FootJoy Pro/SLX Golf Shoe Review

The popular model has been updated for 2024 - so what we do think of the changes? Here's our verdict...

FootJoy Pro/SLX Golf Shoe Review
(Image credit: Howard Boylan)
Golf Monthly Verdict

There are plenty of performance golf shoes on the market, and the Pro/SLX is up there with the very best of them. Technology-packed to deliver you supreme levels of comfort and traction, this premium model is a pleasure to wear.

Reasons to buy
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    A proven favorite

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    Supreme comfort and grip

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    Impressive stability for a spikeless shoe

Reasons to avoid
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    Some golfers may prefer a sleeker look

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The FootJoy Pro/SLX is the next evolution of the brand’s Pro/SL franchise – a shoe that has proved very popular on Tour and with club golfers for over eight years now - it's up there as one the best FootJoy golf shoes of all time. We’re talking about a performance-focused model here, so there’s quite a lot going on, both visually and underneath the surface.

My first impression, much like its predecessor, was that this was another FootJoy product to get excited about. Looks-wise, I was immediately impressed. It’s a shoe that says ‘premium’, and it looks especially smart in all white. The hero black, blue and yellow isn’t for me, but I’m not going to pick holes – we all have our favorite colors.

The first thing you’ll notice is that the FootJoy Pro/SLX features an exposed heel stabiliser and sidewall TPU wrap heel. It’s there to help lateral and upper movement. For me, it doesn’t spoil the look, but I get that it might not be everyone’s taste. The footprint of the shoe is also quite wide in places, which could divide opinion but it's worth it for the extra stability it provides - more on that later.

FootJoy Pro/SLX Golf Shoe sole view

(Image credit: Howard Boylan)

At the back of the shoe, there’s also a part that curves outwards at the top. I guess you could say that it sticks out a touch, but this collar does help you to get your feet in more easily and elevate the stability and comfort to another level comparable with the best golf shoes.

In terms of performance, it delivers in spades. I was presented with perfect conditions in which to test trial these shoes – a wet, greasy day testing trolleys at Worplesdon Golf Club, where my feet and ankle joints were given a thorough workout manoeuvring trolleys up and down slopes and around tee boxes. At no point did I feel my feet slipping or losing control during my swing. 

At this stage I should also mention that FootJoy has also introduced what it says is a “game-changing” new traction design called the PWR TRAX System. It features a molded 3D X-Wing that uses swing forces to redistribute energy to the perimeter of the shoe, inspired by the wide base found in race cars to maximise stability and traction.

FootJoy Pro/SLX Golf Shoe testing

(Image credit: Howard Boylan)

That’s a lot to digest. Essentially, not only will you find this model extremely comfortable to wear, it’s also very stable – even if you swing the club quicker than the average golfer or perform a kind of ‘Scottie Shuffle’ with your feet through the ball.

I’ve tested a lot of shoes over the years, but this pair has become my go-to for 2024, perfect for year-round wear. I might switch to a lighter, less bulky pair for more casual rounds on warm dry days, but when the conditions are a little testing underfoot or when playing in an important match, these are the ones for me. I appreciated the extra padding compared to previous iterations, placing them among the most comfortable golf shoes as a result. If you've gone over on your ankle before, I'd definitely recommend slipping a pair of these on. 

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

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.

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 86 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 3.2.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: Ping i230 4-UW

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 54°. Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge, K Grind

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2023 Titleist Pro V1x