Looking to buy your first pair of golf shoes? Or perhaps you’re looking to upgrade for the new season?
You’ve come to the right place.
In the next 10 minutes, I’m going to give you the lowdown on the very best golf shoes for men and women in 2018.
Let’s get to it!
Reviews: 2018’s Top Golf Shoes
We’ve reviewed HUNDREDS of golf shoes, and picked out the best of the best from the 2018 ranges. In the end we selected 6 shoes for men and 4 for women, with a mix of soft spike and spikeless.
Best Soft Spike Golf Shoes For Men
Let’s start by taking a look at the best soft spike golf shoes for men right now.
1. Under Armour Men’s Spieth 2
Buy for $230.00
His final day run at the 2018 Masters proved once again that Jordan Spieth is Mr consistency, so you can bet that the golf shoes he wears are the real deal.
Here’s the thing: the Spieth 2 aren’t cheap. But if you want to wear the best golf shoes on the market in 2018, these are the ones to buy. Period.
Youll get a smartweave upper, which is lightweight, durable, and supportive. They are fully waterproof, but also breathable, so no wet or sweaty feet after your round.
Comfortable? You bet. We don’t like banding around superlatives, but these things are a joy to wear. The fit? Awesome.
You guessed it. We’re super impressed with the Spieth 2, which is why they are right at the top of our list. If you have the $, you won’t regret your purchase.
2. adidas Pure TRX
Buy for $74.99
Adidas are famous for their trainers, so it’s no surprise they make some truly great golf shoes.
The Pure TRX feature waterproof synthetic uppers, with a rubber sole and 6 removable soft spikes.
And of course, being adidas, they look awesome!
The adidas Pure TRX are mid priced, so if you are an occassional player, or are looking for your first pair of golf shoes, they are an excellent choice.
3. Callaway Balboa TRX
Buy for $77.99
Callaway is one of golf’s best known brands, and they have an excellent selection of golf shoes.
For soft spikes, we really like the Balboa TRX, which feature a waterproof microfiber leather upper, rubber sole, dura rubber outsole, and 7 removable spikes.
Offers great grip on the course (even on wet grass) and a comfortable fit.
4. adidas Tour 360 Boost
Buy for $128.00
If you have a bit more budget to play with, or are a regular golfer, then the adidas Tour 360 Boost are highly recommended.
This time you’ll get a full leather upper, synthetic sole, and 10 removable spikes.
The leather upper will keep your feet dry on even the soggiest of courses, whille the extra spikes will ensure your feet don’t slip half way through your backswing.
As a more expensive golf shoe, the Tour 360 Boost have a number of advanced features, including a 360 wrap which surrounds the foot for improved stability, and enhanced arch support.
Best Soft Spike Golf Shoes For Women
And here are the 2 best soft spike golf shoes for women.
5. adidas Women’s W Response Light
Available in black or white, the adidas W Response Light feature a mesh leather upper, rubber sole, and 6 removable soft spikes.
A very comfortble, light weight ladies golf shoe, the soft spikes offer great grip on the course. They are also waterproof, so your feet will still be dry when you are ready to relax at the 19th hole!
Excellent value for a well made, hard wearing, and stylish golf shoe.
6. PUMA Women’s Biopro
Puma make some really nice golf shoes, particularly in their women’s range. It’s a slightly less fashionable brand than adidas or Callaway, so you’ll often get a little more shoe for your money.
And that’s certainly the case with the Puma Women’s Biopro. They feature a lightweight, microfiber synthetic leather upper, rubber sole, and 8 soft spikes.
This is an impressively comfortable golf shoe, with FushionFoam cushioning in the mid sole offering extra support and comfort.
They might not be quite as stylish as the adidas (although we still think they look pretty great), but your feet will definitely thank you for your purchase.
Best Spikeless Golf Shoes For Men
Here are our picks for 2018’s best spikeless golf shoes for men.
7. adidas Men’s 360 Traxion
Buy for $79.99
Fact: you won’t find a more comfortable golf shoe for under $100.
They fit great out the box, and as they are more akin to trainers than traditional golf shoes, they really do make the walking part of your round a pleasure.
What’s the grip like? It’s good. Very good in fact. Not quite the same as soft spikes (you’ll never get that with moulded cleats), but if you are playing in decent conditions you probably won’t notice much of a difference.
Features a leather/synthetic upper, rubber sole, and removable insole.
8. Nike Golf Fi Bermuda
Surprisingly, the first (and only) Nike golf shoes on our list. Which is not because Nike don’t make great golf shoes (they do), but more a reflection of just how good adidas (and Callaway) golf shoes are at the moment.
But the Nike Golf Fi Bermuda is well worth a mention. And if you’re looking to go spikeless, they are an excellent choice.
These are about as trainer like as golf shoes get — they even have a mesh upper. Which means that once again, they are super comfortable.
Might sound an odd feature to highlight, but I particularly liked the dual pull tabs for putting the shoes on (and taking them off) easily. But that’s just because I am super lazy and tend to not even bother untying my shoe laces after a round, instead just wriggling them off and heading straight for the club house!
A super comfortable, stylish pair of golf shoes at a great price.
Best Spikeless Golf Shoes For Women
And finally, we’ve got the 2 best spikeless golf shoes for women this year.
9. adidas Women’s W Climacool Ballerina II
We’re back to adidas again for the first pair of spikeless golf shoes for women.
A highlight is the mesh upper, which offers breathability for the entire foot. Golf shoes tend to get rather smelly rather quickly, so this feature will be a relief for partners if nothing else.
A super comfortable golf shoe, with synthetic upper, rubber sole, and moulded cleats.
10 Callaway Women’s Solaire
Finally, we have the Callaway Women’s Solaire.
Again, we’ve got a mesh synthetic upper, with a rubber sole and dura rubber, moudled spikes.
Very comfortable golf shoe, but if you have a high arch, you might need to pop in a pair of insoles.
Golf Shoes: A Buyer’s Guide
Before we dig into reviewing the shoes that made it to our top 10, lets take a look at some common questions and considerations you might have when buying a new pair of golf shoes.
1. What Makes a GREAT Pair Of Golf Shoes?
You want a good pair of golf shoes right? Nope! You want a GREAT pair of golf shoes. Here’s what separates the wheat from the chaff.
Stability and traction for grip, balance and power
Ever wondered how the world’s best golfers generate so much power in their swing? Of course you have. Well, a big part of it is they know how to (properly) use the ground for leverage.
In fact, they use something called “ground reaction force”. I hear you: what’s ground reaction force?It’s a bit sciency, but in a nutshell:
The force the golfer uses to drive into the ground, results in the same force pushing back up from the ground into the golfer’s body. That’s why you’ll see Tiger and Rory squatting at the start of their downswing.
The result: INSANE power.
Of course, to be able to use the ground for leverage, you’ll need to have a firm grip with your feet. Otherwise, you’ll quickly lose balance. And losing balance is a golf swing killer.
So the #1 most important feature of a good golf shoe is grip and traction.
A good pair of golf shoes will anchor to you to the ground, allowing you to swing freely, and with power.
Comfort on the course
Now I don’t know about you. But when I’m walking 5+ miles (not including those detours into the woods) I don’t want my feet to be aching in the process. I’ll have enough on my plate worrying about finding my ball and not screwing up my first tee shot.
So naturally, the second most important feature of a good pair of golf shoes is comfort.
The good news?
Most modern golf shoes are pretty comfortable. In fact, some of the new spikeless shoes are more akin to traditional running shoes (although you’ll sacrifice some grip there).
Comfort during your swing
You do a lot of walking in golf. But a good pair of walking boots does not make for a good pair of golf shoes.
And that’s because during your swing you will be rolling and rotating your ankles as you transfer your weight.
So a good pair of golf shoes needs to be soft, yet stable around the inner area and ankle. Otherwise, you’ll quickly end up with blisters and calluses. Which will mean having to take a break from the golf course… and no golfer wants that!
I’m from Scotland. So trust me when I say, that it’s worth every penny investing in a pair of golf shoes that will withstand the elements.
Cheap golf shoes will quickly lose their waterproofing and leave you with soggy feet at the end of your round.
At the very least you’ll want a pair of shoes that are water resistant. But if you play regularly in the rain (like me), then you’ll need a pair that are fully waterproof. Me? I recommend a pair with leather uppers.
How they look
I know, I know. The way a pair of golf shoes looks has nothing to do with how effective they are. But let’s be honest: who wants a pair of ugly golf shoes?
When it comes to style, that’s going to be a pretty individual choice. But the good news is that modern golf shoes come in a range of colours and styles to suit pretty much any golfer.
So whether you want bright orange shoes like Rickie, or more traditional white, you’ll find a style that suits your taste.
The big golf brands are spending millions of pounds each year on R&D to make sure their golf shoes stay ahead of the competition.
While the ‘tech’ may not be initially obvious, you’d be surprised at just what’s going on under the hood (or should that be heel).
Technology in golf shoes can enhance grip, waterproofing, breathability, and comfort. Naturally, the more expensive the shoe, the more tech is likely to be crammed in.
A GREAT Fit
A good fitting shoe will of course be more comfortable. But beyond that, a good fit can help you to use the ground properly in your swing. You don’t want you feet to be rolling around in your shoe. You want a snug (but not too snug) fit.
If you have wide feet, then fit will be a big consideration. We consider the adidas Tech Response to be the best golf shoes for wide feet in 2018.
2. Soft Spike vs Spikeless Golf Shoes
One of you biggest considerations when buying a new pair of golf shoes will be to go spiked, or spikeless. So which is best?
Well, let’s start with definitions, then look at the pros and cons of each.
What are soft spike golf shoes?
Soft spike golf shoes have removable cleats on the soles.
Back in the day the cleats had metal spikes, but these days they are normally made of soft plastic — good news for green keepers!
It’s generally considered that spiked (or cleated) golf shoes will give you a little more grip than spikeless. My first pair of golf shoes were spikeless, but I now wear soft spikes and definitely feel a little more stable while I’m swinging.
What are spikeless golf shoes?
Spikeless golf shoes are not really spikeless.The spikes are simply moulded into the soles as opposed to being separate and removable.
But with that being said, the moulded spikes tend to be shorter and offer a little less grip and traction than removable cleats.
If you tend to play in dry, firm conditions, then they can be a good choice. But if your usual round of golf involves dodging puddles, then you’ll probably be better with the extra grip afforded by soft spikes.
3. Which Golf Shoes Do The Pros Wear?
Wondering which brand of golf shoes the pros wear? Wonder no more…
|Phil Mickelson||G Fore|
|Bubba Watson||G Fore|
|Jordan Spieth||Under Armour|
|Dustin Johnson||Dustin Johnson|
4. Which Golf Shoes Are Best For Walking?
I already mentioned that in an average 18 hole round, you’ll walk around 5 miles. That’s a not inconsiderable distance – particularly if you’re not a regular walker.
The good news? Most modern golf shoes are designed with comfort in mind. Companies like Nike and adidas know how to make comfortable shoes… they’ve been doing it for a long time!
Generally spikeless golf shoes are likely to be a little more comfortable, but there’s really not a lot in it. And if you’re going for a pair of shoes at the more premium end, you can be sure they will have excellent cushioning and breathability.
Let’s Recap: The Best Golf Shoes In 2018
Here’s a full rundown of the top 10 golf shoes in 2018.
What Do Other Top Golf Sites Say?
We prepared our 2018 list from testing, experience, customer reviews, and research. But as you’ve probably discovered already there are a ton of different guides to he best golf shoes this year, and they don’t all agree. So to make sure you’ve got everything in one place to make your decision, here’s a rundown on the top picks from other golf sites.
Golf Monthly picked out 10 shoes for their list. Here were their choices.
- Footjoy Tour S
- Under Armour Spieth 2
- Puma Ignite PWRadapt
- Ecco Biom Hybrid 3
- FootJoy Pro/SL
- Adidas Tour360 Boost 2.0
- Skechers Go Golf Pro V3
- Ecco Cool Pro
- Nike Lunar Control Vapour 2
- Duca Del Cosmo Kuba
Nicer Shoes isn’t a dedicated golf site, but one things for sure… they know shoes. Here’s what they picked out for 2018.
- Skechers Go Golf Drive 2
- Ecco Biom Hybrid 2
- Skechers Go Golf Elite 2
- Adidas Golf Tour360
- Skechers Go Golf
- Puma PG Clyde
- Skechers Go Golf Pro 2
- Skechers Twinkle Toes
- New Balance NBG2004
- Adidas Tech Response
- Callaway Balboa Vent
- Footjoy Freestyle
- Adidas Powerband Boa Boost
- Puma TitanTour Ignite
- Nike Lunar Control II
Two Golf Guys
The “Two Golf Guys” are Chris and Kyle. If you haven’t checked out their site before, we highly recommend you do. So which golf shoes made their list?
- Footjoy Tour-S
- Jordan Spieth 2
- Puma Ignite Pwrsport
- Ecco Golf Casual Hybrid
- Nike Lunar Control Vapor
- Footjoy Hyperflex Golf Shoes
- Footjoy D.N.A. Boa
- Skechers Go Golf Pro 2
Golf Digest’s list is a bit product heavy (there are over 40), so we won’t list them all here. But if you want to check out their guide, here is the link.
Bonus: Hands On Review Of The Callaway Chev Comfort II
I’ve gone through several pairs of golf shoes in the past 18 months. And I’ve learned the hard way that (like many things in life) you really do get what you pay for.
Cheap Golf Shoes: A False Economy.
My first pair were spikeless Pumas (around $35), followed by 2 pairs of Dunlop soft spikes (around $40). Why have I gone through 3 pairs of shoes in a season and a half? Because none of those shoes lasted. At all.
I play pretty regularly, probably 3 rounds a week on average, but I would still expect at least a season out of a pair of golf shoes. I certainly wouldn’t expect soggy feet within a month, which is what I got with the Pumas and Dunlops.
But fortunately, it was 4th time lucky.
Callaway Chev Comfort II Review
I spent a bit more on my Callaways (around $90). But that’s still going to work out less than what I was forking out on “cheaper” shoes.
From the moment you pull them out the box you can tell these things are quality. The full leather upper has that nice “new shoe” smell that gives you confidence they ain’t going to fall apart on you half way through a round.
The Chev Comfort II are soft spikes, and you’ll get 6 of them on the sole.
I primarily play on inland parkland courses, and found that spikes offer exellent grip in all conditions. I do play links golf from time to time and found the grip to be equally good on harder surfaces.
Knowing your feet are firmly planted on the ground gives you confidence to swing hard knowing you won’t lose balance. And as I’m sure you know, balance is the foundation of a good golf swing.
What I would say though is invest a couple of dollars in a spike wrench and give them a tighten before your first round (and every 3rd of 4th round after that). I haven’t had any issue with losing spikes with my Callaways, but that’s probably because I do just that.
They’re very comfortable shoes, but being real leather, it will take a round or 2 for them to break in. So expect them to be a little firmer on your first round.
What the leather does guarantee is that your feet will be dry after your round. I play in all conditions, and have found these shoes to be totally waterproof, even in heavy downpours. If (like me) you are used to soggy feet as you trudge up the 18th fairway, it’s a nice feeling!
These are my current golf shoes and I highly recommend them. You can still pick them up in certain sizes, but if they don’t have your size in stock, then Callaway Balboa TRX (also reviewed below) is the 2018 alternative with similar specs.
Best Golf Shoe Brands In 2018
Here are our picks for the best golf shoe brands this year. Buy you shoes from one of these brands, and you won’t go wrong!
- Under Armour
- Foot Joy
Other Golf Shoe FAQs
What are the most comfortable golf shoes?
The most comfortable golf shoes in 2018 are the adidas Men’s 360 Traxion.
What are the best golf shoes for walking?
If you are looking for golf shoes that will give the best comfort for walking, you’ll want to go with a pair of spikeless. Again, we would recommend the adidas Men’s 360 Traxion.
How necessary are golf shoes?
You can play golf without specialist shoes, however, as they are speficially designed for the game, it is recommended that you wear golf shoes on the course.
Will golf shoes improve my game?
A good pair of golf shoes will help with stability and balance, giving you more grip on the ground as you swing. This can help to stop you swaying off the ball, and also, as power is generated from the ground up, more grip can equal more power.
Can golf shoes affect your swing?
Yes. A good pair of golf shoes will give you more stability and grip on the ground, which can help to fix (or minimize) any lateral movement (swaying) in your swing.
Are golf shoes required?
No. You do not have to wear golf shoes to play golf. But check local rules for any restrictions on footwear.
Can golf shoes be washed?
Some golf shoes can be washed in the machine, while others will require handwashing. Check the washing instructions on the label of your shoes for more information. If washing in the machine it is recommended to first place the golf shoes in a mesh washing bag or pillow.
How to clean golf shoes?
Use a golf brush to clean off dried dirt after each round. For more stubborn stains you can use a toothbrush and gently laundy detergent.
Can you wear golf shoes off the course?
Spikeless golf shoes are similar to trainers and can normally be worn off the course. Traditional spikes (or soft spike) golf shoes however will not be very comfortable for walking in on concrete, and may wear down quickly.
Can you wear golf shoes in the clubhouse?
Normally spiked golf shoes are not allowed in the clubhouse, however, spikeless shoes may be permitted. Check local rules.
Where to buy golf shoes?
Amazon have the best deals, and widest selection of golf shoes.
How much are golf shoes?
The price of golf shoes varies from around $30 at the low end, to over $300 at the high end. We would recommend spending around $60 on your first pair of golf shoes.
Which golf shoes are best for wide feet?
The adidas Men’s Tech Response are recommended for golfers with wide feet.
Which golf shoes are waterproof?
Most quality golf shoes have some level of waterproofing, however, for maximum protection from the elements choose a pair with leather uppers.
Why do golf shoes have spikes?
Golf shoes have spikes to allow the golfer to grip the ground more effectively while swinging, aiding balance, and potentially adding power.
Why are golf shoes white?
The answer is they are not. While it is true that many golf shoes are white, golf shoes are available in a wide variety of colors and styles.
Spikes vs No Spikes
The choice of whether to wear spikes or not is very much a personal preference. Generally (although not always) spikes will give more grip on the ground, while spikeless golf shoes will be more comfortable.
Can you wear golf shoes without socks?
Like any other shoe, you can wear golf shoes without socks. But it is not recommended.
That’s it for our rundown of the best golf shoes in 2018.