Best Casual Golf Shoes 2023

Looking for a golf shoe you can wear on and off the course? Check out some of the best casual golf shoes currently available

Best Casual Golf Shoes
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Fashion trends in golf are changing rapidly and there are now styles to suit traditional and new golfers looking to enjoy the game. Brands and manufacturers are providing more options than ever to suit the more casual golfer and some of the more casual golf shoes on the market are eye-catching, comfortable and still excellent to use on course. 

With this is mind, most of the best casual golf shoes are spikeless so as they can support being worn off the course and, what's more, most of the best spikeless shoes still have excellent grip capabilities, but you can also check out out best spiked golf shoes guide if you're looking for the ultimate grip on course. 

When going for a casual golf shoe, consider where you might want to wear it off course. Is it just a shoe for a more casual summer look on course? Do you want to also wear them in the gym? Do you want something you can walk straight off the course and onto the patio in? All of the shoes in this list will support that casual look and feel while giving you plenty of performance on course. 

Best Casual Golf Shoes

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adidas adicross retro golf shoes

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Classic Adidas Trainer Look

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable
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Versatile on or off course

Reasons to avoid

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Doesn't offer the best grip in winter

The adidas Adicross Retro shoe is just what it says on the tin, a retro take on a modern day golf shoe that many will think looks fantastic. We are certainly in that camp, with the shoe looking like a timeless classic that performs as a golf shoe as well as a street trainer too - that's why we included it in our 2021 Editor's Choice list.

It's a leather shoe that is made from water-repellent qualities, meaning it should keep your feet dry in most conditions. What's more, it is easy to clean after your rounds and the spikeless outsole features the brand's Traxion outsole tread, which offered us absolutely fine grip on dry days.

G/FORE MG4+ golf shoes in white and camo

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Can be used in an array of scenarios

Specifications

Sizes: 7-15
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 4 Men's (Black, Snow, Nimbus, Twilight) 5 Women's (Snow, Racer, Stone, Nimbus, Scarlet)

Reasons to buy

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Use all day
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Modern, stylish design with good colour/size choice

Reasons to avoid

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Can feel slightly heavy after a day on the course

Whilst G/FORE are synonymous with outlandish designs and colour ways, the MG4+ has a more understated and yet modern look, making for a stylish, casual look on course. 

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

When we put the shoes through their paces, they were comfortable from start to finish and performed about as well as is possible on a debut outing and beyond. 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, with the stability coming from the heel cup at the back of the shoe that really locks the foot in place without sacrificing any comfort. Available in a solid range of colours for men and women, this is an excellent golf shoe for someone looking for a casual option.

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: No
Colors: 4 Men's, 3 Women's, 1 Junior

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 colourway and thought it was an incredibly versatile option that could be worn with trousers and shorts, in all seasons.

Nobull Matryx Shoes Review

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Lightweight and comfortable

Specifications

Sizes: 7-15
Waterproof: Not fully
Colors: 12

Reasons to buy

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Distinctive styling will help you to stand out from the crowd
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Lightweight and comfortable
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Durable Matryx fabric
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On and off course appeal

Reasons to avoid

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Not fully waterproof
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Not as much grip as other spikeless shoes 
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Some colourways will get dirty

Nobull was founded in 2015 by Reebok veterans Marcus Wilson and Michael Schaeffer, and it has become the dominant brand in CrossFit, as well as expanding its offering into running, cycling and swimming and more recently golf. 

This offering is a very athletic, sporty, trainer-like shoe, with the upper featuring a seamless one-piece construction of Matryx, a hardwearing and breathable material, which is water resistant, but not waterproof. 

Offering a very distinctive look, it also provides superb comfort from an internal collar padding. In terms of support, there was plenty on offer, with the shoe excelling in summer and dry conditions. 

FootJoy Flex XP 2022 Golf Shoe Review

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Specifications

Sizes : 7-12
Colors : 3 (Black/Red, White/Black/Red & Grey/White/Red

Reasons to buy

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Sleek, modern styling
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Very comfortable straight out of the box
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Can be worn on and off course

Reasons to avoid

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Not the ideal shoe for muddy conditions

The Flex franchise from FootJoy has become an appealing option for many golfers over the last few years. The idea behind the original version was to offer golfers trainer-like comfort and good on course traction, all at an attractive price point. The 2022 version continues that ethos but with some important upgrades.

Firstly, there is the styling, the most eye-catching aspect of which is the waterproof mesh upper. We were pleased to see the Flex XP 2022 comes with a one year waterproof warranty. Indeed, it did a good job of keeping the water out during my testing. However, the mesh upper developed a muddy look that was harder (but not impossible) to clean than, for instance, the FootJoy Pro SL 2022. Secondly, the VersaTrax outsole provided good stability on the course. We had no issues slipping during the swing. What’s more, the stability you get comes from an outsole design that isn’t too aggressive. For us, this makes it one of the best spikeless golf shoes when it comes to course/off course design. 

Best Golf Shoes

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Best For Modern Styling

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 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 colourways

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 - who said casual had to be subtle? 

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 also 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. This is the best casual golf shoe for those who want something a bit bolder and more athletic looking and feeling on the feet.

FootJoy Womens Links Shoes

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Specifications

Sizes: 3-9
Colors: 3 (Black; White and Turqoise; White)

Reasons to buy

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The tennis pump appearance really wins it
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The Links can be worn on and off the course making it a great 2-in-1 shoe
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They are so fashionable.
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High in the comfort stakes and performance was great too

Reasons to avoid

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More colour choices would be great
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The laces came undone at times so had to give it a double knot

A stylish golf shoe that we received many compliments on both on and off the course, the FootJoy Women's Links Golf Shoes are a fantastic golf shoe that delivers excellent comfort and high performance. FootJoy are really starting to make a name for itself in the golf shoe industry for the less traditional options it have in their line up and these summer golf shoes are a testament to that. They are a fantastic spikeless golf shoe (opens in new tab) and are made from a plush leather that is very easy to clean. We tested them in both wet and dry conditions and our feet remained dry and comfortable throughout. 

The sole delivers excellent grip on the turf and while that perhaps might not be the same traction as some of the best spiked golf shoes (opens in new tab) on the market, it did allow us to plant ourselves nicely and get a good swing through the shot. Your feet will also be well cushioned by this shoe too, which features FootJoy's lightweight PU footbed that gives great support to your heel and the balls of your feet. But most of all, we loved how versatile these shoes were, offering style on the course and on the high-street.

Cuater The Ringer Golf Shoes Review

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Tour-level looks and performance

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 and Sam Burns, 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 and provides a trendy yet smart look if you're thinking of combining them with shorts or trousers. 

The Ringer is also brilliant for comfort and stability and features in our best golf shoes for plantar fasciitis guide, making these a great pair of shoes for any golfer who struggles with foot pains. The fit is secure from heel to toe and we found the cushioning inside the shoe also very soft. 

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.

Skechers Golf Golf Drive 5 shoe - standing

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Comfort in an affordable package

Specifications

Sizes: 8-12
Waterproof: Yes
BOA Options: No
Colors: 3

Reasons to buy

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Extremely comfortable out the box
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Excellent cushioning around the heel
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Good waterproof properties 
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Very good grip in the wet for a spikeless golf shoe

Reasons to avoid

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Styling isn't the most eye-catching side

Skechers are known for producing some of best golf shoes for under $100 and, with these Go Golf Drive 5's, that is the case, with the shoe offering a versatile, casual, waterproof, spikeless golf shoe that provides a relaxed fit, with the Arch Fit insole system offering podiatrist-certified arch support.

The ample cushioning on offer, particularly around the heel section, meant that they almost felt like slippers the moment we put them on. This makes the Go Golf Drive 5 supremely comfortable to walk and play in.

What's more, the shoes are completely waterproof and, when the conditions do turn, they offer great drip from a spikeless shoe, with the looks somewhat adapting well to off-course situations.

Duca Del Cosma Monterosso golf shoe in white

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Specifications

Sizes: 40-47 (EU Sizes)
Colours: 3 (White, Black, Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Soft Nappa leather 
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Premium styling 

Reasons to avoid

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Not much support around the ankle

Duca Del Cosma shoes offer golfers a stylish and comfortable option to wear on course, with the Monterosso combining everything great about the brand. The style of these shoes clearly indicate that they are designed to be worn both on and off the course. 

Along with the looks, you get a breathable, ergonomic Arneflex insole that offers nice underfoot cushioning, while the leather upper is lightweight and adds to the overall soft feel of the shoe.

There is also good grip on offer, this is thanks to Duca’s original outsole that ensures stability during the swing. It's an impressive outsole and we were especially pleased with how well they handled slightly damp turf as well as dry conditions.

G/FORE MG4x2 Shoe ReviewEditors Choice 2022

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Editor's Choice winner

Specifications

Sizes: Men (7-15) Women (5-11)
Waterproof: Yes
Colors: 5

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 colour 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. 

It’s not just the obvious things, everything from the box the shoes come in, to the ‘RESPECT MY BALL FLIGHT’ text on the sole, exudes a style and attitude. The MG4x2 are a cross-trainer style shoe and designed for both on and off course activities. Sometimes, when it comes to versatility, models can struggle, however, there are no issues here.

Crammed with technology, the Sawtooth sole design offers one of the most compelling spikeless outsoles on the market even in wet and soft underfoot conditions, while a moulded heel cup prevents the heel from slipping, so your feet always feel really secure. 

The last feature is that the upper is both breathable and waterproof, meaning your feet will stay dry from rain and not get too hot when temperatures rise.

Golf shoe close up pictured

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Different design

Specifications

Sizes: 7-11
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 1 Men's (Navy/Kobalt)

Reasons to buy

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Foam and waterproofing create comfort
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Something a little different

Reasons to avoid

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Only one colour to choose from

Fashion and style underpin Duca del Cosma’s brand ethos, but there’s plenty of technology packed into the Flyer shoe that makes it a practical as well as more casual golf shoe. Chief among this is the waterproof but breathable internal bootie membrane, meaning external water is kept at bay while internal moisture created can escape.

Not only this, but the memory foam Arneflex insole, which is also covered in cow leather, offers incredible comfort underfoot. If you’re looking for something a little bit different this year, we would recommend that you take a closer look at the Flyer.

PUMA GS-Fast Golf Shoes

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The best shoes for comfort and to stand out

Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: 100%
Colors: 6 (White; Black; White and Black; White and Blue; White and Grey; Black and Gold)

Reasons to buy

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Unique styling
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Excellent comfort and support
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Offers decent grip on the ground
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Style may not be to everyone's tastes
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Not the best for ventilation

PUMA have always been a front runner when pushing the boundaries to design trendy yet functional golf shoes and the GS-Fast, an update on their much talked about RS-G Golf Shoes (opens in new tab), certainly continues that trend. These are a statement shoe for those players wanting to complete a streetwear look on the course. Admittedly these shoes will not be everyone's cup of tea and we did get several comments about them from playing partners and other members of the golf course when we first tested them out. 

But aesthetics aside, our testing procedures showed us that PUMA have put an awful lot of technology into these shoes, making them one of the most comfortable spikeless golf shoes (opens in new tab) on the market. Their chunky sole provides exceptional level of cushioning as you walk around the course, while the mesh sock-liner prevents the risk of blisters arising on your feet. 

The GS-Fast comes with a wide rubber outsole that is littered with a ton of small rubber studs. That means these shoes are better used as a summer golf shoe but still performed very well in slightly soft autumnal conditions with their grippy outsole providing solid traction on the turf. They are also completely waterproof and are very easy to wipe down after your round. 

Skechers Go Golf Elite Tour SL, Best Golf Shoes

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Easy and comfortable to wear

Specifications

Sizes : 6.5-12
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: No
Colors: 3 Men's (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

Skechers are well known for out of the box comfort, casual styling and excellent on course performance. 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 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.

Best Nike Golf Shoes, Nike Air Max 90 G Shoes, white golf shoes

Specifications

Sizes: 3.5-15
Waterproof: 100%
BOA option: No
Colors: 6 Men's and Women's (Grey, White, Black, Red, Pink, Green)

Reasons to buy

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Tour validated performance
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Each colour is unique

Reasons to avoid

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Design may put some off

A design you will undoubtedly have seen out on Tour, the Air Max 90 G shoes are one of the best Nike golf shoes on the market. 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, whilst an integrated traction pattern gives you exceptional grip in a variety of conditions. 

Obviously, the main stumbling block to some may be the styling, but perhaps younger players will enjoy the fact that these are extremely versatile for on and off the golf course.

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 Golf Shoes

Comfort - Once you know the right size to go for, comfort is the next factor to be aware of. If a shoe isn't comfortable, you aren't going to wear it so we recommend trying on different models before you buy.

When you are trying shoes on, listen for a 'whoosh' sound which should indicate air leaving the shoe which usually suggests a good fit. Walk around in the shoes too so you can feel any pinching and whether your feet are moving around inside them. A correctly fitted shoe should so neither of these things. This is important because if your feet slide around inside, or you get rubbing and blisters, you won't wear them again and they could damage your feet and performance.

Spiked or spikeless? - Next up is to decide between spiked and spikeless. There is a mix of styles above but you should know that they have pros and cons.

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 but might not offer as much traction. Have a think about which factor is most important to you here.

As you have seen in this guide, most of the best casual golf shoes are spikeless, so check out our best spiked golf shoes guide for a comprehensive look at some spiked options.

Waterproofing - Waterproofing is always important in a good golf shoe. Us golfers are outside all day sometimes and that means the occasional bit of rain is inevitable, and your shoes need to be able to deal with this. Therefore always check if a model is waterproof.  Some shoes are 'water-resistant' where they will survive in a short shower but will struggle to keep the water out in significant rain.

Budget - Finally be aware of your budget because you can find a casual golf shoe at any price point.

FAQs

Can golf shoes be worn casually?

Absolutely yes. As you've seen in this guide, the styling of golf shoes has become significantly more casual in the last few years. Many we've listed here are styled on street shoes and the low profile outsole that provides plenty of grip on course isn't at all intrusive when walking on harder surfaces. 

Why do I need to wear golf shoes?

Golf shoes are designed to provide ample grip whilst out on the golf course, as well as comfort and style. You don't want shoes which will be slipping all over the place, neither do you want shoes that will give you blisters

Dan Parker
Staff Writer

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides, specializing in golf shoe and golf cart reviews. Dan has now tested and reviewed over 30 pairs of golf shoes for the website and magazine with his current favorite pair being the Ecco Biom C4. A left-handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 8.5 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His best day in golf so far was shooting 76 at Essendon Golf Club on his first-ever round with his Golf Monthly colleagues. Dan also runs his own cricket podcast and website in his spare time. 


Dan is currently playing: 


Driver: Ping G425 Max 

Fairway: Ping G425 Max 

Hybrid: Ping G425 

Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham 

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix