For comfort and versatility, the spikeless golf shoe has revolutionised golfing footwear. Delivering great grip, stability and style, here we consider some of the best on the market
Best Spikeless Golf Shoes
No longer are the best golf shoes in the business purely spiked models. Thanks to incredible innovation the spikeless shoe market has grown rapidly to the point where the best spikeless golf shoes can more than stand up against the best spiked designs.
These golf shoes are one of the most versatile pieces of kit to have come into the mainstream in recent years. Wearable on and off the course, they deliver style and functionality.
In years gone by they would have been scoffed at by the serious golfer for offering far less grip and traction than the best spiked golf shoes but, thanks to innovative designs by the major manufacturers, the new generation of spikeless designs provide impressive levels of grip and stability.
So much so that many of the world’s top professional golfers now opt to wear spikeless shoes. If you haven’t yet tried a pair, you really should, you’ll be surprised and might just be converted.
Below are some of the best spikeless golf shoes currently on the market.
Best Spikeless Golf Shoes
Ecco Biom H4 Golf Shoes
Best Sporty/Athletic Design
Colours: 4 (Black, White, Grey, White/Concrete)
+ Stylish and extremely comfortable
+ Ample grip from different lies and protection from the elements
– More expensive than most of the other shoes on the list
Three years on from the Biom Hybrid 3, Ecco has introduced the next generation of the hybrid performance model. Not only does the Biom H4 look sportier and more athletic thanks to the new Biom 2.0 last that it has been crafted on, but the traditional areas of performance have also been enhanced.
The leather upper has a premium feel and features a Gore-Tex membrane for breathable, waterproof protection, while a new MTN Grip outsole provides excellent traction. Additionally, Ecco’s Fluidform technology creates a moulded midsole that strikes the right balance of cushioning and stability. All in all, this is one of Ecco’s best golf shoes ever.
FootJoy Pro/SL Golf Shoes
Improved Over Time
As you would expect the FootJoy Pro/SL makes our list of the best spikeless golf shoes. This edition features an Infinity outsole, which is 11.5 per cent wider than the previous version and also has 30 per cent more traction points with the ground for increased grip.
There’s also a redesigned Power Harness for support and the upper is now made of soft Chromoskin leather, which is waterproof and more breathable.
Adidas Codechaos Golf Shoes
Best Shoes To Stand Out
Colours: 5 (Black, White/Green, White/Orange, Grey, White/Black)
+ Super comfy and provides excellent grip
+ Low profile feel and flexible when walking
– Quite garish in certain colourways
A shoe that was a huge hit when it was released last year, the Codechaos shoes from adidas feature an upper made of multi-layer mesh, giving the shoe a unique texture while enhancing durability and breathability.
This also keeps them extremely lightweight which is perfect for out on the course. The design and look may not be for some, but after thorough testing they are not only one of the best spikeless golf shoes on sale at the moment, but also the best adidas golf shoes too.
Puma Ignite Fasten8 Pro Shoes
Top Water And Dirt Protection
This stylish new offering from Puma features the all-new Fasten8 fit system. Consisting of eight interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing, this system delivers a secure and personalised fit for golfers with a variety of foot shapes and sizes. Puma’s Ignite Foam midsole provides an abundance of comfort, while the microfibre upper is both breathable and waterproof. The traction comes from the Pro-Form TPU outsole that features an organically altered traction pattern for maximum stability.
Under Armour Spieth 5 SL Golf Shoes
Colours: White only
+ Provides a snug fit that boosts comfort and support
+ Impressive levels of grip
– Only one colour option available
This shoe features a unique 3D moulded footbed that features an additional wrap over the inside and top of the foot. This wrap eliminates ‘gapping’ between your foot and the shoe from the inside to create a fit that is tailored to your specific foot shape.
The grip impressed us too. In fact, levels of traction seemed to be close to that of some cleated shoes because the Spieth 5 SL has firmer TPU nubs for ground penetration and softer rubber nubs in key areas to create friction, something we noticed testing when the ground was slightly damp.
The Spieth 5 SL might just be the brand’s most advanced shoe to date, maximising performance through a better fit but also by letting testing data with elite players and biomechanical insights shape the design.
There doesn’t appear to be any trade off by going spikeless and the unique insole certainly enhances the connection you have with the shoe and the ground to boost power potential.
FootJoy Pro/SL Carbon Shoes
Best All-Round Performance
Colours: 2 (White and Black)
+ Exceptional all-round performance
+ Leads the way when it comes to spikeless grip and stability
– Carbon model makes the standard Pro/SL a little redundant
The FootJoy Pro/SL Carbon shoe may look similar to the stylish Pro/SL, but in fact it has a carbon fibre inlay integrated into the midsole running along the entire length of the shoe.
It is an extremely comfortable and stable spikeless shoe – making it one of the best and atop the tree when it comes to the best FootJoy golf shoes.
It is a little more rigid in all directions than the Pro/SL, ideal for golfers with overactive lower halves that need even more stability during their swing. Despite that, it still feels supremely comfortable thanks to the extra padding around the ankle.
Under Armour HOVR Fade SL Shoes
Ideal For Walking
Under Armour’s HOVR Fade shoe has several pieces of technology to ensure high performance on the course. Chief among them is the HOVR technology that supports the foot’s natural movement throughout the swing while providing a ‘zero gravity feel’ that reduces the impact felt step after step.
The Rotational Resistance outsole is light so does offer some flexibility but there’s no compromise in traction. Overall, a very comfortable and lightweight option that doesn’t skimp on performance.
Nike Air Max 90 G Shoes
Best For Versatility
A combination of fused overlays, additional eyestays and strategically placed mesh capture the look of the original Nike Air Max 90. The mesh has a thin, flexible overlay that helps keep out water and makes it easy to clean your shoes.
An integrated traction pattern gives you exceptional grip in a variety of conditions. The new design draws its inspiration from the iconic Waffle outsole on the original Nike Air Max 90.
FootJoy Premiere Series Flint Golf Shoes
Best Traditional Golf Shoe
Colours: 3 (White, Black, Navy)
+ Arguably the best-looking shoe of 2021
+ Waterproof, stable and comfortable
– Premium price point may be a stumbling block
New for 2021, FootJoy’s Premiere Series Flint shoe is a throwback to the past. With its classic styling and modern performance, it’s the perfect solution for golfers who want to look the part without making any sacrifices on the course. Despite being a spikeless model, the Flint offers ample grip thanks to a Versa-Trax+ Outsole, while inside, the Ortholite FitBed enhances stability and comfort. The leather upper is fully waterproof and features subtle details that only add to the elegance on offer. You’ll struggle to find a shoe better suited for wear off the course as well as on.
Payntr X001 F Golf Shoes
Best New Golf Shoe Design
A new entry to the list this year is the Payntr X001 F shoe. The sports footwear performance brand has already turned heads in the golf world, with its shoe that is said to give golfers a competitive advantage thanks to a unique 3D traction system specifically designed to prevent rotational slippage.
There is also a Responsive Power Plate and midsole cavity that make it easier to utilise ground reaction forces, while the underfoot cushioning and PMX foam midsole provide all-day comfort that is breathable and waterproof.
Skechers GoGolf Elite Tour SL Golf Shoes
Keeps Your Feet Dry
Colours: 3 (White/Navy, Grey/Lime, Black/Red)
+ Outstanding grip and waterproofing
+ The best-looking model from Skechers’ ‘Elite’ series
– Perhaps won’t wow you like some of its competitors
Fully waterproof and featuring a durable grip outsole that provides a whopping 236 points of contact with the ground, the new Skechers Go Golf Elite Tour SL shoe is not to be overlooked in this list. The low-drop design ensures golfers will feel close to the ground, but that doesn’t come at the cost of comfort, which is provided for thanks to the lightweight Ultra Go cushioning and Goga Max insole.
Duca Del Cosma Elpaso Golf Shoes
Eye-catching Italian Shoes
Colours: 2 (White, Navy)
+ Made to the highest standard
+ Very comfortable and waterproof
– Style might not be to everyone’s taste
As eye-catching as ever, the latest collection from Duca del Cosma features the Elpaso model. A new breathable and recyclable upper, coupled with the soft Arneflex insole means the entire foot is well taken care of in this comfortable offering. OnSteam technology in the inner lining is waterproof, while the lightweight Airplay VI outsole contains traction knubs that allow golfers to swing with confidence. Available in white and navy.
Mizuno Nexlite GS BOA Spikeless Golf Shoes
Extremely Light Design
Brushing the scales at just 235 grams per shoe, the new Nexlite GS spikeless shoe from Mizuno delivers that lightweight feel without skimping on performance elsewhere. The soft-touch Kurary upper is fully waterproof and features Mizuno’s BOA system for a secure fit, while the EVA midsole provides a cushioned ride from start to finish. Underneath, a hard-wearing X10 runner sole maintains grip in all types of conditions.
Inesis Men’s Grip Waterproof Golf Shoes
Best Value Shoes
Don’t let the entry level price tag put you off as you can pick up some high quality golf gear from Decathlon while saving a few pounds in the process.
These shoes in particular are wateproof, relaxed fitting and feature an outsole with moulded spikes split three distinct parts – EVA boosts cushion for walking comfort, more rigid TPU spikes for traction and more flexible rubber spikes for versatility as you walk the fairways.
FootJoy Flex XP Golf Shoes
Building on the success of the immensely popular Flex model, FootJoy released the XP which features a completely new upper design with a premium, lightweight performance mesh upper. Additionally, the design is fully waterproof which enables high performance come rain or shine. We have found ourselves wearing the shoe as much away from the course as on it, making the XP’s inclusion in our most comfortable golf shoes guide, an absolute no-brainer.
Ecco S-Three Golf Shoes
Top Grip And Stability
A spikeless model that blends on-course performance with off-course style, the S-Three delivers dynamic comfort and modern looks with a mix of technologies to enhance performance. The most notable innovation in this shoe is the Zonal Fluidform technology, which creates a moulded midsole with three distinct zones of softness to ensure the right balance of cushioning and stability exactly where you need it.
Adidas Tour360 XT SL Shoes
Wide Colour/Size Choice
In terms of style, the new adidas Tour360 XT shoes deliver an attractive blend of traditional golf shoe looks with a sporting edge. These are aesthetics that will appeal to a broad spectrum of golfers of different ages. The Tour360 XT gets the name from the X-shaped traction system on the outsole, providing multi-directional grip throughout the swing. These X-shaped lugs provide more stability and can react with better traction through uneven lies due to their eight-sided touch points, without sacrificing any comfort. The grip is certainly excellent, even in tougher ground conditions.
We hope you enjoyed this guide on the best spikeless golf shoes.