Most Breathable Golf Shoes 2022

Check out some of the most breathable golf shoes on the market for the ultimate comfort in hot conditions

Most Breathable Golf Shoes
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Most Breathable Golf Shoes 

Playing golf on a hot summer's day is one of life's simple joys. With the sun on your back and your golf clubs in hand, nothing much else matters. What isn't so enjoyable is returning to the clubhouse with sodden, smelly feet that have been suffocated in a pair of unbreathable shoes. Not all of the best golf shoes (opens in new tab) are fully breathable, so you have to be careful which ones you pick and choose. The modern, seam-sealed, fully waterproof war horses that get us through the wet winter months are fantastic, but come the summer they can be cumbersome and get rather sweaty.

That's why moving to a very lightweight - often mesh - golf shoe in the warmer months can leave your feet dry and comfortable on even the hottest summer days. Of course, you don't get as much waterproof protection from these shoes, but hopefully you won't need it at the height of summer or if you're on a golf holiday somewhere warm. 

Here, we've collated some of the best spikeless golf shoes (opens in new tab) and best spiked golf shoes (opens in new tab) that are highly breathable and ideal to wear in warm weather. Check out our guide to the best casual golf shoes (opens in new tab)if you're looking for something to wear on or off the golf course and our guide on the best golf shoes for walking (opens in new tab) has you covered if you're after a slipper-like pair of golf shoes. 

Most Breathable Golf Shoes

Ecco Biom C4 Shoe review

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Colors: 4 (White, Navy, White/Black, Grey/Blue)

Reasons to buy

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Supreme comfort
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Incredibly soft leather upper
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All-over breathability
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Suitable for all feet widths

Reasons to avoid

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Toe area prone to staining 

One of the most technology-packed spikeless golf shoes we've tested this year, the Ecco Biom C4 seriously impressed us with its overall comfort, grip, style and breathability. It's built nicely on the foundations of the excellent Biom H4, which carries over into 2022, but the new sneaker-style has won our hearts from a style perspective, and the performance is there to match.

The Biom C4 uses Ecco's Exhaust Grid technology that scoops fresh air towards the sole of the foot to keep it cool. This, combined with Gore-Tex surround and breathable Ortholite insole makes this the most breathable shoe we've tested in 2022 by some stretch. Another excellent touch from Ecco is that the insole is removable to allow for more width in the shoe. This will make the Biom C4 suitable for those with wider feet and there was still the same amount of comfort and cushioning with the first insole removed.

I's certainly a step in the more athletic direction for an Ecco shoe, and we think this aesthetic move will attract golfers of all ages into Ecco shoes - we think these are some of the best looking golf shoes this year

New Balance Fresh Foam PaceSL Golf Shoe

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Specifications

Sizes: 8-16
Width: Standard, Wide, X-Wide
Colours: 3 (Black, Grey, Navy)

Reasons to buy

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Very stable through the golf swing
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Comfortable
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Athletic styling 

Reasons to avoid

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Sizing runs a little small

This athletic offering from New Balance feel like comfortable slippers from moment one. Plenty of cushion and arch support with ample amount of toe room and a snug fit that isn’t too stiff.  The waterproof mesh upper here that enhances the lightness and the mesh upper is also breathable and ideal for wearing in warm summer conditions. 

Each shoe weighs just 11 ounces. There’s also an integrated lace system that increases support of your foot - a great thing while you’re taking a swing. Then there’s the smart rubber, cleatless outsole that incorporates pressure mapping colours that highlight peak performance zones.

adidas-zg21-hero, Best Golf Shoes

Best Lightweight Shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12.5
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option: Yes (also ZG21 Motion model)
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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Lots of performance on offer for the price

Reasons to avoid

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Limited colour options

Two years in the making and designed to provide golfers with a high-performance shoe that is extremely lightweight and comfortable, the ZG21 from adidas is straight onto our list as it is comfortably one of the best golf shoes of recent times. It weighs just 13 ounces, making it 20 per cent lighter than adidas’ Tour360 XT shoe and lighter than many of its competitor’s models. The lighter the shoe, the easier they will be to walk in and the less sweaty you'll likely get. 

As well as the renowned Boost technology, the new Lightstrike cushioning, which has been used in other sports, provides comfort and stability throughout the swing. The four-layer upper is waterproof, while the ultra-thin TPU outsole features strategically placed cleats to optimise traction.

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Best Summer Golf Shoe

Specifications

Sizes: 6.5-12.5
Waterproof: 100%
BOA Option : Yes
Colors: 4 Men’s (White, Black, Grey, White) 4 Women’s (White, Black, Pink, White)

Reasons to buy

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Stylish and extremely comfortable
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Ample grip from different lies and protection from the elements

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than most of the other shoes on the list

Three years on from the Biom Hybrid 3, the H4 has been given some big upgrades, making it one of the best shoes Ecco has ever made. The leather upper has a premium feel and the GORE-TEX membrane is breathable and fully waterproof.

Traction and stability come from the new MTN Grip outsole, which features Ecco’s Fluidform technology as well as TPU inserts that secure the foot comfortably in place. Additionally, the H4 design is sportier and more athletic than its predecessor, making it suitable for wear on and off the course.

We found them to be extremely comfortable and Ecco really nailed the looks. The shoe looks traditional in a lot of ways but also has pops of colour and subtle features that add to the shelf appeal.

Best 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

The FootJoy Flex XP above is ideal for summer wearing, but if you're after a similarly breathable golf shoe with even more grip, the HyperFlex is the choice for you. 

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.

Golf shoe close up pictured

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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 - the ideal combination for the best breathable golf shoes. Not only this, but the memory foam Arneflex insole, which is also covered in cow leather, offers incredible comfort underfoot. 

True Linkswear Tru Knit II golf shoes

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Specifications

Sizes: 4-15
Colours: 5 (Pure Black, Maui Black, GOAT Grey, Deep Sea Blue, Bone White

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and comfortable
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Great to wear off the course

Reasons to avoid

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Not as supportive as some

Knit II's lightweight nature, all-day comfort, sock-fit feel and breathable nature make these an easy choice for warm days out on the fairways or for hanging out with your buddies at a barbecue. These are definitely made for playing golf first and foremost and the off the course benefits are an added bonus to these excellent golf shoes. 

The one-piece upper is completely breathable and made of a 90/10 split of polyester and spandex that conforms to most foot widths. It has a rich texture, and is offered in white, blue grey, and a “maui black” that’s actually more of a deep green. The shoe weighs only 9.1 ounces - it will be very difficult for you to find anything lighter in your pro shop. 

Skechers Go Golf Elite V.4

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Specifications

Sizes: 6-12
Colours: 6 (White/Navy, Grey/Red, Grey/Lime, Black, White/Red/Navy, White/Grey Victory,)

Reasons to buy

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Great grip in damp conditions 
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Out of the box comfort
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Plenty of colour options

Reasons to avoid

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White midsole prone to stains

There are very few shoes in this list with a full leather upper as these aren't traditionally as breathable as the mesh counterparts. However, this excellent offering from Skechers gives you the comfort and style of a leather shoe and breathability too. Skechers used its high-performance Goga Mat cushioned insole in the Go Golf Elite V.4 and you can feel the supportive cushioning working its magic throughout the round, giving your feet an easy ride across 18 holes. Comfortably one the best Skechers golf shoes (opens in new tab) out there right now. 

How To Choose Golf Shoes

There are several factors to be aware of when buying golf shoes...

Comfort - As you would expect, when it comes to the best breathable golf shoes, comfort is king. As we stride the fairways and greens, an uncomfortable pair can distract us from our game. We recommend trying on some models before you buy to see what you like the feel of, and be aware of some models that have specific foam technologies, or specific sole designs that are designed to house your feet in all day comfort. 

Grip/Stability/Traction - All three of these things are important because they allow you to commit to golf swings and play with confidence. If a pair doesn't deliver on these then you may slip, causing a bad shot or even worse, a bad injury. As a result, many of the models above, in both spiked and spikeless designs, have specifically designed traction patterns and lugs to make sure your feet don't slip.

Looks - This is entirely subjective, but you need to make sure you like the look of your golf shoes. We've covered all shapes and sizes of golf shoe above and there's a style to suit everyone out there. 

Waterproofing - If you are going to be walking in all weather conditions then you need a waterproof model too. Thankfully most of the models above provide 100% waterproof protection and we also recommend checking out specific brands that have long waterproof warranty's. For these breathable 

Sizes - It sounds like an obvious thing to say but make sure you get the right size for your feet. It is worth trying models on and making note of brands that come up slightly smaller or larger. For example Nike often comes up half a size bigger than my normal shoe size. 

Budget - Setting a budget will allow you to hone in on the best breathable golf shoes for you. Our list has covered a range of price points, but to really get an idea of a good budget golf shoe, check out our guide on the best budget golf shoes (opens in new tab)

FAQs

What makes a golf shoe breathable?

Any golf shoe that uses Gore-Tex will be extremely breathable. Gore-Tex is a material that allows sweat and heat to escape from the shoe without letting water in. Lightweight shoes tend to be more breathable too, as lighter materials mean your feet will sweat less.

Dan is a Staff Writer and has been with the Golf Monthly team since early 2021. Dan graduated with a Masters in International Journalism from the University of Sussex and primarily looks after equipment reviews and buyer's guides on the website. Dan was a custom fit specialist at American Golf for two years and has brought his expertise in golf equipment to a huge range of buyer's guides and reviews on the website. A left handed golfer, his handicap index is currently 9.8 and he plays at Fulford Heath Golf Club in the West Midlands. His golfing highlight is 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: TaylorMade Rocketballz 

Irons: Ping i59 (4-PW) 

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged Pro

Putter: Wilson Staff Infinite Buckingham 

Ball: TaylorMade TP5 Pix