Should I Buy New Golf Shoes For Winter?

We highlight some of the reasons why a new pair for winter could be worth the money

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Should I Buy New Golf Shoes For Winter?

Once we’ve found a pair of golf shoes we like, we tend to stick with them through rain and shine, especially considering how durable they are these days.

They're undoubtedly an essential winter golf item, but do you really want to put your favourite pair through the endless steps on mud, frost and everything else playing golf in the winter will throw at them?

I put to you that you’re better off giving them a thorough clean and putting them away safely for the winter - they’ve earned a break with some of the places you’ve made them visit! This is especially true if your go-to pair is a lightweight, flexible design built for the dry fairways of summer.

Instead, bite the bullet and invest in a pair of golf shoes specifically for the winter. They don’t have to be expensive, and they should last you a number of years. Here are some things to consider.

Color

Black shoes are widely regarded as being better suited to winter because they show dirt less than white equivalents and better match the black trousers nearly everyone tends to wear in winter. 

Speaking of which check out our guide on the best waterproof golf trousers too if you need a new pair.

But if you can’t bring yourself to wear black shoes and opt for a lighter colour, make sure the upper is made of a material that is easy to keep clean - I.e. a smooth surface where mud wipes off easily.

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Grip

When playing on softer ground, your feet are more likely to move around as you swing and when walking down slippery slopes.

So you need a pair of shoes that will provide good grip, any of the models we included in the best golf shoes for winter guide should perform here because they have all been designed to do so. 

The older your golf shoes are, the more the cleats will have worn away too so while they might be cleated, they could be providing you with less grip than a brand new spikeless pair.

We’re not necessarily saying you should discount spikeless shoes altogether, but cleated shoes will provide the best traction to combat the wet terrain. If you do still want to wear spikeless shoes, make sure the outsole nubs are pronounced and plentiful.

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Style

Naturally, the best waterproof golf shoes are models to consider because they will keep your feet dry and protected, whilst also offering good stability. 

By this, we mean having a rigid sole unit that provides a strong and stable base from which to swing that from our testing has shown to increase clubhead speed and distance over soft, flexible shoes.

You could go a little more drastic and opt for a boot-style construction, which has even more support and a higher ankle design that provides extra protection. 

Not the best visually, but certainly fully equipped for what winter has to throw at them.

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Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x