If you're in the market for a brand new pair of the best golf shoes to replace your current tired and worn footwear, then you have arrived at the right place.
With so much extra comfort and stability being offered by the biggest golf shoe brands in 2023, your feet have never felt so much love on a golf course before.
We appreciate with so many different choices available in today's market, that purchasing decision to find the best golf shoe to suit your game can prove something of a minefield.
But fear not, as GolfMagic is here to help.
With the help of our Equipment Editor Alex Lodge, we have put together the ultimate buyers’ guide featuring the very best men’s golf shoes, compiling a number of different products and listing their benefits, prices and suitability.
Whether you prefer a spikeless golf shoe to a traditional spiked golf shoe or you like dark colours over light ones to avoid them becoming quickly discoloured, we’ve got you covered.
We’ve tested dozens of golf shoes from the likes of FootJoy, Under Armour, PUMA, New Balance, Duca Del Cosma and ECCO and describe why they are the best footwear options for you.
Best golf shoes overall:
Best golf shoe for comfort: Under Armour HOVR Drive 2 / TravisMathew's Cuater 'The Ringer' / TRUE Linkswear LUX Hybrid
Best athletic golf shoe: FootJoy HyperFlex Carbon
Best golf shoes for stability: Duca del Cosma Bernardo Pro Spike
Best hybrid golf shoe: ECCO BIOM H4
Best for fashion conscious golfers: Duca Del Cosma Dandy
Related: Best value golf shoes for winter
How do we test golf shoes?
Testing golf shoes is very different to testing golf clubs. There is much less technology involved and fewer mechanics to consider.
However, GolfMagic Equipment Editor Alex Lodge rigorously tests the best golf shoes by wearing them over a number of weeks and months to assess their performance.
Over time, Alex assesses the shoe’s durability, comfort and stability on the golf course. He also judges the aesthetics and design of each model to decide which golfers are suited to a certain type of golf shoe.
Does the colour wear away after some time? Does the lacing in this shoe allow for maximum comfort? Is the underfoot spiking delivering stability?
Alex tests all golf shoes in a number of different weather conditions to get a well-rounded view of how they perform when challenged by dry and wet conditions.
Best Golf Shoes 2023
Not every golf shoe this year can deliver the optimum combination of performance and comfort. You need to be able to pick out the best from the worst and invest in that option.
Let’s take a closer look at what we consider to be the very best golf shoes on the market in 2023, starting with our favourite of the bunch:
- Completely waterproof
- Instant out-of-the-box comfort
- Modern, stylish design
- Trainer-like design may not appeal to the traditional golfer
In a striking testament to the evolution of golf footwear over the past four decades, the PUMA GS-Fast stands as a prime example of the remarkable advancements achieved. PUMA, a trailblazer in modernising on-course style, introduces the GS-Fast golf shoes that encapsulate the brand's revolutionary and dynamic vision.
Inspired by the successful RS running shoe series, PUMA has ingeniously integrated performance-enhancing features into the GS-Fast, transforming it into a course-ready footwear masterpiece. Originally unveiled in the 80s, the RS sneaker range's innovative impact finds resurgence in the form of a contemporary golf shoe, seamlessly blending adaptability, style, and performance.
The PUMA GS-Fast boasts an avant-garde appearance with wave-like designs and a fusion of blue and white shades, lending it a modern, trainer-like aesthetic. The branding adopts a minimalist approach, with a subtle leaping PUMA logo on the upper. The shoe's sleek and fluid design pairs with its slightly chunky silhouette, aligning with the current fashion trend.
The GS-Fast excels in versatility, catering to both on-course and off-course scenarios. Designed for comfort, the shoe provides excellent out-of-the-box comfort, supported by a heel section that embraces the ankle snugly. The cushioned insole imparts a springy sensation, offering a responsive energy return with each step. The chunky sole delivers remarkable cushioning, stability, and a secure swing experience.
While the full seam-sealed upper guarantees waterproof protection, its breathability is somewhat limited. The utilisation of TPU renders the shoes durable and easy to clean, allowing them to withstand diverse conditions. The carbon rubber nubs on the sole ensure reliable traction on dry surfaces.
In conclusion, the PUMA GS-Fast golf shoes emerge as a stylish and high-performing option, seamlessly bridging on-course demands with off-course allure. With their exceptional stability, comfort, and £99 price point, they offer outstanding value and earn a well-deserved spot in the ranks of the best golf shoes.
PUMA Ignite Elevate
- Extremely comfortable
- Locked-in feel
- Increased traction and grip
- Unbelievable value
- The perfect summer golf shoe
- You can get more waterproof protection from other shoes
The brand new PUMA Ignite Elevate Golf Shoes are a deserving front runner in our golf shoes guide for 2023.
They tick all the boxes we are looking for when it comes to style, comfort, stability and performance from a spikeless golf shoe.
We also think they represent unbelievable value for money right now at £79.99 in Scottsdale Golf's latest sale.
The PUMA Ignite Elevate golf shoe has a nice low-profile look about it, but yet it also features a dense white base to let you know there is plenty of tech going on underneath it.
The most impressive aspect of the shoe lies in its Ignite Foam, which just continues to impress us here at GolfMagic.
If you have never experienced Ignite Foam before, then it's basically the equivalent of walking on a bed of feathers.
For us, the PUMA Ignite Elevate Golf Shoes represent the comfiest and most cushioned pair of spikeless shoes you will find all season.
With high levels of comfort, this shoe will benefit many types of golfers. Older golfers would be positively impacted by comfort-based technology. Also, young players will appreciate the sleek and athletic look. By all means you could wear this shoe all-year round, but it excels most in the summer months. The price tag is superb, too.
READ OUR FULL PUMA IGNITE ELEVATE GOLF SHOES REVIEW
- Come in spiked and spikeless versions
- Breathable and comfortable shoe
- Shoes can cool and dry all year round with special material
- One-year waterproof guarantee
- Increased stability with special spikes
- Style might not be for all
The waterproof performance of these knitted golf shoes is what impressed us so much. Their durability features have helped them to become one of the most popular models of golf footwear in 2023.
The microfibre upper helps the shoes to cool and dry all year round. We discovered the benefit of this feature which allows the shoes to cope with harsh weather conditions. This is important because if they cannot dry from wet weather conditions quickly, they will not be suitable to wear in the winter.
The Under Armour HOVR moulded EVA footbed is a fantastic feature which we found very comfortable. It really does guarantee stability and also allows for maximum energy return. This is vital because the shoe will positively maximise the movement of your feet during your golf swing.
The midsole technology encourages natural movement in your feet and your swing, eliminating any negative movement at impact when you strike your golf ball. We found this feature works well and is how these golf shoes maximise your performance on the golf course.
The UA Rotational Resistance spikes can be compared to the traction we saw in the PUMA Proadapt Alphacat golf shoes. These spikes help to prevent your feet from twisting in the ground, therefore, instilling stability and reducing drag. We found that reduced twisting helps your swing remain consistent.
Out of all of the shoes we have reviewed, this one certainly represents the ultimate package. We were particularly impressed with the durability of the shoe considering that it isn’t as expensive as other top brands in the golf shoe market.
Best golf shoes for comfort: The Under Armour HOVR Drive 2 golf shoe is the perfect shoe for any golfer that is looking for ultimate comfort and ultimate grip on the golf course. If you are looking for an all-weather shoe and a model that prioritises durability over looks, this could be the one for you.
READ OUR FULL UNDER ARMOUR HOVR DRIVE 2 GOLF SHOE REVIEW
- Incredibly comfortable
- Very stylish, athletic footwear
- Beautifully packaged and presented
- Terrific levels of traction
- Not the cheapest
- Likely need half a size bigger than standard
TRUE Linkswear might be a new name for many of you out there, but the brand is going places and fast! This forward-thinking golf shoe brand is worn by a number of PGA Tour players and former European Ryder Cup player Oliver Wilson is now a partner of the brand.
Two-time DP World Tour winner Wilson recently sat down with GolfMagic at The Open Championship at Royal Liverpool to give us the lowdown on his partnership with TRUE Linkswear so if you haven't yet read that feature you can check it out here.
The LUX Hybrid features a number of key features including a new adaptive Sport Knit Technology that provides a comfortable and stable feel out there on the course.
It also comes with a spikeless rubber tread for terrific levels of traction and waterproof technology to ensure you can wear this spikeless golf shoes all throughout the season should you so wish.
Out of the box and the High Vis White colour instantly appealed to us in its modern, athletic silhouette.
These shoes are also available in Black, Grey or Admiral colour combinations so there is plenty of choice.
The width of these shoes felt great, but we would recommend going up half a size to ensure maximum comfort as the insole is fairly thick.
We would have to go as far as to say these are in the top three golf shoes we have tested this season for overall comfort.
At times it feels like you are walking on a bed of feathers, and that is testament to the design team at TRUE Linkswear.
In terms of overall performance, these shoes tick plenty of boxes with a very stable lock-in feel thanks to the heel cup and terrific levels of traction for the duration of the round.
We have yet to slip on any full swings, and we have also been playing in some fairly dodgy weather of late.
That's a result of the Tour tested tread, which has been worked on extensively by Wilson and the rest of the TRUE team.
Another benefit of these golf shoes is their ability to deal with the rain and sodden course conditions.
TRUE Linkswear LUX Hybrid golf shoes have been tested to a 100k Dynamic Rating and their waterproof knit upper comes with a two-year warranty to give you peace of mind.
We have worn these golf shoes in teaming rain and have been left remarkably impressed with just how dry our feet have felt at the end of the round.
They do cost a fair chunk of change at £185, but these impressive spikeless golf shoes can be worn all-year round should you so wish.
READ OUR FULL TRUE LINKS WEAR LUX HYBRID GOLF SHOE REVIEW
- Extremely comfortable
- Versatile looks for a spiked shoe
- All-year round use
- Increased stability with special spikes
- Not the most breathable
- Quite pricey
The Ringer, as worn by Masters champion Jon Rahm and a number of others on the PGA Tour such as Sam Burns, is one of four golf shoes offered by TravisMathew's Cuater footwear brand. The Ringer is the leading Tour performance shoe, though, and with very good reason.
It's a really smart looking golf shoe, yet at the same time it's got that athletic appearance too.
We could easily see this one appealing to both the traditional and younger market, so we feel like TravisMathew has done a great job here.
TravisMathew has splashed a neat 'Cuater' logo on the front of the tongue and there's a silent logo placed towards the side of the heel.
Underneath, you've got seven removable Softspikes Pivix cleats to aid stability and traction.
Although these are a spiked golf shoe model, they do possess a lovely low, athletic profile about them so they very much look like spikeless shoes.
While looks very much appealed, thankfully comfort and performance did too.
We'll go as far to say these are easily in the top three for comfort of the shoes we have tested in 2023.
After 18 holes in these, we noted extreme comfort all the way to the house aided by Cuater's 'Sweetspot Cushioning System'.
They're just not the most breathable.
READ OUR FULL CUATER 'THE RINGER' GOLF SHOES REVIEW
- Incredibly comfortable
- Very stable, keeps you grounded
- New splash of colour a big plus
- Durable in all weather conditions
- Fully waterproof
- Standard size a little larger than normal
Without doubt our favourite athletic golf shoe in 2023.
While carbon is not completely new to sports shoes, for example, you do see this used in running, it's great to see FJ adapting and putting carbon in this shoe to increase the performance of a very popular HyperFlex golf shoe.
But alongside all this stability comes tons of comfort. This is achieved by the brand's StratoFoam and FTF+ that comes with a 100% waterproof upper mesh.
You are also aided by an OrthoLite Impressions FitBed that gives you a snug feel from the moment you jump inside them.
While the stability, comfort and waterproof properties of this shoe make it the perfect golf shoe to wear all-year round, that feeling is only further strengthened when we realised just how easy it is to clean. It's just a very durable golf shoe.
Despite wearing these fresh white shoes for a fair while now, we have noted just how good they still look. You can see for yourself by checking out our review of these shoes in the video above.
These are the perfect golf shoes for anyone looking to improve their power as they keep you nicely connected to the ground and give you that firm base to unleash your biggest drives of all time.
READ OUR FULL FOOTJOY HYPERFLEX CARBON GOLF SHOE REVIEW
- Incredibly smart, oozes premium quality
- The most stable spiked shoe out there
- Fully waterproof
- Can be worn all-year round
- Top end for price
- Not the best for soft underfoot comfort
One of the smartest and most stable golf shoes on the market right now.
We can see these shoes appealing to traditionalists out there, but also players who like a bit of style too.
This golf shoe is handcrafted with a nice brogue-style pattern on the upper, and it features neat Duca branding all around the shoe, on the tongue and on the back.
While looks highly impressed, so too did its performance. Their biggest strength lies in their stability.
Duca del Cosma has fitted these shoes with Soft Spikes PULSAR cleats as well as secondary 5mm traction studs for increased traction.
We'll go as far to say these are the best spiked golf shoes for stability this season.
They do just cost us a lot of money, and other shoes such as the PUMA Ignite above offer a little more soft underfoot comfort.
READ OUR FULL DUCA DEL COSMA BERNARDO PRO SPIKE GOLF SHOE REVIEW
- Fantastic cushioned feel
- Brilliant stability and traction
- Fully waterproof
- As durable as it comes
- Top end for price
ECCO Golf has updated and expanded its BIOM H4 golf shoes for 2023, and we're pleased to report the new shoes pass with flying colours.
It features a reworked upper, notably around the toe area, and this provides a much sleeker and slimmer looking hybrid golf shoe.
We also note how the tongue has been completely redesigned to produce a more ergonomic shape that fits much more comfortably to the foot.
Straight out the box, the new ECCO BIOM H4 oozes a sleek, sporty, youthful style golf shoe with its BIOM 2.0 last.
The shoe’s uppers are crafted from premium, durable, and thin ECCO Performance Leather, made in ECCO’s own tanneries, providing natural protection from wind and water.
Wrapping around the foot from the outsole to the midsole, the shoe features X-TENSA technology, which connects the TPU element on the side of BIOM H4 with the lace system to enhance lateral stability while adding to its contemporary, premium design.
Of the key tech, which there is plenty, the ECCO FLUIDFORM Direct Comfort Technology is a standout given it provides you with a fantastic cushioned feel during your round of golf that will keep you bounding all the way into the 19th.
You've also got an ECCO MTN Grip outsole that gives you arguably the best stablility, traction and rotational support of any hybrid golf shoe out there right now. Its TPU inserts on either side also securely hug your foot and add even more stability.
Powered by BIOM NATURAL MOTION technology, we love how it brings you closer to the ground with its anatomical last, ideal on those delicate greenside shots.
You've then also got power-packed GORE-TEX waterproof technology in there to keep your feet dry when the heavens open.
Best hybrid golf shoe: the ECCO BIOM H4 golf shoe deserves serious consideration if you are in the market for a hybrid that is ready to tackle all types of weather conditions. While the price is high, it's a hybrid golf shoe that has tons of durability so you won't need to chop and change.
READ OUR FULL ECCO BIOM H4 GOLF SHOES REVIEW
ECCO BIOM C4
- One-year waterproof guarantee
- Very durable
- Can be worn on social occasions
- White colour scheme gets dirty easily
The ECCO Biom C4 is a spikeless golf shoe that can be worn both on and off the course, which makes it very appealing for people who haven’t found a suitable pair of trainers for going out. This is one of the shoe’s key strengths and this is what makes it so appealing.
Let’s focus on the course, though. It is crafted from durable leather with micro-perforated embossing and includes Gore-Tex surround waterproof technology. The waterproof technology is one of the most important features of a golf shoe and we experienced this first-hand.
The Exhaust Grid technology grabs fresh air and feeds it to the sole of your feet. With a superb fit and feel, we found that this helps your feet to remain comfortable and refreshed at every stage of your round.
We found that this shoe was both comfortable and had a sufficient amount of grip underfoot on the course and this is a result of the Fluidform comfort technology. This feature provides a cushioned feel and flexibility and we found this to make playing golf much more enjoyable.
This shoe is also full of grip and traction and this is a result of the ECCO MTN grip. This also offers rotational support which was clear to see as you walk the golf course. The ECCO Biom C4 is one of the best hybrid golf shoes on the market and although we noticed a slight colour fade after wearing them over a long time, we were still very pleased with their performance and stability.
As this is a hybrid shoe, it can be worn on any social occasion, so the ECCO Biom C4 is suitable for any golfer.
However, if you are looking for an athletic and smart shoe that can serve you on and off the course, saving money at the same time, this shoe is definitely suitable for younger golfers.
READ OUR FULL ECCO BIOM C4 GOLF SHOE REVIEW
FootJoy Pro SL
- Extreme comfort on top part of the shoe
- Stable model
- Durable in all weather conditions
- Relaxing experience on golf course
- One-year waterproof guarantee
- BOA lacing is comfortable, but there are more comfortable shoes than this.
The FootJoy Pro SL is an expensive golf shoe but it will represent a sound investment in your game because of its looks and performance. The BOA lacing, StratoFoam midsole and ChromoSkin leather combine to produce a very stable golf shoe.
We found the BOA lacing to offer good levels of comfort underfoot, but it is not the most comfortable shoe in this guide. However, you can easily adjust the tightness of your shoes with the twist of a button at the back of the shoe. This is both convenient and practical.
We were impressed with the ChromoSkin leather by Pittards because this is a lightweight, thin but durable material which is perfect for relieving stress on your feet and keeping them warm and dry in harsh conditions. When we tested the FootJoy Pro SL golf shoes, we were impressed with how the lightweight material aids performance by exerting less pressure on your feet.
The FootJoy Pro SL golf shoes also come with Fine-Tuned Foam (FTF) which provides extra cushioning and shock absorption. You will read a lot about shock absorption and impact reduction throughout this guide. It is a common feature that we have picked up on with each shoe and the FootJoy Pro SL golf shoes also utilise this technology to reduce any negative effects of impact on the movement of your feet.
We were impressed with the high levels of comfort these shoes provide. You will enjoy playing golf with this mightily impressive footwear option. It has a clean and smart design that can be worn both on and off the course.
READ OUR FULL FOOTJOY PRO SL GOLF SHOE REVIEW
- As stylish as they come in 2023
- Great comfort and fit
- Fully waterproof
- An all-year round spikeless shoe
- Top end for price may detract interest
- Waxed laces didn't do much for us
Does it get any more stylish than the Duca del Cosma Dandy shoes in 2023?!
Out the box, we instantly loved them. We're a big fan of the houndstooth print on the upper, which we think offers a truly individual look. We almost feel like we should be walking onto a dancefloor on a Saturday night wearing them!
The Dandy is crafted using soft Italian Nappa leather, and it just oozes premium quality, testament to its fairly hefty price tag that sits at the top end for a spikeless golf shoe in 2023.
There's some subtle Duca branding at the back side of the shoe, and there's a giant C underneath on the 5mm cone-shape traction lugs, which again adds further appeal in the appearance stakes.
While the Dandy excels in stylish looks, it thankfully delivers in terms of comfort and performance, too.
The shoe incorpoates an extremely comfortable ARNEFLEX memory foam insert sole that gives you a snug, plush feel while striding the fairways.
The shoe also takes full advantage of its new Airplay XI outsole to provide even more lightweight comfort to your round.
You've also got peace of mind that these spikeless shoes are fully waterproof.
Very price yat £200, but well worth it if your game is good enough to pull them off!
READ OUR FULL DUCA DEL COSMA DANDY GOLF SHOES REVIEW
Under Armour Charged Phantom
- Very comfortable
- Athletic, modern looks
- Superb slip-in feel, fit and function
- Ideal for summer golf
- Not the best waterproof protection
- Better shoes for all-year round play
The new Under Armour Charged Phantom golf shoe screams athleticism, just as you would expect from a brand that is smashing it seemingly in every sport on the planet in 2023.
While its looks weren't our favourite of all the new golf shoes we've tested so far this season, it wasn't a complete turn off.
We tested these shoes out in a Harbor Blue / Black model, but they also come available in Black, White and Blue Mirage.
It very much has the look of a running shoe, so some traditionalists might turn their noses away, but for the younger and more athletic golfers among you it's more than likely going to offer plenty of appeal.
Thankfully this is where the Under Armour Charged Phantom Golf Shoes really perform.
Straight out the box, we instantly appreciated the fit, form and function of these golf shoes from the moment we slipped them on.
These shoes fit perfectly thanks to the molded EVA sockliner, and within seconds, we began to experience fantastic levels of comfort. It felt like slipping our feet onto a bed of feathers in all honesty.
We just weren't that taken by its waterproof protection, and for that reason we consider this a golf shoe best suited for summer golf.
READ OUR FULL UNDER ARMOUR CHARGED PHANTOM GOLF SHOES REVIEW
- Athletic and modern look appeals to many golfers
- Waterproof guarantee
- Increased grip and stability
- Easy surface to remove dirt and mud
- Not quite as supportive as the competition
The FootJoy Fuel offers a refreshing, more modern aesthetic than other FootJoy shoes. It’s a shoe that is sporty and vibrant and although the FJ Fuel is light, it is incredibly comfy and supportive.
The streamlined waterproof synthetic upper delivers an extremely comfortable fit and we experienced this when testing them on the golf course. Comfort is important because any aches and pains in your feet can ruin your swing and therefore, your round.
The Stability Bridge is one of the most impressive parts of this shoe. It guarantees composure maintenance, further comfort and added durability. Over a number of rounds, we found it to show good durability. However, we also found that the shoe was not entirely supportive when compared to other options. This would be the only negative.
The FootJoy Fuel golf shoes are constructed with Flex Last technology which delivers an athletic look. We were a big fan of this look and this is why this design is aesthetically pleasing for golfers who want a shoe that resembles a trainer. The exaggerated platform in this golf shoe also adds to the athletic look.
This technology adds a degree of toe-spring which we vaguely noticed when testing the shoes. The toe-spring effect is meant to aid performance by allowing your feet to move freely during your swing while maintaining stability.
The FootJoy Fuel golf shoes also come with a Power Stabiliser outsole. This provides traction which has been proven by players at the highest level of the game. We thought the grip underfoot was enhanced by this added traction which is an important part of any golf shoe.
READ OUR FULL FOOTJOY FUEL GOLF SHOE REVIEW
Nike Air Jordan 1 Low G
- One of the best looking spikeless shoes on the market
- Great summer golf shoe
- Air bubble in heel cushion provides excellent comfort and support
- Great value for money at current reduced price
- Traction great for summer golf but will be called into question during your wetter rounds of the year
The Nike Jordan 1 Low golf shoes are a must buy for golfing sneakerheads.
The lack of technical features compared to something like the PUMA Proadapt Alphacat Golf Shoes is more than made up for with the shoe’s timeless looks, ensuring you won't look out of place wearing these beyond the 18th hole.
The out of the box comfort is fantastic, which we have come to expect from Nike.
Slipping on the Air Jordan 1 Low golf shoes for the first time was like putting on a pair of your favourite slippers.
The Heritage Traction outsole and forefront pivot circle also provides excellent grip.
Having worn the shoes for a number of rounds now, the leather holds up well to dirt but the synthetic tongue and laces do get dirty quite quickly, and in the winter months I could see these shoes getting dirtier than you might like.
With that in mind, a great choice for your summer golf but you will need a dedicated wet-weather shoe if you intend to play golf in bad weather.
But at a reduced £89.99, you don’t have to break the bank to look as good as PGA Tour star Tony Finau plays.
READ OUR FULL NIKE AIR JORDAN 1 LOW G GOLF SHOES REVIEW
New Balance 997 Waterproof Spiked
- One of the most athletic and versatile golf shoes out there
- Suitable for summer and winter
- Increased durability
- Increased comfort and stability
- Fully Waterproof
- Doesn't keep you as locked to the ground quite as nicely as others when around the green
- Limited shoe sizes
A real surprise to us given this is the first ever New Balance shoe we have ever tested.
This is a really versatile golf shoe that is snug, comfortable and pleasingly 100% waterproof to ensure you can battle every type of weather condition.
Its Abzorb Midsole gives you a lovely cushioned feel on your walk around the course.
This piece of tech gives you a bed of foam cushioning that makes you feel like you are walking on clouds.
The shoe felt soft on the feet, testament to its athletic-looking trainer design.
You also have CUSH+ Insole packed into this shoe, which is equipped with a new foam compound to give you a nice responsive and bouncy feel that will keep you on your toes all the way to the 19th.
We also appreciated the shoe's NDuranace rubber outsole that is desgined for natural motion. We noted terrific stability on just about every shot, testament to its strategically placed FastTwist 3.0 removable Pulsar cleats.
You could probably argue there are better golf shoes out there that will keep you locked to the ground a bit more, especially on those delicate flop shots around the green or in the greenside bunker, but they did a good job.
READ OUR FULL NEW BALANCE 997 WATERPROOF GOLF SHOE REVIEW
Stuburt Ace Casual
- Fully waterproof
- Good value for money
- Not a lot of tech compared to others
- There are better shoes for stability
The best aspect of this shoe lies in its comfort, fit and breathability. This is all achieved with its Sock-Fit system.
While not quite as comfortable as the Ignite Foam from PUMA that we recently experienced, it is more than comfortable enough.
We really apreciated the shoe's breathability, which prevented sweat from accumulating inside the shoe on what was a very hot day on the course.
In terms of the overall fit, it was perfect to our standard shoe size.
The tongue rests nicely and softly on the top of the feet, giving you instant comfort from the moment you slip your feet inside.
The Stuburt Ace Casual golf shoe possesses a fully waterproof membrane and water-resistant coating, which adds further appeal, especially for a spikeless shoe.
There are much better golf shoes out there for your winter golf, but you can get away with wearing these shoes in all types of conditons so they do offer great value for all-year round golf in that regard. For us though, the Ace Casual is a much better option for your summer golf.
We would also say there are better golf shoes out there for stability as the lugs underneath do lack the added technology you receive from some of the major golf footwear brands such as PUMA, FootJoy and Under Armour.
READ OUR FULL STUBURT ACE CASUAL GOLF SHOES REVIEW
Skechers Go Golf Elite 5 Slip 'In Shoe
- Incredibly easy to slip on and off
- GRIPFLEX spikeless outsole provided good traction
- Twist Fit dial makes fit adjustment incredibly easy
- Super comfortable
- Fans of a more traditional silhouette may not like the design
The Skechers Go Golf Elite 5 Slip 'In shoes are the most practical and convenient golf shoes we've ever tested.
The hands free slip in design makes putting on and taking off these shoes incredibly easy. Ideal for golfers who may struggle with back pain or mobility issues. You can simply slip the shoes on while standing and adjust them with one movement thanks to the Twist Fit dial.
The simple black design is not the most eye-catching on the market, but it does give a modern stealthy look that pairs well with most trouser and short combinations.
The textured upper is also waterproof with a one-year warranty, so these shoes can be worn all year round.
On the course, the Go Golf Elite 5 were one of the most comfortable shoes we've tested. The Heel Pillow and Arch Fit sole provide fantastic support and stability during the swing, and the GRIPFLEX spikeless outsole offered fantastic traction throughout the various rounds we played in them.
All in all the shoes performed admirably out on the course, and we would highly recommend them to anyone who prioritises comfort when purchasing a new pair of golf shoes.
If you struggle with back pain or mobility issues too, then these could be the perfect pair for you.
READ OUR FULL SKECHERS GO GOLF ELITE 5 SLIP 'IN SHOE REVIEW
Royal Albartross Soho Storm
- Lovely snug fit
- Build quality is fantastic
- look the part on and off the course
- Better shoes for traction on the market
The Royal Albartross Soho Storm golf shoes offer classic construction with a modern twist, providing an elegant choice for golfers who value luxury. Hand-made by craftsmen in Italy and Portugal, the shoes feature a water-resistant white leather upper and a custom-designed TPR rubber flexible outsole with a compression-molded EVA midsole.
With fine stitching and subtle detailing, they provide outstanding looks and build quality. The leather upper is soft yet stable, and they are as elegant as they are robust. The simple white, black, and grey colour scheme also allows for versatile styling on and off the course.
We found the shoes to be snug and comfortable, with a supple and flexible feel during the swing. Despite being spikeless, we found the shoes to have adequate traction, though there are certainly better performers in the traction category available. Despite being water resistant, we think they are better suited for summer golf.
Priced at £220, we would recommend the Soho Storms for golfers seeking a modern premium leather option with excellent comfort and a versatile design. The high-quality leather and handmade craftsmanship justify the price for those willing to invest in luxury golf shoes.
READ OUR FULL ROYAL ALBARTROSS SOHO STORM REVIEW
5 THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT GOLF SHOES:
Types of golf shoes
There are a variety of golf shoes on offer to golfers nowadays, but the main options are spiked and spikeless models. Spiked models are traditional and really, they are the go-to style for your next pair of golf shoes. Spikes offer grip and stability in all types of weather conditions.
Spikeless golf shoes are becoming very popular and this is because they are designed with comfort and looks in mind. They largely appeal to young golfers who are looking for a modern and athletic look on the golf course. Spikeless golf shoes offer more relief for your feet than spiked models and new technology has enabled spikeless models to become durable.
You can also purchase a golf boot, however, this is extremely rare. This type of shoe is very waterproof and it is primarily designed to protect your feet in the winter. Although they are heavier than regular golf shoes, they offer good protection in cold and wet weather.
As you have probably gathered from our golf shoe reviews above, a multitude of materials go into the construction of golf footwear and this is why you see some big prices on your screen.
Leather is a very popular choice in the game and this is because leather makes golf shoes durable, waterproof and tight-fitting. Leather is more breathable than most materials and leather shoes are a good option for both summer and winter golf. Some golf shoes start at high prices because of their leather construction, but you are investing in a well-constructed and reliable product.
Gore-Tex is a high-quality material that is very thick and water-resistant. When you tee it up in the winter months, you should consider a pair of golf shoes constructed with Gore-Tex because this will mean the product is breathable, waterproof and it will feel significantly warmer than a leather shoe.
Synthetic materials are also used to construct golf shoes. This is a cheaper material than leather which spreads over the top of the shoe to protect the outer surface. It is thinner than leather and in general, shoes made with synthetic materials are cheaper because they are not as protective and breathable.
Type of golf shoe spikes
Traction is important on the bottom of your golf shoes and plastic spikes are the most popular type in the game. These are soft spikes that cause less damage to greens than metal spikes. They are usually wider which distributes the weight of the spikes across a larger area. Plastic spikes are regularly found on new golf shoes and they are more comfortable on your feet as you walk on dry summer ground or wet winter terrain.
Metal spikes are slowly leaving the game and this is because they aren’t as comfortable as plastic spikes. They cause more damage to greens and fairways and although some professional golfers use them, they could also cause pain when walking on hard ground. Some golf courses prohibit metal spikes because of the damage they can cause to golf courses.
You won’t be surprised to hear that traditional laces are the most common types of lacing systems found in golf shoes. They allow the player to tighten or loosen the grip of the shoes around their feet.
However, if you want to experience something different, we would highly recommend using shoes with a proprietary lacing system. They operate by using a mechanical lacing system that provides constant stability. They are very easy to use with just the twist of a circle and your laces become looser or tighter, depending on what you need. Although this type of lacing system is more expensive, they are very practical and comfortable too.
Looking after your golf shoes
You can buy the best golf shoe for your game, but if you neglect them and don’t maintain their qualities over time, their effect could be diminished and you may not get the best out of them.
If you have a pair of spiked golf shoes, make sure you keep an eye on the spikes. If they become too worn, you should replace them which can be done easily with a tool. If you leave your spikes to become small stumps, they can be very hard to replace, which is why spike maintenance is very important.
If you have just played in the rain and your shoes are soaked on the inside, make sure you dry them out when you return home. Maybe warm them up or fill them with paper in order to take the moisture out, but don’t leave this task until your next round because you don’t want wet feet as soon as you step on to the golf course.
If you are concerned about buying shoes that don’t become a good fit on the golf course, you can use a custom-fitting session to make sure you have the right pair for you. It may cost you a little more cash, but the fitters will make sure your feet are a perfect fit in every inch of the shoe.