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?
Robert Streb was the latest winner on the PGA Tour with victory at The RSM Classic at Sea Island Resort in Sea Island, Georgia. He made a clutch birdie on the 71st hole, which got him into a playoff where he won with an amazing birdie wearing the FootJoy DryJoys Tour. This is one of FootJoy's longest running models, brilliantly combining a classic look with modern technology. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Robert Streb's golf shoes:
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THE RINGER by Cuater - TravisMathew is the brand's higher-end performance golf shoe. Our feelings towards this shoe are mixed. On the one hand, we love how comfortable it is. The SweetSpot cushioning system really does feel great, and we like the mesh lining. On the other hand, we feel it's a bit over-priced for what you get. What we mean by this is that there are other, more affordable golf shoes out there that offer similar comfort and performance. That being said, there are a number of things we really appreciate about the shoe. First, we always applaud innovative styles, and this is a great fusion of performance and sport. Second, as already mentioned, we really like how comfortable it is. Third, THE RINGER boasts awesome traction, eliminating all worries of slippage. As far as the overall support is concerned, it's good enough, but for such a high-priced golf shoe we were hoping for a bit more support during the swing. We recommend Cuater's THE RINGER for the more affluent golfer looking for a year-round, durable golf shoe that offers a unique style along with plenty of comfort and grip.
Finally! The Superstar has made it to the golf course in the form of the adidas Golf Superstar Spiked shoe. Naturally, the focus of this casual, trendy golf shoe is fashion. The Superstar is quintessential adidas, and is one of the most iconic shoes ever. We weren't expecting it to perform amazingly on the golf course, and this hypothesis is pretty much correct. That isn't to say that it feels bad on the course, it just doesn't compare to some of the more performance-oriented golf shoes. This being said, we were impressed with the traction system, particularly with the traction ridges that complement the six removable spikes. We were hoping for just a tad more comfort and support, and were a bit disappointed with how it's not really waterproof. Nonetheless, this will be a popular shoe among fashion/adidas enthusiasts and those looking for versatile, casual wear.
We had a positive overall impression of the Stuburt XP II golf shoe. It's one of the more affordable golf shoes out there, which we always appreciate, yet is still durable and not cheaply made. For sure the standout features of the XP II are its comfort and traction. The midsole and insole work together perfectly to create an amazing walking experience, and the traction grips just as well as any we've seen. While the XP II certainly isn't hot in "normal" conditions, it will overheat on hotter summer days, and while waterproof to a certain degree, won't fend off heavy rain. When compared to other Sturburt golf shoes, the XP II seems to be a bit less capabale of expelling water. We weren't overly impressed with the overall performance either, but it is sufficient enough for mid-level golfers on a budget.
Our expectations are always high when it comes to PUMA golf footwear, so we were expecting something pretty great with the PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT Caged DISC golf shoe, but what we experienced blew us away! We should start by saying that although this is definitely similar to the other PWRADAPT models, and shares a lot of the same technology, the PWRADAPT Caged DISC looks different and boasts even more innovative technology than the others. This is the first time a golf shoe has come just 1 point shy of a perfect score in our rating system. It boasts perfect scores across the board except for a 9/10 in waterproofing. We find it amazing that a sport-style, semi-mesh golf shoe can be so supportive. The PWRCAGE technology is not a gimmick at all, and locks your foot in place during the swing. Because of its sport style, the IGNITE PWRADAPT Caged DISC is also perfect for walking the course, and holds up in all weather conditions, save for freezing rain. This DISC version provides for an even better fit and overall comfort because it allows for microadustments. Golfers of all abilities will benefit from this golf shoe, but low handicappers will especially notice how amazing it really is.
We thought the G/FORE MG4 Plus would basically be the same shoe as the MG4.1, just more waterproof, but we were wrong! Ok, so admittedly some of the technology, such as the cushioning, is the same, but there are plenty of differences (for the better). We love how the MG4+ can be worn year-round, not really overheating on hot days, while providing plenty of waterproofing on wet days. In our opinion, the traction system has been improved since the MG4.1, and grips better during the swing while still remaining flexible and comfortable for walking off the course. While the support isn't great, it definitely does the job, especially with the added heel cup. The most important thing to remember about the MG4+ is that it was designed with versatility in mind, meaning you can go straight from the street to the course without having to change shoes, all the while looking really trendy!
We can't believe it's been ten years since the original ECCO Golf Street shook up the golf shoe world! Anyway, here we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary with the ECCO Golf Street 10 spikeless golf shoe. As far as looks are concerned, this casual golf shoe is hard to beat. It's the original "cool" golf shoe, and can literally be worn in just about every casual setting. The standard ECCO E-DTS traction system grips well on all surfaces, including grass of course! Unfortunately, we just don't find the Golf Street 10 as comfortable as ECCO's other casual golf shoes. This, along with decent support (but not great) and a really high price make it hard to recommend this golf shoe over some of the company's other models. That being said, it's the definition of "casual cool", and if you place fashion above all else, the Golf Street 10 certainly won't let you down.
THE WILDCARD by Cuater - TravisMathew is pretty much the definition of a casual style golf shoe. Its simple, sleek design is extremely versatile, which means it looks great in just about every setting imaginable, including the golf course of course! This adaptability does however take a bit away from its performance. For instance, the traction system is really comfortable and feels great when walking, but doesn't grip quite as well as more golf-specific spikeless traction. The upper, while looking amazing, doesn't quite provide that extra bit of stability that some might demand. Nonetheless, THE WILDCARD was designed for a specific purpose for a specific demographic, and for this they have succeeded. We recommend THE WILDCARD for the trendy golfer who places the most emphasis on comfort and aesthetics.
The Adidas CodeChaos Sport golf shoe is very similar to the original CodeChaos. However, there are definitely enough differences to separate the two. The materials of the uppers are the same textile, and the traction systems are the same. As with the CodeChaos, the CodeChaos Sport comes with awesome Boost midsole foam, which not only cushions, but feels responsive as well. The design of the CodeChaos Sport, is, well, sporty, hence the name. The upper sits a bit lower on the ankle, which adds just a touch more breathability at the expense of a tiny bit of support. For us, the highlights of the CodeChaos Sport are definitely the traction system and comfort. These two elements combine perfectly to create one of the best golf shoes for walking. Although it provides plenty of comfort while walking, the traction still grips really, really well during the swing. We recommend the CodeChaos Sport for those who walk year-round and are in need of comfort and durability above all else.
We were pleasantly surprised with the TRUE linkswear OG Feel! Ok, so we've always appreciated the casual style and feel of TRUE linkswear golf shoes, particularly the Original series, but weren't expecting the looks and feel to be this amazing! As with most TRUE golf shoes, the OG Feel is plenty roomy, particularly in the toe area. Where this model diverts from the previous OG models is its knit/sock-fit upper. It's flexible enough to be really comfortable and mold to your feet, yet still feels quite stable during the swing thanks to the leather saddle and solid grip. Our only minor complaint is that it isn't really water-repellent, at least not what we were expecting. This limits the OG Feel to dry days, and is best suited for hot weather as well, due to the fact that its knit upper is not only light and flexible, but but extremely breathable as well. We recommend the TRUE OG Feel for those looking for casual coolness (literally and figuratively), as well as durability and above all else, comfort.
The SQAIRZ 20/20 golf shoe, save for some aesthetic differences, is basically the same as the SQAIRZ Arrow. Both of these golf shoes have the same technology, with only minor superficial differences distinguishing them. We love it when companies aren't afraid to take on something new, so kudos to SQAIRZ for their innovative square-toed golf shoes. We weren't sure how we were going to feel with these, particularly in terms of getting used to the unique style. Unless you align your feet perfectly parallel for full shots, the square toes aid more in stability than alignment. However, we found the aligment aspect to come more in to play while putting, which did seem to help slightly. The 20/20 is really comfortable and can be worn to walk the course year-round. What we love most about this shoe isn't the square toe, it's the traction system. It's designed in such a way that you feel locked to the ground from all angles during every part of the swing. As you may have guessed, our only complaint is that this golf shoe is a bit on the pricey side. This being said, you can count on using it for a long time, as it is really durable. We recommend the SQAIRZ 20/20 golf shoes for those focused on performance, whatever the cost.
In this heyday of golf shoe design, it's hard to be suprised and impressed by new models, which is why the PUMA RS-G is all the more impressive. With the bulky sneaker trend making a comeback, the RS-G is among the most fashion-forward golf shoes out there. Admittedly, it's not for everyone, but even those who don't care for the look can still appreciate its fresh design. Based on the look of the shoe, we figured it would be more for all-around wear and less for golfing specifically. In a sense this hypothesis was correct, but the shoe did provide more grip and support than we were expecting. The RS-G was definitely designed with versatility in mind, which means you can go straight from your morning walk to the course without changing shoes. Aside from aesthetics, what we like the most about the RS-G is its comfort. It's fantastic for walking the course year-round, even if the traction may slip a bit in wet conditions, just because of its all-terrain design. Needless to say, we recommend the PUMA RS-G for the fashion-conscious who place a high value on comfort.
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.
We love it when companies aren't afraid to take on something new, so kudos to SQAIRZ for their innovative square-toed golf shoes. This particular model, the SQAIRZ Arrow, impressed us. We weren't sure how we were going to feel with these, particularly in terms of getting used to the unique style. Unless you align your feet perfectly parallel for full shots, the square toes aid more in stability than alignment. However, we found the aligment aspect to come more in to play while putting, which did seem to help slightly. The Arrow is really comfortable and can be worn to walk the course year-round. What we love most about this shoe isn't the square toe, it's the traction system. It's designed in such a way that you feel locked to the ground from all angles during every part of the swing. As you may have guessed, our only complaint is that this golf shoe is a bit on the pricey side. This being said, you can count on using it for a long time, as it is really durable. We recommend the SQAIRZ Arros golf shoes for those focused on performance, whatever the cost.
As far as Under Armour golf shoes go, the UA HOVR Fade 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 SL 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.
The TRUE linkswear LUX Knit is one of the best all-weather golf shoes out there in terms of keeping your feet dry in the rain, yet not overheating in the summer. This, along with amazing comfort, are by far the standout features of this golf shoe. We've always liked TRUE linkswear golf shoes, and their newest innovation with the midsole and insole is a noticeable improvement in comfort. You will have no problems walking 18+ holes in the LUX Knit. The traction system provides sufficient grip, yet really comes to life when walking. The heel cup adds a bit of extra support during the swing, as well as comfort. Without a doubt, the versatility, durability and breathable waterproofing are the highlights of the TRUE LUX Knit. We recommend it for those who need an all-purpose, super comfortable, simple yet trendy golf shoe.
The Skechers GO GOLF Max - Fairway 2 is expectedly similar to the original Skechers GO GOLF Max. However, there are enough differences to make them stand out from each other. The most noticeable difference is in the upper, with the GO GOLF Max - Fairway 2 consisting more of mesh while the GO GOLF Max is more synthetic. This makes the Max - Fairway 2 slightly more breathable and less waterproof. Speaking of waterproofing, while the Max - Fairway 2 is "water-resistant", it won't fend of rain very well. It was designed more as a summer shoe with morning dew in mind. This breathability combined with light feel and amazing cushioning makes the Max - Fairway 2 a great option for hot summer conditions. At just $90, we recommend the GO GOLF Max - Fairway 2 for those in need of decent performance, high comfort, and durability at an affordable price.
We knew we were going to love the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour, but we didn't how much. Well now we know. And it's amazing! First of all, we'd just like to say that this is one of the absolute best all-weather golf shoes out there. It's plenty waterproof, yet still breathes well. Ok, so we may not recommend it for Irish winter rounds, but for warmer than freezing conditions, the Air Zoom Infinity Tour holds up brilliantly. This Nike golf shoe got almost a perfect score from us, so it's hard to know where to go next with this review. It looks awesome, and feels even better than it looks. We will note that the Air Zoom Infinity Tour is better suited for narrow to average-width feet, and will feel tight for those with wide feet. It also runs at least a half size small. While the overall support of this sporty golf shoe isn't perfect, it is still better than average and allows some movement for comfort while limiting unwanted movement during the swing. We recommend the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour for mid to low handicappers who will appreciate the innovative traction system and overall comfort.
The FootJoy FLEX XP is basically a waterproof version of the originial FootJoy Flex. Save for the added waterproofing, these two shoes share pretty much the same technology. What we love about the FLEX XP is that unlike the Flex, it can be worn year-round. The added waterproofing took just a bit of breathability away, but made for one of the most breathable, waterproof golf shoes out there. We don't suggest wearing the FLEX XP during a winter round in Scotland, but it is nonetheless great for hot to cool conditions, wet or dry. The Versa-Trax traction system is geared more towards comfort and versatility, which means it's great for walking but leaves a bit to be desired in terms of golf-specific grip. Since the focus is on lightweight comfort, the FLEX XP doesn't offer a whole lot of support either. However, if year-round wearability and lightweight, flexible comfort are your thing, you can't go wrong with the FLEX XP.
The Duca del Cosma Eldorado golf shoe adds to the increasingly popular category of spikeless, versatile, classic style golf shoes. One of the best features of this sleek golf shoe is the fact that it looks great on and off the course. Not only does it look great, but its traction feels great on a number of different surfaces, yet feels totally golf-specific when on grass. This updated traction system, the Airplay XI, adds just a bit more stability than the previous Duca del Cosma systems. The Nappa leather upper feels really soft and looks even better than it feels, yet as with other Duca models, lacks just that extra bit of support that would really enhance its performance. Although it costs a pretty penny, the Eldorado is made of the highest quality materials, which pretty much guarantees it will last a long time. And hey, you can't put a price on looking trendy on the golf course.
Although some of the features of the Callaway Swami 2.0 golf shoe are the same as the original Swami, there are enough differences to warrant a separate review. First off, we'll say that the changes made have been positive, further cementing our approval. In fact, this is right up there with the best spikeless, classic style golf shoes. Its sleek, classic upper adapts to so many different settings outside the course, and the spikeless traction allows for comfort on all types of surfaces. This traction system still holds its own on the course, gripping quite well while simultaneously making walking enjoyable. The Swami 2.0 performs well in most conditions, rendering it a year-round golf shoe. Though do keep in mind that it may get a bit hot in extreme summer conditions. We highly recommend the Swami 2.0 for those who appreciate the classic golf shoe look, yet don't want to spend a fortune.
The UA HOVR Drive GORE-TEX is the new and improved version of the original UA HOVR Drive. Although much of the technology remains the same, their are some significant upgrades. The biggest of these upgrades is the GORE-TEX membrane, which ever so slightly improves waterproofing and breathability. Although the traction system is very similar, the HOVR Drive GORE-TEX is slightly more low profile, enhancing feel and stability. Not only does the HOVR Drive GORE-TEX look cool, it boasts amazing comfort as well. We weren't sure how much of the HOVR technology was just a marketing ploy, but it really does add lightweight comfort, which makes this shoe really good for walking year-round. We say "year-round" because it has very effective waterproofing, and it won't overheat unless you play in extreme summer heat. Along with all this awesomeness comes even more, in the way of traction and support. As with some of our other favorite UA golf shoes, the HOVR Drive GTX has Rotational Resistance Traction, which pretty much eliminates any chance of slipping. What else can we say? We have only the highest praise for this golf shoe, and recommend it to advanced golfers who can appreciate all it has to offer.
The Stuburt Evolve Tour II Spiked golf shoe is exactly the same as the Evolve Tour DRI-Back, under the surface at least. Although the uppers are slightly different in design, the technology is unchanged. The Stuburt Evolve Tour II Spiked is a mid-range golf shoe that is plenty durable, but doesn't really stand out. The two things we like the most about the Evolve Tour II Spiked are its awesome comfort and traction. These are by far the best features this golf shoe offers. It is more of a Fall/Winter shoe, which means although it's definitely comfortable enough to walk the course, you might get a bit hot on warmer days. The traction is great for wet weather as slippage won't be an issue. As we just alluded to, the Evolve Tour II Spiked isn't the most breathable golf shoe in the world, nor does it offer a whole lot of support. While the support is sufficient, it doesn't really compare to some of the other performance golf shoes. We recommend the Evolve Tour II Spiked for mid to high handicappers in colder climates who want something comfortable and reliable.
The Skechers GO GOLF Torque - Twist is the same shoe as the original GO GOLF Torque, except it utilizes a boa dial fastening system. This added feature allows for more microadjustments and thus a slightly better overall fit. Whether it's worth the extra $20 is more of a personal thing. Their have been some concerns about how durable this closure system is, but so far so so good! The Skechers GO GOLF Torque - Twist is an amazing golf shoe for those on a budget. In fact, it's one of our favorite affordeable boa golf shoes. Kudos to Skechers for catering to this demographic, because a lot of golf shoes out there aren't affordable to quite a few golfers. We don't think it's the prettiest golf shoe in the world, but it makes up for this with its comfort. It's easy to forget you're actually wearing golf shoes! Another thing we love about the GO GOLF Torque - Twist is its traction system. So it might not be as lightweight or flexible as more expensive shoes, but it grips amazingly well, which when combined with it's good waterproofing makes it a nice wet weather option. We're really hard pressed to find anything wrong with the GO GOLF Torque - Twist. In our opinion, this golf shoe is perfect for beginner to intermediate golfers on a budget who need something realiable and durable, and most importantly, something they can play year-round in.
As expected, we found the Nike Janoski G Tour to be very similar to the original Janoski G. However, the are a couple of big differences. The most obvious difference is the spiked traction system, which not only grips much better, but feels more stable during the swing. The Janoski G Tour also comes with a 2 year waterproof warranty instead of a 1 year warranty. Kudos to Nike for yet another unique, stylish design! The Nike Janoski G Tour golf shoe is all about fashion, and for this it exceeded our expectations. It's pretty much a skate shoe on the outside, but a golf shoe on the inside. Because of its nature, the Janoski G Tour doesn't offer much support in the uppers, as its low-cut collar kind of takes away that support. What we're trying to say is that it would be really, really difficult to create a golf shoe like this one that also offered outstanding golf-specific performance. We recommend the Janoski G Tour for the fashion-conscious who also demand grippy traction.
Sleek, classy, elegant, minimal....the list of adjectives goes on! The Duca del Cosma Monterosso is one of the coolest golf shoes out there. It oozes style. Naturally, it was designed to be versatile, which means it looks just as good off the course as it does on. The classic Duca outsole complements this, making it comfortable for walking on all types of surfaces, yet still grips enough to be considered a golf shoe. Naturally with a concept such as this, it's not going to perform on par with high performance golf shoes. This means that the grip might slip at times, and the overall support isn't really there. Nonetheless, there is a huge demand for high-quality, trendy casual golf shoes, and the Monterosso fills this niche perfectly, especially considering all the different colors it comes in, with each one looking unique to the others. It certainly isn't cheap, but fashion often comes with a price.
The Cuater THE LEGEND is another awesome golf shoe created by TravisMathew, which further solidifies their standing in the golf shoe market. We're always suckers for sleek, classic style golf shoes, and The Legend fits this to a tee. This style of golf shoe is becoming less and less prevalent, so it's so refreshing to see a brand take on an iconic style with their own twist. Aside from aesthetics, we love the comfort of Cuater's The Legend. The Sweet Spot Technology really does save weight without sacrificing any cushioning. The premium leather upper is pretty much guaranteed to last a long time, and is supple enough to maintain comfort while still repelling water 100%. Our only minor criticism is a lack of lateral support through the swing, and of course the high cost. We realize that this is a high-end, quality product, but the high price doesn't necessarily match the performance. Nonetheless, TravisMathew's The Legend will certainly draw the attention of a certain demographic.
We can confidently say that the Callaway Oceanside 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. 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 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.
The Under Armour HOVR Show SL GORE-TEX, much as we expected, delivers the goods. It's not the best golf shoe in the UA lineup, but it's a solid, mid-range shoe that will get you through any type of weather condition relatively unscathed (physically unscathed that is, there's no guarantees mentally, for it won't stop errant shots unfortuantely). While it is a great year-round golf shoe, the HOVR Show SL GORE-TEX does particularly well in wet conditions. Its spikeless outsole grips really well even in the rain, yet is flexible and comfortable for walking as well. The HOVR cushioning technology really does feel reactive, and gives that little extra boost. Our only minor complaint about the UA HOVR Show SL GORE-TEX is that we were hoping for a bit more lateral support. However, all in all, we were impressed by this UA golf shoe and recommend it for those in search of a comfortable year-round golf shoe that is great for walking.
As you'd expect, the Adidas CodeChaos Boa golf shoe is very similar to the original CodeChaos. However, we were surprised to find a few differences that warranted a completely separate review. Because of its higher ankle, the CodeChaos Boa is slightly less breathable than the original CodeChaos. The high ankle sock isn't without its advantages though, as it adds quite a bit of support. We're always a fan of boa systems, and this one is no different. It's just so easy to get the shoe to fit perfectly, and you never have to worry about laces coming untied. The traction system in the CodeChaos Boa is one of the best spikeless systems we've seen. It feels great for walking, yet at the same time grips really well on all surfaces, even really wet ones. Although the shoe may overheat a touch in really hot conditions, we still consider it great for year-round wear, We recommend the CodeChaos Boa for those searching for a custom fit that performs amazingly in just about every weather condition.
Aside from a few aesthetic changes, the Stuburt Evolve II Spikeless golf shoe is pretty much the same as its predecessor, the Evolve Dri-Back. What we like about all Stuburt golf shoes, including this one, is that there are no gimmicks. What you see is what you get. Perhaps the best aspect of the Evovle II Spikeless is its quality. The full-grain leather upper not only feels and looks great, but it is really durable and great for year-round play. Throw in a really comfortable midsole and insole, and you have golf shoe that is great for walking the course in all conditions. This brings us to our next point, which is that the Evolve II Spikeless has awesome spikeless traction that grips well in both dry and wet conditions. Our only minor issue is that we were hopeful for a bit more support during the swing. Nonetheless, our overall opinion of this golf shoe is a good one, and we recommend it for those in need of a high-quality, all-around golf shoe that will stand the test of time.
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