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The 10 Best Golf Shoes In 2019

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 2019, with shoes for all budgets.

2019’s Best Golf Shoes: Our Picks

1. Under Armour Men’s Spieth 2

Under Armour Men’s Spieth 2l
The Spieth 2 aren’t cheap. But if you want to wear the best golf shoes on the market in 2019, these are the ones to buy. Period.

You’ll 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.

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2. Footjoy Tour-S

Footjoy Tour-S

If you want maximum stability (and have a sizeable budget), then the FootJoy Tour-S is the shoe for you. Quite simply, they are the most stable golf shoes on the market in 2019, offering insane grip.

Fighting a sway? With a pair of Tour-S you’ll be bolted to the ground. And in theory, better leverage, can lead to improved distance.

You’ll be able to fully benefit from ground reaction force (like the pros) and add some extra zip to your swing without worrying about losing your balance.

When you first put on the Tour-S (particularly if you haven’t worn FootJoy shoes before) they will appear a little unorthadox. The launch pods (as FootJoy call them), which house the spikes, stick out from the side of the shoes, which does look a little odd. But you’ll soon get used to them.

And FootJoy also made them transparent green to blend in with the grass (good thinking).

Are they the most comfortable golf shoes around this year? Not quite, but they’re up there.

All in all, they’re a stong contender for the best golf shoes this year. It was a toss up between the Tour-S and the Speith 2, but the Under Armours just shaded it for us. If you’re looking for stability though, these are the shoes to buy.

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3. adidas Pure TRX

adidas Pure TRX
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.
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4. Callaway Balboa TRX

Callaway Balboa TRX
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.
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5. adidas Tour 360 Boost

adidas Tour 360 Boost

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.
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6. adidas Men’s 360 Traxion

adidas Men’s 360 Traxion
Fact: you won’t find a more comfortable 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.
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7. ECCO Men’s Biom Hybrid 2 Hydromax

ECCO Men’s Biom Hybrid 2 Hydromax
We’ve been impressed with Ecco’s range over the past couple of years and the Hybrid 2 caught our eye when they launched.

First off, with the leather upper, they look the part. Smart enough for the poshest courses around, but offering extreme comfort under the formal looking exterior.

With most spikeless shoes you’re sacrificing weather proofing for comfort. Not so with the Ecco Hybrid 2. The upper is treated with HYDROMAX™ which offers great protection from the elements, but remains lightweight and breatheable. You’re never going to get quite the same grip as spikes, but nonetheless, the traction on the Ecco’s is excellent. If your driver swing speed is under 110mph, you’re not going to have any problem with stability, and even at higher speeds, the Eccos performed well.

The sole is also wear resistant, so you can walk around off the course without worrying about wearing down your grip.

To top it off, these shoes are extremely comfortable. But with the leather upper, you might want to wear them around the house for a couple of days to break them in before heading to the course.
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8. Skechers Go Golf Fairway Golf Shoe

Skechers Go Golf Fairway Golf Shoe
Skechers have been making inroads into the golf shoe market over the past few years, and their range has been steadilly improving. We don’t think they are quite there yet with their soft spikes, but their spikeless range is definitely offering solid competition to the more established golf brands.

Our favorite shoe from this year’s range is the Go Golf Fairway. There are cheaper Skechers (like the extremely affordable “Twinkle Toes”), but we think it’s worth spending the extra dollars on a mid range shoe. At under $60, they’re still excellent value for money.

The upper is synthetic, so if you play regularly in the rain (and want to go spikeless), then you’ll probably want to go with the Ecco. But if you want maximum comfort, then the Skechers are a great choice. It really does feel just like wearing a pair of skate shoes on the golf course.

Grip is perfectly acceptable, and will be more than sufficient for most swing speeds.
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9. Nike Golf Fi Bermuda

Nike Golf Fi Bermuda
Surprisingly, the first (and only) Nike shoes on our list. Which is not because Nike don’t make great shoes for golf (they do), but more a reflection of just how good adidas (and Callaway) 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 shoes at a great price.
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10. adidas Men’s Adicross V

adidas Men’s Adicross V
Our final picks for 2019 are the adidas Adicross V.

Again, if you’re looking for comfort, then they are a great choice. But you’ll also get a leather upper, so can rely on them to protect your feet from the elements.

adidas know how to make golf shoes, so traction and stability is excellent. But more than anything, as half our team are adidas Samba wearers, we just couldn’t not put the Adicross on our list. We’d happily wear them off the course. And overall, we think they’re the most stylish footwear aound this year. Add in a price point well south of $100, and they’re an excellent buy.
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Golf Shoe Buying Guide

1. What Makes a GREAT Pair Of Golf Shoes?

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.

2. 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.

3. 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

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 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.

Written by
David McSweeney

NoobNorm co-founder David writes about golf, fitness, and photography. He regularly tests new golf training aids, swing theories, and the latest DSLR and action cameras.

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Written by David McSweeney