This year’s most fashionable golf shoes
It’s 2023 and the breath of choice in the golf shoe market has never been greater. Narrowing down the best golf shoes is no mean feat with all the main players offering shoes that provide incredible protection and performance out on the course.There’s really no excuse for struggling to find a high-functioning golf shoe, it’s more likely that your decision will be swung by which pair catch your eye the most.
So, whether you’re in the market for spiked or spikeless shoes, the perfect pair is out there, be it a casual sneaker-style shoe, a classic-traditional one, or one popping with vibrant colors, elevating your style on the course has never been so easy.
Look good, feel good, play good – as they say! Here’s our pick of this year’s most fashionable golf shoes to grace the fairways.
G/FORE Collection Gallivanter Golf Shoes – $225 / £190 RRP
The Gallivanter is a traditional shoe with a modern twist.The fully waterproof premium full-grain leather upper looks tremendous and is surprisingly easy to keep clean. It’s ultra-lightweight sole and non-replaceable cleats are durable and positioned for excellent traction.The ‘Comfort System Technology’ creates one of the best insoles we’ve tried, letting air flow to the feet to keep them cool and dry with a triple-dense foam footbed for seriously impressive comfort.
FootJoy Fuel Golf Shoes – $135 / £ 130.00 RRP
FootJoy Fuel is the brand’s most athletic shoe ever and targets the influx of new and returning golfers to the game.Fuel stands out from the rest of FootJoy’s extensive range, with its dynamic design, streamlined styling, and bold colors.Available in men’s, women’s, and junior models, Fuel’s outsole is inspired by the superb Pro SL, as the brand seeks to deliver Tour-proven performance in its most modern design.It delivers enhanced grip, increased traction, and superb stability while proving totally suitable for wearing off the course.
Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3 Golf Shoes – $205 / £180 RRP
From every angle, this is a striking piece of footwear. Visually the Victory Tour 3 looks the part and is super comfortable and supportive thanks to the foam heel delivering a soft smooth ride.The old-school look with a few vibrant colors will really set your outfit off and have your playing partners jealous on the 1st tee. Partnering with superb traction from the new Tour Flex Pro Softspikes, you have a shoe that’s perfect for practice or a trip to the course.Unquestionably you will get a smooth ride here from a shoe that is very waterproof.
Duca Del Cosma Churchill Golf Shoes – $239 / £200 RRP
Churchill is one of our favorites and a Today’s Golfer Editor’s Choice Awards winner.It’s easy to see classic-style shoes and assume they will be hard-wearing or uncomfortable, but the Churchill is a delight for the feet.The finest Italian Nappa leather upper is joined to Duca Del Cosma’s Airplay XI outsole to give you a shoe that fits beautifully and looks great on or off the course. Square-shaped nubs are strategically placed around the bottom of the shoe to give you maximum grip and stability when swinging.
Payntr X 002 Golf Shoes – $190 / £150 RRP
The 002 looks great out of the box and even better on foot. It’s full-grain leather upper looks the part and is water-resistant and super supportive, and the Dual Density PMX Foam Midsole adds a spring to your step with maximum energy return.Payntr’s Neverwet skin is impenetrable, even in the worst weather. Rob Jerram, the Today’s Golfer digital editor, is a massive fan too. Despite having access to a host of big-name models, he’s chosen to wear them for more than 50 rounds.
How to choose golf shoes
Before parting way with your hard-earned cash, be sure to take a minute and ensure you have factored in the following considerations:
Comfort – with the average round of golf lasting over four hours, the fit and comfort of your new shoes is paramount. Ensure the fit is snug without your toes feeling pinched, and ideally have a good walk around in them first, or even a few swings. Look for a balance of support and comfort to make the most out of your new golf shoes.
Protection – Fundamentally, a golf shoe needs to provide you with sufficient traction and support when swinging. Golf shoes with spikes tend to give better grip/traction out on the golf course with them having soft spikes placed around the outsole and are better when the ground is wet underfoot. Spikeless golf shoes feature small rubber molds on the outsole to aid grip and are perfect for dry and hard course conditions.
Budget – Finally, set yourself a budget. With so many models available, there will always be a pair of golf shoes that represent value for money, no matter how much you are willing to spend. Providing your new shoes, are comfortable, supportive and you like the look of them, you’ll be hot to trot!