Best Budget Golf Shoes 2024

Looking for a golf shoe that won't break the bank? Well, in this guide, we have you covered...

An array of the best budget golf shoes on the market in a grid style format
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Golf is an expensive game to play. By the time you've purchased a bag, balls and clubs, you've spent a small fortune, before you've even bought the right golf shoes.
But golf shoes are a critical part of any players game and it can be difficult to find a pair of shoes that perform without a hefty price tag...

To help make golf more affordable, we have selected the best budget golf shoes that we can find on the market. While 'budget' here is defined as anything under $100, we understand this is still a decent chunk of money. That's why we've made sure to include some great golf shoes under $50 . 

You might think that budget golf shoes means compromising on brand and performance. Nonetheless, there are some of the best FootJoy golf shoes and even the best adidas golf shoes in this golf shoe guide that deliver high-end performance and a fair price. 

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As you know, different conditions require different shoes. We've included a mixture of spiked and spikeless golf shoes in this list as well. Check our selection of best budget golf shoes below... 

The Quick List

Best Budget Golf Shoes

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Top pick

Adidas CodeChaos Shoes, adidas golf shoes on grass

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Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-11
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes
Colors: 4 Men's (White, Black, Grey, Green) 2 Women's (White, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Super comfortable
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Provides excellent grip from a range of different lies and ground conditions
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Lots of performance for the price

Reasons to avoid

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Lucid colours won't be for everyone
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Certain sections more difficult to keep clean than others

The Codechaos delivers top performance that won't blow your budget. Crucially, they're ranked as one of the best adidas golf shoes you can buy on the market, and these don't look like your typical golf shoes.

If you love a classic, traditional golf shoe, then the Codechaos' vivid colorway isn't for you. But the flexible, lightweight and breathable design will attract any player who cares about performance. The upper is made of a multi-layer mesh that has a thin film on the top. The benefit? Waterproofing and durability for the shoe, while also giving you repellant qualities and ensuring water and dirt do not stick to the shoe and stain them. 

The technology in these shoes doesn't disappoint. The full-length boost cushioning feels excellent but that's just the beginning. The Twist grip outsole was developed by evaluating heat maps in swing studies, specifically focused on the way golfers distribute and shift their weight throughout the swing. The blue section is a TPU insert with special lugs that vary in height and have lots of different angles for maximum grip.

Best versatility

Under Armour Charged Phantom SL Golf Shoe Review

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-14 (Size 6 Only Available In Blue)
Waterproof: Water-Resistant Design
BOA Option: No
Colors: 4 (Black, White, Blue, Blue Mirage/Midnight Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Machine Washable
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Extremely comfortable
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Multi-purpose shoe

Reasons to avoid

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Style may not be to everyone's taste

Titled as ‘the golf brand for athletes’, it's unsurprising that Under Armour has created this outstanding hybrid-crossover golf shoe. But what does that entail? Well, in testing the shoe, we found you can comfortably wear these at home, at the gym, walking 18 holes or even to a bar—it's the perfect combination of style and comfort...

A sleek athletic look is coupled with a breathable upper and a Storm Flat Knit Collar to secure the ankle. The Charged midsole is featured in many Under Armour shoes and helps transfer energy created from pushing against the terrain into your swing. Manufacturers like Nike have also harnessed their Free running technology in golf shoes, and we're a big fan of this crossover. Even with harder swings, we felt very stable in the Charged Phantom SL. Although the shoe tested well in dry to damp conditions, we would recommend a spiked model if you're playing golf in wetter conditions.

If you're looking for a new pair of golf shoes, this is is definitely a model to consider. It's a versatile, performance golf shoe at an an excellent price point. Plus, you'd get your bang for your buck wearing these both on and off the course. 

Most stylish

Adidas S2G SL golf shoe

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Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-14.5
Waterproof: Water resistant
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (White/Charcoal, White/Green, White/Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Superb value for money
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Excellent on/off course wearability
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Lightweight but quality build

Reasons to avoid

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Not as breathable as some

Style only counts if the performance is there to match it. The S2GL is another fantastic hybrid shoe that delivers precisely that, all for under $100. We've said it before and we'll say it again: we love crossover shoes. adidas has followed other manufacturers in adapting existing designs, like Nike's Jordan models, into golf shoes that perform. The S2GL is the latest addition the brands already impressive golf shoe range featured in our best golf shoe picks.

In our testing, the S2GL stood out as one of those shoes you could style as both a golf shoe and a casual trainer for daily life. Comfort? Some of you will be glad to hear it's a much wider fit than other adidas golf shoes, so it does indeed fit true to size. adidas have used their Lightstrike technology through the midsole, something which we see in their spiked golf shoes such as the adidas Tour360 24

What we really liked was the build quality and attention to detail of the S2G GL. Constructed of a mixture of synthetic materials and a leather upper to create what is a very premium looking and feeling shoe, there is also plenty of cushioning and energy to return to help produce confidence with each swing.

Best low-profile

The Puma Ignite Fasten8 Pro Golf Shoes on a green background

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Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: Multiple - Model pictured is Quiet Shade/Gold/Black

Reasons to buy

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Highly supportive throughout the swing
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Low profile look

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most eye catching shoe

Looking for a technology-packed golf shoe? Then the Puma Ignite Fasten8 Pro is for you. The simple, low profile design will appeal to players who want no-frills golf shoe that performs (and by the way we think its one of the best spikeless shoes you can get). 

But let's get into the tech... 

In testing, we found that Puma's PWRFrame technology provides you with a comfortable and grippy feel while also feeling very supported within the shoe. The PWRFrame tech is the common denominator for some of the some of the best Puma golf shoes you can get in golf. We found that no matter how your feet are positioned or what terrain you're in, this technology creates an amazingly stable platform. 

The microfiber upper of the Fasten8 Pro is made to be fully waterproof while making sure you have superior comfort from the ignite foam which is used throughout the midsole of the shoe. These shoes felt great straight out of the box with very little breaking in needed. 

Best for the office

FootJoy Contour Jogger Shoe Review

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-15
Waterproof: Water Resistant
BOA Option: No
Colors: 4 (Navy, Tan, Charcoal, Brown)

Reasons to buy

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Premium styling
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Excellent comfort
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Decent grip and support

Reasons to avoid

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Not waterproof

Fancy an early morning putting session before you head into work? The Contour Jogger Shoes are a great option for those looking for the style and comfort that you can get away with on the course and in the office.

They have a lovely soft suede upper giving great comfort with a padded tongue to hug the top of your foot. Pair this with a soft but responsive sole from the Stratolite foam, you can wear these shoes all day, every day, and not feel uncomfortable.

Comfort aside the Contour Jogger Shoes are some of the best spikeless golf shoes we have seen on the market. They are stylish, comfortable and water resistant. These shoes they really do tick a lot of boxes... 

Best spiked

Adidas Tech Response 2.0 golf shoes review

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Specifications

Sizes: 7-15 (wide fit available)
Waterproof : Water Resistant
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 (Black, Grey and White)

Reasons to buy

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Excellent value for money
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Low profile outsole is comfortable and efficient on all ground types
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Super lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Simple looks
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Synthetic upper not as breathable as some

Adidas are one of the leaders in what we've called the 'Spiked Golf Shoe Renaissance' with the adidas Tour360 24. Additionally the Tech Response 2.0 is another excellent spiked golf shoe from the brand. The shoe uses textile mesh and synthetic leather which makes for comfortable, airy and lightweight shoe. 

In fact, we found that the shoe is so lightweight, you get minimal fatigue after walking the course. The Cloudfoam sock liner and midsole only compounds the support and cushioning. 

Comfort aside, we find these shoes to look a little clumsy and there's limited colorways. If they delivered some better options in way of style this shoe would tick more boxes. That said, the price is what counts here. 

Best waterproofing

stuburt pct II golf shoes

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Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colours: 3 (White/Navy, Grey/Blue, Black)

Reasons to buy

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Out-of-the-box comfort
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Lightweight feel
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Decent value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Waxy finishes takes away from premium look
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Some may feel it looks a little clumpy.

If you're golfing in a country with high precipitation, you'll appreciate the value of a waterproof golf shoe. While the Stuburt PCT II is not listed in our best waterproof golf shoes guide, it is a serious contender, especially for those on a budget.

The shoes use a microfibre upper and have been fitted with a lightweight midsole that helps to prolong the life of the cushioning (better value for your money). In testing, we noticed that these really were lightweight shoes, straight out of the box they performed and were also very comfortable too. 

The shoe really shines in wet weather too. Stuburt has a DRI-back technology which is also featured in this shoe for full waterproofing, they also offer a one-year waterproofing warranty. The only drawback we found was the wax-style finish. This is likely to divide opinion as some golfers just don't like it. That being said the solid performance in testing, couple of with the value on offer, make this a shoe that many will still like.

How we test golf shoes

Our golf shoe testing revolves around us putting the shoes through testing in different conditions and weather. 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 look on the golf course. That means that every shoe in this guide has been personally tested by a member of the Golf Monthly team.

We find this is the best way to test golf shoes, as it gives the consumer a feeling for how they perform in the real world. Especially in different variables like weather and ground conditions, as well as different stances and levels of power being put through the shoe. 

By using the shoes we can tell little things like which shoes may be more narrow or wide and which shoes come up a little smaller than others in the same size. This allows us to pass valuable information to the consumer so they can make more informed decisions. 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 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 include several spikeless and spiked models but what is the overall difference? 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.

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.

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.

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.

FAQs

Are expensive golf shoes worth it?

More expensive golf shoes will provide a few extras. Many of them will use soft, more expensive full-grain leather and incorporate more technology to add comfort in the midsole. Cheaper shoes will still offer plenty of comfort, grip and style, but more expensive golf shoes will come with some extra luxuries. 

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