The Complete Golf Shoe Buyer's Guide
With more and more companies producing more and more varieties of golf shoes, it has become increasingly difficult to choose which ones to buy. Not too long ago, most of them were almost the same, both in terms of looks and performance. These days, you can choose from classic style shoes to sneakers to street shoes and many more. At Golf Shoes Info, we’ve created a golf shoe buyer's guide, making it just a bit easier to choose which ones to buy. Through our reviews, comparisons, and top 10 lists, we hope your decision process will be that much easier. By breaking golf shoes down into categories and then reviewing and comparing them, it should help answer the all important questions of: Which golf shoes should I buy? And: What are the best golf shoes?
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Which Style Golf Shoe Should I Get?
There are basically 4 types of golf shoes on the market:
Casual/retro/street - These "street" style shoes look stylish and are often comfortable as well. You'll find that your feet have more room in these shoes than other styles. They are spikeless golf shoes, which means they don't have the classic style soft spikes, but have traction lugs/nubs instead. While some insist their performance isn't up to par with other styles of shoes, the fact that a number of PGA Tour players opt for them is a strong indication that they perform as required. These shoes are great because you can wear them to work and then straight onto the golf course.
Strengths: Stylish. Can wear on and off the golf course. Comfortable
Weaknesses: May lack stability and support. Not the best for walking
Recommended for: The casual golfer who wants a stylish shoe they can wear everywhere. You don't mind riding in a cart, but still require comfort and performance.
Classic - These are the original style golf shoes. When most people think of golf shoes, these are what come to mind. Most of them have leather uppers with spiked traction, though there are a few spikeless ones on the market as well. Although they may look classic, the interiors boast the latest cushion and supportive technology. They look great with long pants and add a classy look to any outfit. You can usually expect to pay a bit more for classic golf shoes.
Strenghts: Classy and stylish. Good support and traction. Highly waterproof
Weaknesses: Usually higher in price. Heavier than other styles
Recommended for: Golfers who don't mind paying more for a classic look while maintaining support and traction. You don't mind paying the extra price. Perhaps better for cart golf, but you'll have no problem walking with them also.
Performance - These golf shoes look sportier than classic designs, while maintaining that unique "golf shoe" look. They focus on performance, which means they consistently rank high in stability, support and traction. You'll find a more snug fit with these shoes, but by no means a sacrifice in comfort. They look great with all types of attire, and are capable of tackling the toughest terrains. Traction is usually spiked, though there are plenty of spikeless as well. Prices for these shoes vary greatly.
Strengths: Sleek design. Good support and traction. Most quite waterproof. Lightweight. Great all around shoe
Weaknesses: Not many!
Recommended for: Those in need of an all around golf shoe that can tackle all types of terrain. You enjoy walking the course, but still require a high level of support and stability.
Trainer/Sport - These golf shoes are more reminiscent of athletic trainers than golf shoes. They're designed for comfort, but still maintain solid traction, which is pretty much evenly divided between spiked and spikeless. These shoes are also a snug fit, but breathe the best of any shoe. They look best with shorts, and can be found at bargain prices. They usually aren't as stable and supportive as classic and performance shoes, but are lightweight golf shoes and great for hot days.
Strengths: Very breathable. Comfortable. Flexible. Good for walking. Lightweight
Weaknesses: Usually not as waterproof as other styles. May lack stability and support. May not look good with long pants
Recommended for: Golfers who enjoy walking the course. You enjoy playing on hot days, and require a breathable shoe. You care more about comfort than anything else.
Which Golf Shoe Brands Are The Best?
This question is like choosing your favorite child. It's literally impossible to answer. Nobody has the same feet as you. Nobody has the same swing or gait as you. And nobody has the same aethetic tastes as you. It is therefore not only impossible, but unfair to label any one brand the best. Luckily, the golf shoe market is saturated with hundreds of different models to choose from. Our aim is to help you sift through these until you have your perfect match.
What Golf Shoes Are The Pros Wearing?
Ryan Fox was the latest winner on the DP World Tour with victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, which was held at the Old Course at St. Andrews in Scotland. He played smart golf coming down the stretch, eventually winning by a shot wearing the FootJoy Pro/SL. This has been among the most popular shoes on pro tours for a long time. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Ryan Fox's golf shoes:
New Releases and Special Editions
Although the FootJoy Superlites XP isn't the best quality or best performing golf shoe out there, it's one of the better bargains. At under $100, it still boasts pretty solid traction and a decent amount of comfort. Although it is marketed as more of a summer golf shoe, it performs quite well in colder, wet conditions as well. In fact, the Superlites XP will probably overheat a bit in hot conditions because of its synthetic upper. While the traction is great for walking and also performs brilliantly during the swing, we can't really say the same for the support in the upper. There just isn't much there, particularly if you've got a high swing speed. Nonetheless, like we said before, at this price you can't expect to have everything the high end golf shoes have. We recommend the Superlites XP for beginner to mid handicap golfers who are looking for a good deal on a year-round shoe.
What struck us immediately about the ECCO BIOM G5 golf shoe was its year-round wearability. The high-quality, genuine leather and mesh upper is very waterproof thanks to the addition of Gore-Tex, yet still breathes surprisingly well due to the performance leather and mesh. This ECCO golf shoe is also extremely comfortable, and the BOA fastening system adds to this comfort by allowing for micro-adjustments that laces just can't do. The spiked traction system is fantastic, which feels good when walking (for spiked traction) and grips solidly on every surface you'll encounter on the course. Overall, the BIOM G5 sticks quite close to its predecessors in terms of feel and performance. While it is definitely on the higher-end of the cost spectrum, you do get what you pay for. The BIOM G5 will last a long time, and we recommend it for those who don't mind dishing out the bucks on comfort and quality.
As we've come to expect from Royal Albartross, this model, The Driver, is extremely high-end. It caters to the more affluent demographic who demand high quality, fashionable golf shoes. This particular Royal Albartross golf shoe may not perform spectacularly on the course, but it will certainly turn heads in the clubhouse. Having said that, The Driver by no means is a dud on the golf course. It is extremely comfortable and thus is a great option for walking 18 holes and beyond. The spikeless traction system contributes to this ease of walking, while still gripping quite well during the swing. Perhaps our favorite aspect of The Driver is its versatility. Its high-end, casual aesthetics made this shoe fit in anywhere from work to the mall to the course. Keep in mind that although The Driver is water-resistant, it won't hold up in really wet conditions. Due to its high-end nature, the Royal Albartross Driver isn't cheap, and is thus recommended for those who don't mind paying a pretty penny for quality, style and comfort.
The adidas CODECHAOS 22 is a nice upgrade to the Codechaos 21. What stood out to us was just how durable and solid it felt in terms of traction and overall performance. It definitely doesn't have any weaknesses. On the other hand, it does have plenty of strengths. Perhaps our favorite is comfort. It's amazingly comfortable right out of the box, and continues to feel even better the more you wear it. With this comfort combined with the spikeless traction, you have an excellent shoe for walking the course. Adding to this is its breathability, which means you can walk the course even in hot conditions. Not only does the spikeless outsole feel great when walking, but it also provides top-notch grip during the swing. The CODECHAOS 22 will hold up quite well in wet conditions, allowing for it be worn pretty much year-round. If you're in search of comfort, durability, and really solid overall performance, this is a great option.
We're a fan of UA HOVR technology, so had high expectations for the UA HOVR Tour Spikeless golf shoe. It didn't disappoint. In fact, it actually exceeded our expectations. We weren't expecting it to feel as breathable and supportive as it was. The knit-like upper allows for just that little bit of extra breathability, which is certainly noticeable during a hot round. Also keep in mind that this shoe is guaranteed to be waterproof for a year, so it joins the ranks of the top breathable waterproof golf shoes. What's great about these types of shoes is that you can wear them year-round. We were expecting the HOVR Tour Spikeless to offer good support, but not as good as this! Your feet mold to the shoe while simultaneously being supported in all the right areas during the swing. The traction system enhances this already good support by locking down your feet on any surface you'll encounter on the golf course. We recommend the Under Armour HOVR Tour Spikeless golf shoe for the advanced golfer who can appreciate all the performance on offer.
This was our first foray into OluKai golf shoes, and boy were we impressed! The OluKai Wai'alae casual golf shoe emanates style. We fell in love at first sight, as have most of those who have been fortunate enough to lay eyes on it. What we love about casual golf shoes is their versatility, and the Wai'alae is no different. It looks equally at home off the course as it does on. The subtle yet effective spikeless traction system grips well on all surfaces, which means you can use them rain or shine. Speaking of rain, the Wai'alae is made of high-quality leather, so it won't overheat in summer, and protects your feet from the elements in winter. The Olukai Wai'alae golf shoe is really, really comfortable. It went well beyond our expectations, as it has with most who wear them. We recommend the Wai'alae for the fashion-conscious, casual golfer who demands comfort and versatility.
We're always excited when one of the most popular shoe brands in the world converts one of its most popular sneakers into a golf shoe. This time it's the Air Jordan 1 Low G. This iconic shoe, the Air Jordan 1 Low, is timeless. It looked amazing when it was first released decades ago, and still looks amazing today. In terms of golf-specific performance, it certainly isn't the best. However, it's important to note that this was never the intention. The Air Jordan 1 Low Golf was intended to be versatile and trendy, which it most certainly is. The traction system was designed to make the shoe look just like the original, yet grips quite well on the golf course. This means you can go pretty much anywhere with the Air Jordan 1 Low G without having to change shoes. It's also worth noting that this classic Jordan golf shoe is really comfortable and can also be worn year-round, in most weather conditions.
We were so impressed with the New Balance Fresh Foam X Defender! It's supposed to be one of the higher performing golf shoes from NB, and it did not let us down. What we love about New Balance is that even though the Fresh Foam X Defender is considered their high performance golf shoe, it is still very, very affordable. At under $130, you get so much in this shoe that you would be paying a lot more for with other brands. The FantomFit upper is surprisingly breathable, while at the same time holds up remarkably well in wet conditions. Combine this with amazing midsole and insole cushioning technology, and you have one of the best performance golf shoes for walking. The traction system can be relied on to deliver maximum grip in every condition, while the overall support of the Fresh Foam X Defender is good but not great. We definitely recommend the NB Fresh Foam X Defender for golfers of all abilities, but particularly for the more advanced golfers who can appreciate all the performance on offer.
GOATLANE Suede Golf Shoes are pretty much the same as the leather version, except the upper is made from suede instead of leather. This doesn't affect anything performance-wise, but rather changes the look a bit. These shoes perfectly blend modern casual styles with minimalist elegance. What we really love is the hidden traction, which further increases their versatile look. You can literally wear these golf shoes anywhere in most conditions as they are waterproof, relatively breathable and quite comfortable. As far as on-course performance goes, GOATLANE Suede golf shoes are ok. They certainly don't stand out performance-wise, but they do the job for your average golfer. While not all golfers will appreciate what these shoes have to offer, many who value style, versatility and quality, definitely will.
We're always fans of Primegreen products, so were very excited to try out the adidas Solarthon Primegreen golf shoe. Let's just say it was everything we were hoping for. First of all it looks pretty darn cool, especially with the different colorways. It's also really comfortable, which is not surprising given that it has a Boost foam midsole. Boost foam really does give that extra bit of energy return that helps a lot over a 4 hour round. The Solarthon Primegreen was designed for summer, which means it breathes exceptionally well, but doesn't really hold up in wet conditions. If you can afford multiple pairs of shoes for different seasons, this one is among the best for hot conditions. The Traxion outsole grips quite well on the course, yet is versatile enough to be worn off the course as well. As far as support goes, we were quite surprised how much the Solarthon Primegreen has. It feels completely sturdy the during swing, which isn't always easy to find in summer golf shoes.
SQAIRZ golf shoes all share very similar technology, and the SQAIRZ SPEED Mesh is no different. This is a good thing, as SQAIRZ offers some of the most innovative golf shoe design and technology out there. Of course the signature feature of all SQAIRZ golf shoes is the square toe. In our opinion, this actually does help with alignment a bit, mostly on the putting green, and also increases surface area for extra grip and creates roomy toe comfort. The SQAIRZ SPEED Mesh, to state the obvious, is very similar to the original SQAIRZ SPEED, except for its mesh upper, which noticeably enhances breathability without sacrificing too much waterproofing. The SPEED mesh is really comfortable and pretty good for year-round play, save for really wet conditions. The very golf-specific spiked traction system is one of the best in terms of grip, keeping your feet firmly planted to the ground on just about any surface imaginable on the golf course. Then there's also the fantastic lateral support, which just further increases this shoe's amazing performance. What impressed us the most about the SPEED Mesh was this high level of support. Most mesh golf shoes severely lack in this category, but the SPEED Mesh doesn't sacrifice any support. In fact, we'd say it's the most supportive mesh golf shoe out there.
The Callaway Solana TRX V2 is very similar to the original Callaway Solana TRX. This is a good thing, as we loved the original. While they look slightly different, and have different cushioning technology, the overall feel is very similar. However, we did find this new cushioning technology to add just that extra bit of bounce and comfort that is noticeable over hours on the golf course, particularly if you're walking. The DX midsole is not only really comfortable, but it provides more natural feel, which is always welcome. This Callaway golf shoe is also pretty breathable and solidly waterproof, making it a great option for year-round use. The traction system has changed in this model, which has removed 2 cleats and replaced them with permanent traction. It feels great when walking and most importantly, during the swing. You definitely don't have to worry about any slippage on the course. As with most Callaway golf shoes, the Solana TRX V2 is one of the best values out there right now for high-performing performance golf shoes.
The ASICS GEL-ACE PRO 5 BOA is a really high performance golf shoe. It boasts some amazing support with the help of the BOA closure system, the bootie construction, and the external heel counter, which combine to keep your feel perfectly stable during the swing. This BOA system also allows for those small little on-course micro-adjustments that aren't possible with traditional laces, which adds to ease and comfort. What really surprised us about the GEL-ACE PRO 5 BOA is its level of comfort. The propel technology in the midsole creates a lot of "bounce" that saves energy throughout the round. Our only minor issue is that for the price, we were hoping for a bit more weather resilience. It does fine in warm weather, but may get a bit hot in extreme temps. However, although it is water-resistant, it won't really hold up in really rainy conditions. We recommend the GEL-ACE PRO 5 BOA for the low handicap golfer in need of ultimate comfort and support/stability.
We really like the PAYNTR X 003 F golf shoe. Its awesome design immediately grabbed our attention. It just looks sleek and ready to do business. This, along with its fantastic comfort, are our favorite aspects of the X 003 F. The combinatin of Pebax, PMX foam midsole, and Ortholite footbed create super high-rebound comfort. Although it doesn't sound like much, high rebound cushioning, also known as high energy return, saves a lot of energy over the course of 18 holes. We all know that fatigue plays a part in poor play, so it is definitely something that shouldn't be overlooked. The traction system in this PAYNTR golf shoe is also superb. We rate it right among the top spikeless golf shoes in terms of on-course traction. The X 003 F offers plenty of support during the swing as well. Keep in mind that this shoe isn't the most breathable, nor is it really waterproof, so we don't recommend wearing it in extreme weather conditions.
The Skechers GO GOLF Arch Fit Walk is the brand's more casual golf shoe. It wasn't designed to compete with the top performance golf shoes on the course, but rather to maintain comfort and ease throughout the day, both on and off the course. For this purpose it has definitely succeeded. It's so convenient not having to lug around a pair of golf shoes. As far as specifics go, we'll start with the area it excels the most; comfort. The ULTRA GO cushioning and Arch-Fit insole combine to provide an extremely comfortable golf shoe, which feels great for walking on and off the course. Then there's the convenience factor of not having to deal with laces, which also adds to its cool, casual style. The Goodyear outsole is snazzy because it hides the nubs from side view, which makes the Arch Fit Walk look like a casual street shoe. On-course performance does the job for most amateur golfers who prefer convenience and comfort.
It's hard to review PUMA IGNITE golf shoes without sounding like a broken record, because each successive model is just as amazing, if not more amazing, than the previous ones. The PUMA IGNITE Articulate offers the newest innovative technology yet. "Articulate" refers to how the shoe as a whole fits perfectly to the foot and offers natural movement and support in all the right places. As with other IGNITE models, there are no weaknesses in this shoe. It is a bit pricey, but is still very reasonable considering all that if offers. Perhaps the most amazing aspect of the IGNITE Articulate is its comfort. It feels beyond fantastic, even after walking the course all day. It also scores high in both breathability and waterproofing, meaning it can be worn year-round in just about any weather condition. The support offered keeps your foot firmly secure during the swing, yet amazingly allows for natural movement at the same time. Last but not least, we'll rave about the traction system. It keeps you firmly planted to the ground in both dry and wet conditions. We recommend the PUMA IGNITE Articulate for the advanced golfer who demands nothing but the best in terms of comfort and performance.
While not the best in terms of on-course performance, the Johnston & Murphy McGuffey GL2 Hybrid is incredibly versatile. It looks great in just about every environment, from work to parties to the golf course. The traction system is decent enough for on course play, but really excels in its versatility, which means it grips and feels comfortable on all types of surfaces. While its versatility is no doubt the highlight, the McGuffey GL2 Hybrid also looks amazing. We love its refined, casual aesthetic, which screams trendiness and class. The GL2 Hybrid is quite comfortable, and can be worn pretty much year-round, save for extreme conditions on either end of the spectrum. The McGuffey GL2 Hybrid doesn't offer top of the line support, but holds its own against other similar style golf shoes. We recommend this casual, classy golf shoe for the fashion-conscious in search of versatility and year-round wearability.
We're really happy that FootJoy has continued the Pro/SL line for as long as they have. Each successive model just gets better and better. The consistency of performance, durability and comfort in each generation continues to be among the best. This latest FootJoy Pro/SL model is extremely comfortable. The newest foam/cushioning technologies combine to create a perfect balance of soft cushioning, rebound and stability. We love how FJ has kept the high standard of waterproofing in the newest Pro/SL model. You can wear this shoe in harsh conditions without a problem. It also holds up ok in hot conditions, which makes it pretty ideal for year-round play. The spikeless traction system in this newest Pro/SL model is pretty much the same as the previous model, which grips extremely well on the course, yet feels excellent when walking as well. We've always been a huge fan of the power harness in Pro/SLs, which adds that extra bit of lateral and medial stability. We recommend the FJ Pro/SL for the advanced golfer who can appreciate all the performance and comfort on offer.
The Callaway Oceanside V2 golf shoe is almost exactly the same as the original Oceanside. In fact, performance-wise the two are exactly the same. The only difference is the aesthetics of the upper, which in our opinion have enhanced the overall look of the shoe. We can confidently say that the Callaway Oceanside V2 is one of the absolute best year-round golf shoes we've ever seen. The mesh upper keeps your feet cool in the summer, yet it comes with a 2 year waterproof warranty, which means it will keep your feet dry in wet conditions. Perhaps freezing temperatures are the only conditions not suitable for the Callaway Oceanside V2. Not only is this golf shoe weather-proof, it's super comfortable as well. The mesh upper keeps it flexible, while the insole and midsole cushioning is like walking on clouds. This, combined with a solid spikeless traction system, makes the Callaway Oceanside V2 ideal for walking the course. Because of how it looks and feels, this sport-style golf shoe is also versatile, meaning you don't have to change into and out of it before and after the round. Simply put, you can walk around in these shoes all day, and chances are, you'll forget you're even wearing them. We can't emphasize enough how great this golf shoe is, particularly when compared to other mesh golf shoes. All this awesomeness and we haven't even gotten to the best part yet; it's under $100! This is for sure the best deal to be had at the moment.
Aside from aesthetics, the Under Armour HOVR Fade 2 Spikeless golf shoe is pretty much the same as the original UA HOVR Fade. As far as Under Armour golf shoes go, the UA HOVR Fade 2 SL is among the more affordable ones. As expected, it doesn't come with some of the technical features of the higher priced models, and is made with slightly less quality microfiber. However, the rest of the shoe pretty much copies the more, shall we say, advanced models. What we're most impressed with is the comfort and traction system. It boasts the same HOVR technology as the other UA golf shoes, which means comfort is at a premium. The traction system is the Rotational Resistance technology, which keeps you firmly planted to the ground no matter the conditions. Unfortunately, the HOVR Fade 2 doesn't do very well in extreme weather, likely overheating in hot conditions and allowing water to seep through in the rain. Nonetheless, it's affordable and an all around solid golf shoe, which will attract beginner to intermediate golfers looking for comfort and durability.
This new leather version of THE MONEYMAKER, THE MONEYMAKER LUXE, is a great alternative. We're always suckers for real, high quality leather, which is exactly what you get here. Because it's high-quality leather, it breathes decently well and is quite durable. Its combination of breathability and waterproofing makes it a solid year-round golf shoe. Travis Mathew's foray into golf shoes has been a successful one so far. The Cuater MONEYMAKER LUXE is a cool hybrid of casual and sport style, leaning more towards the casual side. Boutique brands like Travis Mathew tend to offer that extra bit of "coolness", and The MoneyMaker Luxe certainly is right up there with the cool of the cool. It's also really comfortable. Along with an awesome midsole, the shoe boasts an outsole that is flexible and great for walking, while still maintaining excellent grip. The weakest area of the shoe is the support in the upper, which is still decent, but not quite up there with what the rest of the shoe offers. We recommend THE MONEYMAKER - LUXE for mid to low handicap golfers who value fashion and comfort, while still damanding solid performance.
If we didn't have the original Air Zoom Infinity Tour to compare to the Air Zoom Infinity Tour NEXT%, we would perhaps have a slightly different view of the latter. Don't get us wrong, we are definitely fans of the Air Zoom Infinity Tour NEXT%, but we just feel like it didn't quite improve on the original Air Zoom Infinity Tour. Having said this, there are definitely aspects of the newer model that have improved, but overall we'd almost prefer the original. The biggest improvement made to the NEXT% is comfort. While the original was comfortable, this one feels a bit roomier and provides some of the best rebound cushioning we've ever experienced. In fact, we'd say this is one of the most comfortable golf shoes period. The aspects of the NEXT% that we were slightly disappointed by were waterproofing and support. While the original Air Zoom Infinity Tour came with a 2 year waterproof warranty, the NEXT% has only a 1 year waterproof warranty. Although the support in the NEXT% is quite solid, we were hoping for just a bit more. If you're in the market for a stylish golf shoe that offers fantastic comfort, we definitely recommend the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour NEXT%.
FootJoy Tour Alpha is FJ's ultimate performance golf shoe. The goal of this shoe is to provide as much stability, support and traction as possible. In case you're wondering, this goal was achieved. The traction system is second to none, with some of the most incredible grip you're going to find on a golf course. Careful research went in to creating premium grip in the most necessary areas, while at the same time providing incredible lateral support. The heel area of the Tour Alpha offers amazing support and stability as well. Its OPS system isn't just for marketing purposes; it actually works in reducing unwanted movement during the swing. With quality leather in the upper from Pittards of England, you get amazing durability along with classy looks. And of course ultimate waterproofing. High-quality leather is also a touch more breathable than microfiber, so this shoe does pretty well year-round. We recommend the FJ Tour Alpha for the high-power golfer who demands the ultimate in traction and support.
We're excited to see another addition to the Biion lineup! This Biion Trainer Golf Shoe is exactly as its name implies; a trainer-style golf shoe. The standout feature of The Trainer, as with all Biion shoes, is that its upper is made of ethylene vinyl acetate (EVA). This is the smooth, lightweight, stretchy, rubber-like material. It's a very innovative concept, and one that definitely works for a certain demographic. Those in search of casual versatility will love what this hybrid golf shoe has to offer. However, those who demand a high level of support and overall golf-specific performance will be left wanting more. What's great about EVA uppers is that although they're not waterproof, they are great for water. In fact, they are basically meant to get wet. Perhaps this works well for those who find themselves chasing water balls! All jokes aside, the Biion Trainer Golf Shoe is super comfortable and versatile. Just don't expect much in terms of golf-specific performance.
The Tomcat is our new favorite golf shoe from Duca del Cosma. While this high-end, fashionable golf brand focuses on style above all else, we feel that the Tomcat delivers more than just awesome looks. When we say this, we're mostly talking about the traction system. The ARNEFLEX XII outsole has some of the best grip we've seen on a spikeless golf shoe. Not only does it grip well in all conditions, but it also feels pretty much like a normal shoe when worn off the course. As with all Duca del Cosma golf shoes, the Tomcat is extremely versatile. Its stylish, high-quality upper combines with the versatile traction system to deliver a golf shoe that can be worn before, during and after the round. We wouldn't recommend wearing this shoe in really hot conditions, as we feel like it has the potential to overheat. Its optimal conditions are cool weather with some rain thrown in there. We recommend the Tomcat for the fashion-conscious golfer who demands versatility, comfort and amazing traction on and off the course.
You can always count on Skechers GO GOLF Pro series golf shoes to get the job done. In this case, it's the Skechers GO GOLF Pro 5 Hyper. This is the highest performing golf shoe Skechers offers in terms of pure golf performance. Just by looking at the shoe, you can tell it means business. Perhaps no aspect of the shoe reveals this more than the outsole. The traction system in the Pro 5 Hyper is, simply put, amazing. You can have so much confidence in this shoe in regards to slippage, which means it just won't happen. This performance Skechers golf shoe definitely excels in cooler, wet weather. It is 100% waterproof, and when coupled with the traction system, is almost second to none in regards to wet weather performance. Unfortunately, if you find yourself in hot, dry conditions, the GO GOLF Pro 5 Hyper will feel pretty hot. We recommend this golf shoe for those in need of top-notch performance in not so friendly weather conditions.
The PUMA PROADAPT ALPHACAT Disc is exactly the same as the original PROADAPT ALPHACAT, save for the disc closure system. At the same price, we definitely prefer the disc version as it offers that extra bit of ease in finding the perfect amount of tension in the upper. The PUMA PROADAPT ALPHACAT Disc is a reliable, year-round golf shoe. As far as PUMA golf shoes are concerned, it doesn't perform on-par with our favorites, but it certainly is durable and sturdy. The one real standout feature we love about the PROADAPT ALPHACAT Disc is the traction system. It feels amazing for walking and yet grips incredibly well on the golf course, and on any surface for that matter. The traction lugs/ridges are strategically placed to keep you grounded during the swing. As we already said, the PROADAPT ALPHACAT Disc is both breathable and waterproof, which makes it ideal for those who don't want to keep changes shoes for different weather conditions. While the traction is fantastic, the support isn't quite as good. It does the job, but those with more foot action/speed may require a bit more lateral and medial support.
COLE HAAN's ZEROGRAND Overtake is a really solid sport golf shoe. It boasts all the features a good sport golf shoe should have, including comfort, breathability and versatility. The ZEROGRAND Overtake is perhaps the most comfortable golf shoe COLE HAAN offers, with its mesh bootie combining with a high-cushion, high-rebound midsole and a comfortable footbed. As expected, the mesh bootie allows for plenty of air-flow, and also offers water-resistance, which is enough to keep your feet dry in dewy conditions. The spikeless traction system works great on and off the course, which we were pleasantly surprised by. These systems work well for walking but sometimes lack the essential grip on the course. However, we did not face this problem with the ZEROGRAND Overtake. While it lacks a bit of support, the overall performance of the ZEROGRAND Overtake is quite solid.
Just when we thought things couldn't get better than the BIOM H4, they did! Well, to say the ECCO BIOM C4 is better than the H4 is purely subjective, considering how amazing they both are. However, in our humble opinion, the BIOM C4 barely nudges the BIOM H4 into second place. Without a doubt, the highlight of the BIOM C4 is its combination of breathability and waterproofing. It's not easy at all finding golf shoes with this combo, so we really appreciate when this feat is pulled off. ECCO has managed this with a couple different technologies. First of all, the GORE-TEX and high quality leather upper not only provide excellent waterproofing, but also add to the breathability. Then there's the EXHAUST GRID, which is not at all gimmicky, that noticeably increases airflow and breathability. The last thing we'll rave about is the traction system, which is one of the best spikeless systems out there. It is extremely comfortable when walking, while at the same time gripping amazingly well on the golf course. Though the price tag is a bit high, you get what you pay for, which is why we confidently recommend the BIOM C4 for those willing to pay for high quality performance.
True to adidas form, the Rebelcross Spikeless Golf Shoe blends style and performance beautifully. It may not stand out among the top in terms of performance, but it definitely holds its own. And while it may not be in our top 10 most stylish golf shoes, we absolutely appreciate the originality of the upper design and the company's efforts to reduce their impact on the environment. The traction system is really cool on this shoe because not only does it grip effectively on the course, but it also does pretty well off the course. As with just about every adidas golf shoe featuring BOOST midsole technology, the Rebelcross is extremely comfortable. It's a perfect blend of cushioning and energy return, which actually saves energy if you prefer walking to carts. Given its decent breathability and waterproofing, the Rebelcross does quite well year-round. Its support is solid, but again, doesn't stand out among the best.
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