On a typical golf course you will have likely walked more than five miles before finding sanctuary at the 19th hole. Therefore it is vital that you choose the best golf shoes for you. Golf manufacturers such as FootJoy, Adidas and our own passion brand Inesis have invested huge resources in turning golf shoes into a game improvement product. Here we’ll compare the most popular types of golf shoes and discuss whether different playing conditions merit buying more than one pair of shoes.
Spikeless golf shoes revolutionised the golf shoe industry. Designed for comfort and style, spikeless shoes are now the most popular golf shoe on the market. Perhaps the biggest advantage for us mere mortals is that you can walk straight into the clubhouse once you’ve finished your round without the need to change.
Typically spikeless shoes are flat soled and feature studs made out of plastic and rubber instead of traditional golf spikes. Fears surrounding a lack of stability and waterproofing have been eradicated with new designs. The studs offer superb grip on dry ground and ensure you don’t sacrifice stability in these conditions. Many new spikeless shoes are also waterproof, meaning you won’t get caught out in a summer shower.
For ease and comfort there simply is no beating a spikeless golf shoe, and now you don’t have to sacrifice on performance either.
If you’re after the classic look along with maximum stability in even the wettest conditions then you’ll want to consider spiked golf shoes. The traditional metal spikes are a thing of yesteryear, having been replaced by a soft plastic spike. These are much kinder to the course yet still hold firm in the grass and will release easily through impact. With much golf in the UK played in wet and windy conditions it’s worth considering a pair of spikes that will provide a solid foundation to your round.
We should point out that these soft spikes will wear away over time and snap off, meaning you will need to replace them. You will also pick up plenty of muck and debris in your spikes, meaning they will need a regular clean to ensure you don’t lose traction. Though not as convenient as a spikeless shoe, golf spikes will offer maximum stability when cared for properly.
Once you’ve decided which type of shoe to buy you then need to consider the weather conditions...
Playing golf in the rain is sadly something we’re all too familiar with in the UK. This means you’ll definitely want to make sure you have a pair of waterproof golf shoes ready for when the weather turns. However, even the best waterproof golf shoes will be much warmer than non waterproof golf shoes. Therefore they may not be the right shoes to wear on a hot summer's day or a trip abroad, but are perfect for a cold damp winters day.
Check out the below review from My Golf Spy which rated the Inesis Waterproof Spikeless Golf Shoes as the best value golf shoe on the market!
Breathable golf shoes are often a cheaper alternative and typically use a synthetic upper material, though you can get more luxurious leather golf shoes. The main benefit is that they are perfectly suited to the hot dry months in summer, letting your feet breathe and allowing you to focus on your golf. They are normally an extremely lightweight golf shoe too, which is a nice bonus.
Hopefully you’re now in a better position to make a decision on what type of golf shoe(s) you want. Before buying a pair of golf shoes we strongly recommend trying a few pairs on to make sure you find the right fit for you. You cannot underestimate the importance of a comfortable pair of shoes and a solid base to your swing.