The BEST Golf Shoes for the 2020 Season. Top Picks from Under Armour, Footjoy, adidas, and More.

Looking to buy a new pair of golf shoes, but not sure which are right for you? We’ve picked out the BEST of the BEST in 2020, with shoes for all budgets.

This Year’s Best Golf Shoes (Reviews)

If you need some advice on which type of golf shoe to go for (soft spike, spikeless etc), jump to the buying guide, otherwise, let’s dive straight into our picks for this year’s 10 best golf shoes. We’ll start with a quick summary, then go into the detail of why we chose each shoe.

1. Under Armour Men’s Spieth 3

under armour spieth 3

We Liked…

  • Exeptional grip and traction
  • Under Armour’s most comfortable golf shoes to date
  • Redesigned cleats are softer and more flexible
  • Less fussy, more trainer like look than the Spieth 2
  • Exceptionally lightweight
  • The best soft spike golf shoes in 2019

Room For Improvement…

  • The tongue has a tendency to fall to the outside

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Our pick for: the best soft spike golf shoes in 2019

2. Footjoy Tour-S

footjoy-tours

We Liked…

  • Incredibly stability, offering a solid base for your swing
  • Soft and lightweight feel
  • Very comfortable for walking
  • Excellent weatherproofing

Room For Improvement…

  • The launchpods (cleats) have an unorthodox look that some may find offputting at first

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Our pick for: the best footjoy golf shoes in 2019

3. adidas Pure TRX

adidas Pure TRX

We Liked…

  • Excellent price point
  • Great weatherproofing
  • Solid grip and traction
  • Attractive looking golf shoes

Room For Improvement…

  • Can take a couple of rounds to break in

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Our pick for: the best mid priced golf shoes in 2019

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 shoes for golf, they are an excellent choice.

4. Callaway Balboa TRX

We Liked…

  • Exceptional weatherproofing
  • Solid grip, even on wet grass
  • Very affordable

Room For Improvement…

  • Wear 2 pairs of socks in your first round to avoid blisters as they definitely need some breaking in

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Our pick for: the best golf shoes under $100 in 2019

Callaway is one of golf’s best known brands, and they have an excellent range. 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.

5. adidas Tour 360 Boost

adidas Tour 360 Boost

We Liked…

  • Full leather upper
  • 10 removable soft spikes offer exceptional grip
  • 360 wrap for enhanced stability and arch support
  • Comfortable once broken in

Room For Improvement…

  • Again, the leather upper means these will take a round or two to break in

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Our pick for: the best adidas golf shoes in 2019

6. adidas Men’s 360 Traxion

adidas Men’s 360 Traxion

We Liked…

  • Exceptionally comfortable
  • Very affordable price point
  • Excellent fit out the box
  • Great grip for spikeless golf shoes
  • The best golf shoes for walking in 2019

Room For Improvement…

  • You’ll never get quite the same grip as soft spikes. But that really comes down to preference. If you want comfort, then the 360 are a great choice.

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Our pick for: the best golf shoes for walking in 2019

7. ECCO Men’s Biom Hybrid 2 Hydromax

ECCO Men’s Biom Hybrid 2 Hydromax

We Liked…

  • The best waterproof golf shoes in 2019
  • Extremely comfortable, yet smart looking
  • Excellent traction for driver speeds up to 110mph
  • Wear resistant sole

Room For Improvement…

  • Fast swingers might need a little more traction

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Our pick for: the best waterproof golf shoes in 2019

8. Skechers Go Golf Fairway Golf Shoe

Skechers Go Golf Fairway Golf Shoe

We Liked…

  • Comfortable trainer style golf shoe
  • Decent grip

Room For Improvement…

  • Not great for soggy golf courses!

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Our pick for: the best Skechers golf shoes in 2019

9. Nike Golf Fi Bermuda

Nike Golf Fi Bermuda

We Liked…

  • Comfortable and stylish
  • As trainer like as golf shoes get
  • Dual pull tabs make the shoes easy to put on and take off

Room For Improvement…

  • Again, you are sacrificing a bit of grip and weatherproofing for comfort. But what comfort!

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Our pick for: the best Nike golf shoes in 2019

10. adidas Men’s Adicross V

adidas Men’s Adicross V

We Liked…

  • Comfortable and stylish
  • Leather upper makes these great for soggy courses
  • Excellent traction and stability
  • Fantastic price point

Room For Improvement…

  • Leather upper = breaking in time!

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Our pick for: the best spikeless golf shoes under $100 in 2019

Golf Shoe Buying Guide

You want a good pair of golf shoes right? Nope! You want a GREAT pair. 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?

Rory Mcilroy squatting on downswing
Many pros squat at the start of their downswing to put more force into their swing. Rory’s squat is particulary pronounced. [image: Jeff Sutherland]
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 shoes will anchor to you to the ground, allowing you to swing freely, and with power.

Comfort on the course

golf course
The average golfer walks over 5 miles in a typical round.

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 shoes for golf is comfort.

The good news?

Most modern 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).

Note: If you’re going for a pair with a leather upper, they’ll take some breaking in. My advice? Wear them around the house for a bit to soften the leather before you take them out on the course. You’ll thank me later.

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 shoes for golf need 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!

Weather Proofing

golf in the rain is no fun if your shoes are not waterproof.
golf in the rain is no fun if your shoes are not waterproof.

I’m from Scotland. So trust me when I say, that it’s worth every penny investing in a pair of 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 shoes on their feet?

When it comes to style, that’s going to be a pretty individual choice. But the good news is that modern 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.

Included Technology

The big golf brands are spending millions of pounds each year on R&D to make sure their ranges 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 for wide feet in 2019.

Summary: What Qualities Should You Look For In Your New Golf Shoes? A good pair of shoes for golf should be comfortable, weather-proof, and offer good grip and stability while swinging. Look for technical features that assist with these requirements. If they look kick-ass? Even better.

Soft Spike vs Spikeless

One of you biggest considerations when buying a new pair of 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 spikes on the adidas men's tour 360 boost
soft spikes on the adidas men’s tour 360 boost

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 shoes for golf were spikeless, but I now wear soft spikes and definitely feel a little more stable while I’m swinging.

What are spikeless golf shoes?

the spikeless adidas men's 360 traxion.
the spikeless adidas men’s 360 traxion.

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.

Summary: Should you go spikeless? 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.

Which Golf Shoes Do The Pros Wear?

Wondering which brand of golf shoes the pros wear? Wonder no more…

GolferBrand
Tiger WoodsNike
Phil MickelsonG Fore
Bubba WatsonG Fore
Jordan SpiethUnder Armour
Jason DayNike
Rory McIlroyNike
Sergio Garciaadidas
Dustin JohnsonDustin Johnson
Justin ThomasFootJoy
Brooks KoepkaNike

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 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.

Bottom line? Comfort while walking was a big consideration when we chose which golf shoes were best in 2019. So you can be sure that all the shoes we recommend will be a pleasure to walk in. But if we had to recommend one golf shoe that was best for walking, it would be the adidas Men’s 360 Traxion.

Best Golf Shoe Brands In 2019

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!

  1. adidas
  2. Callaway
  3. Nike
  4. Under Armour
  5. Foot Joy

What’s Next?

That’s it for our run-down of the best golf shoes in 2019. Any questions leave a comment below. And for more gear guides and swing tips, check out our golf section.

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