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 European Tour with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open at Montgomerie Maxx Royal in Antalya, Turkey. He was part of a six man playoff that went for four holes under the floodlights. Matthias Schwab missed his part putt on the final playoff hole, which meant Tyrrell sealed the victory wearing the Adidas TOUR360 XT golf shoe. This is our favorite Adidas golf shoe, which boasts amazing traction and support. Ladies and gentlemen, here are Tyrell 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.
As you may have guessed, the Adidas Tour360 XT-SL is very similar to the Adidas Tour360 XT. It is essentially the spikeless version of the spiked Tour360 XT. However, they are not identical. Aside from the different traction systems, the Tour360 XT-SL is slightly less waterproof, featuring Climastorm instead of Climaproof technology. 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 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 for low handicap golfers in need of something comfortable for walking the course that also provides plenty of grip and support.
The ECCO Golf Biom G3 Boa is exactly the same as the Golf Biom G3, except it utilizes the Boa fastening/closure sytem. It's only $10 more for this feature, and really allows for a more custom fit. The Golf Biom G3 Boa is yet another really comfortable golf shoe from ECCO. Comfort is usually their top priority, and the Biom G3 Boa delivers on this. The supple yak leather combined with an awesome midsole makes walking the course quite a bit easier. The Gore-Tex membrane ensures a dry foot, even in really wet conditions. It's not the most breathable shoe in the world, but it is certainly wearable year-round. We also like the combo of Zarma Tour spikes and the permanent traction lugs, which keep you firmly planted in the ground even in rainy weather. Our only complaints are a slight lack of support and the high cost. This being said, the materials that make up the shoe are high quality and durable. We recommend the Golf Biom G3 Boa to mid handicap golfers who place importance on high quality and comfort.
The FootJoy ARC XT Boa is very similar to the ARC SL, In fact, aside from a view aesthetic differences, the uppers are essentially the same. The only real differences are Boa system and the spiked traction, which combines the already amazing spikeless traction with removable Pulsar spikes. This has created some of the best traction you will find in a golf shoe. The awesome thing about this golf shoe is that it was designed for your average weekend golfer in need of something reliable without all the thrills. It's not often you see new Boa golf shoes starting at the low $100s, let alone ones that are really comfortable and offer fantastic traction. The DuraTrax TPU outsole is what stood out the most to us; durable, feels good when walking and of course has amazing grip. The ARC XT Boa was designed with walking in mind, and all its cushioning really pays off after a long 18. Nothing about the ARC XT Boa is lacking, although it could offer a bit more support during the swing. All in all, we're thoroughly impressed with the FootJoy ARC XT Boa. It almost goes without saying that the Boa system isn't a gimmick at all, and really does keep the foot very secure with its down and back feeling.
Yesss, more Nike Jordan golf shoes. This time it's the Nike Jordan ADG golf shoe. Ok, so we were admittedly a bit biased in our whole review process, but who wouldn't be? We just love the style that Jordan golf shoes bring to the game, and the Jordan ADGs are no exception. We suppose there are other factors involved in a complete review, so we'll have to move on from style for a bit. This golf shoe is really comfortable, with the perfect blend of cushioning and a good fit. The spikeless traction is pretty solid; not the best in the world, but certainly holds its own and is plenty enough to keep your feet firmly planted to the ground. Jordan ADGs provide plenty of support as well, and we particularly like the midfoot overlay, which seems to keep everything in place. Although this golf shoe isn't the best in extreme weather, it is pretty much wearable year-round. We recommend the Jordan ADG golf shoe for golfers of all abilities, whose main focus is comfort and of course, style.
The PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT Leather is exactly the same as the original PWRADAPT model, except that it is full-grain leather instead of mesh. This slightly changes the look of the shoe, which we love. The PUMA IGNITE PWRADAPT Leather is amazing. We keep saying this about most of PUMA's new releases, but they really hit the nail on the head with this one. It's a performance/sport golf shoe that can be worn in just about every type of weather. This, combined with its awesome comfort and innovative new traction system makes the IGNITE PWRADAPT leather perfect for low-handicap golfers, particularly those who walk the course. We say it's perfect for this demographic because they can appreciate the high-level of performance the shoe brings. We can't emphasize enough how solid this new traction system is! And of course, it looks really good.
As the name implies, the Skechers GO GOLF Max - Fairway is identical to the original GO GOLF Max except that its upper is entirely mesh instead of synthetic and mesh. In our opinion, this slight difference makes the Max - Fairway more breathable than the Max, but just a tad less waterproof. The Skechers GO GOLF Max - Fairway is all about comfort. If you desire something extremely comfortable and lightweight, this could be the golf shoe for you. It honestly feels more like a running shoe than a golf shoe. It's also quite good for year-round play in that it's breathable and has decent waterproofing. However, the GO GOLF Max - Fairway lacks in a few areas. For one, we just don't think it looks all that great. This is obviously a subjective matter, but we do think it looks better in the photos. Secondly, perhaps due to the fact that it is designed more like a running shoe, the GO GOLF Max - Fairway doesn't offer a whole lot of support. Don't get us wrong, the traction is certainly sufficient, but the overall support of the foot during the swing isn't quite what we were hoping for. We recommend the GO GOLF Max - Fairway for beginner to intermediate golfers who walk a lot, and need something very comfortable and lightweight.
As you may have guessed, the Under Armour HOVR Drive Woven golf shoe shares the same design and technology as the original UA HOVR Drive, with the only difference being the woven instead of leather upper. This provides slightly better breathability and slightly less waterproofing, although it still comes with a 2 year limited waterproof warranty. The Under Armour HOVR Drive Woven certainly lives up to the company's solid reputation. No only does it look cool, but it boasts amazing comfort. 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 very good for walking year-round. We say "year-round" because it has fairly effective waterproofing, and won't overheat in extreme summer conditions. 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 Woven has Rotational Resistance Traction, which pretty much eliminates any chance of slipping. Do keep in mind that the woven fabric is harder to keep clean than leather, so extra maintenance is required.
We always love when companies come out with golf shoes under $100, and Adidas has done really well with the Adicross PPF. First and foremost, it not only looks cool and stylish, but it's also unique. Kudos to Adidas for coming out with something casual like the Adicross PPF that looks awesome and can be worn in any setting on and off the golf course. Not only can it be worn anywhere, we actually recommend you wear it everywhere because it is really, really comfortable. As with most Adidas golf shoes, the Adicross PPF boasts amazing midsole and insole cushioning that is responsive and spongy/springy. The Adicross PPF can be worn year-round, as it is offers pretty good breathability and waterproofing. As with most budget golf shoes, the Adicross PPF couldn't have everything top of the line, and in this case it's the traction and support. We feel like the traction lugs/nubs are just a bit to big in circumference, which makes them great for walking but not the best for digging in and keeping your feet firmly planted. While the overall support of the shoe is decent, it doesn't really hang with the more supportive golf shoes out there. Nonetheless, we're very impressed with the Adidas Adicross PPF, and recommend it for those on a budget who still demand style, versatility and comfort.
The Nike Roshe G Tour golf shoe exponentially exceeded our expectations. Perhaps this is partly due to the fact that we were expecting it to be very similar to its cousin, the Roshe G. However, they really are two almost completely different golf shoes, and their name is the strongest common denominator that you're going to find. The Roshe G Tour is one of the best value golf shoes produced by Nike. At only $110, it's hard to find other golf shoes that offer the same bang for your buck. Aside from looking sleek and awesome, the Roshe G Tour feels great, and uses the same traction system that top of the line Nike golf shoes use. This means its grip is amazing, yielding absolutely zero slippage. For a golf shoe at just over a hundred dollars, the Roshe G Tour provides pretty good support, particularly in the heel, which feels locked in place when walking and during the swing. All in all, we think the Roshe G Tour is of the highest value golf shoes out there, and recommend it to mid to low handicap golfers who demand high peformance at an affordable price.
The PUMA Original G golf shoe is very similar to its sister, the Suede G. In fact, the only difference is that the Original G is leather, whereas the Suede G is, well, suede. This slightly changes the look of the shoe, yet comfort and performance are identical. In a nutshell, the PUMA Original G golf shoe is pretty awesome. Okay, so it doesn't perform among the top golf shoes, but it beats most in terms of style. Let's face it, most people buying this shoe are doing it for fashion. And in this regard, it doesn't disappoint. This is not to say that its performance is disappointing, it's just simply average. It's really clever how they hid the golf-specific traction in the outsole, which means that from the top and side view, you wouldn't be able to distuingish this model from the original classic model. All in all, the Original G is a hip, stylish golf shoe that holds its own on the course.
As expected, the Skechers GO GOLF Drive 4 - LX is very similar to the GO GOLF Drive 4. However, there is a noticeable difference, which is that in the LX model, the upper is made of premium quality full-grain leather, whereas the original Drive 4 is a cheaper leather. This results in a better looking shoe that is slightly less breathable but considerably more waterproof. The design and other aspects of these two models are exactly the same. The Skechers GO GOLF Drive 4 - LX, as predicted, sticks very close to the script in that it doesn't differ a whole lot from the previous GO GOLF Drive models. As with the other GO GOLF golf shoes, the Drive 4 - LX is really, really comfortable and offers decent traction and support. We're impressed with how waterproof it is, and it works well year-round. We recommend this men's golf shoe for mid to high handicapers who want a sleek, stylish casual golf shoe that is really comfortable and won't break the bank.
The Under Armour Showdown SL Sunbrella is very similar to its cousin, the UA Showdown SL. In fact, aside from the material of the upper, everything is the same, which is a good thing. The Showdown SL Sunbrella is made up of of a kind of canvas/textile/mesh material, whereas the Showdown SL is leather. This has a significant impact on the shoe, both in terms of style and performance. In regards to style, the sunbrella upper turns it into more of a casual golf shoe, and perhaps looks more at home off the course than the original Showdown SL. Performance-wise, the sunbrella upper adds a bit of breathability but takes way a considerable amount of waterproofing, so it is definitely give and take. What remains constant among the two shoes is awesome style, comfort and traction. The Rotational Resistance outsole is perfect for walking and grips really well. We recommend the UA Showdown SL Sunbrella for mid handicappers who value style, versatility, comfort and of course, grip.
We were expecting the Adidas Crossknit 3.0 to be almost identical to the Crossknit 2.0, but they really are different shoes. From aesthetics to performance and technology, much has changed from last year's model to this year's. First of all, although we're still not crazy on the looks of the shoe, it has improved. Second of all, unlike the Crossknit 2.0, the Crossknit 3.0 is water-repellent. Combine this with good breathability and you have an excellent golf shoe for year-round play. Although the traction system is essentially the same, we've come around a bit and find ourselves growing fonder of the Adiwear Puremotion grip, hence why we've given it an extra point. Like the Crossknit 2.0, the Crossknit 3.0 has some of the best support you're going to find in a sport-style golf shoe. In a nutshell, all this contributes to a really solid, durable, all-around golf shoe that is perhaps best suited for mid to low handicappers who walk the course and demand ultra comfort without sacrificing performance.
What we love about FootJoy is their diversity of golf shoes. They have pretty much every type of golf shoe you can imagine. The FootJoy Club Casuals Blucher fits perfectly into the "style/fashion" category. If you are looking for high-performance golf shoes for year-round play, we don't recommend these casual shoes. However, if versatility and fashion are at the forefront of your demands, look no further. The Club Casuals line has been around for quite some time now, and it has always been all about versatility. With the Club Casuals Blucher, you can go straight from work or whatever you're doing, to the golf course. No shoe-change required here. The traction system is designed for this versatility. It's not the best in terms of keeping you planted to the ground, but it's great for walking on a variety of surfaces. The Club Casuals Blucher isn't cheap, but it is certainly made of high-quality leather, which further cements its fashionable status.
The Nike Tiger Woods 71 FastFit golf shoe didn't particularly "wow" us, but at the same time, it certainly didn't disappoint. What we're trying to say is that it's a solid, middle-range performance golf shoe. This being said, it does have some standout features, one of which being the innovative FastFit system. This saves time and energy by making it easier to tighten and loosen the shoe. The Tiger Woods 71 FastFit is also really comfortable and offers top-of-the-line spiked traction. However, one of the big issues we have with this shoe is that it's not very breathable, nor is it the most waterproof. This basically means that it's certainly not ideal for extreme weather conditions on either end of the spectrum. Having said this, if the Tiger Woods 71 FastFit is good enough for the best player ever in modern golf, it is probably just fine for the rest of us. Do take note that the version Tiger Woods uses has metal spikes instead of soft spikes.
Keeping true to the IGNITE tradition, the PUMA IGNITE NXT DISC Golf Shoe looks, feels, and performs amazingly. Aesthetically, it's very similar to the IGNITE PWRSPORT, which looks awesome by the way. In fact, much of the performance technology carries over as well. The PWRCAGE and PWRFRAME technologies complement each other, essentially creating one of the most supportive and stable sport-style golf shoes out there. PUMA went on to add the SoleShield to the IGNITE NXT DISC, which makes it even more durable than it already is. We should also mention that it is great for year-round play, as it is quite breathable and waterproof. The updated traction pattern really does add a bit of comfort, which makes the IGNITE NXT DISC great for walking the course. Basically what we're trying to say is that this shoe is fantastic, and can be enjoyed by golfers of all abilities. The added DISC closure system in this particular model ensures the shoe never comes loose, and allows for custom microadjustments during the round.
The Skechers GO GOLF Drive 2 - RF is almost identical to the GO GOLF - Drive 2. This particular model is made of slightly higher grade leather and has a roomier fit. It's really, really comfortable, and feels fantastic for walking. This also makes it a great shoe for off-course use, which is great for those looking for something they can wear straight to the course. What's cool about this shoe is that while it's versatile, it still has good golf-specific traction. The GO GOLF Drive 2 - RF boasts pretty good support, especially for a casual-style golf shoe. What we're not too impressed about is its ability to stand up to weather conditions. It's not the most breathable, nor is it really waterproof in rainy conditions. Nonetheless, if you play in more mild conditions and want a versatile, comfortable golf shoe, the GO GOLF Drive 2 - RF is worth considering!
We are excited to see this new edition to the young Tomo golf shoe family. The Tomo Volume 2, like its predecessor Volume 1, focuses mosly on style and versatility. All Tomo golf shoes can be worn pretty much anywhere except for really formal occassions. This is great for those who don't want to bother with multiple pairs of shoes, and also for the forgetful types who never remember to bring along their golf shoes. The Volume 2 is a simple, yet very cool design. It pretty much oozes original street style casual design. Aesthetics aside, this golf shoe does well in some areas, but lacks in others. It's really comfortable and lightweight, and fairly breathable, meaning it's better for warm, dry days. Although water-resistant, it's not really enough to keep out a lot of moisture. The traction system was designed with versatility in mind, meaning it's good for all surfaces but doesn't excel in grass-specific traction. We recommend the Tomo Vol 2 for the fashion-conscious who don't demand too much in golf-specific performance, but require comfort and durability.
As expected, the Under Armour Tour Tips Knit SL golf shoe is really good. We've come to expect nothing less from UA, and this particular model definitely doesn't disappoint. There are a lot of things to like about this golf shoe, but our favorite is that it is both breathable and waterproof. This combination isn't always easy to find, and the mix of knit and storm technology provides a golf shoe that can be worn year-round in just about any condition. Add a really cool spikeless traction system into the mix, and you also have maximum comfort when walking, yet excellent turf grip at the same time. Perhaps the only slight weakness of the Tour Tips Knit SL is its slight lack of support. Nonetheless, we're really impressed with what this shoe offers, and recommend it to mid handicappers looking for something a bit different that can be worn year-round.
As you'd expect, the Adidas Adicross Bounce 2.0 golf shoe is almost identical to the original Adicross Bounce. In fact, minor aesthetic and color pattern changes are just about the only noticeable changes. The Adidas Adicross Bounce 2.0 has to be one of our favorite summer golf shoes. Where should we start? Well for starters it looks awesome. There are a bunch of different color combinations available that all look fantastic. It's also really, really, really comfortable, and, as expected of a summer shoe, breathes nicely. The Adicross Bounce 2,0 is right up there with the most supportive summer golf shoes, with its forged upper and awesome lacing system just to the side, which seems to eliminate tongue slippage. As mentioned, the only drawback as that this is a summer golf shoe, meaning it's very breathable but doesn't offer much in the way of waterproofing. Anyway, if you're a low/mid handicapper looking for awesome performance and comfort in a summer shoe, this is definitely worth considering.
The ECCO Golf BIOM Cool Pro golf shoe is, in a way, very similar to other BIOM golf shoes, yet quite different at the same time. As is the case with just about every ECCO golf shoe, the BIOM Cool Pro is high quality, both in terms of what it's made of and durability. It is certainly geared to the more affluent golfer who desires nothing but the best materials. However, for the rest of us, the Golf BIOM Cool Pro is just a bit too pricey. Having said this, if you do find yourself dishing out the big bucks, you won't be disappointed. Perhaps the best feature of the Golf BIOM Cool Pro is its combination of breathability and waterproofing, allowing it to be worn in most types of weather. The supple yak leather is really comfortable, which is complimented by the FluidForm midsole. We were just a bit disappointed with the shoe's support during the swing, both in terms of stabilizing the mid/upper foot and grip. Nonetheless, if you're in the market for a year-round, very high-quality golf shoe, this could be the one.
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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.