Best Golf Shoes 2022

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Best Golf Shoes

When tackling wet rough and soft ground conditions, the state of your shoes often comes to the fore. It’s at this moment you probably wonder why you didn’t go for something a little sturdier or more robust. Well, with our help you don’t have to make the same mistake twice.

There is lots to consider when it comes to buying a pair of golf shoes. Do you want spiked or the best spikeless golf shoes? What kind of styling do you want? How much do you want to spend? If you are the kind of player who values walking comfort over anything else then we recommend checking out our best golf shoes for walking guide, or if you have particularly wide feet, we think you should check out our best golf shoes for wide feet guide because many brands create specific models for those in this category.

As far as what actually makes the best golf shoe, we think the best models manage to combine excellent comfort and breathability so that they can be worn all day. Additionally the best models protect our feet from bad weather, as well as offer outstanding grip and stability in all conditions. Not to mention they should also look good and cater to different fashion senses with different colors. Whatever you are looking for, most brands make excellent golf shoe offerings these days from colorful sporty models to classic subtler designs. 

Acknowledging all of this, below we've looked at some of the best golf shoes all of which have been fully tested and reviewed by a member of the Golf Monthly team. We've split this guide up into the best spikeless models, best spiked models, and best women's models too which you can jump to with the navigation bar. 

Best Golf Shoes

Spikeless Models

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

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An updated classic

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
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 newest iteration of the iconic Pro SL will hit retailers worldwide on February 15th 2022. The fourth generation sees some of the comfort we loved from the FootJoy Stratos golf shoe and the brand’s Hyperflex 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 colors 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 we have worn on the course. It provides all the traction you need, even in wet, wintery conditions.

Adidas CodeChaos Golf Shoes lying on grass

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Best for modern styling

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-11
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option : Yes
Colors: 4 (White, Black, Grey, Green)

Reasons to buy

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Super comfy and provides excellent grip
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Lots of performance for the price

Reasons to avoid

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Quite garish in certain colorways

One of the best Adidas golf shoes (opens in new tab) in the current range, the Codechaos shoe has been designed for those looking to differentiate themselves on the golf course. The upper is made of a multi layer mesh, making it lightweight, flexible and breathable. It also has a thin film on top that provides waterproof protection, durability and it repels water and debris so it doesn’t stain and is easy to clean. Additionally, full length Boost cushioning features across the entire midsole, creating energy rebound and putting a spring in your step.

Ecco Biom C4 Shoe reviewEditors Choice 2022

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One of the best on test

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA option: No
Colors: 4 (White, Navy, White/Black, Grey/Blue)

Reasons to buy

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Supreme comfort
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Incredibly soft leather upper
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All-over breathability
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Suitable for all feet widths

Reasons to avoid

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Toe area prone to staining 

One of the most technology-packed spikeless golf shoes we've tested this year, the Ecco Biom C4 seriously impressed us with its overall comfort, grip, style and breathability. It's built nicely on the foundations of the excellent Biom H4, which carries over into 2022, but the new sneaker-style has won our hearts from a style perspective, and the performance is there to match.

The Biom C4 uses Ecco's Exhaust Grid technology that scoops fresh air towards the sole of the foot to keep it cool. This, combined with Gore-Tex surround and breathable Ortholite insole makes this the most breathable shoe we've tested in 2022 by some stretch. Another excellent touch from Ecco is that the insole is removable to allow for more width in the shoe. This will make the Biom C4 suitable for those with wider feet and there was still the same amount of comfort and cushioning with the first insole removed.

I's certainly a step in the more athletic direction for an Ecco shoe, and we think this aesthetic move will attract golfers of all ages into Ecco shoes - we think these are some of the best looking golf shoes this year

G/FORE MG4x2 Shoe ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Great looking, modern golf shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 7-15
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors : 5 (Navy, Black, White, Grey, Poppy)

Reasons to buy

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Striking looks on and off the course
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No discernible lack of grip compared to spiked models
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Numerous color options
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Excellent comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Can be difficult to match with the right trousers
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Hard work to keep the heavily textured areas looking clean

G/FORE is a relative newcomer with tons of style and attitude to help you stand out from the crowd. We’ve seen this with models like the Gallivanter and MG4+, and the brand’s flair is evident once again in the new spikeless MG4x2 shoes. This is a cross-trainer shoe, a multi-functional model designed for both on and off the course. A lot of golf shoes struggle to find the balance between on and off course versatility; many end up failing on one or sometimes both tasks with either the style or performance being compromised. Not so with the MG4x2 shoes.

On course, the Sawtooth sole design offers one of the most compelling spikeless outsoles on the market even in wet and soft underfoot conditions. They also feature a moulded heel cup that prevents the heel from slipping, so your feet always feel really secure. Meanwhile, the upper is both breathable and waterproof, meaning your feet will stay dry from rain and not get too hot when temperatures rise

FootJoy FUEL golf Shoe lying on grass, white golf shoes

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Most athletic footJoy shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 4 (Navy, White, White/Black, White/Blue)

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 of 2022.

The synthetic upper might not have the refined look of the premium leather alternatives like the Premiere Series 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.

Under Armour HOVR Tour SL

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Ideal, locked-in fit

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12
Waterproof : 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (Black/Red &

Reasons to buy

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One of the best spikeless outsoles on the market
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Creates a 'locked-in' feeling
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Still offers plenty of comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly firm out of the box

Under Armour's latest flagship model comes in the shape of the HOVR Tour SL, a shoe with a full-knit upper and the backing of bio-mechanist Jean-Jaques Rivet. It's a bold golf shoe with even bolder claims.

The highlight of this shoe is the spikeless outsole. By using a mixture of TPU on the centre of the outsole and rubber nubs on the toe and heel, Under Armour has built a shoe on one of the best spikeless outsoles currently on the market. We had to regularly remind myself I wasn't wearing spikes, such is the grip on offer from this outsole and I truly think this has all year round wearability. 

the HOVR Tour SL uses Under Armour's proprietary Intelliknit technology that claims to overcome the performance shortfalls of a knit upper. Using 'stretch' yarns and 'lockdown' yarns combined, the shoe gives you support in the parts of the foot where you need it most, and flexibility elsewhere. There is a tendency in golf to forget that all of our golf swings - no matter where you are on the handicap spectrum - are highly athletic movements, and we need golf shoes to support those movements. This was certainly Under Armour's philosophy when crafting the HOVR Tour SL and it feels like it's been achieved

Ecco Biom H4 Golf Shoes lying on grass, white golf shoes

Best summer golf shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12.5
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option : Yes
Colors: 5 (White, Black, Grey, White, Pink)

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and extremely comfortable
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Ample grip from different lies and protection from the elements

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than most of the other shoes on the list

Three years on from the Biom Hybrid 3, the H4 has been given some big upgrades, making it one of the best shoes Ecco has ever made. The leather upper has a premium feel and the Gore-Tex membrane is breathable and fully waterproof.

Traction and stability come from the new MTN Grip outsole, which features Ecco’s Fluidform technology as well as TPU inserts that secure the foot comfortably in place. Additionally, the H4 design is sportier and more athletic than its predecessor, making it suitable for wear on and off the course. We found them to be extremely comfortable and Ecco really nailed the looks. The shoe looks traditional in a lot of ways but also has pops of color and subtle features that add to the shelf appeal.

Skechers GoGolf Elite Tour SL Golf Shoes, man wearing skechers golf shoes

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Best value golf shoe

Specifications

Sizes : 6.5-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (Black, Grey & White)

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding grip and waterproofing
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The best-looking model from Skechers’ ‘Elite’ series

Reasons to avoid

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Perhaps lacking breathability

This shoe is fully waterproof and features a durable grip outsole that provides 236 points of contact with the ground, so is not to be overlooked in this list. Skechers’ Go Golf Elite Tour SL shoe also comes with a low-profile sole, meaning golfers will feel close to the ground, but that doesn’t come at the cost of comfort, which is provided by the lightweight Ultra Go cushioning and Goga Max insole.

The flexibility of the outsole also makes these very easy to wear and they offer trainer-like comfort but with enough structure to provide you with a stable base to hit from.Admittedly there may be a slight trade-off with breathability here but the positives definitely outweighed the negatives here.

Duca Del Cosma Churchill Golf Shoe reviewEditors Choice 2022

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More traditional design

Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (Navy, Cognac)

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly stylish
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Great detailing
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High quality materials used throughout

Reasons to avoid

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Not ideal for 36 holes

If ever there was a shoe to be brought out for when you really want to look your best it is the Duca Del Cosma Churchill. These look and feel like a high-end brand and, with the classic brogue style, they will easily transfer to wearing them away from the course. The Churchill comes in either the dapper Cognac or Royal Blue color combinations. We tried the former that are probably easier to match with trousers and, of all of the impressive Duca range, there’s a strong chance that these will be the ones that immediately catch your eye.

Tech wise the Churchill features an Airplay IV outsole which they introduced in 2021. This features strategically-positioned functional nubs that are paired with an EVA cushioning system which provides a sturdy grip along with guaranteed comfort. If your feet are prone to dancing a little bit too much through the swing then these will really appeal as they are particularly solid. Also noteworthy are the recyclable heel and toe cap.

Spiked Models

under armour hovr drive 2 shoeEditors Choice 2022

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Highly tehnical design

Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (Grey, White)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent traction in all conditions
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Creates a 'locked in' and supportive feeling
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One of the better looking spiked models in 2022

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly firm out of the box

The new Hovr Drive 2 addresses the specific needs of golfers, supporting your feet during the very specific movement of the golf swing. As much as we may not think it, the golf swing is a highly athletic movement and we all need the right equipment and grip on our feet to aid those movements. 

As such, the Hovr Drive 2 has applied the science of biomechanics in the design on its outsole to develop rotational, horizontal, vertical and internal traction. The most convincing of this traction comes from the new 3D moulded heel cup construction, which effectively creates a vacuum around the heel, locking it in for incredible levels of stability. Alongside working on the four dimensional traction in the Hovr Drive 2, Under Armour has introduced a new upper silhouette which is much sleeker than previous models. The upper has been brought closer to the foot to help increase the locked-in feeling created by the heel cup and outsole while making for a more dynamic looking silhouette. 

FootJoy Tour Alpha Shoe Review

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Most stable shoe 2022

Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 3 (White, Black/White, Grey/Blue)

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

Without a doubt one of the most impressive spiked golf shoes we've tested in recent memory, the Tour Alpha should be on the shortlist of golf shoes for any serious golfer out there. The Tour Alpha becomes FootJoy’s premier performance shoe for golfers seeking the ultimate in grip and stability.

Visually, it looks packed full of technology, especially around the heel area but when you pick up the Tour Alpha it feels surprisingly light for a performance cleated shoe. Slide your foot in and the comfort is immediate - the padding around the ankle and underfoot is substantial enough to take away the pressure when walking, but not too soft where walking 18 holes would feel like hard work

The fit is also worth mentioning - in the correct size (we often come down half a size in FootJoy golf shoes) the fit is snug and really encapsulates the foot evenly without pinching in any areas. Visually, this shoe is on point. There’s lots going on in the rear but when you’re wearing them, looking down the shoe looks clean and classic. With the cleats being positioned so close to the perimeter of the outsole, the pods that house them do stick out slightly but it’s not enough to distract you or put you off wearing them.

Adidas ZG21 Golf Shoes lying on grass

Best lightweight shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12.5
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes (also ZG21 Motion model)
Colors: 5 (Black, Grey, White/Silver, White/Green)

Reasons to buy

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Extremely lightweight
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Lots of performance on offer for the price

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color options

Two years in the making and designed to provide golfers with a high-performance shoe that is extremely lightweight and comfortable, the ZG21 from adidas is straight onto our list as it is comfortably one of the best golf shoes of recent times. It weighs just 13 ounces, making it 20 per cent lighter than adidas’ Tour360 XT shoe and lighter than many of its competitor’s models.

As well as the renowned Boost technology, the new Lightstrike cushioning, which has been used in other sports, provides comfort and stability throughout the swing. The four-layer upper is waterproof, while the ultra-thin TPU outsole features strategically placed cleats to optimise traction. adidas used heat-map studies to target the specific areas where stability is needed most, and whilst we’re not experts on where spikes should go, we can attest to the excellent levels of grip and support this shoe offers.

adidas tour360 22 shoe reviewEditors Choice 2022

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Best new spiked shoe for 2022

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 4 (Black, White/Navy, White, White/Blue/Orange)

Reasons to buy

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Snug fit gives immense comfort
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Locked-in feel
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Styling has broad appeal

Reasons to avoid

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Boost outsole difficult to clean

In our opinion one of the best spiked shoes to be released in 2022, the adidas Tour360 22 golf shoes immediately impressed us when we tried them out on course. The upper features a premium rich leather which is 100 percent waterproof and you also get a one-year waterproof warranty as well which gives good peace of mind. adidas has also incorporated recycled materials into the design to continue the brand's goal of ending plastic waste.

The shoe mimics the natural shape of the foot and accommodates the movement of the foot in all directions, even throughout the golf swing. The Tour360 22 also has cleats directly injected into the base of the shoe which provide excellent grip with a low profile look. It also means you won't ever have to worry about losing spikes ever again.

FootJoy HyperFlex Golf Shoes lying on grass, boa golf shoes, spiked golf shoes

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Best BOA design

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Waterproof : 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 4 (Grey, Blue, Black, Grey)

Reasons to buy

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Modern, athletic styling
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Extremely comfortable, excellent fit and traction

Reasons to avoid

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Absence of a traditional tongue makes it more tricky to slide your feet in

Along with the athletic styling and brand new outsole, HyperFlex benefits from a completely new Wrapid BOA fastening system designed to completely eliminate pressure points for the ultimate fit and feel. It also comes in a traditional laced version too. We tested the BOA option and FootJoy has done a pretty good job at concealing the mechanism and the laces.

We noticed the feeling of even pressure across the foot it provided instantly - it was surprisingly pleasant. Your feet and shoe feel like one unit, fully connected with no unwanted movements inside, which certainly seemed to help use the ground more effectively during the swing.

Underfoot it feels soft but with a good amount of support too. The ridges in the outsole allow it flex when you walk, so you don’t feel fatigued coming up the 18th, but there’s also more than enough grip on offer when trying to reach par fives in two with an aggressive swing. Finally the looks are very modern and almost trainer-like which we definitely are a fan of.

Puma Ignite Caged Crafted Shoes, man putting in puma golf shoes

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Best for a roomy fit

Specifications

Sizes: 7-15
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 4 (White, Blue, Grey, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and very comfortable
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Excellent grip from a variety of lies

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color options

Building from the success of the previous iteration - the Ignite Pwradapt Caged - Puma’s Caged Crafted shoe blends comfort, style and performance. The natural, premium leather saddle delivers a sophisticated, one-of-a-kind look, while the Pwradapt traction pods on the outsole provide excellent 360-degree support and stability from any lie.Comfort comes from the full-length Ignite foam cushioning that makes the underfoot experience very enjoyable.

It definitely offers a more roomy fit in the forefoot area yet the design of the caged area ensures your feet are secure when you pull the laces tight, presuming you have the correct size of course. The waterproof warranty is also an added bonus.

Cuater The Legend Golf Shoe in black, cuater golf shoes on white background

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Classic looks

Specifications

Sizes: 8-13
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (Black, White, Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Classic, understated looks
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Solid comfort and support

Reasons to avoid

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Not as low-profile as some spiked shoes

One of the most traditional golf shoes to be launched in 2021, The Legend by Cuater offers golfers a technology-packed, classic golf shoe that can be worn all year round. 

It's got to be said that this simple, clean design isn't seen as often in golf shoes anymore as brands constantly try to find the 'new' look to capture a golfer's eye. Alongside the FootJoy Premiere Series (opens in new tab) line of shoes, we think The Legend is probably the most 'classic' looking brogue you can currently buy.

Premium materials are used throughout and you can feel the quality of The Legend immediately when you pick them out of the box and again as soon they are on your feet. The Legend features what Cuater call its Sweet Spot Technology Cushioning System, which is used in the midsole to great effect.

Women's Golf Shoes

G/Fore MG4+ Womens Golf Shoe Review

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Best women's model to stand out

Specifications

Sizes: 5-11
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (Day Glo Pink & Stone)

Reasons to buy

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You want a really comfortable pair of golf shoes
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The fantastic blend of style and performance

Reasons to avoid

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You prefer the softer feel of leather rather than synthetic

Slide the shoes on and you’ll discover the real ‘wow’ factor of the G/Fore - an amazing massaging footbed inner sole, unlike any golf shoe you will have experienced before, that literally leaves you bouncing up the fairway like you’re walking on air. If you’ve ever used one of those bumpy foot massage tools you’ll know that great feeling of rolling it under your foot, relieving stress and tension. Putting ‘nubs’ on the inner sole of the golf shoe gives the same amazing feeling, literally massaging the sole of your feet as you walk for 18 holes.

The performance benefits don’t stop there. This shoe has been designed to give your foot total swing support. I felt really grounded and stable, as though the shoe was gripping the turf, as I made my swing. In the past I’ve found performance-orientated golf shoes a little ‘sturdy’ and firm in feel but the G/Fore MG4+ fitted like a glove from my very first round, there was no need to break them in and no rubbing. See our guide to the best women's golf shoes for 2022 for more ideas

Women's Traditions shoe from Footjoy, woman wearing footjoy golf shoes

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Best overall women's design

Specifications

Sizes: 4-10
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 4 (White, White/Navy, Black, Whote/Tartan)

Reasons to buy

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Effortlessly comfortable out of the box
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Classic yet stylish design
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Great choice of colors

Reasons to avoid

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Unsure of durability of outsole

Our first women's pick in this best golf shoes guide is the Traditions design from FootJoy. This traditionally styled shoe boasts a super-cushioned foam under foot which is extremely light and gives great bounce as you walk. This we’d expect from a more sporty design but it's good to see it in these.

Available in 4 color choices. All Black, all white, white/blue and the rather snazzy white/tartan. The tartan option are a grey tartan so would be a subtle vintage hint in an outfit.  Really smart and great performance.  

PUMA Ignite Blaze Pro Golf Shoes, woman wearing puma golf shoes

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Best value women's model

Specifications

Sizes: 4-8
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (White, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable
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Loads of grip

Reasons to avoid

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Lacking stability

Puma says that this shoe is for women who take their golf seriously. But we think it’s wrong to exclude a host of players who would also enjoy the performance of the Ignite Blaze Pro shoe. For example, in testing we found them to be up there with the most comfortable models we’ve ever worn.

They are also waterproof so will provide full protection should the heavens open and are very grippy thanks to six well-placed spikes on the outsole. One thing we would say is that it isn’t as stable as some of the other models on the list, but if you want comfort, grip and breathability in abundance, this is a great option.

FootJoy Fuel Women's Waterproof Golf Shoe lying on box, white golf shoes

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The premier women's waterproof shoe this season

Specifications

Sizes: 4-8 (inc. half sizes)
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 3 (Navy, Grey, White)

Reasons to buy

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Superior performance 
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Trainer-style comfort
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Wipes clean easily

Reasons to avoid

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Not available in dark colors - not ideal in winter conditions 
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No wide fit option

Power is the big buzz word in golf and your feet are the stabilisers of the golf swing that can transfer energy to the ball if you’re wearing the right shoes. Step forward the FootJoy Fuel with its new Power Stabiliser outsoles, literally designed for incredible traction and stability to give you the ultimate support and control.

The Fuel looks and feels a lot like a premium pair of trainers. Your foot feels very supported inside these shoes and they’re instantly comfortable to wear thanks to the soft Stratolite foam cushioning, genuinely putting a bounce in your step. Keeping the uppers synthetic (rather than leather) is very sensible as it gives that total waterproof protection when you’re playing on a rainy day, while also allowing you to easily wipe the shoes clean after a round, so they stay looking like new for longer. 

How we test golf shoes

Our golf shoe testing methodology (opens in new tab) 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. 

How to choose the best 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.

Spiked or spikeless?

The best golf shoes 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FAQs

Why wear golf shoes?

Golf shoes are needed for golf because they have been designed to deal with all the things golfers face on the course. This takes the form of being as comfortable as possible because they have to be worn and walked in, all day. They also have to provide grip and traction as golfers make their swings whereas normal shoes don't do this as well. Golf shoes tend to be waterproof as well whereas regular trainers often aren't. 

What are the best shoes for playing golf?

All of the shoes in our list will provide with an enjoyable, comfortable and performance enhancing experience on course. Golf shoes are specifically designed to support the movements of golfers and the conditions of a golf course, so make sure to invest in a proper pair of golf shoes.

How do I choose golf shoes?

There are a number of factors to consider. First ask yourself whether you want a spiked shoe for extra grip or a spikeless shoe for a more casual and a low profile look. Then consider whether it needs to be fully waterproof, what color and style you like and also work out your exact shoe size. Once you have answered these questions you'll have narrowed down your search and you'll be able to find the perfect shoe for your game. 

Do Pro golfers use spikeless shoes?

The majority of golfers on Tour will wear spikleess shoes. This is because they play mostly in dry, warm conditions on highly manicured golf courses. However, you'll see many Tour players switch to spiked golf shoes if they are playing in inclement weather. Some players, like Collin Morikawa with the adidas ZG21, always opt to wear a spiked shoe