoe, so if you’re planning on golfing down in the Caribbean, then a pair of golf shoes might not be such a bad idea.

Types of Golf Shoe Spikes

If you choose to go with spiked golf shoes just remember that you’ll need to replace the spikes every so often depending on how frequently you play. Golf shoe spikes often have wear indicators on them (similar to a car tire) that tell you when it’s time to change them. As your spikes wear down you’ll notice that your shoe’s grip will decrease, therefore it’s important to keep an eye on their wear level and change them out whenever need be.

There are three different types of golf shoe spikes. We’ll go over each type of spike in detail below.

Plastic or Soft Spikes

Plastic or soft spikes are by far the most popular type of golf shoe spike. This is due to the fact that they don’t tear up the green (as metal spikes would) and they are much lighter. Furthermore, plastic or soft spikes have evolved and now provide much superior traction as to what they used to.

The downside to plastic or soft spikes as that you’ll need to change them more regularly. Depending on how frequently you’re hitting the course, you’ll likely need to change your golf shoe spikes between 2-4 times per season.

If you’re looking for a high-quality plastic spike at a great price, check out the Zarma Cleats by Champ.

Metal Spikes

Metal spikes were the traditional golf shoe spike material used by many pro golfers in the past. However, nowadays, metal spikes are banned by many golf courses due to the fact that they are too damaging to the course. The metal spikes dig into the green and tear it up causing course owners to perform additional maintenance. Apart from the fact that they can be damaging to the course, metal spikes are also quite heavy and require a fair amount of upkeep to prevent rust.

Metal golf spikes, however, are still used by certain pro golfers as they tend to provide better traction than their soft or plastic counterparts. However, if you’re in the market for metal spikes, they’ll be harder to come by.

Ceramic Spikes

Although ceramic spikes are the most expensive, they provide golfers with the most advantages out of the three different types. For instance, ceramic spikes provide excellent durability and longevity, they don’t wear down as fast as soft spikes (which we’ll discuss in the next section). Ceramic spikes are also resistant to scratches, scuffs, and cuts, therefore, golfers aren’t required to change them out as often.

One downside to ceramic spikes is that they use steel flanges, therefore, it is required to perform regular maintenance on them to avoid rusting. Another downside is that ceramic spikes are getting more and more difficult to find. This is likely because of the fact that they’re extremely durable therefore golfers weren’t making repeat purchases. Furthermore, if the ceramic spikes do happen to chip on the course, this could cause nicks in the mower blades.


Golf shoes are made with a variety of different materials to construct the uppers, midsole, and outsole. However, when looking for your next pair of best golf shoes, you should be informed as to how certain materials compare to others. In regards to golf shoe uppers, there are three primary choices: leather, Gore-tex, or synthetic materials. Each type of material has it’s pros and cons therefore if you’d like to learn more check out the section below where we go into more detail.

If you’re in a rush and aren’t worried too much about learning the differences in golf shoe material, your best bet is to go with a leather golf shoe. Leather is durable, breathable, and commonly the most waterproof.

Leather is the most popular choice amongst professional golfers. Although leather shoes tend to be slightly more expensive than synthetic leather or polyester shoes, they do come with a slew of advantages including:

  • Leather golf shoes are often times waterproof
  • They're comfortable and able to mold perfectly to the golfer's foot once broken in
  • They last longer
  • They offer good breathability
If you're looking for a 100% waterproof shoe, than Gore-tex is the way to go. Gore-tex is a thick, sturdy and waterproof material that is used in golf shoes for players looking for something that will keep them warm and dry in cold/damp weather conditions. Gore-tex is still breathable however if you're playing in warm conditions you'll likely find them somewhat uncomfortable as they're warmer than a leather or synthetic golf shoe. If you're looking for a suggestion for a golf shoe made with Gore-tex material, check out the ECCO cool Gore-Tex golf shoe
Synthetic leather or polyester are the final options to choose from for golf shoe material. The pros to synthetic materials are that they're cheaper to purchase and they can make for a great starter shoe if you're in a pinch. However, you likely won't see many professionals playing in synthetic leather shoes as this type of material is less durable, less breathable, and not as waterproof

Waterproof Shoes

I touched on the topic of waterproof shoes in previous sections however golf shoe buyers should be aware that there are different levels of “waterproofness”. Certain golf shoes come with a waterproof guarantee. The length of time for which such a guarantee is applicable is usually 2 years, however, can vary.

On the other hand, certain golf shoes are described to be water resistant. This, however, is more of a marketing term and won’t really offer much protection against damp or wet weather conditions. Obviously the longer the waterproof guarantee is, the more expensive the shoes are likely to be. However, if you like to play golf in the early mornings or don’t mind a little rain, opt for the waterproof guaranteed shoes to ensure your feet stay dry.

Mobile vs Structured Support

When it comes to the support system of a golf shoe you’ll notice that they typically fall into one of two categories: mobile or structured. Everyone’s golf swing is different therefore there is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to the level of stability or support you should look for in a golf shoe. According to FootJoy, wearing a shoe that coincides with your type of swing can result in a gain of 3-4 miles per hour in clubhead speed (which can equate to more than 10 yards). FootJoy actually has a method they call the Performance Fitting System that helps golfers determine which shoe is best suited for them. If you live near a FootJoy I’d suggest checking it out. Below is a video of how it works.

If you’re looking for a few highlights of the difference between a mobile vs structured golf shoe, I’ve listed a few differences between each in the section below.

Mobile Golf Shoes

  • Offers more flexibility in both the outsole and uppers compared to structured shoes
  • Lets your feet move freely while swinging and walking (a better choice if you tend to walk the course instead of use a cart)
  • Preferred for golfers who have suffered an ankle or lower leg issue

Structured Golf Shoes

  • Provides a more secure fit with less flexibility than a mobile shoe
  • Great for golfers who have an active lower body throughout their swing and need more stability
  • Typically better for larger players or those with fast swing speeds

Lacing Systems

Golf shoe lacing systems usually come in one of three flavors:

  1. Traditional shoestrings
  2. Velcro
  3. Proprietary lacing systems

The most popular lacing system by far is still the traditional shoestring. Shoestrings provide a secure fit, they look great and they don’t take much time to lace. However, depending on your personal preference, you may opt to purchase a pair of golf shoes with another lacing system. Velcro, for instance, is very fast to secure and remove, so if time is of the essence, you may considering getting a pair of these.

Velcro, for instance, is very fast to secure and remove, so if time is of the essence, you may considering getting a pair of these. Furthermore, golf shoe manufacturers sometimes incorporate their own lacing systems. Many of these proprietary systems work in the same way as a ski boot would. These mechanical lacing systems provide a secure fit, consistent stability, and prevent the shoe from loosening as you progress the course. Although proprietary lacing systems may provide small advantages over velcro of shoestrings, they typically come at an increased cost.

There’s no right or wrong answer as far as which lacing system you should go with. Just know that the traditional shoestring system is still the most popular and cost-efficient option.

Traditional Shoestringshoestring shoe

Velcrovelcro shoes

Proprietary Lacing Systemboa shoes

Which Price Point Should You Shop In?

As you can see from the list of golf shoes above, the prices can vary drastically. The amount of money you should spend on your new pair of golf shoes should be based on two things:

  1. How often do you play?
  2. How experienced are you?

How often you play is important when deciding whether or not to purchase expensive golf shoes because you if only play golf once or twice a year, you obviously won’t incur as much wear and tear as someone who plays once a week. Therefore, if you play often it’s recommended that you purchase a golf shoe that’s made of real leather and built to last. In the case, you should be shopping in the price range of $150 -$300 for a quality pair of golf shoes.

On the other hand, if you don’t play that often durability isn’t as much of a factor. Therefore, although you’ll get a lesser quality golf shoe, you can save a few bucks and shop for something under the $100 price range.

The second factor “how experienced are you” should also be taken into consideration when deciding which price point to shop in. If you’re new to the sport and don’t want to invest a whole lot of money before knowing if you even like it or not, shop for a pair of shoes in the $50 – $100 price range. Although these will likely be made of a synthetic material and provide less stability and traction than a high-quality shoe, they’ll do the trick. Therefore you can learn the game and decide whether you like it or not before upgrading your shoes.

On the other hand, if you’re an experienced golfer, it’s recommended to shop at the higher price point. If you already know you’ll be playing the game well into the future, why skimp on buying a cheap pair of shoes that you’ll need to replace in a couple of years or less?

Golf Shoe Sizing Tips

Wearing golf shoes that fit correctly is extremely important not only for comfort but also the performance of your game. In fact, FootJoy has found that 70% of people are actually wearing the wrong size shoe and that the proper shoe size can increase your performance by 6-21 percent. Keeping the following tips in mind the next time you’re buying a golf shoe should help you find a shoe that fits right the first time.

  • Check Amazon’s Shoe Fit Responses – For Amazon golf shoe purchasers, you have the ability to see what other purchasers thought about the fit of the shoe. This feature is not available for all golf shoes however if it is, it will appear just above the Size selection box. The image below shows the “Fits as Expected” responses for the ECCO Biom Hybrid 2’ shoes fits as expected
  • Try Shoes on While Wearing Your Golf Socks – If you’re going to a shoe store to buy your golf shoes, be sure to wear the socks that you normally would when playing a round. This will help determine whether the shoes you’re looking at purchasing are too small or too big. If you’re ordering from Amazon, remember to put on your golf socks once you get the shoes and then try to them.
  • Swing Test – Simulate your golf swing once you have the shoes on. Be aware of anything that feels tight or loose as you swing through.
  • Rule of Thumb – With your foot in a shoe and the laces properly tightened, the opening at the top of the shoe should only be about a thumb’s width. If it’s less than a thumb’s width than it’s likely the shoes are too big and vice-versa.

Caring for Your Golf Shoes

If you want to properly care for your golf shoes in order to extend their durability and lifespan than there are a few things to be cognizant of. You might think that caring for a pair of shoes is pretty simple, however, golf shoes have a few intricacies to them that require special attention. Check out the 5 tips below which explain how to properly care for your golf shoes:

  1. Wipe down the uppers of your golf shoes with soap and water and clean any mud or grass from them immediately after a round. If you have spiked shoes, remember to remove them and clean the insert as well as the spikes themselves. After you’re down wiping them down, let your golf shoes dry at room temperature
  2. Store your golf shoes in a golf shoe bag when you’re not wearing them between rounds and during transport. Consider a bag with ventilation such as this FootJoy golf shoe bag.
  3. As already mentioned above, if you use spiked golf shoes, remember to replace them periodically, depending on how often you golf, to ensure they’re providing optimal traction.
  4. Pick up some cedar golf shoe trees to insert into your golf shoes between rounds. These help absorb any moisture and ensure your shoe remains in its original shape.
  5. Don’t leave your shoes in the car or anywhere else that they will be susceptible to extreme temperature changes.

Final Words – Wrapping Up

Choosing the best golf shoes is part personal preference, part budget, and part knowing what shoes give you the best bang for your buck. There are lots of great technologies out there and the golf shoe market is constantly evolving. Therefore staying on top of the trends and the latest advancements will give you the advantage in choosing the perfect pair of golf shoes.

Hopefully, you’ve found this list of best golf shoes helpful. If you’ve skipped over the buyer’s guide above, be sure to take a read through it before making a final purchase decision. If you think we missed a great golf shoe in this list, be sure to leave a comment below or contact us!

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