10 Best Golf Shoes in 2021
Adidas, Footjoy, Nike, Callaway, Ecco and over a dozen more sports brands are currently competing in the golf shoe arena. To the consumer’s benefit, this translates to a few hundreds of golf trainers that cater to every taste and style.
We aim to cut through all the marketing fuzzbuzz to find out which models truly shine on the golf course. Having reviewed over 80 models, we offer our top picks of golf shoes in five different categories.
Spiked or spikeless, premium or budget-friendly, you can choose what fits your needs the most.
Overview of this guide
- 1. How we select the top picks in golf footwear
- 2. Best overall
- 3. Best waterproof
- 4. Best comfort
- 5. Best style
- 6. Best budget shoe
- 7. Choosing the right pair of golf shoes
- 8. Spiked or spikeless ?
- 9. Choosing the right upper material
- 10. Waterproofing in golf shoes
- 11. Laces vs. BOA
- 12. Traditional or athletic: pick your style
- 13. Frequently Asked Questions
How we select the top picks in golf footwear
Before giving the final verdict, we consider all available golf shoe models on the market. Our experts treat both coveted and less known brands equally to offer an unbiased overview.
Spending 7 hours per shoe on average, our team studies all the nooks and crannies to understand what real benefits each trainer gives to the wearer. We also summarize thousands of user reviews to understand the shoes’ strong and weak points.
Once all the work is done, each model is given a CoreScore, a number from 1 to 100, which indicates its overall performance. Ten golf shoes with the highest CoreScore make it to this ranking.
The Adidas ZG21 doesn’t come out on top of our list for no good reason. As a matter of fact, it comes out on top for all the great reasons!
Easily a highlight to this shoe is its sheer focus on comfort. Upon step-in, our feet were welcomed by the nice, cushy Boost foam. It’s very plush, we can stand in it all day long.
Although it’s got a very soft cushioning, it doesn’t lose its eye on stability. In fact, what we felt the entire time we were wearing this golf shoe was a terrific balance between comfort and support. Apart from long-time wear, it’s also a feature we greatly laud during swings!
Conquering the course in wet conditions? That should be the least of your worries. It’s a waterproof shoe, and we can attest to its AMAZING protection from water splashes. No water seeped into the shoe at all.
It only gets better with the shoe’s outstanding grip. As in, it bites into everything - be it wet or dry grass.
At 13 oz, it’s 20% lighter than its predecessor, and we felt this. The shoe didn’t drag us down, making us more efficient while allowing us to save energy.
Speaking of efficiency, the midsole doesn’t only make each step comfortable. It also ups the energy return!
Another unique feature of the Adidas ZG21 is that it comes in two lockdown systems. Meaning, golfers can choose if they want the more traditional lace-up closure or the more convenient BOA Fit System.
Regardless, this shoe didn’t let us down with its lockdown. It’s secure and supportive, it keeps our feet tucked in place.
It can’t get more comfortable than the Footjoy Pro SL. It’s a shoe we’d pick any day if we feel like walking on the golf course. Its comfort is just a champ!
Taking everything up a notch, it’s also very stable. This is owed to its very supportive cushioning system. During swings, we were confident and steady in position.
And good news for those who wear custom orthotics, this shoe is wide enough to accommodate them.
It’s a spikeless golf shoe, but it didn’t hold back with its traction. It latched to the ground, keeping our strides and swings surefooted. Even on wet courses, we didn’t experience any slips at all!
And who wouldn’t love a good ol’ pair of waterproof shoes? Hands down, it’s a rockstar in keeping moisture out.
The leather upper is not only impermeable, it’s also very secure and comfortable. It kept our feet locked in place, but it’s NOT the snug type that’s constricting. If anything, it’s a supportive wrap that ramped up stability.
And ooh la la! It’s a sexy golf shoe, alright. It’s sleek and it’s sharp-looking. You can’t go wrong with it in the style department.
If there’s one thing that held this shoe back as our top pick, it’s the outsole’s durability (or lack thereof). The center row of spikes just wears out too quickly.
The Ecco BIOM Hybrid 3 BOA is not only a standout among the waterproof golf shoes we’ve tested. It’s also a showstopper when it comes to performance!
First off, it’s one hell of a comfortable shoe. It’s almost like our feet were cushioned with fluff, it’s almost like walking on air.
And of course, it wouldn’t make it to this list without its waterproof design. Another aspect of this shoe that we just can’t get enough of. We tried it out under wet conditions, and it aced our tests! No moisture or water leaked into the platform.
It’s also a spikeless shoe. But we were awestruck with the grip we got. It’s just as good as the spiked golf shoes in our arsenal.
Whether walking or swinging on dry or wet terrain, this shoe just latched into the ground. Even better, it doesn’t retain grass or dirt!
If it’s a solid support you’re after, this shoe won’t disappoint. Working hand in hand with the midsole is the form-fitting upper. It wraps around the feet superbly, it prevents excess movements!
And if you want a convenient lockdown, you’re in for a treat. Apparent through its name, the Ecco BIOM Hybrid 3 BOA is configured with the BOA Fit System. In a few knob turns, the foot is locked securely in place. It’s convenient, and it adds to the sleek appearance of the shoe!
Overall, it’s a premium shoe, but it’s the kind of premium that is justified with the quality it offers.
A shoe for all seasons, the Adidas Tour360 XT is truly a step-up from the previous versions we’ve tested. Not only is it waterproof, it also doesn’t lag behind in responsiveness.
It’s a shoe that screams performance from top to bottom! The upper keeps the foot securely in place, preventing slippage and any feeling of instability. It’s got a glove-like wrap that inspires confidence throughout the 18 holes.
And it also doesn’t shy away from comfort. We swear we can wear it all day long with no complaints!
The Boost midsole plays a huge role in the comfort it delivers. It’s plush, creating the sensation of walking on air. Even better, it also doesn’t have reservations on energy return. If anything, it made us efficient.
It’s plenty durable and having hammered it, we can attest to how much strength it has. It’s built to last long.
And if you want to catch some eyes when you’re out in the course, this is THE shoe. The leather upper is very stylish and polished. And good news for the clean freaks, it’s an easy-to-clean golf shoe, thanks to the softness of the leather upper.
The only caveat that we can’t write off from the Adidas Tour360 XT is that it doesn’t come in women’s sizes.
Hands down, the MOST comfortable golf shoes on our roster. The Footjoy Hyperflex BOA is supremely cushy, it’s almost like we were walking with slippers on, not shoes.
Although it’s immensely comfy, it doesn’t skimp on stability at all - a hand-in-hand effort between the shoe’s midsole and outsole. Swing after swing, we felt planted on the ground.
The outsole just digs into the surface, keeping everything nice and steady.
Add in the very supportive upper. It locked our feet in position, eliminating worries of slippage and instability. Even better, the upper is complemented with the BOA Fit System, allowing us to really crank down the laces in just a few turns of the knob. It’s that convenient!
The upper of this shoe is a bag of goods. But the real scene-stealer is its waterproofness. Even when we took some swings on wet grass, we had ZERO issues with water permeating the upper. It’s a solid 10/10.
And if you’re looking for a smasher, the Footjoy Hyperflex BOA is a certified stunner! It’s on fleek and it’s got major style.
This shoe is almost a complete package - ALMOST. But we just had some issues putting it on and off. The opening is just too narrow to make foot entry easy.
Otherwise, it’s a golf shoe we’d choose any day!
Footjoy just can’t stop giving us the most comfortable shoes, can they? Blowing our minds yet again, the Footjoy Stratos gave us the spa-day treat our feet were looking for.
It’s luxuriously plush and cushy, we can last the entire 18 holes in it. It doesn’t only steal the spotlight in the comfort arena, it’s also a superstar in stability.
While doing our downswings and backswings, the consistent feeling we had in the shoe was support. From the midsole to the outsole, we had all the stability we desired.
The outsole just bit into the turf. As in, we were anchored in position, regardless of our movements.
It wouldn’t be as impressive if it weren’t for its waterproofness. This shoe is, hands down, impermeable. After a couple of uses on wet terrain and conditions, it remained dry.
And for those who want their golf shoes to be spick and span, it’s an easy feat with this one. The upper is very soft, it’s VERY easy to clean.
Because of its spikeless design, this shoe is also very versatile. Meaning, you can wear it off-course. And because it’s so stylish we won’t have second thoughts about wearing it to meetings or just any other laidback occasions.
If there’s a downside to the Footjoy Stratos' spikeless outsole, it’s that it accumulates grass!
Having tested out hundreds of running shoes, nothing comes close to the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour’s runner-like comfort. It’s plush and soft, it’s a dream to the feet!
But before we dive down to the nitty-gritties, let’s take some time to appreciate its very fashion-forward aesthetics. This is what made it top 1 on our list anyway. And that’s telling of how well-styled it is. Simply, it’s the sexiest shoe we’ve ever put on!
Whether it’s on grass, dry, wet, and hard-packed surfaces, and even on pavement, this shoe’s traction is top-notch. It literally sticks into all types of terrain without any issues.
And for a shoe packed with so many performance-oriented features, it keeps its weight at a minimum! And more importantly, this translated on the golf course. We never felt like it was dragging us down.
The perks don’t stop there. It’s also a waterproof shoe, and after several tests, it’s proven itself a winner in impermeability. It’s very effective in keeping water out, even under wet conditions, our feet were dry.
Apart from giving the shoe its sleek facade, the upper also gave us less headache, especially in cleaning. The materials this shoe uses are very soft, it’s easy to clean out dirt.
Everything is great about the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour, except the rubbing we experienced in the heel area. That aside, it's one solid shoe that will make heads turn!
It’s got a hell of a look! But after taking it out for a couple of spins on the golf course, the Nike Roshe G is more than what meets the eye.
Yes, it’s attractive, and it’s a surefire eye-candy. That, we cannot deny. But what makes the Roshe G an even more attractive golf shoe is that it is loaded with performance-ready features.
First off, it’s more than what we expected from a spikeless shoe. To be honest, we were just waiting for it to fail in terms of traction. But boy did this shoe prove us wrong. Even better, amazed us!
One big swing after another, we were fastened into place. As in, the whole time we were just feeling surefootedness. NO slips at all!
Because it's jam-packed with comfort, we were focused on our swings and nothing else. The midsole is soft and flexible, while the upper is light and breathable.
Our feet were kept sweat-free. What’s also good about it is that it gives a foot-molding wrap, amping stability up even more.
And because it’s a highly fashionable golf shoe, we wouldn’t mind having it double as our lifestyle sneaker. It’s that striking!
If there’s one thing we wanted the Roshe G to be, it’s a waterproof golf shoe. Other than that, it smashed it in the looks department.
Best budget shoe
Cheap doesn’t mean low quality, and that’s what the Footjoy Flex proved to us! At $90, you can’t get more pocket-friendly than this.
While golf may be a sport attributed to rich men, it’s not always true that you have to pay a premium price to get quality shoes. Nope, and that’s where this shoe comes in.
A standout feature that we just can’t move past is its comfort. It’s luxuriously cozy, we didn’t want to take it off our feet!
Having tested out a lot of golf shoes in the past (the expensive ones included), we can say that this shoe has got what it takes to go head to head with the higher-tier versions.
And it’s not only because of its comfort. It’s also because of the grippy traction it delivered. Whether it’s on turf or off-turf, we had ZERO issues with slipping. It bit into everything and anything underneath it.
While traction positively affects the shoe’s stability, the midsole also plays a huge part. It’s not overly cushy that it renders the platform mushy, it’s a balanced cushion. Meaning, there’s none of that sink-in sensation, rather it’s a combination of softness and support.
It’s very supportive that we felt steady in all our swings!
And if you’re concerned with having breathability issues, take it from us, don’t. This shoe is anything but warm.
The upper provides ventilation to the feet, and even after long days on the course, we didn’t have sweaty feet.
For an expensive price, there are also some sacrifices. And one that we cannot write off is the Flex’s poor durability. After only a couple of uses, the sole already detached!
True to how it’s billed, the Skechers GO GOLF Max is among the most comfortable golf shoes we’ve ever tried on!
It’s not only feet-pampering, but it’s also a well-rounded shoe that bites into everything. The outsole crushes everything underfoot, whether it be on wet and dry terrain or inclines. Given its grippy traction, this shoe is everything confidence-inspiring!
And we wouldn’t say this without its inherent stability. Even for a cushion that has so much give, the midsole didn’t let us feel like we were unsteady. It’s got sufficient lateral rigidity, keeping our strides and swings supported all throughout.
Unlike other wide-width brand-touted shoes, this is a first for us. It really IS wide, and for us with large feet, it wasn’t hard to put on, and the fit was rather accommodating.
Don’t get us wrong, it’s still a performance-oriented fit, meaning snug from the rear to the midfoot, and roomy in the forefoot. So you don’t have to worry about your feet sliding inside the shoe.
And because it's a spikeless golf shoe, it was easy for us to transition from the golf course to the pavement. And the grip was just as solid!
The Skechers GO GOLF Max not only skimps on price, it also skimps on weight. So much so that it felt like we had nothing on foot. It’s THAT light.
To really seal the deal, the shoe is also made with breathability in mind. It’s not waterproof (one of the drawbacks we have), but if you’re searching for a shoe that will keep you sweat-free through the 18 holes, this is IT.