Best Golf Shoes For Winter

The best golf shoes for Winter to keep you playing all year round

Best Golf Shoes For Winter
(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Best Golf Shoes For Winter

Golf is a game that can be played all year round so it makes sense to have clubs, apparel and also golf shoes that can deal with the weather whether that be in terms of rain, wind and tough ground conditions.

The best golf shoes do exactly that whilst there are some which find it harder when the conditions get wetter, more slippery and just generally more miserable. In essence, some shoes struggle when winter comes.

This can be annoying because many golfers love to play golf in the winter months which therefore makes shoe selection incredibly vital.

So what are some of the best golf shoes for winter and what factors are important to think about when picking a pair?

Well first things first they have to have excellent waterproofing because more rain is inevitable in winter. As such that makes stability and grip important too because the ground can be slippery and the course might not be in perfect condition when it comes to mud, bunkers, etc. As we all know, lack of grip and stability means a lack in confidence during the swing and this could cost you precious strokes.

Acknowledging all of this, we have compiled a list of the best golf shoes to deal with winter conditions below.

Also some other golf guides we recommend checking out are, the best waterproof golf shoes, best spikeless golf shoes or the most comfortable golf shoes.

Best Golf Shoes For Winter

footjoy pro/sl carbon golf shoes on grass

(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Specifications
RRP: £179.99
Sizes: 6-14
Colours: Two
Reasons to buy
+Top of the range performance+Awesome technology
Reasons to avoid
-Leather can scuff a little too easily

FootJoy's Pro/SL Carbon is one of the best FootJoy golf shoes on sale right now. The brand updated the incredibly popular Pro/SL shoe and the Carbon version takes stability that little bit further which makes it perfect for the winter months.

Compared to the regular model, the Carbon is noticeably more rigid in all directions, ideal for golfers with overactive lower halves that need even more stability during their swing.

This comes from a carbon fibre inlay which runs along the entire length of the shoe and this is said to increase rigidity and ground force optimisation. The waterproof capabilities of this shoe are also top-notch.

We also like the look as FootJoy keep finding a way to update the styling of the popular shoe.

adidas zg21 golf shoes on grass

(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Specifications
RRP: £150
Sizes: 6.5-12.5
Colours: 5 Men's and Women's (Black, Grey, White/Silver, White/Green)
Reasons to buy
+Noticeably lightweight+Stable but comfortable+Premium, modern visuals
Reasons to avoid
-May put off traditionalists

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.

Ecco S-Three Shoes, ecco golf shoes, henrik stenson golf shoes, waterproof golf shoes

Specifications
RRP: £149
Sizes: 6.5-12.5
Colours: Eight
Reasons to buy
+Ample grip from different lies+Protection from the elements
Reasons to avoid
-Bulky for a spikeless model

Again, don't be worried about the spikeless design here because the S-Three will deal with those tough winter months no problem.

When we got sent a pair, the leather’s thickness was immediately apparent and yet it was soft too which gave a really snug feel when we tried them on. We also felt it moulded to the shape of our feet too. The most notable innovation here is the Zonal Fluidform Technology with three distinct zones of softness to ensure the right balance of cushioning and stability exactly where you need it.

We felt traction and grip were also good and the waterproofing was an added bonus.

As far as looks go we also think it is one of the best looking shoe on this list.

under armour hovr drive shoes

(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Specifications
RRP: $149.99/$160
Sizes: 7-12
Colours: Two
Reasons to buy
+Excellent grip and stability+Lightweight and comfortable
Reasons to avoid
-Not a lot of color options

The top Under Armour model to deal with winter conditions is the HOVR Drive. The design features new lower profile Rotational Resistance spikes (RST 2.0) that maximise traction and provide all-day comfort.

It also has a breathable Clarino microfibre upper which is both lightweight and waterproof to keep your feet cool and dry at all times.

When it does get muddy and wet we might recommend the black finish but the white does look excellent too, with the silver trim giving a classy aesthetic.

Duca Del Cosma Tomcat Golf Shoes, duca del cosma golf shoes, waterproof golf shoes, comfortable golf shoes

Specifications
RRP: £159.95
Sizes: 7-11
Colours: Three
Reasons to buy
+Outstanding comfort+Grip and stability in variety of lies
Reasons to avoid
-Unique styling and quite heavy

Another shoe to make this list is the Duca Del Cosma Tomcat.

The design also made our best golf shoes for walking because the comfort here is brilliant. Thanks to a couple of foam technologies – Arneflex and OnSteam – your feet will remain comfortable and content, regardless of how many holes you are playing.

Not only that but the lugs on the bottom provide substantial grip, they are waterproof, and Duca Del Cosma should also be commended because the Tomcat is constructed with recycled materials.

We also like the styling too because whilst Duca shoes can perhaps go a bit far with outlandish designs, we think the Tomcat has a sporty profile and looks good in the three different colors.

g/fore gm4+ golf shoes

(Image credit: Golf Monthly)

Specifications
RRP: $185
Sizes: 7-15
Colours: Six
Reasons to buy
+Use all day+Modern, stylish design with good color/size choice
Reasons to avoid
-Can feel slightly heavy after a day on the course

After getting sent a grey pair of the MG4+ shoes from G/FORE, we have become huge fans.

Lightweight and completely waterproof, the shoe does not compromise in terms of comfort thanks to ForeFoam cushioning and a triple density footbed which is “the ultimate massage for your soles.”

After playing 36 holes over consecutive days, there was no uncomfortable rubbing on our feet, and no blisters either despite taking them out of the box in the morning.

A common thing with spikeless shoes can be less stability and grip than spiked models but there was never a situation in which this came to fruition in these shoes. This is thanks to the non-slip outsole and the stability comes from the heel cup at the back of the shoe that really locks the foot in place without sacrificing any comfort.

skechers go golf pro v4 shoes

(Image credit: Skechers)

Skechers Go Golf Pro V4 Shoes

Specifications
RRP: £149
Sizes: 6.5-13
Colours: Three
Reasons to buy
+Replaceable spikes are a good feature+A very solid shoe in every aspect
Reasons to avoid
-Perhaps doesn’t wow you as much as other models

A shoe design worn by Matt Kuchar, the Pro V4's from Skechers are one of the best waterproof golf shoes on the market thanks to Skechers' H2GO waterproof technology which provides 100 per cent waterproof protection from all weather conditions.

Not only that the 'Ultra Flight' cushioning and Resamax insoles created a comfortable fit and the grip is provided by a dynamic diamond traction plate and replaceable Softspikes cleats.

Nike Roshe G Tour Shoes, nike golf shoes,

Nike Roshe G Tour Shoes

Specifications
RRP: £94.95
Sizes: 7-14
Colours: Various
Reasons to buy
+Tour validated+Popular design
Reasons to avoid
-Other models offer greater stability

Designed to help you outlast the weather, Nike's G Tour shoe features a blend of the iconic Roshe aesthetics, with the performance of an excellent waterproof golf shoe.

Comfort comes from the plush midsole and soft microfibre upper whilst the removable spikes and indentations on the sole of the shoe have been created to offer grip.

Mizuno Genem GTX Shoes, mizuno golf shoes, black golf shoes

Mizuno Genem GTX Shoes

Specifications
RRP: £220
Sizes: 6-11
Colours: Two
Reasons to buy
+Snug fit+Stable platform
Reasons to avoid
-Aesthetic is really ‘out there’

The Genem GTX is a full-leather premium golf shoe that, thanks to a new Gore-Tex breathable membrane, is totally waterproof.

It also comes with a BOA Closure system and IG5 Spikes that give excellent grip regardless of the conditions.

They can also be tightened and released quickly and even re-aligned for direction. 

Puma Ignite PWRADAPT Caged Shoes, puma golf shoes, waterproof golf shoes

Specifications
RRP: £119/$150
Sizes: 7-15
Colours: Four
Reasons to buy
+Stylish and very comfortable+Excellent grip from a variety of lies
Reasons to avoid
-Waterproofing isn’t as strong as other models

As you would expect from a shoe that featured in our best spiked golf shoes list, we found the grip to be very good in this golf shoe and the support was right up there too especially given how lightweight it is.

The fact it is so light may push you to use this as more of a summer golf shoe but it is waterproof and even on difficult terrain it performed so we cannot see any reason why you wouldn't use a pair in the winter too.

Hey, if the shoe performs well enough for Bryson DeChambeau, then it most definitely will for you as well.

Ecco Biom G3 Shoes, ecco golf shoes, spiked golf shoes

Specifications
RRP: £199.99
Sizing: 6.5-12.5
Colours: Three
Reasons to buy
+Excellent grip and stability+Top-notch waterproofing and breathability
Reasons to avoid
-No off-course versatility

Ecco has put together one of the best golf shoes for winter in the form of the Biom G3 which is arguably the best spiked model the brand makes.

The Gore-Tex protection ensures your feet will stay dry and won’t get sweaty thanks to the excellent breathability whilst we should also mention the underfoot stability too.

It feels low to the ground and stable thanks to the eight Zarma-Tour spikes which work together with hybrid cleats on the toe and rotation line to offer optimal grip and a more stable footing.

Rife RF-05 The Element Shoes, rife golf shoes, spiked golf shoes

Rife RF-05 The Element Shoes

Specifications
RRP: 74.99
Sizes: 7-11
Colours: One
Reasons to buy
+Will suit those wanting a simple design+Good value
Reasons to avoid
-Lacks any real wow factor

Inesis Grip Waterproof Shoes, inesis golf shoes, waterproof golf shoes

Specifications
RRP: £64.99
Sizes: 5.5-12.5
Colours: Five
Reasons to buy
+Solid waterproof construction+Great value on offer
Reasons to avoid
-Perhaps may not have the durability of other shoes on this list

Inesis is becoming a brand synonymous with outstanding value on golf products and it seems these shoes fit into that bracket too.

It is not often you can get a pair of light, supportive, waterproof and super grippy shoes for less than £100 but that is exactly the case here. Definitely a model to consider.

FootJoy Tour X Shoes, footjoy golf shoes, spiked golf shoes, waterproof golf shoes

Specifications
RRP: £179.99
Sizes: 6-14
Colours: Two
Reasons to buy
+Tour proven+A strong winter golf shoe
Reasons to avoid
-More color choice needed

Another outstanding golf shoe, the Tour X is the best spiked model FootJoy makes and is commonly spotted out on Tour.

The world's best players have to be ready for any eventuality when it comes to weather and conditions so it makes sense that they would choose a shoe that can deal with whatever Mother Nature throws at them.

This therefore explains the Tour X choice, because it is a shoe that delivers in terms of grip, comfort, stability and protection.

Adidas Tour 360 XT Shoes, adidas golf shoes, spiked golf shoes, black golf shoes

Adidas Tour 360 XT Shoes

Specifications
RRP: £160
Sizes: 6.5-12
Colours: Three
Reasons to buy
+Grip performance hard to beat+Modern, cool styling
Reasons to avoid
-Require wearing in

The adidas Tour360 XT shoe gets its name from the X-shaped traction system on the outsole, providing multi-directional grip throughout the swing.

Not only that but the eight cleats help create a strong and stable base for your feet so you can deal with any lie and any ground condition with ease. The waterproofing is solid and the Boost technology creates a very snug and comfortable fit as well.

What to consider when buying the best golf shoes for winter

When it comes to finding a pair of golf shoes that will perform in the winter, you should be thinking about several different factors, which we have discussed below;

Waterproof - Of course the most important factor when buying a golf shoe for winter is the waterproofing. If a shoe does not perform when the rain comes down, or the ground conditions are wet, then they are as good as useless in the winter. Thankfully most brands invest heavily in waterproof research and technology so there are loads of models, including all the ones above, that will deliver in this regard.

Grip - Our relationship with the ground should not be compromised when we play golf, especially when the ground conditions can be wet, slippery and unpredictable. This makes grip and stability very important. Traditionally this would mean spiked models would be the way to go in the winter however there are lots of spikeless models these days that also deliver in this regard.

Durability - The winter can often produce tough conditions and shoes have to be able to deal with them. Models that lack durability will not deliver over the winter months and you will find yourself frustrated. We also think a good pair of winter golf shoes should be easy to clean too because in the winter, rain, grass and mud can stick to them therefore limiting performance next time you venture onto the golf course.

Design - How do you want your winter golf shoes to look? No longer do they have to be heavy, cumbersome, and look terrible because now there are models which are the complete opposite of those words.

Price - We would be remiss if we didn't mention price. There are models at every price point so you can spend a lot, or a little, on your next winter golf shoes.

If you enjoyed this guide on the best golf shoes for winter, check out the Golf Monthly website.