Golf shoes need to look good, that’s style and color, but the bigger requirement is they must be comfortable while providing the performance needed on the course. Most of us have worn shoes that made 18 holes an agony–not fun, and fun is why we play this maddening game.
Comfort speaks for itself and the four plus miles and four hours we have them on our feet mean the choice of shoe is maybe as important to our game as our choice in driver or putter. Performance covers several factors starting with the traction needed for walking and swinging plus things like water resistance for inclement conditions and breathability when the temperature and humidity are high.
Here are a few models we like and think you will too, so check them out.
No one ever said golf shoes couldn’t be fun and the Wildcat from Duca Del Cosma is that featuring an eco-friendly construction in a comfortable design from Italy. The insole is made of breathable memory foam and the inner sock is waterproof for overall comfort. The outsole has triangular nubs with a 2-way twist to give the wearer a grip on the ground walking or swinging. Four colors: Red, White, Pink Fluo, Silver. $209
Here’s a sneaker-style shoe with features golfers will appreciate every time they are worn either playing or after the round. They are lightweight and breathable with reinforced lateral support. The spikeless sole gives traction in each direction and the textile upper is treated to be water repellant plus for off course wear there’s a Drop-In Heel. Olukai bills them as “the most comfortable golf shoes you can wear.” $150
The styling is a classic favorite, and this Italian-made golf shoe hand-crafted of Nappa leather has an outsole with their spikeless Airplay XI design using 5mm square nubs allowing Churchills to be worn on or off the course. The inner sock system of microfiber is waterproof, and the insole is memory foam plus the heel support is made of recycled cork. Choose from two colors: Royal Blue or Cognac. $229
The FJ Fuel looks comfortable, and it is with waterproof uppers of quality synthetic material designed for fit, relaxed style and performance with a lightweight foam called Stratolite to provide the cushioning. The outsole is the new Power Stabilizer design FootJoy says will “provide optimal support and control.” The athletic fit includes lots of room in the forefoot with slightly narrow heel. Select from four color combinations. $130
Linksoul and True Linkswear challenge the usual with the Knit II, an all-day-comfort lightweight shoe with a “sock-like” feel in a high-performance design. Constructed for durability the plastic cleat soles give traction regardless of the conditions and the Knit II upper is a blend of polyester (90%) and Spandex (10%). There’s even original artwork on the insoles and each pair comes with a matching shoe bag. $159
The 574 is a popular court shoe, and the New Balance 574 Greens bring similar performance with waterproof protection to the golf course. The upper is a mesh material for flexibility and reduced weight combined with hi-tech microfiber leather and the sock liner is extra thick for added comfort. The outsoles are constructed with increased durability in high wear areas. Three color choices: white/blue, grey/white, black. $100
An all-new design, hi-tech materials and premium construction give the Alphacat comfort and performance desired in a spikeless golf shoe. Inside features Adapt Foam for cushioning, energy return and the ground feel players like. The upper has a special TPU film for support and waterproofing. Four colorways are available as is the choice of laced or disc closure. A women’s model will be out soon. $160
This lightweight shoe has comfort and performance in a forward-looking style. The Gel inner absorbs foot impact with special stability from the TPU heel cradle. The upper is a mesh material for flexibility and the lining is waterproof plus there is padding around the ankle just like Asics running shoes. The outsole uses a distinct wedge-shaped stud for traction in most any conditions. Select from four color combinations. $170
Adidas put the Boost midsole in the Tour360 22 model for added comfort and energy return with each step and the 360Wrap design for support while swinging. The leather upper is topped by a padded collar and the cushioned sock liner makes for a comfortable fit. Performance is additionally enhanced by the TPU outsole using six plastic spikes designed for a positive grip of the ground walking or swinging. $210