The Complete Golf Shoe Buyer's Guide
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Which Style Golf Shoe Should I Get?
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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 PGA Tour with victory at the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill Club and Lodge in Orlando, Florida. He scrambled really well all week and hit amazing shots on the 71st and 72nd holes wearing the Adidas CodeChaos. This is one of the best all-around sport golf shoes we've ever experienced. It's ultra light and really grippy. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Tyrrell Hatton's golf shoes:
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.
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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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.
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The FootJoy Contour Casual is another great addition to the company's casual line up. Ok, so as with the others, it may not be the best golf shoe in terms of golf-specific performance, but that was never the intention. The Contour Casual is all about versatility and style. It has such a cool, sleek yet casual look that it can literally be worn in every kind of setting. Just because it doesn't keep up with the best golf shoes in terms of performance doesn't mean that it doesn't do a decent job on the course. It's quite comfortable and has effective waterproofing. As expected, it doesn't offer a whole lot of support, and while we appreciate the versatile traction system, it lacks that extra grip we were looking for. However, if you're in the market for a really cool-looking casual golf shoe that can be worn straight to the course, the Contour Casual is a great option.
The Stuburt Evolve Tour DRI-Back 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 DRI-Back 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 DRI-Back 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 DRI-Back for mid to high handicappers in colder climates who want something comfortable and reliable.
Kudos to Nike for yet another unique, stylish design! The Nike Janoski G golf shoe is all about fashion, and for this it exceeded our expectations. While it certainly offers more golf-specific performance than traditional casual/skate shoes, it lacks a bit in traction and support when on the course. While this traction system is good for walking on grass, it doesn't offer a whole lot of lateral support during the actual swing, and can be quite slippery on wet concrete. Because of its nature, the Janoski G 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 for the fashion-conscious who don't demand a whole lot of support, and also don't want to break the bank.
We have to admit that our rating of the PUMA GRIP FUSION Sport is slightly misleading. Although it still scored decently, the "waterproofing" category really brought the rating down from really good to average. Considering the GRIP FUSION Sport is intended to be a summer golf shoe, we shouldn't get caught up in the fact that it's not waterproof. On the flip side, its mesh upper allows for amazing breathability, and when combined with high overall comfort, makes this shoe one of best for walking on hot days. At such an affordable price, the GRIP FUSION Sport gives the opportunity for your average golfer to have a handy second pair of golf shoes specifically for summer. One last aspect of the GRIP FUSION Sport that we love is its versatility. It is really a great shoe for non-golf specific activities as well, which makes it even a greater value.
The Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.4 is easily one of our favorite Skechers golf shoes. As expected and hoped for, the Elite V.4 is quite similar to its predecessor, the Elite V.3. However, the Elite V.4 comes with a brand new traction design, which we absolutely love. In fact, this new Grip Flex outsole is one of our favorite traction designs in any spikeless golf shoe, period. It's grippy, flexible and low to the ground, which enhances feel and is great for walking. Between the midsole and insole, the cushioning of the GO GOLF Elite V.4 is amazing, which is another reason why it's great for walking. Although it's not too hot, we recommend the Elite V.4 for cooler conditions. It's completely waterproof, which makes it ideal for wet conditions. Our only minor complaint is a slight lack of support around the mid and upper part of the foot during the swing, but it still does the job. We recommend the GO GOLF Elite V.4 for those looking for a really comfortable shoe that can be worn in tough conditions.
The Stuburt Evolve DRI-Back is very similar to the Evolve Tour DRI-Back, the only differences being a slight aesthetic difference in the upper, and the outsole, which is spikeless instead of spiked. Although this version is spikeless, it grips almost as well as the spiked version, which says a lot about how good it is. Because the Evolve DRI-Back is spikeless, it is slightly more comfortable for walking than the Evolve Tour DRI-Back. The Stuburt Evolve DRI-Back 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 DRI-Back 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 spikeless traction is among the best we've seen, which is great for wet weather as slippage won't be an issue. As we just alluded to, the Evolve DRI-Back 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 DRI-Back for mid to high handicappers in colder climates who want something comfortable and reliable.
We love what Tomo has done with the Volume 1X. What started as a summer shoe in the original Volume 1 has turned into a year-round, all-weather golf shoe. To state the obvious, the Volume 1X is less breathable but more waterproof than the Volume 1. This isn't to say that it overheats, which means it can certainly still be worn in warm/hot conditions quite comfortably. We love how the premium leather feels, mainly because it's quite thin and supple. The leather upper also provides the shoe with a bit more support than the mesh Volume 1. However, in our opinion, this is still the area that could improve the most. The traction systems of both Volume 1s are the same, which is great for walking and grips decently as well. The Volume 1X costs considerably more than the Volume 1, due to it's quality leather upper. We recommend the Volume 1X for those in search of style, durability and comfort, and need a golf shoe they can wear year-round.
The TRUE linkswear Linksouldier / Knit Linksoul is a kind of spin off of the TRUE linkswear Knit. Aside from minor aesthetic differences, thse two shoes are very, very similar. The TRUE linkswear Linksouldier was designed 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 just water repellent enough to get through early morning dew. 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 x Linksoul is one of the best. It won't keep you as stable as some, but it will keep your feet from overheating.
The Adidas Tour360 XT Primeknit golf shoe is pretty cool...literally and figuratively. Our favorite thing about this golf shoe is that it boasts both good waterproofing and breathability. This combination isn't always easy to come by, so it's quite impressive when it's pulled off. As with pretty much all Adidas golf shoes, the Tour360 XT Primeknit is very comfortable. The sockliner and midsole offer Adidas' Boost technology, which is not only comfortable, but adds responsiveness as well. Another thing we absolutely love about this golf shoe is the traction system. It's one of the best out there in terms of golf-specific grip. No matter the conditions, this outsole will keep you firmly planted to the ground. The Tour360 XT Primeknit isn't cheap, and we thus recommend it to low handicap golfers who demand the high-level performance that this shoe provides.
We'd just like to start off by saying that we love how affordable Callaway golf shoes are, including the Solana TRX. It really is one of the best deals out there in terms of bang for your buck. You would be hard-pressed to find another golf shoe that offers as much comfort, durability and high-quality traction as the Callaway Solana TRX does. This golf shoe is not only an excellent value, but it can also be worn year-round. It performs a bit better in cooler weather, wet or dry, but definitely avoids overheating in hot conditions thanks to its opti-vent technology. This technology isn't just fancy words, it really does manage heat and moisture quite well. We also love how well the Solana TRX grips. Its traction system is on par with the best. If we have to say something negative, it would be that it is slightly lacking in support in the uppers. However, it still does the job in this regard. We recommend the Solana TRX for mid level golfers who need something that grips well, can be worn year-round, and is affordable, comfortable and durable.
The ECCO Street Retro HM carries on the brand's reputation of cool hybrid designs that look equally good on and off the golf course. For sure the highlight of this golf shoe is its versatility, which allows you to go around all day in 1 pair of shoes, before, during and after your round. Aside from looking really cool, the Street Retro HM offers pretty good comfort and traction. As with the rest of the shoe, the traction system is great for on and off the course use. Somewhat surprisingly, it grips really well for traction that was meant to be used on all types of surfaces, not only grass. We do have a few minor issues with the Street Retro HM. The sizing seems to be a bit inconsistent, with most running one to even two sizes bigger than normal. While this golf shoe features golf specific support, we still find it lacks a bit for high clubhead speeds. We recommend the Street Retro HM for mid handicappers who focus on style and versatility above all else.
The FootJoy Contour Series golf shoe is very similar to the FootJoy Contour Casual. Aside from minor aesthetic differences, the uppers are essentially the same. The outsole is where you'll find the biggest difference, with the Contour Series featuring 6 removable spikes. These cleats add that extra bit of grip without really sacficing any comfort, which is a huge plus. The FootJoy Contour Series is another great addition to the company's casual line up. It's quite comfortable with it's flexible outsole, but could perhaps offer a bit more cushioning. As with the Contour Casual, the Contour Series has effective waterproofing and can be worn year-round, though it may get a bit hot in warmer conditions. As expected, it doesn't offer a whole lot of support, but the traction system does keep you firmly planted to the ground in all conditions. If you're in the market for a really cool-looking casual golf shoe that has golf-specific performance features hiding underneath, this is a great option. The Contour Series is one of the few spiked casual golf shoes out there, so it definitely fills a niche.
Kudos to NB for coming up with something totally different! The New Balance 574 Greens is the company's first and only casual style golf shoe. And....it's great! As with most casual golf shoes, this one looks awesome. Aside from its cool style, the 574 Greens has unique color combos that all look really good. It's also very waterproof, which means it can be worn year-round, except perhaps on unusually hot days. The traction system on this golf shoe is fantastic, both in terms of grip and walking comfort. We love how the traction nubs are strategically designed depending on which area of the sole they are located. Our only minor complaint is a lack of support in the upper during the swing. Despite this, we really love the 574 Greens and recommend it to the fashion-conscious looking for a durable, year-round golf shoe that is very affordable.
The Skechers GO GOLF Torque - Brogan joins the very short list of winter-specific golf shoes. This is a necessary niche to fill, as winter conditions plague a lot of die hard golfers. The problem with rating a shoe like this is that it's always bound to score lower than it perhaps should, simply because the breathability category drags it down. To state the obvious, winter golf shoes such as the GO GOLF Torque - Brogan were not made with breathability in mind. In fact, they are desgned to do the opposite. Although to give credit where it's due, the Torque - Broan does feature a bit of mesh on the paneling. However, this doesn't really seem to add much breathability. Now let's talk about what really counts...waterproofing. This is easily in the top 3 of the warmest, most waterproof golf shoes in the world. It's also really comfortable, and has amazing traction that will keep your feet firmly planted no matter how wet the ground is. If you're not willing to put the clubs away for winter, the GO GOLF Torque - Brogan could be really useful in the depths of cold, winter days.
The Stuburt PCT-Sport DRI-Back 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. The PCT-Sport does have a slightly different upper, which is made of microfiber that breathes a bit more than the traditional leather Stuburt models. This, along with its solid waterproofing, makes the PCT-Sport 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-Sport. 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-Sport DRI-Back for mid handicap golfers in need of a reliable all-around golf shoe.
As expected, the Under Armour Fade RST 3 is very similar to the Fade RST 2, which is in turn very similar to the original Fade RST. We appreciate that UA is sticking to the original blue print simply because it works really well. In terms of year-round wearability and comfort, it doesn't get much better than the UA Fade RST 3. We love how breathable it is for a "microfiber" shoe, yet still comes with a 1 year waterproof guarantee. The traction system on the Fade RST 3 is absolutely fantastic. It places the spikes and permanent traction in strategic places, making it slip-proof and comfortable for walking. As with the other Fade RST models, the weakest (but by no means weak) part of the shoe is its support in the upper. It just lacks that extra bit of support that other UA shoes provide, yet still holds its own when compared to other performance golf shoes as a whole. We recommend the UA Fade RST 3 for mid to low handicappers looking for a bargain golf shoe that performs excellently year-round.
Travis Mathew's foray into golf shoes has been a successful one so far. The Cuater MoneyMaker is a cool hybrid of casual and sport style, leaning more towards the casual side. Its upper is made of fabric and synthetic, which makes quite breathable and waterproof. This combination isn't always easy to find, and makes The MoneyMaker a great year-round golf shoe. Boutique brands like Travis Mathew tend to offer that extra bit of "coolness", and The MoneyMaker certainly is right up there with the cool of the cool. It's also really comfortable. Along with an awesome midsole, the shoe boasts an outsole that is flexible and great for walking, while still maintaining excellent grip. The weakest area of the shoe is the support in the upper, which is still decent, but not quite up there with what the rest of the shoe offers. We recommend The MoneyMaker for mid to low handicap golfers who value fashion and comfort, while still damanding solid performance.
We love the Callaway Del Mar golf shoe. Ok, so it may not be the best performing golf shoe, but that isn't really its intention. As with most casual golf shoes, the Del Mar is all about looks and comfort. It oozes "cool" and "laid back" vibes, while still maintaining it's golf-specific characteristics. We love the subtle color combinations, all of which refrain from in-your-face bright colors. The Del Mar actually performs quite well in every category except for "support". What this means is that the support it offers during your swing in the uppers isn't quite up to par, yet, as we said before, still holds its own when compared to other casual golf shoes. The traction system is awesome for walking, while still offering plenty of grip on the course. Its waterproof warranty and opti-vent liner make the Del Mar great for year-round play, as you'll be quite protected from the elements in the winter and summer. We recommend the Del Mar for fashion-conscious mid handicap golfers who prefer chilled vibes on the course.
The FootJoy Tour X is essentially an updated version of the Tour-S, which is a good thing, because we really like the Tour-S. They are so similar, in fact, that pretty much all the technology is the same. The outsole is the same, which is one of the best you're going to find in terms of grip. In a high-performance golf shoe such as this, we expect the outsole to be completely golf-specific. This means it isn't versatile at all. You won't be wearing the Tour X outside the golf course, but while on the course, you will have zero slippage issues. The Tour X has amazing support in the upper as well, with the PowerStrap really seeming to make a difference in lateral support. One upgrade in the Tour X is the OrthoLite fitbed, which is amazing because it never settles. We recommend the Tour X for low handicap golfers with high clubhead swings who demand the ultimate in performance.
Wow! It's a bit of an understatement to say we are very impressed with the New Balance Fresh Foam LinksPro. We had a hunch that we were going to be impressed, but it has exceeded all expectations. This hybrid of performance and sport styles doesn't have any weaknesses. Let's start with what we love the most about the Fresh Foam LinksPro, which is comfort. The combination of leather and mesh creates a soft, flexible shoe that is not only breathable, but very waterproof as well. This isn't easy to achieve, so we really admire shoes that pull it off. The new Fresh Foam technology keeps the Fresh Foam LinksPro really lightweight, which means it's absolutely perfect for walking the course. Throw a fantastic traction system into the mix, and you have one of the best golf shoes out there. The differently shaped permanent traction lugs surround 7 removable spikes, creating amazing grip in all conditions. Factoring in its affordability, we recommend the New Balance Fresh Foam LinksPro for mid to low handicap golfers who can appreciate it's perfect blend of comfort and performance.
Nike once again comes up with fashion gold in the Air Max 97 G. The key word here is "fashion", because underneath the fashion, it doesn't offer the golf-specific performance we were hoping for. This being said, the Air Max 97 G certainly targets a specific demographic that is looking for retro style and comfort. Aside from fashion, comfort is what stands out the most in this golf shoe that was designed after the infamous Nike Air Max 97 running shoe. It really is one of the most comfortable golf shoes out there, which also means it's perfect for walking the course, particularly on mild to hot days. As we said earlier, we are a bit disappointed with the Air Max 97 G's golf-specific performance. More specifically, support during the swing and grip. The traction system is great for walking, and definitely grips adequately, but it's not quite up there with the best spikeless traction. The Nike Air Max 97 G is perfect for sneaker heads who appreciate innovation, style and comfort.
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 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 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 Cage is also perfect for walking the course, and holds up in all weather conditions, save for freezing rain. Golfers of all abilities will benefit from this golf shoe, but low handicappers will especially notice how amazing it really is.
The Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.4 - Prestige RF is identical to the original GO GOLF Elite V.4, except the front panel is knit fabric instead of leather. This ever so slightly increases breathability and reduces waterproofing. The Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.4 - Prestige RF is easily one of our favorite Skechers golf shoes. As expected and hoped for, the Elite V.4 - Prestige RF is quite similar to its predecessor, the Elite V.3. However, the Elite V.4 - Prestige RF comes with a brand new traction design, which we absolutely love. In fact, this new Grip Flex outsole is one of our favorite traction designs in any spikeless golf shoe, period. It's grippy, flexible and low to the ground, which enhances feel and is great for walking. Between the midsole and insole, the cushioning of the GO GOLF Elite V.4 - Prestige RF is amazing, which is another reason why it's great for walking. Because of its knit fabric front panel, the Elite V.4 - Prestige RF breathes quite nicely while still providing plenty of waterproofing, making it an excellent year-round golf shoe. Our only minor complaint is a slight lack of support around the mid and upper part of the foot during the swing, but it still does the job. We recommend the GO GOLF Elite V.4 - Prestige RF for those looking for a really comfortable shoe that can be worn in just about all conditions.
The TRUE linkswear ECO Knit is a one of a kind golf shoe that will certainly appeal to several demographics. We love how it's made of recycled yarn and plastic, yet you would have no idea by looking at it and wearing it. Ok, so it might not be the best in terms of golf-specific technology, but that was never its intention. The TRUE ECO Knit was designed with versatility in mind, allowing your average casual golfer to wear the same shoe all day, regardless of where they are. Not only is it versatile, but the ECO Knit looks really cool as well. Its subtle, simple design no doubt appeals to those who favor casual/street style golf shoes. If you're looking for a summer golf shoe, this could be the one, as it is one of the most breathable and lightweight golf shoes we've ever experienced. However, if you're looking for extra stability during the swing, the TRUE ECO Knit might leave you wanting more.
We had high hopes for the Under Armour Spieth 4 GORE-TEX, simply because we've loved every edition of Spieths so far. Let's just say, this newest edition didn't disappoint. Some of the technology carried over from the Spieth 3, more specifically, the outsole and traction system. This is a good thing though, because it's almost impossible to improve on the RST 2.0 traction system, which is a brilliant combo of differently shaped cleats and permanent traction nubs/lugs and ridges. With the Spieth 4s, you will never have to worry about slipping. The newest technological addition the Spieth 4s boast is the Gore-Tex membrane, which keeps the shoe lightweight and breathable, yet very waterproof. Although we gave this model the same breathability rating as the previous Spieth 3s, it is ever so slightly more breathable. Along with awesome traction, the standout feature of the UA Spieth 4 GORE-TEX is the support it offers. You'll feel like you're locked-in during the swing, with all unwanted movements eliminated. As with all Spieth models, we recommend the Spieth 4 for advanced golfers who can appreciate its cutting-edge technology.
The Adidas CodeChaos is one of the best all-around golf shoes out there. When we say "all-around", we mean that it can be worn year-round in most weather conditions. We love when golf shoes find that sweet spot of breathability and waterproofing, which the CodeChaos has done brilliantly. It's also durable and just feels like a real quality golf shoe, which also goes along way in extreme weather. Because of its sport-style nature, the CodeChaos is really lightweight, which makes it ideal for walking, except perhaps in torrential rain. But hey, who wants to walk around in torrential rain? The new innovative Chaos Traxion grip is one of our favorites, not only because it feels great when walking, but it also grips really, really well, even in wet conditions. We recommend the CodeChaos for mid to low handicappers who need something they can wear year-round with top-notch performance.
We're huge fans of the ASICS Gel-Course Duo Boa. Ok, so it may not be the coolest looking shoe we've ever laid our eyes on, but it performs really, really well on the course. The overall score we've given the Gel-Course Duo Boa is a bit misleading because the "waterproofing" category brings the score down quite a bit. However, this is a summer golf shoe, and was never intended to be used year-round in wet conditions. This may turn some people off, but for those who prefer having different shoes for different conditions, the Gel-Course Duo Boa is ideal for summer. It offers some of the best support we've ever seen in a sport style golf shoe, both in terms of stability in the upper and grip. We love the spiked traction system, which is still comfortable for walking thanks to the amazing FlyteFoam midsole. We recommend the Gel-Course Duo Boa for those in need of a hot-weather golf shoe that is not only breathable and lightweight, but comfortable and supportive as well.
What a fantastic golf shoe! And such a cool idea fusing classic and performance styles. Although the LaGrange 2.0 looks different from the original LaGrange, we were expecting most of the technology to be the same, which it isn't. They pretty much kept the good bits, and added more awesomeness. The LaGrange 2.0 is really, really comfortable, and for a full-grain leather shoe, breathes quite nicely as well. This breathability coupled with solid waterproofing makes it one of the best classic style golf shoes for year-round play. Throw in amazing traction and pretty decent support, and you definitely have one of the best classic style golf shoes to date. We recommend the LaGrange 2.0 for those searching for a classic, sleek style with performance to match. This means that it's perhaps best suited for mid to low handicappers who want a shoe they can rely on year round.
It's cool how ECCO has gone back, in a sense, to where it all started with the Street Premiere. It seems like just yesterday that Fred Couples sported this casual golf shoe at the Masters, sparking a golf shoe revolution. The ECCO Street Premiere opened industry eyes as to what was possible with golf shoe design. The Street Premiere still easily holds its own against more current casual golf shoes. It's awesome low rise sole maintains natural ground feel during the swing, yet provides plenty of comfort when walking. Although not suited for extreme conditions on either end of the spectrum, the Street Premiere is durable and extremely versatile. You can spend the whole day in these shoes, before, during and after the round, without thinking twice. We recommend the ECCO Street Premiere for the fashion-conscious, who also value comfort and versatility.
This is essentially the second and newest model of the extremely popular FootJoy Pro/SL golf shoe. It's 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 original Pro/SL. 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 is that we can recommend it for literally all levels of golfers because of its comfort, versatility and amazing performance.
We have somewhat mixed feelings about the Mizuno Genem GTX. One one hand, we love how comfortable it is. It uses its famous Wave running technology in a performance golf shoe, which is a recipe for amazing comfort. We also love the traction system and how you can even adjust the direction of the spikes. Although it's made of full-grain leather, it's still relatively breathable and very waterproof, making it a great option for year-round play. And then there's the other hand, where we feel like you're paying just a bit too much for what you get when compared to other golf shoes in this category. For this price, we were hoping for a bit more support during the swing. That being said, the full-grain leather is really durable, as is the whole shoe. We recommend the Genem GTX for those who don't mind paying a pretty penny in the search for a solid, comfortable golf shoe that will last a long time.