Best FootJoy Golf Shoes 2022

Our guide to the best FootJoy golf shoes on the market

Best FootJoy Golf Shoes
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Best FootJoy Golf Shoes

A company that has been involved in golf for over 150 years, FootJoy is iconic in the golf world for its shoes. Many of the world's best players put them into play and professionals

The brand regularly produces some of the best golf shoes (opens in new tab) on the market whether they be spikeless, spiked, modern or classic designs. FootJoy (opens in new tab) is a company that understands the importance of the golf shoe, after all it is the only part of the body that makes contact with the ground during the swing so it makes sense that it invests so much time, effort and money into producing shoes that give grip, stability, comfort and protection from the elements. Not only that but the company some of the best looking golf shoes out there right now as well.

Importantly there has never been more choice in the FootJoy range, that's for certain. A whole range of styles are available, so we've taken a look at the current line-up to create this guide on the best FootJoy golf shoes. If FootJoy is not for you, we have also created guides on other brands too. For example we have scoured the current golf shoe market to create buyers advice on the best Puma golf shoes (opens in new tab) and also the best Under Armour golf shoes (opens in new tab).

Best FootJoy Golf Shoes

Men's FootJoy Golf Shoes

FootJoy FUEL golf Shoe review

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Color: 4 Men's, 3 Women's, 1 Junior

Reasons to buy

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Really stylish, athletic look
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Plenty of traction and waterproof protection

Reasons to avoid

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Shoe upper could have more padding 

Bolder in terms of aesthetics than you will find elsewhere in the range, the FootJoy Fuel golf shoe aims to combine those modern, athletic looks with the high-level golf-specific performance you’d expect from one of the best golf shoes (opens in new tab) of 2022.

The synthetic upper might not have the refined look of the premium leather alternatives like the Premiere Series (opens in new tab) but the benefit is how hard wearing it is. We tested the white, blue and grey colorway and thought it was an incredibly versatile option that could be worn with trousers and shorts, in all seasons and all conditions. 

FootJoy Pro SL 2022 shoes lying on grass, white golf shoes

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An Updated Classic

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Colors: 4 (White/Grey, White/Navy/Red, Grey/Charcoal & Black/Charcoal)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent stability for a spikeless shoe
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Clean, smart aesthetic adds versatility
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Comfortable straight out of the box

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal improvements over the previous generation
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Upper could have more cushioning for added comfort

The fourth generation of this iconic shoe sees some of the comfort we loved from the FootJoy Stratos golf shoe (opens in new tab) and the brand’s Hyperflex (opens in new tab) design added to the midsole of the new 2022 Pro SL. This provides comfort whilst also returning energy to your feet as you step. In addition, the upper of the new version has been cleaned up and, as you can see from the pictures of the sample we tested, the color have been simplified.

As for the on-course performance, this continues to deliver. The comfort straight out of the box is superb and the sole design is among the best spikeless golf shoes (opens in new tab) we have worn on the course. It provides all the traction you need, even in wet, wintery conditions.

FootJoy Premier Series Flint Golf Shoe

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 3 (Black, Navy, White)

Reasons to buy

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Unrivalled styling
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Packed with performance

Reasons to avoid

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Not the softest underfoot

A model that could be the best-looking golf shoe in the game, the Flint is part of FootJoy's Premiere Series of shoes which has been "influenced by the discerning taste of the modern golfer."

The distinctly modern classic styling has been achieved by exquisite detailing from the FootJoy designers and yet whilst you may find it hard to find something more stylish, there is also modern performance on offer here. An Ortholite EcoPlush Fitbed delivers stability and comfort, and despite not being the softest-feeling shoes in the current FootJoy range, they are still very comfortable. While the sheepskin leather upper is soft-feeling, durable and waterproof, the grip on offer from the VersaTrax+ outsole was pretty good and very green friendly

It is available in three different color, and it is also one of the best golf shoes for wide feet (opens in new tab) too because there are four, yes four, width options. This modern take on a classic has made waves since its release, and it’s easy to see why.

FootJoy Pro SL Golf Shoe Review pictured on a tee box

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 2 (White/Blue/Navy & White/Grey/Orange)

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and breathable new upper
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Stand-out looks
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Excellent grip and medial support

Reasons to avoid

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Minimal differences to the original Pro SL 

The latest iteration of the Pro SL franchise sees an all new upper material used for the first time, giving the shoe the sportier, more athletic look the name suggests. The shoes are much more lightweight and breathable than the 'standard' Pro SL thanks to the performance material upper, utilising mesh and using an ultra thin TPU hotmelt top layer. For our money, these look fantastic too.

It's worth noting that the loss of the all-leather upper from the standard version does not correlate a loss in breathability and waterproofness. We tested these on a couple of very warm days on the golf course and found our feet to remain at a comfortable temperature for the entirety of both rounds. We would go as far to say that the Pro SL sport is probably more breathable than the standard version, such is the brilliance of the new upper. 

FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 2 (White, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Stunning looks
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Plenty of width options

Reasons to avoid

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All white model can get dirty quickly

Next up in the Premiere Series is the Packard. Available in all black, or all white, the shoe is inspired by Frederick Packard, FootJoy’s founder and a shoe pioneer who drove the adoption of many modern manufacturing and design innovations that are still used today. Another stunning looking shoe, the Packard features premium detailing like the pebble grain leather as well as the calfskin croc print in the saddle area. The natural leather and contrast stitching further elevates the design.

Additionally FootJoy has combined the VersaTrax+ outsole with Pulsar Low Profile Cleats to give outstanding grip and traction when needed.

FootJoy Pro SL Carbon 2022 shoe

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Reasons to buy

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Exceptional stability
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Midsole provides a spring in your step
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Impressive grip from different lies
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Suitable for all-year wear

Reasons to avoid

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Some may want a softer feel underfoot

FJ has incorporated the Stratofoam that first appeared in the FJ Stratos shoe in the midsole of the new Pro SL Carbon. This provides a hint of softness underfoot but crucially, a subtle spring in your step as you walk. This isn’t going to be the most comfortable golf shoe among FJ's expansive range.  With the carbon fibre inlay that runs the length of the shoe, the overall feel remains firm to help with stability but the padded ankle collar really helps cushion every stride.

You’re easily able to forge a strong connection with the ground in these shoes, which allows you to really go after every shot with full commitment. At no point did these shoes slip or slide - if you hit a bad shot, you’ve only got yourself to blame, not the shoes. The look is near faultless, too. The front half of the shoe is clean so when you’re addressing the ball there are no distractions but then moving backwards, there are some design features that provide a modern, sleek look.

- Read our full FootJoy Pro SL Carbon 2022 shoe review

Footjoy Premiere Series Tarlow Golf Shoe

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 2 (White, White/Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Combination of tradition and modern golf style
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2-year waterproof warranty

Reasons to avoid

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Look won't be for everyone

The Tarlow collection comes in two colors (also customisable) and is inspired by Bill and Dick Tarlow, who bought the FootJoy business in 1957 and focused the brand primarily on golf. It is FootJoy's modern interpretation of the timeless cap toe design, made with a natural grain leather in the vamp (the middle part of the upper above the foot) and the quarter (the back part of the upper), complemented by a coordinated croc print in the heel, cap toe and eyestay (lace area).

It is not just about looks though as the cleated sole gives ample grip in lots of conditions, the leather provides waterproofing, and comfort comes from the soft, supple sheepskin linings. Worn by Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Max Homa and Billy Horschel, this shoe is very comfortable thanks to its supple sheepskin linings and it didn't rub against our heels or cause any blisters. 

FootJoy Tour Alpha Shoe testing5 Stars

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 3 (Silver, White, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional swing support
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Snug and comfy
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Premium, modern styling

Reasons to avoid

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Likely to be too substantial for the casual golfer

If you're looking for comfort and stability in your golf shoes, then you should definitely consider trying out the FootJoy Tour Alpha Shoe. This shoe is packed to the brim with golfing technology and while it may look slightly big, they are surprisingly light. The padding around the ankle and underfoot is excellent, while the fit aids to help you feel fully locked into the shoe, which feels almost like an extension of your foot, giving you greater control with your golf swing. 

This shoe stands out as one of our best golf shoes in 2022 (opens in new tab) because it is a strong, grippy trainer that gives your more confidence, control and greater power in your golf shots. A lot of that is driven through the nine cleats that are spread out on the bottom of the shoe. That enhanced grip helps you to form a great connection between your feet and the ground, providing greater control over your golf shots even on wetter or muddier terrain. 

footjoy tour alpha double boa shoe reviewEditors Choice 2022

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Colors: 1 (White)

Reasons to buy

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Exceptional fit
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Best in class stability
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Very comfortable for all 18 holes and beyond

Reasons to avoid

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Arguably goes beyond the ceiling price people will pay for golf shoes
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Look of the Double BOA system may be off putting

Perhaps one of the most innovative golf shoes on this list, the Tour Alpha BOA has many of the same features as the standard laced version of the Tour Alpha (opens in new tab) but comes with a new Wrapid 2.0 fit that features two BOA dials on the heel and side of the shoe. 

They are designed to help golfers lock their feet in more comfortably, while reducing the pressure on the top of the foot. FootJoy claim that this is supposed to help the golfer feel more connected to the ground while also giving them greater power and support in their shot. 

When we tested this shoe, it was a seriously comfortable alternative compared to wearing a laced pair of golf trainers and felt like it gave us a great connection with the ground which made us feel more comfortable swinging through our shots with a lot of power. 

FootJoy HyperFlex Golf Shoes, footjoy golf shoes on grass, footjoy golf shoes with BOA system

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Colors: 2 BOA (Black, Grey/Red); 2 laced (Grey/Blue, Blue/White)

Reasons to buy

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All-day comfort
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Extremely versatile shoe

Reasons to avoid

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Textured upper so difficult to clean

We love both the BOA and laced versions of this shoe, we included it in our guide on the best golf shoes for walking (opens in new tab) because underfoot it feels incredibly soft and during our testing it performed at such a high level over some long days at the golf course. There is more than enough grip too thanks to the seven strategically placed cleats.

As far as which model to go for, this is all about personal preference. The Wrapid fastening system in the BOA gives an excellent fit but so does the laced option for those who want more of a traditional look. Finally the looks are very modern and almost trainer-like which we definitely are a fan of. The colors FootJoy have gone for are very good too.

FootJoy Stratos Shoes

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Specifications

Sizes: 5.5-12
Colors: 4 (Cognac, White, Grey, Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Soft and comfortable
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Smart off-course versatility

Reasons to avoid

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Quite bulky

Definitely one of the most versatile shoes on the list, the FooyJoy Stratos was designed to offer both sophisticated styling and comfort on and off the golf course. We think this has been achieved.

The StatoFoam midsole enhances the comfort provided by the PU FitBed that sits above to deliver an extremely soft feel underfoot that rebounds with each step. There’s also plenty of grip available thanks to an outsole that is packed with multi-directional nubs, while the soft leather upper rounds out the shoe in style.

Like several other models above, the Stratos shoe also has the tread pattern on the VersaTrax+ outsole which provides grip. From a style perspective they look great in the four different colors and the soft, premium NappaLuxe Premiere leather upper from Pittards of England gives an ultra-luxurious, supple feel.

FootJoy Tour X Shoe

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Specifications

Size: 6-12
Color: 2 (Black,White)

Reasons to buy

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Combines excellent stability and grip with ample comfort
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Stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly limited color options on offer

The Tour X is arguably one of FootJoy's most complete performance golf shoes, giving players a solid base and strong grip with the ground, which allowed us to swing with more power and confidence. 

Using the nine cleats on its sole, the shoe provides great grip underfoot but also has a similar soft and bouncy feel to the FootJoy Fury (opens in new tab) when walking between shots, making it great for those golfers looking for more support and comfort during their round. 

While color choices may be limited on this shoe, the Tour X's neutral main colors allow golfers to match up a variety of outfits and give both a smart yet sporty look. 

FootJoy Contour Shoes

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FootJoy Contour Shoes

Specifications

Sizes: 5-14
Colors: 4 (Navy, Black, Grey, White)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent comfort
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Good value
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Several options to fit different shapes and sizes of feet

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks shelf appeal

The best FootJoy golf shoes don't need to cost an arm and a leg. These Contour's are a case in point as you can regularly get a pair for less than $100.

Comfort is the most important thing in these shoes as well. This takes the form of an ERGO-Sole and a lightweight PU Fit-bed which combine to give maximum comfort and cushioning. We also liked the Nappaluxe ultra-soft leather which looks fantastic and gives solid waterproof protection. Three different colors are available.

FootJoy SuperLites XP Shoes

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FootJoy SuperLites XP Shoes

Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 4 (Navy, Black, White, Grey)

Reasons to buy

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Sock-like feel and fit
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Extremely lightweight and comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Aesthetics will divide opinion

The synthetic uppers and waterproof membrane within the SuperLites XP shoes balance lightweight flexibility with durability to create a shoe that delivers all-round summer performance while also protecting against unwanted showers. 

Additionally whilst being so lightweight, they still give excellent grip thanks to the soft rubber traction elements.

FootJoy Women's Golf Shoes

The grey PRO SL's look super sleek

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Specifications

Sizes: 3-9
Colors: 3 (White and Brown; White; Gray)

Reasons to buy

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Very stable when hitting full shots
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Waterproof
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Extremely lightweight 
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Highly customizable thanks to the MyJoy platform

Reasons to avoid

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Not as versatile off the course 

The FootJoy Women's 2022 Pro/SL Shoe is definitely worth considering if you're looking for a shoe that will provide you with greater stability. They are a comfy and spongy spikeless shoe that can be worn almost all year round thanks to their waterproof leather upper. 

These shoes give excellent grip on the turf and thanks to the shoe's new Infinity Outsole which provides 30 per cent more points of traction than its predecessor. Its bouncy Stratofoam midsole cushioning sole also gives excellent support as you traverse the fairways and comes in an array of widths and sizes that make it perfect for golfers of all foot shapes. 

But it is the weight of the shoe that really impressed us, and while it may look slightly big compared to some of the lighter sneakers on offer in our best women's spikeless shoe guide (opens in new tab), the Women's Pro/SL shoes are so light that it felt like we weren't wearing anything on our feet. Perhaps the coolest feature about these shoes are the customization options available on FootJoy's MyJoy platform. If the SL's colorways aren't to your tastes, you can use the MyJoy design tool to alter the color of the shoes to make them truly reflect your style.

FootJoy Women's Flex XP Golf Shoe

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Specifications

Size: 5-8
Color: 4 (Mint, Charcoal, Camo Blue, Pink)

Reasons to buy

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Sporty looking shoes, super light and breathable with ample grip.

Reasons to avoid

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Material marks easily. Can rub on the top of the heel.

This stylish golf shoe is a breathable and lightweight summer golf trainer that is perfect for playing during the hotter months. 

But in the same vein as the men's FootJoy Flex XP Golf Shoe (opens in new tab), the women's version also keeps your feet dry in the wettest of conditions even if you find yourself caught out on the course in the rain. 

The shoe also features a very spongy sole and very soft heel, making it very comfortable to wear and does not rub against the back of your feet, or cause blisters. 

It also features a stretchy sock-style opening that aids golfers efficiently slip their shoes on or off. 

  

The FootJoy Fuel Women's Waterproof Golf Shoe

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Specifications

Size: 3-9
Color: 3 (Navy, Gray, White)

Reasons to buy

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Helps to boost power in your swing
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Quality construction and waterproof guarantee that will last
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Super comfortable

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer the soft, supple feel of all-leather shoe
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Not available in many vibrant color choices

The FootJoy Women's Fuel shoes are designed to help improve your distances off the tee. Using their special Power Stabiliser outsoles, the shoes improve your foot's traction with the turf and your stability in your golf swing, giving you a more controlled feel over the golf ball.

The shoe feels well supported and grounded thanks to it's synthetic leather upper, which was complemented well by the soft foam insoles that felt soft and sporty as you walk. 

They are also a very trendy show that comes in three different colors (white, navy and gray) and are super easy to clean after a muddy round on the golf course. 

How we test golf shoes

Our golf shoe testing methodology revolves around putting models to the test over a number of rounds and in different conditions. This is so we can gain a better idea of overall performance in terms of factors like grip comfort, grip, stability, waterproofing and how they actually look on the golf course. Each of the shoes listed above has been personally used by a member of the Golf Monthly team. 

This is the best way of testing a golf shoe as using it in the real world over a number of weeks allows us to see how they perform when variables change like weather, ground conditions, different stances and lies, and so on. 

We think this also gives us information on the little details as well like which brands come up small or large, which models start to rub a bit too much after 36 holes, which designs can be used off the golf course and for the drive home?  We are very comprehensive in our tests to the point where we will regularly attend product launches and meet with the manufacturer’s R&D experts to understand the new technology. That isn't to say manufacturers can buy a good review though, as all our reviews are made by golfers, for golfers. 

Specifically, shoe product testing is headed up by Golf Monthly Staff Writer Dan Parker (opens in new tab) who is ably assisted by Digital Editor Neil Tappin (opens in new tab) and Technical Editor Joel Tadman (opens in new tab)

Read our full article on how Golf Monthly tests products (opens in new tab) if you're looking for more information on our rigorous testing procedures, as well as how we rank different types of golfing equipment. 

What to consider when choosing a golf shoe

There are a number of factors to consider when picking out your next pair of golf shoes so to help you narrow down your search and inform your buying decision, below we have put together some key points.

1. Spiked or spikeless?

The models above are split into spiked (or cleated) and spikeless designs and there are pros and cons of each. Spiked golf shoes offer better grip and stability but don't sit as low to the ground as spikeless models. They are perhaps better suited to wet weather and colder climates where the terrain may be slightly slippery under foot.

Spikeless golf shoes offer off-course versatility. They are perfect for driving in the car to the golf course, playing a round, and then driving home again because they are usually light and comfortable, but most won't offer as much traction as a spiked shoe. Spikeless shoes are perhaps better for warmer climates where the ground is a lot harder. While they don't provide as much grip as a spiked shoe, on firmer ground you will get a lot of traction off the floor with spikeless golf shoes. 

2. Waterproofing

If you live somewhere that gets a lot of rain then a waterproof shoe is a must. The best designs will keep your feet bone dry however if you play golf in glorious sunshine most of the time, then you may view other factors as more significant.

Many players choose to have one pair for winter and another, lighter pair for summer to keep them fresh and suit different requirements.

You may also want to think about how easy to clean your waterproof shoes are. Some shoes can be made of a waterproof fabric that can sometimes get dirty with mud and be hard to clean. But if you play a lot in the summer months, then a lighter more breathable pair of shoes might be for you. 

3. Getting the right fit

When picking out golf shoes getting the right fit is important because otherwise blisters can build up, or your feet may slide around inside, which limits your stability.

When trying a pair on for the first time, listen for the 'whoosh' sound when you slide your feet in - that's the sound of all the air leaving the shoe to confirm it is the correct size, but do a walking test to be sure. They shouldn't pinch anywhere, nor should your feet be moving around inside.

When it comes to the right fit it is also worth considering different laces. Normal laces are good for most but for some golfers, BOA laced shoes provide more convenient fastening and shouldn’t loosen during the course of a round, but are usually a tad more expensive.

The better fit, the more control you'll have in your swing and that means you'll be more confident when it comes to putting more power on your golf shots. 

4. Styling

Thankfully modern golf shoe design has seen many brands not just create traditional, classic-looking shoes, but also modern styles that can be used off the golf course too. Therefore it is important to think about what your shoes look like and what style suits you. Whatever you like or dislike, there is something for everyone these days.

5. Support

Over a round of 18 holes, an average golfer will walk approximately five miles and burn up to 2,000 calories. That is a lot of time spent on your feet, so as it goes without saying, you're going to always want to have something on your feet that is comfortable. 

If you do get sore feet or knees during your round, it's best to get a shoe that has a spongey yet supple sole that can cushion your feet while you walk. That being said some shoes can often sacrifice performance for comfort, so it's best to always try your shoes on and have a little walk around your club shop before you buy. 

You may also want to think about the support you get around the ankles as many golfers traversing the undulating terrains of their local club will know that it is often very easy to turn over on one of your ankles if you misplace your step. For that reason, if you can get a pair of shoes with good support around their opening, your ankles will be much better off for it. 

If you enjoyed this guide on the best FootJoy golf shoes, be sure to check out the Golf Monthly website for more reviews and guides, such as the best Nike golf shoes, or best adidas golf shoes.

Is FootJoy a good brand?

FootJoy are highly regarded as being one of the premium footwear brands in golf, with PGA Tour professionals, like Tiger Woods, Justin Thomas, Patrick Cantlay, Louis Oosthuizen and Adam Scott all choosing to use FootJoy.  

A golfer for most of his life, Sam started playing the game to prove he was the best player out of his father and two brothers.
He quickly became a golf equipment expert and has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice, and spends a lot of his time putting golf gear, apparel and shoes to the test.  
He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since February 2018. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

A jack of all trades across print and digital formats, Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five. 


Sam is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TS3
Fairway Wood: TaylorMade M5 (15 degrees), Nike Covert Tour 2.0 (19 degrees)
Irons (4-PW): Titleist AP2
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 54˚, 58˚
Putter: Scotty Cameron Circa 62 #6