Xander Schauffele, ranked fifth in the world, tests his golf shoes with the same vigour as he does his golf clubs. “If I hit a few shots with a club that I don’t like, I toss it out. Same thing with my shoes,” he says. “If I slip once or feel looseness in the heel or lateral motion, it’s done.” If tour pros choose their shoes with such care, perhaps you should, too. The good news? With so many options, you don’t have to sacrifice style or function.
If traction is the most important thing to you
Maybe it’s your style of swing, or you’re afraid of slipping, or you often play in wet conditions, but if you’re not taking any chances when it comes to traction, these two spiked options are a great place to look. Listed counter-clockwise from top left.
Adidas zg21 The Adidas tour staff weighed in on the positioning of spikes and traction elements to guarantee plenty of grip in the lightest cleated shoe (369 grams) Adidas has made. BUY NOW
If you want less weight
Walkers and their feet know the value of a lightweight shoe. In fact, wearing a shoe that’s just 28 grams lighter means you’re carrying and lifting as much as 255 fewer kilograms over the course of 18 holes.
Asics Gel course ace The lightweight midsole has ample cushioning to give these shoes the comfort and support of a running shoe with golf-ready traction. BUY NOW
If you need more cushion
Walking nine, 18 or 36 holes could have you looking for a bit more support. A quality midsole – the section of the shoe between your heel and where the traction elements are – can be the difference between feet that ache after the round and feet that don’t. These two models feature thick, foam midsoles to offer maximum comfort with every step. Listed counter-clockwise from top left.
If you prefer waterproof shoes
Playing in most capital cities or even our tropical regions comes with the unfortunate truth that you will spend more than a few rounds slogging through the rain. However, even if you’re purely a fair-weather golfer, you are still likely to encounter morning dew once in a while. Keep the elements out with these stylish waterproof options.
Ecco Biom h4 A Gore-Tex lining protects against water and wind, but the breathable construction keeps your feet from overheating. BUY NOW
If your shoes go on and off course
These shoes have traction elements on the outsoles instead of spikes and uppers made to look more like street shoes than the classic leather golf shoes of the past. They can easily transition from the course to wherever your plans have you headed afterwards. Here are two options no one will suspect are golf shoes.