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?
Jordan Spieth was the latest winner on the PGA Tour with victory at the Valero Texas Open at TPC San Antonio in San Antonio, Texas. He broke his nearly four year winless drought in style, making seven birdies in the final round wearing the Under Armour Spieth 5. We are eagerly awaiting its release to the public, so until then, we have to assume it's going to be at least as good as the Spieth 4. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Jordan Spieth's golf shoes (previous edition that is):
New Releases and Special Editions
The Callaway Coronado V2 is the newer model of the original Coronado, hence the "V2". We liked the original Coronado, but we love the Coronado V2! It kept everything that was great about the original and added extra stability and comfort. As far as comfort is concerned, they just improved their cushioning technology, which was already awesome to begin with. The midsole and insole offer just a touch more rebound and overall comfort. This new Coronado version added extra stability during the swing, particularly in the heel, which has pretty much eliminated all unwanted movement in that area while swinging. The outsole/traction system is slightly improved as well, offering all the grip you'll ever need on the course. We recommend the Callaway Coronado V2 for the mid to low handicap golfer who can appreciate all the performance and comfort it offers at a very reasonable price.
Unless you're a cricket fan, you've probably never heard of PAYNTR shoes. Being as popular and effective as they are in the cricket world, they decided to bring their know-how to the golf shoe world. Alas, we have the PAYNTR X 001 F golf shoe. It's hybrid of sport and performance styles, combining features from both into a really solid, all-around golf shoe. It's definitely comfortable, and considering its decent breathability and solid waterproofing, this shoe is great for walking the course year-round. In our opinion, the standout feature of this PAYNTR golf shoe is the traction system. It's flexible in all the right areas, yet provides amazing support during the swing. For spikeless traction, this is almost as grippy as it gets. We recommend the PAYNTR X 001 F for the mid to low handicapper in need of year-round wearability, durability and most importantly, performance.
As you may have accurately guessed, all three of the FootJoy Premiere Series golf shoe models are very similar. Aside from a few aesthetic differences, almost everything is the same. That being said, there are noticeable differences in the outsole, with the Tarlow and Packard offering removable spiked traction, while the Flint is spikeless. We are absolute suckers for sleek, classic designs, and the FootJoy Premiere Series - Tarlow is precisely what gets us excited. A golf shoe can look as good as it wants, but without solid performance, it's not very useful. Luckily, the Premiere Series - Tarlow focuses equally on aesthetics and performance. Classic style golf shoes aren't always the most comfortable, however, the FJ Tarlow boasts awesome comfort with its soft sheepskin linings and innovative footbed. The Pittards leather is a touch more breathable than synthetic leathers, and is solidly waterproof, which makes this FJ shoe great for year-round play. The FJ Tarlow offers FootJoy's newest traction system (VersaTrax), and when combined with 9 Pulsar cleats, creates some of the most effective grip on any surface that you're going to find.. All of these high quality materials and technology aren't cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for in this case. We recommend the FJ Premiere Series Tarlow for the fashion-conscious golfer who values on-course elegance and high-quality performance.
The ASICS GEL-COURSE ACE is one of our favorite sport-style golf shoes. Aside from not being completely waterproof, the GEL-COURSE ACE doesn't really have an weaknesses. Even a lack of waterproofing isn't really a weakness as this ASICS golf shoe was designed with hotter, dryer weather in mind. That being said, it definitely fends off moisture and keeps the foot relatively dry so long as it's not heavy rain. The strongest aspects of the GEL-COURSE ACE are its comfort, traction and support. It feels sooo nice when walking the course, and the traction adds to this comfort while simultaneously gripping really well during the swing. For a sport-style golf shoe, the GEL-COURSE ACE boasts amazing support, reducing any chance of internal foot slippage/unwanted movement. We recommend the GEL-COURSE ACE for more advanced golfers looking for a light summer shoe that still fends off morning dew.
The UA Draw Sport Spikeless Golf Shoe feels like a cross between sport and performance. It's one of the few microfiber leather golf shoes that we have officially classified as "sport". Aside from its obvious sporty look, the Draw Sport boasts the supreme comfort that sport golf shoes are notorious for. The Under Armour Draw Sport is pretty good for year-round play, and boasts the same awesome traction system that most UA spikeless golf shoes enjoy, the Rotational Resistance system. This spikeless traction grips really well during the swing and feels great when walking. While the Draw Sport lacks the top performance of more expensive UA golf shoes, it is one of the most affordable the company has on offer and is certainly a good deal. We recommend it for beginner to intermediate golfers who need something versatile, durable and affordable.
We love how Nike has been providing us with these classic designs customized for golf! This time it's the Nike Air Max 90 G. Which we think is awesome by the way. It shares much of the same technology and performance as the Nike Air Max 270 G. Both contain the Air Max technology which makes walking the course pretty darn enjoyable. The retro, classic Nike look isn't for every golfer, but will no doubt rate highly among the retro fashion-conscious! Perhaps a bit understated is the year-round wearability of the Air Max 90 G. It's plenty breathable in hot conditions, and keeps water out in the wet. The only thing about this Nike golf shoe that we found slightly lacking was support during the swing. We recommend the Nike Air Max 90 G for those who appreciate classic sneaker design mixed with golf-specific performance.
The Stuburt PCT II is nearly identical to its predecessor, the PCT-Sport DRI-Back. While there are minor aesthetic differences, the basic structure and technology are the same. What we love about this updated version is the price, which is significantly cheaper than what the PCT-Sport DRI-Back was going for. The Stuburt PCT II is actually very similar to the other Stuburt golf shoes. All of them share the same midsole and insole technology, and have very similar traction systems as well. With its solid waterproofing, the PCT II is a great year-round golf shoe. It's also really comfortable, which means you can comfortably walk 18 holes or more. As with other Stuburt golf shoes, we really love the traction system on the PCT 2. It's a bit difficult finding problems with this golf shoe, although we did find it to be slightly lacking in support in the upper, but this is only slightly. We recommend the PCT II for mid handicap golfers on a budget in need of a reliable all-around golf shoe.
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.
We are absolute suckers for sleek, classic designs, and the FootJoy Premiere Series - Flint is precisely what gets us excited. A golf shoe can look as good as it wants, but without solid performance, it's not very useful. Luckily, the Premiere Series - Flint focuses equally on aesthetics and performance. Classic style golf shoes aren't always the most comfortable, however, the FJ Flint boasts awesome comfort with its soft sheepskin linings and innovative footbed. The Pittards leather is a touch more breathable than synthetic leathers, and is solidly waterproof, which makes this FJ shoe great for year-round play. What's quite unique about the FJ Premiere Series Flint is its spikeless traction. While most classic golf shoes have spiked traction, the FJ Flint offers FootJoy's newest spikeless traction system, which grips amazingly on all surfaces and allows the shoe to be worn on and off the course. All of these high quality materials and technology aren't cheap, but you definitely get what you pay for in this case. We recommend the FJ Premiere Series Flint for the fashion-conscious golfer who values on-course elegance and high-quality performance.
We love how adidas maintains its line of casual golf shoes with constant upgrades and new models. Their newest edition, the adidas Adicross Retro, looks awesome and feels pretty great too. In regards to golf specific "feels", it isn't the best, but in terms of casual comfort and even walking longer distances, it's pretty darn good. The name of the game here is style. If you're looking for high-quality, golf-specific technology, this isn't the golf shoe for you. However, if you don't want to change shoes at the course, value style and enjoy the casual golf vibe, the Adicross Retro is absolutely the perfect match. Along with the versatile look of the shoe, the outsole completes this versatility by providing awesome comfort and flexibility while still gripping pretty decently as well.
Aside from a few changes, the TRUE linkswear Knit II golf shoe remains very similar to its predecessor, the TRUE Knit. These changes definitely improved the looks of the shoe, and performance a bit as well. The new Wanderlux midsole feels bouncier, creating more energy return in the process. The TRUE linkswear Knit II was designed almost solely for summer. And for this, it's pretty cool. Actually, it's very cool considering it's one of the lightest golf shoes out there. Throw in the fact that it's amazingly breathable, and you've got yourself a perfect shoe for walking the course on long, hot days. It's even water repellent enough to get through relatively damp days. A shoe this lightweight and breathable isn't without drawbacks, the biggest one being lack of support. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a really, really light shoe that is really, really breathable, the TRUE Knit 2 is one of the best. It won't keep you as stable as some, but it will keep your feet from overheating.
The adidas ZG21 is a cool hybrid of sport and performance styles, both in terms of looks and feel. The standout features for us are comfort, waterproofing and traction. The new Lightstrike cushioning adds a bit of extra bounce in each step, which over a 4 hour round could end up saving energy. The ZG21 is a year-round golf shoe, which means it's plenty breathable in hotter conditions and definitely fends off water in rainy weather. The spiked traction ensures you remain planted to the ground even in really slippery, wet conditions, yet is comfortable for walking as well. You'll find that the ZG21 offers pretty solid support as well, both in terms of walking and during the swing. We recommend the adidas ZG21 for the more serious golfer who demands comfort and overall high-performance.
The Skechers GO GOLF Torque - Pro is a slight upgrade from the original Torque. The overall design remains the same, with some minor changes. The Torque-Pro's upper consists of more leather, making it a tad more comfortable, breathable and durable. Another difference lies in the midsole, with the Torque - Pro boasting an ULTRA GO midsole, which is ever so slightly more responsive than what's in the original Torque. The GO GOLF Torque - Pro is an amazing golf shoe for those on a budget. 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-Pro 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 Pro. 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 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.
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