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?
Tyrrell Hatton was the latest winner on the European Tour with victory at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship at Abu Dhabi GC in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He fired a final round 66, fending off stars such as Rory McIlroy and Tommy Fleetwood wearing the adidas CodeChaos. It's no surprise that Tyrrell's been wearing this shoe for a while now, with its fantastic all around performance. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Tyrrell Hatton's golf shoes:
New Releases and Special Editions
The Nike Air Max 270 G takes after the original Air Max 270, which is to say that it's really comfortable. The sock-like fit feels supportive and provides a more perfect fit. That being said, it definitely runs at least a half size narrow, so make sure to factor that in when figuring out sizing. This is one of the best all-around Nike golf shoes in terms of both year-round wearability and performance. It doesn't score low in any of the categories, and does particularly well in style and comfort. We love how the mesh upper is waterproof yet doesn't overheat in hot conditions. While the traction is versatile and can be worn on various surfaces, its grip doesn't stand out among Nike golf shoes, but certainly isn't lacking. We recommend the Air Max 270 G for those searching for a sport-style golf shoe that can be worn year-round with plenty of performance along the way.
The FootJoy Pro/SL Carbon is very similar to the 2nd generation Pro/SL, except it features a carbon inlay sole. This adds noticeable stability/support during the swing, as well as energy return which is less noticeable. Whether or not this added feature is worth the extra $30 is up for debate. The Pro/SL Carbon is by far one of the most popular shoes on professional tours around the globe. That statistic alone pretty much sums up how awesome this golf shoe is. If it's the preferred choice for tons of pro golfers out there, it must be pretty special. And we can confirm that it is indeed special. We thought that aside from some aesthetic differences, this newer version would be the same as the 1st generation Pro/SL model. It isn't. FootJoy invested a lot of research and updated the traction system, which is now right up there with the best of the best. It offers so much more ground contact than most other systems. This newer version offers more support as well, with the addition of the Power Harness, which keeps the foot in place during the power transition in the swing. What's also great about the Pro/SL Carbon is that we can recommend it for literally all levels of golfers because of its comfort, versatility and amazing performance.
The Callaway Oceanside LX is obviously very similar to the original Oceanside. However, there are plenty of differences that warrant a separate review. The most noticeable difference is the material of the upper, where the Oceanside is mostly mesh, the Oceanside LX is leather and microfiber. While this enhances waterproofing somewhat (the Oceanside is already quite waterproof) it takes away some breathability. In our humble opinion, the leather upper adds style and elegance to the shoe, making it one of our favorite Callaway golf shoes in terms of fashion. With its spikeless Dura-Rubber outsole, the Oceanside LX is versatile, which makes it wearable off the course as well. When it comes to performance, we felt the Oceanside LX is slightly less supportive than the original, but not by much. We recommend the Oceanside LX for golfers of all abilities who value comfort, style and affordability.
We've always loved the relaxed vibe of TRUE linkswear golf shoes, but the TRUE LUX Pro takes it to another level! It's one of the classiest, stylish shoes to ever come from this company. Versatility is the key ingredient in the LUX Pro, meaning you can wear it from work to the course to home. Not only does its style allow for this, but the traction does as well, gripping nicely on the course while providing plenty of comfort when walking on all types of surfaces. Because of its high quality leather upper, the LUX Pro is quite breathable, yet keeps your feet nice and dry in even the wettest conditions. If we had to criticize, we'd like just a touch more support during the swing. However, all in all, the TRUE Lux is one of the coolest, most versatile golf shoes out there that fashion-conscious golfers of all abilities can really enjoy.
We already love the original Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour, so it's no surprise that we love the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour Shield as well! Much of the technology is the same, with a few differences. The differences lie in the actual design of the shoe, with the Shield covering the ankles, whereas the original does not. This is solely for waterproofing and warming purposes, as, after all, the Shield was designed for cold, wet weather. We should emphasize that this is definitely not a year-round golf shoe, and should only be worn in cold conditions. The rest of the shoe is pretty much the same as the original Air Zoom Infinity Tour, including the traction system and the Zoom air unit. The Zoom air unit received a lot of hype, and has lived up to this hype by providing some of the most responsive cushioning out there. Featuring piston spikes, the Air Zoom Infinity Tour Shield ensures you stay planted to the ground in wet/slippery conditions.
One of the staples of ECCO golf shoes, the many different versions of the GOLF BIOM have never disappointed, and this newest model is no exception. The ECCO GOLF BIOM HYBRID’s standout feature is its stylish elegance and quality/durability. As with all ECCO golf shoes, the GOLF BIOM HYBRID isn’t cheap, but you get what you pay for in terms of looks, feel and quality. The yak leather feels great, and the BIOM technology enhances feel as well as comfort. Adding to this comfort is the E-DTS traction system, which admittedly isn’t the best in terms of golf-specific grip, but feels great for walking and definitely does its job on the course. We’d like to see a bit more support during the swing, but it is still sufficient. We recommend the GOLF BIOM HYBRID for those searching for simple, high-quality elegance.
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.
As with all of the brand's shoes, the G/FORE Belgian Loafer is all about style. In this case, relaxed, casual style that looks amazing in just about every kind of setting, on and off the course. The Belgian Loafer is the latest addition to a growing niche of slip-on golf shoes. It's not G/FORE's first, but it is its best. This time around, they not only succeeded in style, but comfort as well. We love the feel of the insole, and the nature of the design allows for more breathability. However, this same design won't withstand rainy days, but it will definitely fend off moisture and dew. The G/FORE Belgian Loafer certainly isn't the most supportive golf shoe, but it's good for walking and feels great. If you're looking for a high-quality golf shoe that's second to none in the fashion department, definitely consider the Belgian Loafer.
Sticking in line with the company's reputation, the Duca del Cosma La Spezia II oozes class and style. It certainly isn't cheap, but this is a luxury golf shoe, and thus wasn't expected to be cheap. The soft, durable Nappa leather upper not only feels amazing, but adds so much style that microfiber just isn't capable of. The traction system does the job on the course, and is versatile enough to be worn in other environments outside the links. Along with the traction, the support of the shoe during the swing is ok, but not great. The La Spezia II does well in most weather conditions, maintaining enough breathability in hot weather while really excelling in wetter weather. We recommend the La Spezia II for fashion-conscious golfers who place a premium on luxury and style.
The adidas TOUR360 XT-SL Textile is very similar to the Tour360 XT-SL, which is in turn similar to the Tour360 XT. The SL models are essentially spikeless versions of the spiked Tour360 XT. As you may have guessed, the TOUR360 XT-SL Textile features a textile and mesh upper instead of synthetic leather which the XT-SL has. This does change the feel a bit, but mostly these two XT-SL models are the same. However, they are not the same as the Tour360 XT. Aside from the different traction systems, the TOUR360 XT-SL Textile is slightly less waterproof but more breathable. The different traction system allows for slightly more flexibility, which is also more comfortable for walking. In fact, these are some of the best golf shoes for walking that you're going to find. Not only is the outsole comfortable for walking, but it boasts amazing traction also. The innovative x-shaped traction lugs pretty much eliminate any chance of slipping in all weather conditions. As with the Tour360 XT, the TOUR360 XT-SL Textile is really, really supportive. In provides a locked-in feel in all the right places during the swing, yet doesn't feel overly tight or unnatural. We recommend the TOUR360 XT-SL Textile for low handicap golfers in need of something comfortable for walking the course that also provides plenty of grip and support.
The Stuburt Urban Flow is the cool, trendy, casual golf shoe from this well-renowned British company. It was designed for not only golf, but casual wear as well. This diversity is great for those who don't want to bother with changing shoes to and from the course, but not necessarily for those in need of high-golf performance. This being said, the Urban Flow was never intended to be the best performing golf shoe out there, but rather a durable, comfortable, stylish shoe that adapts to all environments. We recommend the Urban Flow be worn in the summer, or at least dry weather, because while breathable enough, it certainly isn't waterproof. For its very affordable price of well under $100, the Urban Flow is a great bargain for those who value casual versatility, comfort and style above all else.
We love how FootJoy has entered the slip-on golf shoe market with the Club Casual Slip-on! As with other slip on golf shoes, you can’t expect them to compete with golf-specific performance golf shoes, but you can expect to look awesome wearing them! Which leads us to the next point, which is that they look great on and off the course. They are some of the most versatile golf shoes out there, with even the traction doing just fine on all surfaces. This means they don’t grip extremely well on the course, but well enough to not make you worry about slipping all the time. The FootJoy Club Casual Slip-On is affordable too, making it a reasonable purchase solely for the summer/warmer months. It isn’t waterproof, but it is pretty breathable. We recommend the Club Casual Slip-On for the cool, casual golfer who is more concerned about versatility and style than actual golf-specific performance.
The Duca del Cosma California is the very definition of casual, stylish elegance. If we look at it from a purely golf performance standpoint, it’s average at best. However, when looked at from a versatility standpoint, this golf shoe is one of the coolest out there. The trend towards casual, versatile golf shoes has been going on for some time now, and the California confirms that yes, indeed, there is a huge market for these, shall we say, underperforming but oh so cool golf shoes. The California is handmade with high-quality materials, and while certainly not cheap, will last for quite a while. We don’t necessarily recommend the Duca del Cosma California for your average golfer, mainly because of its high price and somewhat less than stellar performance. However, if you’ve got plenty of golf funds, and are looking to impress, look no further.
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.
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