Despite your skill level, your sense of fashion or where you tend to play the most golf, there is a perfect golf shoe for you.
Along with ageless style and a classic leather bond welt, FootJoy’s top-of-the-line FJ Icon now sports an asymmetrical design that blends traditional and contemporary looks. It’s made with the best of everything: calfskin detailing, soft full-grain leather, cushioned support, memory foam in the tongue and around the collar, and a soft microfiber heel and tri-density TPU outsole. $260, www.footjoy.com
Brand-new from Adidas Golf is the Tour360 ATV. The “all-terrain versatility” acronym stands for the fact that the shoe’s forefoot flexibility, comfort and grip allow you to hit the ball comfortably from any surface or lie without having to worry about slipping. The shoe boasts a premium full-grain leather upper, a FitFoam insole and ?ThinTech low-profile technology. $190, www.adidasgolf.com
The Country Clubber
Upscale and cutting-edge, Nike Golf’s lightweight women’s Lunar Links shoe has a proprietary and plush cushioning system — via a full-length, dual-density Lunarlon? Foam liner encased within a supportive Phylon carrier in the midsole — that offers underfoot comfort and ground feel, as well as midfoot stability. $155, www.nikegolf.com
From a lesser-known brand that’s already lured some Tour pros, True linkswear’s Stealth resembles a nice casual dress shoe, thanks to its timeless cap toe and the fact that it’s cleatless. This is footwear that can be confidently worn straight from the course to the restaurant. A wide toe box, a flexible and thin outsole, and an overall weight of just 11 ounces work together to make this one amazingly comfortable golf shoe. $199, www.truelinkswear.com
Find the Ideal Golf Shoe
You’re spending five hours per round in golf shoes, walking miles. So it’s not hard to see why your shoes need to fit properly and feel comfortable right out of the box, with no break-in period. To find your golden pair, follow these tips:
- Shoe shop in the morning, before your feet swell up, and wear the socks you usually play in.
- Get both of your feet measured, sizing the shoes for your longer foot to minimize chafing and maximize swing balance.
- When you find the pair that marks the sweet spot, walk around the shop for 10 minutes to test the shoes out before you purchase them. Keep in mind, it’s always good to opt for breathable models — they’ll keep your feet cool and dry. Also, lighter shoes remain comfortable longer on the course.