- Reviews of The Best Golf Shoes 2020
- Final Thoughts
Choosing the right pair of shoes is just as critical as having the right wedge, putter or driver. You might well wonder what the best golf shoes are in 2021.
What then should we be looking for in a golf shoe to enhance the quality of our game? As with all golfing equipment, modern technology has made great advances in footwear which we will examine to help with your decision making.
First and foremost is stability and grip. Your feet are the platform from where your game is launched. You need to know that the feet are well anchored to give you the confidence to take that big swing off the tee or the fairway to the green.
The shoe needs to have a snug fit to prevent foot movement inside the shoe. The sole has to have good traction under all types of terrain and conditions. The modern trend is towards spikeless shoes, but the traditional spiked golf shoe is still very much part of the scene.
Spikes or Spikeless
Not all that long ago spiked golf shoes were the only option. Now one can choose between spiked shoes or spikeless with many manufacturers offering both options. Spiked shoes have external cleats on the sole that can be replaced when necessary while spikeless shoes have rubber dimples or studs that form part of the sole.
Both have advantages and disadvantages. Spikeless shoes have become extremely popular due to their comfort and versatility. Many look much like traditional sneakers and can be worn on and off the course. One cannot do this with most spiked golf shoes.
They also tend to be a bit more comfortable. Spiked shoes generally have a more traditional look, may offer better traction in poor conditions and have replaceable cleats for a longer lifespan.
While we are talking about the design of the shoes, there are other types. The golf boot is an option used by some, particularly those in colder climates. They do restrict movement to some extent and are somewhat heavy. They do, however, offer great protection and support as well as increased warmth when needed. They generally have good waterproofing and are an option for cold wet conditions.
Another option for the more casual golfer, this time generally in warmer environments, is the golf sandal. While many more traditional golf clubs and players will frown on the concept, they are practical and cool in certain situations. They are not recommended for formal clubs or golf events.
Spending four hours on your feet and covering around five miles on eighteen holes you want to ensure that your shoes remain comfortable. There are a variety of materials in use today to ensure that this feels like a walk in the park. A soft, bouncy innersole helps to relieve fatigue and conserve energy.
The weight is another important factor to consider when looking at comfort. Obviously, a lighter shoe will be less tiring helping to keep your focus on your swing and not on your feet.
Comfortable shoes will not only make your round more enjoyable but could have a positive impact on your performance. You cannot expect to perform at your best if your feet are hot, sore and tired. Comfort is essential.
The golf shoe also needs to be waterproof. Early morning tee-off times might find the course still covered in dew or a sudden downpour in the middle of a game could spell disaster if your shoes start absorbing water. There’s nothing worse than trudging the rest of the day with waterlogged shoes. The materials used for waterproofing often also help to make the shoes more durable.
On the other hand, you could be playing in very hot and dry conditions and the breathability of the shoes is going to paramount. If they don’t breath your feet will not only sweat but will become very tired as they overheat.
There is often a bit of a tradeoff between breathability and waterproofing. The more you have of the one the less you generally have of the other. Some manufacturers manage to achieve a great balance between the two. If not, you will need to decide which factor is more important.
Most quality golf shoes are a fair investment these days and you want to be sure they last. Shoes take a lot of strain during a round of golf so durability is of the utmost importance. This will largely be determined by the quality of the materials used as well as the workmanship.
It is also important to note that spikeless shoes will eventually ear down and whereas cleats can be replaced. That is not to say one should avoid spikeless shoes but look for those with a durable design if you go that route.
Speaking of the cost of shoes, one has to consider the budget. Golf requires an investment in a fair amount of equipment, clothing, and accessories. Look for shoes that fit your budget. There are many quality shoes that offer good value for money.
The following are some of the top-rated golf shoes on offer by the market for 2020.
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Reviews of The Best Golf Shoes 2020
Adidas is another top world-renown brand for sports equipment and their golf gear is a separate highly specialized division.
Adidas claims that their golf shoes will give you “surefooted traction” and a “flexible fit” whether you are swinging from soaking wet grass or an uneven lie.
The Tour 360 is popular as it looks most like a traditional golf shoe. With a sporty edge and modern spikeless technology, it is very stylish. The Black and White version with the Scarlet sole really fits the bill.
The shoe gets its name from the X-shaped traction system of the outsole. These X-shaped lugs are designed with eight-sided touchpoints with a multi-directional grip to further enhance traction and stability. Combining with the X-traction lugs are eight cleats that help t further enhance traction and ensure your feet are firmly anchored. These cleats may cause a bit of damage to soft greens, so be aware.
The much talked about Boost technology of the Adidas insoles is the source of great comfort and energy return. The feel is like bouncing or walking on pockets of air and there is no foot fatigue at the end of eighteen holes.
The 360Wrap, which entirely surrounds the midfoot, has revolutionized golf shoes and provides tremendous foot support and stability. INSITE sock-liner and premium leather uppers ensure a secure and stable fit
Added benefits are durable, breathable waterproof qualities of all the materials used. The leather uppers are best for keeping the moisture out and usually last longer than synthetics and re easier to clean.
Adidas has a wide range of golf shoes with a more modern outer design in synthetic materials to suit the more stylish and to color coordinate. Sergio Garcia, John Rahm, and Dustin Johnson are amongst the tour pros that wear Adidas.
Footjoy, another leading brand in sporting gear offers this very attractive, spikeless golf shoe for the ladies.
The Woman’s Casual Collection features a padded leather upper providing improved breathability and comfort. The improved airflow would be most noticeable on hot summer days as the feet remain cool and comfortable.
The Duramax spikeless rubber outsole has slight rubber grips but gives an impressive degree of traction and stability. Even wet conditions present no problem and there will be no fear of slipping or loss of balance.
The insole of the shoe is well cushioned and with a textile lining provides superior comfort and durability.
The Footjoy Woman’s Casual is styled with a rounded toe and narrow heel to enhance the casual look. These shoes are available in a wide variety of colors to match your attire and are comfortable on or off the golf course. They are a great alternative to the sneaker-style golf shoe because of the narrow heel and rounded toe design giving them a more classic golf style.
The waterproofing is not of the highest quality, but they will protect against early morning dew and are great for hot sunny days.
When you combine the finest premium materials with first-class FootJoy craftsmanship you get the classic Icon Black a modern throwback of the traditional cleated golf shoe.
The calfskin leather uppers mold to your foot but without stretching giving you a luxury fit. The soft full-grain leather is comfortable, breathable, and durable. It also has excellent waterproof qualities. FootJoy offers a two year, 100 percent waterproof guarantee in normal use.
Chestnut Lizard print leather inserts built into the TPU outsole give this shoe the classic timeless look and help to give a comfortable snug fit. The comfort of the Icon Black is enhanced by Memory Foam located around the collar and in the tongue, ensuring a custom fit.
The Milan Last fashion design provides for a modified toe, standard fit across the forefoot and instep, and a narrower heel.
The TPU outsole is fitted with Pulsar cleats by Softspikes, as preferred by players, and gives an uncompromising performance. The nine cleats are positioned with four on the heel, four on the ball of the foot and one on the toe. These cleats provide multi-directional traction and grip regardless of underfoot conditions. The fast twist system has been revamped to enable quicker changing of spikes.
Sketchers Go Golf Drive 2 is not only a great golf shoe but can easily double as a casual everyday sneaker. They are effective on and off the course making them highly versatile.
Constructed with smooth faux-leather uppers and Sketchers H2GO Shield water-resistant design these shoes have proved to be effectively waterproof in very wet conditions. This shield also contributes to the durability of the Sketchers, making it ideal for use on or off the course.
Continuing with the outer shoe, the side accents are perforated to enhance breathability and give effective cooling. The shoe is laced up in front with metal eyelets, and the tongue and collar are padded. The “S” logo is embossed on both sides of the shoe at the heel and also appears on the tongue.
The insole is of Goga Mat Technology providing high-rebound cushioning. Feedback from customer’s reports reflect that the discomfort felt in the past from their previous shoes, was now absent. The degree of comfort was such that they were happy to keep the shoes on after the game, in the clubhouse. The overall design gives the shoe a “low profile” keeping your feet low to the ground and a greater feeling of stability. To further enhance comfort, dryness, and ventilation of the shoe a breathable moisture-wicking lining is added.
The outer sole is a durable rubber traction plate, with Goimpulse outsole sensors. This provides not only a positive responsive feedback but also Sketchers hallmark traction and grip.
This spikeless golf shoe is fitted with a bunch of pointed rubber nubs that provide stability equally as good as any spiked shoe. The traction remains reliable on steep inclines and even when it’s wet and soggy underfoot. The next generation Resalyte midsole adds greater comfort and stability.
Puma Ignite says, “More Comfort + More Traction = PWRADAPT”.
The PWRADAPT technology along with the full length Ignite foam cushioning platform provides remarkably responsive 3- dimensional traction and foot comfort.
The biggest feature of the new upgraded Ignite PWRADAPT is the 360 PWRCAGE. This new caged shoe supports the midfoot for greater stability during the swing. The cage acts as a saddle around the foot giving a perfect snug fit and a greater feeling of confidence from the stability.
An internal “bootie” encompassing the foot, known as the Adaptive Fit System, further adds to foot support, particularly in high work areas.
An Ignite Foam midsole gives the Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged greater comfort and a high degree of positive energy return.
Extremely thin, and lightweight, PWRFRAME strategically placed on high-stress areas of the uppers assist the goal of support and stability.
The technology in the PWRADAPT sole system consists of a GripZone traction base with secondary traction lugs for all-terrain grip and stability. Additionally, it features seven Tornado spikes, or cleats, which are replaceable for even greater traction in extreme conditions.
The Puma Ignite PWRADAPT comes with a waterproof guarantee.
This very attractive golf shoe is packed with technology and style to fulfill the aim of comfort with traction and succeeds in making a POWERFUL statement.
6. Adidas Woman’s Adizero Tour Golf Shoe
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- Extreme focus on comfort
- Durable and breathable
- Very lightweight
- As with most Adidas products, not suited to wide feet.
Woman’s golf is growing at a rapid rate fueled but the very popular Ladies Professional League. The major sporting goods manufacturers have not ignored this market and a vast array of options are presented as a result.
One of the best is the Adidas Woman’s Adizero Tour Golf Shoe, a lightweight shoe with comfort, support, and breathability.
The materials used in the Adizero are 100% synthetic. The upper body is made of microfiber leather sprint skin, while the inner is made of Sprit Web TPU leather. Improved mobility and control in the swing are ensured by the inclusion of a Sprint Frame in the outsole. The insoles are removable to allow for individual fitting and optimum comfort.
Comfort is the keyword with the Adizero lady’s shoe and is not ignored in the spikes. Although the spikes are raised to offer excellent traction on any terrain and all conditions, they are cushioned to eliminate any stress on the feet. The synthetic materials of the Adizero are breathable keeping the feet nice and cool while the cushioning of the inners keeps you comfortable and relaxed. Tiny pores in the material assist to improve the breathability in very hot weather.
The synthetic microfiber sprint skin along with the Sprint Web TPU leather has two additional and very important qualities. They are inherently strong ensuring the durability of the shoe, and they are also extremely waterproof, keeping your feet cozy and dry in the wet.
Finally, these synthetics ensure that the ladies have very lightweight shoes for ultimate comfort. A pair of Adidas Woman’s Adizero Tour Golf Shoe weighs only 310 grams.
Three-time major winner Jordan Spieth is the inspiration behind the development and design of this stylish golf shoe.
The Spieth 2 BOA uses high-quality Clarion microfiber leather for durability while also providing excellent support and breathability. A smart-weave TPU padding on the upper, from mid-foot to the heel, helps to keep the foot secure and stabilized. This smart-weave padding is very lightweight and together with the micro-fiber leather has great water-resistant properties.
Breathability, comfort, and waterproofing are further enhanced by the Gore-Tex lining inside the shoe.
A snug fit is ensured by the integrated lacing system and support and stability can be customized with the adjustable BOA precision closure lock.
The outer sole of TPU rubber is fitted with Rotational Resistance Spikes for maximum turf-gripping power. The design is such that the grip tightens as you rotate through the swing ensuring a solid platform on any surface. A lightweight EVA midsole provides extra responsive cushioning and comfort.
The Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour has a clean, slick, and sophisticated look. This is a very classy product that any golfer at any level will feel proud to wear.
The uppers are built with premium leather, for that classic traditional golf shoe look. The upper quarter has a thin, Flyweave stretchy skin which is very light and water-resistant. This also serves to act as a saddle for additional stability. The front lace-up style is integrated with the Flyweave overlay adding security and a supportive fit.
To ensure a smooth and comfortable walk the insole features Nike React Technology which is a lightweight and durable foam. The forefoot sports a Zoom Air unit providing a springy responsive feel.
The outsole has a very unique and interesting Hybrid grip design. Unlike most other brands, the cleats are not across the whole foot and heel. On the Nike Air Zoom, the cleats are on the outside, the lateral side, of the foot and heel. These cleats are on top of an integrated rubber system of ribs and nubs. The spikes are removable and replaceable. This combination gives optimal gripping power and stability in any condition.
To add extra comfort and cushioning underfoot Nike Air Zoom incorporates a sockliner.
The Air Zoom Victory Tour is available in the following color combinations: White/Platinum, Tint/Vast and Grey/Chrome.
The trademark Nike swoosh is found on the outside of the shoe, the instep and the sole of this most comfortable golf shoe, favored by many on the pro circuit.
A selection of the best spiked and spikeless golf shoes has been reviewed for both men and women. The majority of review listings place the Adidas Tour 360 at or near the top of the list. Both the spikeless and the Tour 360 Boost Spiked receive high praise and top star ratings.
The options available are wide and varied to suit the individual needs concerning style, fit and performance. Remember you will be on your feet for some four hours per round of golf and the feet being your platform need to be secure, comfortable, cool and dry.
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Nick Lomas is the founder of GolfSpan, an avid golfer, not quite a pro but has over 15-years of experience playing and coaching golfers from all over the world. His mission is to bring the golfing community a better experience then it comes to choosing the right golf gear, and finding the right set up for your game.