Best Spiked Golf Shoes 2022

Looking for the best spiked golf shoes? We list our top picks

Best Spiked Golf Shoes
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Best Spiked Golf Shoes

There was a time when the best golf shoes (opens in new tab) in the game were unquestionably spiked. With the growth in spikeless models many Tour professionals have switched, but that isn't to say the best spiked golf shoes don't offer best-in-class traction in all different kinds of conditions when you're out on the course.

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The best pairs of spiked shoes in this list will offer grip and stability on wet surfaces, bunkers, sloping lies and just about any stance golf throws at you. These shoes are ideal for winter, and we think every golfers should an all-black pair of spiked golf shoes to guide them through the winter. While ideal for winter weather, don't think spiked shoes can only be used when the ground is wet. Many of the best modern spiked shoes are very low-profile, meaning you don't feel the spikes on dry ground and they also leave very minimal damage to greens. 

To help you narrow your search in this regard, below we have listed some of the best models currently on the market. We've selected a range of brands and price-points to hopefully suit every golfer out there. This guide focusses only on men's spiked shoes, but check out our guide on the best women's golf shoes (opens in new tab) too.

Alternatively if you would rather get a spikeless pair, check out our guide on the best spikeless golf shoes (opens in new tab). We also have guides on the best golf shoes for walking (opens in new tab) and the best golf shoes for winter (opens in new tab) as well.

Best Spiked Golf Shoes

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Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2 Golf Shoe Review

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Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 2 Golf Shoes

Specifications

Size: 3.5-14
Colors: 3 (White and black; White and turqoise; Black)

Reasons to buy

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Incredible comfort from the box
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Classy and sporty look
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Grip and stability is solid
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Waterproof

Reasons to avoid

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Spikes can take a little getting used too

There's a reason why Rory McIlroy wears these shoes, as they are a fantastic spiked offering from Nike that strikes an excellent balance between being a classy and sporty golf shoe. They were designed with McIlroy's swing in mind, taking data from the three-time FedEx Cup champion's swing and implementing that into designing this pair of high-performance shoes. They offer brilliant traction on the turf, helping golfers power through their shots from all kinds of lies and are 100 per cent waterproof, meaning they can be worn all year round. 

The best part of these shoes, though, is the comfort they offer. Thanks to the Air Zoom insert on their sole, they combine well with a React foam heel to give you a stable and comfortable ride on the course. We were really grateful for this when walking on uneven surfaces during our testing rounds. The shoe also has additional ankle support around the top line, which again proved vital when we lost our ball in the long rough. Overall, these are a very stylish, performance-enhancing golf shoe that offers excellent comfort and stability on the golf course.  

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.

ecco biom g5 shoe review

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Specifications

Colors: 5

Reasons to buy

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Smart, modern styling
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Excellent traction
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Stable feel underfoot
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BOA lace options enhance the fit

Reasons to avoid

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Some may prefer a softer feel
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Limited value for money

The Ecco Biom G5 aims to bring together the best elements of two previous Biom shoes into one feature-packed model. Notably, the cleated outsole of the Biom G3 and the athletic look of the impressive Biom H4. We have to say, Ecco has done a great job and the addition of the BOA lacing system in the pair we tested is the cherry on top.

The first thing you’ll notice with the Biom G5 is the weight, or the lack of it, with the Biom G5 weighing 18 grams lighter than the Biom H4, no mean feat given the addition of the cleats on the outsole. Talking of the cleats, there are only six in this model, which are positioned at the very edge of the outsole to provide perimeter stability as well as excellent grip. 

It still features Ecco's Gore-Tex protection and wipe-clean characteristics of the leather upper, which make this a robust winter shoe option. What's more, the modern, athletic take on a heritage shoe will appeal to a wide range of ages and visual tastes among the five colorways available.

Skechers Pro 5 Hyper Golf Shoe reviewEditors Choice 2022

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Best for arch support

Specifications

Sizes: 7.5-13
Waterproof: Yes
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (Black/Red; Grey/Red; Blue/White)

Reasons to buy

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Arch Fit technology offers class-leading cushioning
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Softspikes are easily replaceable
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Low profile look with excellent grip

Reasons to avoid

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Would be nice to have a full-leather upper

Skechers' flagship model for 2022, the Pro Golf 5 Hyper shoe takes comfort to the next level by incorporating Skechers Arch Fit technology that provides podiatrist certified support to your feet, with cushioning across the midsole. We thought this made the shoe one of the most comfortable golf shoes (opens in new tab) on this list. That Arch Fit technology also helps to reduce aches and pains in your feet as you navigate your way around 18-holes. 

The shoe also boasts Skechers Hyper Burst and Resamax cushioning which work in tandem to offer excellent rebound in your step. The shoe is also made of a breathable upper mesh that helps to keep your feet cool and fresh during your round. The shoe also provides excellent grip on the turf through its Softspikes which are easy to replace and prolong the life of the shoe. 

adidas tour360 22 shoe review

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Best Looking Spiked Shoe For 2022

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 4 (Black, White/Navy, All 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.

Asics Gel-Ace Pro M Standard Golf Shoe

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Impressive comfort and performance in a stylish aesthetic package

Specifications

Sizes: 7-12, 13, 14
Waterproof: Yes
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (Black/Pure Silver, White/Black)

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly comfortable
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Traditional, premium look

Reasons to avoid

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Limited color options to choose from

The Gel-Ace Pro M Standard is the golf shoe that Hideki Matsuyama wears on the PGA Tour, and it's an impressive new spiked option from Asics and Srixon. In our testing, the Pro M Standard offered incredible comfort right out of the box and it also proved to be supportive and stable on the course, both while swinging and walking between shots. It also offers the classic, traditional aesthetics that will appeal to purists.

Also of note, the Gel-Ace Pro M Standard is fully waterproof and we found that the shoe provided excellent breathability even on extremely hot days. It also cleaned up well after use. If there's one downside to the Pro M Standard it's that there are only two color options available but otherwise it's a great shoe, one of the most comfortable on the market and one of the best options in the spiked category.

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. 

Cuater The Ringer Golf Shoes

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Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: Yes
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (Black; White; Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent style 
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Very comfortable
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Feet felt very snug
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Provides good grip on turf

Reasons to avoid

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The cocooned feel hinders breathability

Worn by PGA Tour players Jon Rahm (opens in new tab) and Sam Burns (opens in new tab), the Cuater Ringer shoes are one of the best-looking and most comfortable golf sneakers money can buy. We loved the sporty and modern design of the Ringer, which isn't plastered with brand logos or text. If you're looking for a more casual golf shoe, then we definitely recommend considering the Cuater Ringer trainers, which also feature on our best casual golf shoes guide (opens in new tab)

The Ringer is also brilliant for comfort and stability. The fit is secure from heel to toe and we found the cushioning inside the shoe also to be very soft and kept our feet locked in place, even in slippery conditions. The one drawback we noticed was that the shoe didn't offer that much breathability. However, that means the shoe is waterproof and its outsole material will keep your feet dry on wetter days. As for its grip, the shoe features Softspikes Pivix cleats which give great traction on the turf, locking into the grass while you play your shots. 

Sqairz Speed Shoe Review

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Best Combination Of Comfort And Stability

Specifications

Sizes: 7-14
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (White & Silver, Black & Gray, Gray & Black)

Reasons to buy

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Incredible stability in any conditions
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Comfortable straight out of the box
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Premium look and detailing

Reasons to avoid

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Square toe won’t suit everyone’s eye

Sqairz makes some bold claims about what its Speed golf shoes have to offer in terms of comfort and stability, and in our testing those claims were backed up. The Speed shoe offers incredible stability and support during the golf swing, giving players the confidence they need to make aggressive swings and hit better golf shots.

The stability and support that’s provided is made possible by a wide, square toe box that enables full range of motion from the toes while better positioning the base of the shoe under the balls of the feet. The Speed’s outsole also has more surface area coverage than any shoe on the market to further promote balance and stability, and six spikes have been positioned under what Sqairz has determined as the most critical pressure point areas.

Sqairz Speed golf shoes also offer exceptional comfort and require virtually no break-in period. They are fully waterproof and in our testing there were no issues with moisture penetrating the shoe. Also noteworthy is that this is a shoe that offers a premium look, and the attention to detail from a design standpoint is exceptional.

Puma Ignite Articulate Golf Shoe reviewEditors Choice 2022

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For that 'locked in' feel on course

Specifications

Sizes: 6-13
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 2 (White/Silver & Grey/Gold/Black)

Reasons to buy

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Comprehensive grip from the new outsole
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360° support
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Sharp, understated looks with plenty of color options

Reasons to avoid

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Very little difference to previous Puma spiked shoe

Articulation geometry is behind the somewhat quirky name of the latest spiked shoe from Puma. The new technology allows the shoe to move with your foot while still providing a strong level of support. In practice, it works brilliantly and the shoes were a pleasure to play golf in. The styling is subtle but smart and Puma’s Ignite Foam provides a good amount of comfort and energy return in the midsole.

There isn't a traditional shoe tongue either and it is replaced with a single construction that provides plenty of support around the whole foot. There is then a 'cage' - pictured in black across the shoe - which wraps around any foot shape for added support. Much like with the FootJoy Tour Alpha, the shoe really creates a 'locked-in' feeling once the laces are tightened.

Adidas ZG21 Golf Shoe

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Best Lightweight Shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option : No
Colors: 5 Men's and Women's (Black, Grey, White/Silver, White/Green)

Reasons to buy

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Extremely lightweight
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Six specifically placed spikes offer great levels of grip

Reasons to avoid

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Some sections of the shoe are tricky to clean

Inspired by Formula 1 cars and built to be lightweight and comfortable, the new ZG21 shoe from adidas is undoubtedly one of the best golf shoes on the market. Tipping the scales at just 13 ounces and featuring adidas' Boost technology as well as a new Lightstrike cushioning, we were blown away by the feeling of weightlessness provided.

But despite being so lightweight, the new Sprint Skin four-layer upper means the ZG21 is waterproof, something we were also keen to put to the test. We weren't disappointed. In terms of grip, adidas used heat-map studies to target the specific areas where stability is needed most, resulting in six strategically placed cleats on the outsole. We're not experts on where spikes should go but can attest to the excellent levels of grip and support this shoe offers. It's little wonder it has been such a hit since its release.

FootJoy Premiere Series Packard Shoe Review

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Best For Premium Detailing

Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Colors: 2 Men's (White and Black)

Reasons to buy

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Available in a variety of widths
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Classic styling

Reasons to avoid

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Only two colours available

An excellent blend of classic looks and modern performance is what you get from FootJoy's new Premiere Series golf shoes. Inspired by FJ founder Frederick Packard, this shoe is packed with performance and features that we love. First of all, it becomes apparent straight away just how well made this shoe. The soft, leather upper features a luxurious calfskin croc in the saddle, while the inner linings are elegant and comfortable.

Once out on the course, we felt well supported and stable while swinging thanks to the VersaTrax+ outsole, as well as the nine specifically placed cleats that optimise grip in all directions and conditions. A firmer heel-cup at the back of the shoe really adds to the stability on offer. One thing we would say is that it is a shoe that needs worn in for a round or two. We picked up a blister on our first tour but once over that, the Ortholite FitBed insole makes this one of the comfiest shoes you're likely to come across.

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 Men's (Grey, Blue, Black, Grey) 2 Women's (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.

Cole Haan OriginalGrand Tour Golf Shoe

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As stylish as they get

Specifications

Sizes: 7-12, 13
Colors: 3 (White, Black, Black/White)

Reasons to buy

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Eye-catching traditional design
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Excellent traction

Reasons to avoid

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Style won't appeal to everyone

Cole Haan's OriginalGrand Tour golf shoe takes golfers back in time to an era when golf shoes looked more like classic dress shoes.  Many will find them stunning in each of the three colors that are available, while others might find them too traditional. What can't be debated, however, is the quality of the shoe, from its ample detailing to the premium leather utilized in the uppers.

The  OriginalGrand Tour also offers excellent on-course performance, most notably in terms of the traction it provides, which was a standout feature in our testing. The shoes delivered in the way or stability and support, and after a round or so of breaking in they were quite comfortable as well. The OriginalGrand Tour golf shoes are also waterproof and held up well in that regard during testing.

Cuater The Legend Golf Shoes Review

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High Quality Comfort

Specifications

Sizes: 8-13
Colours: 3 Men's (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.

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. 

What To Consider When Buying Spiked Golf Shoes

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.

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

What is a spiked golf shoe?

A spiked golf shoe has a number of golf spikes either screwed in or embedded to the outsole. Like cleats on football boots, they help keep the shoe gripped to the turf, which is especially important during the golf swing. 

Do Pro golfers wear spiked golf shoes?

Yes, a lot of them do. Spiked golf shoes offer the most underfoot traction as well as a lot of support around the ankle. At the speeds many of the best Tour pros swing at, they need this extra grip and support to play their best golf.