Best Golf Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis 2024

Do you struggle with plantar fasciitis? Here are some of the best golf shoes to help...

Best Golf Shoes For Plantar fasciitis
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Pain of any sorts in your feet can be incredibly distracting during a round of golf. For those who suffer with plantar fasciitis - an intense stabbing pain felt in the heel of the foot - flare ups and constant pain can ruin a round of golf and potentially stop you from playing the sport altogether. However, the perfect pair of golf shoes can both help alleviate pain and make the long walk around a golf course a much more pleasant experience. With any luck they'll help you play better golf too!

The best golf shoes for plantar fasciitis have incredibly soft midsoles and insoles that cushion your feet. They have especially good padding around the heel area and offer excellent support around the ankle so your feet don't move around too much. Plus it's also worthwhile getting a fairly lightweight pair of shoes, too, so that your feet and legs don't come under too much stress while you walk the golf course.

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While it must be stressed that we at Golf Monthly aren't podiatrists and our recommendations below are strictly our golf knowledge rather than medical, we do know a seriously comfortable golf shoe when we test one. On that basis, we've collated a mixture of the best spiked shoes and best spikeless shoes for those with plantar fasciitis. It's worth noting we've added more spikeless shoes to this list as they tend to be the most comfortable of the two types of golf shoe. You can also check out our guides on the best golf shoes for wide feet and best golf shoes for walking for even more options that are easy on your feet. 

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Best Golf Shoes For Plantar Fasciitis

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Spikeless Models

Cole Haan ZeroGrand Overtake Golf Shoe resting on the golf course showing off its excellent white and orange colorway

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A stunning golf shoe that delivers comfort and support in spades

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Waterproof: Water Resistant
BOA options?: No
Colors: 8 (White/Orange; White/Black; White/Navy; White/Pink; Royal Blue/White; Black; White; Grey)

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly lightweight
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Stylish design
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Easily worn on and off course
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Soft, supportive midsole

Reasons to avoid

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Outsole is not ideal in wet conditions

Perhaps one of the most lightweight golf shoes on the market right now, the Cole Haan ZeroGrand offers a designer look but also delivers comfort in spades. When we say lightweight, we mean these shoes weight quite literally next to nothing and offer a very cool sporty look that will help you stand out as a serious player when you rock up to the course. In fact, we feel there's a lot of versatility on offer here and would feel very comfortable wearing these not just on the golf course, but in our daily lives as well. 

On that note, let's talk a little more about comfort, with these shoes coming with a midsole that feels almost like a memory foam mattress to walk on. Cole Haan call this their GrandFoam midsole plate. It feels soft and full of bounce as you walk around the course and we felt it really hugged the bottom of our feet when walking - a fantastic sensation to say the least. In fact, we would even go as far as saying that this was one of the most comfortable golf shoes we've tested this year. 

Cole Haan aren't a brand that you'd regularly come across on the course, but they're certainly shaking things up with aesthetics here. This shoe a great addition to those who are looking for a more easy-going look, something you might find from some of the best casual golf shoes on the market. The only downside here is this shoe is only water-resistant and not waterproof, so it doesn't quite match up to some of the best winter golf shoes for performance, but will come into its own when during the summer months. 

Ecco Biom H4 2023 Golf Shoes

Ecco Biom H4 2023 Golf Shoes

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This improves on the success of the previous H4

Specifications

Sizes: 6-13
Waterproof: Yes
BOA option?: Yes
Colors: 3 (plus BOA options)

Reasons to buy

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Modern, stylish design
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Excellent waterproof protection
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Outstanding comfort

Reasons to avoid

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Distinct Ecco design does divide opinion

We have always liked the H4 shoes (as you can see with our review of the older version), and the newer design did not disappoint either. It has a reworked upper which was mainly noticeable in two areas. In the toe it looks a touch slimmer whilst the tongue itself has been redesigned completely. We liked both of these design alterations.

It is visually appealing thanks to the combination of a simple aesthetic that also features some pops of color. It isn’t over the top and garish, but rather has subtlety to it. The shoes felt soft but not overly squishy and the tongue in particular was a new design element which felt comfortable. 

The outsole itself gave very good grip and despite mud and sand gathering in each channel this didn’t seem to impact the grip and stability. In wet conditions the shoes also performed well and we found them to be reasonably easy to clean after too.

Under Armour Charged Phantom SL Golf Shoe

Under Armour Charged Phantom SL Golf Shoe and its blue mesh upper resting on the golf course

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A lightweight golf shoe that is extremely versatile

Specifications

Sizes: 6-14
Waterproof: Water-Resistant Design
BOA options?: 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

Many of the best Under Armour golf shoes are jam packed with technology that will help cushion your feet as you walk around the golf course. With the brand boasting a breadth of experience producing high performance athletic-wear, the Charged Phantom SL shoes are one of the most stable best spikeless golf shoes out there. Visually, they are a stunning pair of sneakers, offering an eye catching colorway on the midsole that blends a lovely a dark navy with white. We liked the versatility these shoes offered. They look similar to a running trainer and we used them heading out for walks, trips to the supermarket and even to the pub. 

On first impressions, we loved the fit they delivered. It was snug and the material wrapped nicely around our feet to provide a locked-in feel that was really comfortable. The Charged midsole that separates the footbed and outsole is another highlight of this shoe. It delivered a lot of responsivity as we pushed through each shot. We felt really strong and well supported here and that gave us a lot of confidence that we could really rip through each golf shot. Another nice touch was the TPU infused yarn that is wrapped around the toe of the shoe. It delivered a secure feeling, much like a sturdy leather-based shoe, but was very welcome when things got a little wet on the course. 

The last thing to note here is the grip. While it doesn't quite match up to whats on offer in some of the best spiked golf shoes,  this is a shoe built for warmer temperatures and in fairness, did perform nicely in dewy conditions on the course. The sole of the Charged Phantom SL features a ton of rubber nubs that are strategically placed to resist rotational movement and help you really plant your feet. We were really impressed with this factor, especially on a damp driving range in March.

Puma Ignite Elevate Golf Shoe

The stunning Puma Ignite Elevate Golf Shoe resting on the golf course showing off its thick sole

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One of the best-looking spikeless golf shoes on the market

Specifications

Sizes: 7-12
Waterproof: Yes
BOA options?: No
Colors: 3 (All White; Black/Silver; Grey/Black)

Reasons to buy

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Soft midsole and upper
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One of the best-looking spikeless shoes of the year
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Excellent on/off course wearability

Reasons to avoid

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Outsole not as comprehensive as rivals

One of the best-looking spikeless golf shoes available right now, the Ignite Elevate takes everything that we loved about the Puma Ignite Articulate, and upgrades it into a spikeless offering. Aesthetically, a lot of influence has been taken from this shoe's predecessor, with the Elevate coming in a very cool athletic profile akin to many of the best golf sneakers. We particularly enjoyed the combination of materials the brand has used here, with the Elevate coming with a textured upper that is contrasted by a black cage area across the shoe. That all combines to give this shoe a very premium feel. 

Speaking of which, the comfort here is impressive too. It comes with a fabric sock area around the ankle that helps to deliver a locked-in feeling to your feet but is super comfortable too. The shoe's midsole is built from the familiar Ignite Foam which is seen in many of the best Puma golf shoes. It helps to deliver a responsive feeling, which was both comfortable and supportive. It also comes with a cool Exoshell casing on the heel, that aims to deliver 360º of support to your feet. During testing, we found that it keeps you feeling locked-in and supported throughout 18 holes. Overall, the Elevate is a stunning spikeless golf shoe that will appeal to many kinds of players. 

G/FORE MG4x2 Shoes

G/FORE MG4x2 Shoe resting on the golf courseEditors Choice 2022

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A stunning golf shoe that delivers excellent support both on and off the golf course

Specifications

Sizes: 7-15
Waterproof: 100%
BOA option?: No
Colors : 5 (Navy; Black; White; Grey; Poppy)

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 color 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. This is a cross-trainer shoe, a multi-functional model designed for both on and off the course. A lot of golf shoes struggle to find the balance between on and off course versatility; many end up failing on one or sometimes both tasks with either the style or performance being compromised. Not so with the MG4x2 shoes.

On course, the Sawtooth sole design offers one of the most compelling spikeless outsoles on the market even in wet and soft underfoot conditions. Having put these to the test ourselves, we did like the confidence they gave us when playing in wet and muddy conditions. They also feature a moulded heel cup that prevented our feet from slipping around inside the shoe, so you always feel really secure. Meanwhile, the upper is both breathable and waterproof and that kept our toes nice and dry in when the rain comes down or even when things got too hot on the course. The style here is the defining feature though, and it fits with many of the best G/FORE golf shoes available right now. 

Spiked Models

Adidas ZG23 Golf Shoe resting on the green

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A stunning golf shoe that delivers excllent support

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12
Waterproof: Yes
BOA options?: No
Colors: 3 (Cloud White; Lucid Blue; Collegiate Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Super soft midsole and upper
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Lightweight yet incredibly stable
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Upper wipes clean easily

Reasons to avoid

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Not the most premium-looking shoe

An upgrade on the adidas ZG21 golf shoe the ZG23 boasts a stunning design that will appeal to many golfers looking for a golf shoe that will help to minimise the pains from plantar fascitiis. The biggest improvement over the ZG21 - and a standout feature in the whole shoe market - is adidas' new Lightstrike and Lightstrike Pro technology used throughout a newly revamped midsole. While many of the best adidas golf shoes currently employ a Boost midsole, which by all means delivers excellent comfort, the new technology on offer here is a real winner that we thoroughly enjoyed. 

In testing, we were impressed with the overall comfort, especially the softness in the midsole and the cushioning and comfort under the foot. This, paired with the softness of the upper, both on the outside and inside of the shoe, makes it one of the most comfortable shoes on the market. Those features combine to make this one of the most comfortable golf shoes out there. Plus there is also more comfort and stability from the Stability Fin, which gives the ZG23 the ability to keep your feet incredibly stable as your weight shifts through the golf swing. Lastly, because of the ultra-lightweight nature of the shoe, it really reduced foot fatigue after walking 18 holes.

Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3 Golf Shoes

Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3 Golf Shoes Review

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Specifications

Size: 6-14
Waterproof: Yes
BOA option: No
Colors: 4 (Black, Red, Blue, Photon Dust, plus several special editions)

Reasons to buy

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Outstanding comfort and feel
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Total performance
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Look absolutely fantastic

Reasons to avoid

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Laces feel a touch cheap

Replacing the Victory Tour 2 shoes below, (which we absolutely loved), the newer 3 model takes total performance even further, getting 5 stars in our review. Why? Well looks wise Nike improved the aesthetics in several subtle ways - the new Full-grain leather upper has a supple feel and sophisticated look. The swoosh and midsole sections look slightly different and better in our opinion, and overall we think the shoe looks more refined. We also absolutely loved the color we got sent and there are also several other colors to choose from, as well as special edition designs too for events like The Masters. 

Comfort wise these are right up there with the best on the market thanks to the extra padding around the ankle, and the internal strap on the inside of the shoe which actually contours to your feet. Nike also stitched a Zoom Air unit directly to the upper which delivered exceptional feel, and the foam towards the heel felt very cushiony, almost bouncy when walking on the course

Grip and stability was also good, and the shoes are 100% waterproof as well. In short, we love this shoe and it covers all the bases to a very high standard. It may come with a pretty punchy price tag, but we really do think it is worth it.

Skechers Pro 5 Hyper Golf Shoe

Skechers Pro 5 Hyper Golf Shoe and its white and blue colorway resting on the golf courseEditors Choice 2022

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A shoe so good we decided to put it in our Editors Choice list

Specifications

Sizes: 7.5-13
Waterproof: Yes
BOA options?: 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 at the moment, 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. I thought this made the shoe one of the most comfortable golf shoes on this list. That Arch Fit technology is designed to reduce pressure on your foot by distributing weight over a wider area, thus reducing foot fatigue. 

Admittedly, it's a strange feeling at first as it feels like the arches of your feet are being pushed up, but I was soon very much used to - and enjoying - the sensation beneath my feet. The shoe also boasts Skechers Hyper Burst and Resamax cushioning which work in tandem to offer excellent rebound in your step. Other elements we liked were the breathable mesh that helped keep my feet cool, and the Softspikes provided excellent grip for me. 

Ecco Biom G5 Shoe

the sporty ecco biom g5 shoe resting on the green in a grey colorway

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A grippy golf shoe that offers a stable feel underfoot

Specifications

Sizes: 6-12.5
Waterproof: Yes
Boa options?: Yes
Colors: 3 (White; White/Blue; Grey)