Golf Shoes Statistics

Posted on 22 August, 2023 by Cesar Monasterio

Top golf shoes statistics

  • Golf footwear sales sit at US$8.96 billion as of 2023.
  • By 2032, these numbers are projected to reach US$13.33 billion.
  • Europe had the biggest golf footwear market share in 2022 at 30.14%.
  • North America wasn’t far behind at 28.91%.
  • In 2022, spiked golf shoes accounted for 33.1% of the total golf shoe sales.
  • The male segment dominated the golf footwear market in 2022 at 40%, amounting to US$3.43 billion.
  • Golf shoes last a minimum of 2 years.
  • Spiked models wear out quicker than spikeless options.
  • 1 to 2 out of 10 pro golfers still wear golf shoes with metal spikes.

Golf shoes worldwide sales

  • As of 2023, global revenue in golf shoes is at US$8.96 billion.
  • At 4.4% CAGR, this figure is set to reach US$13.33 billion by the end of 2032.
  • US$13.33 billion is a 48.81% sales growth from the 2023 worldwide golf shoe revenue.
  • In 2022, golf footwear had global sales of  US$8.58 billion.
  • Between 2017 and 2021, the annual growth rate for golf shoes was 1.2%.


Global value (in US billions)







Golf footwear market share by region (2022)

  • North America’s market share in 2022 was 28.91%, translating to golf footwear sales of roughly US$2,480 million.
  • Europe had the highest market share at 30.14%, raking in US$2,590 million in revenue.
  • 17.25% of the worldwide market share went to East Asia, reaching sales of US$1,480 million.
  • Latin America and South Asia & Oceania regions had identical shares at 9.86%.
  • Middle East and Africa came in last at 3.98% market share.
  • It is projected that Europe and North America will retain their market dominance until 2032, having a combined market share of 60% by the end of said year.


Market share

Sales (in US millions)

North America






East Asia



Latin America



South Asia & Oceania



Middle East and Africa



Golf footwear sales by type (2022)

  • In 2022, spiked golf shoes took a global market share of 33.1%
  • This amounted to US$2.84 billion in revenue.
  • 26.49% went to spikeless golf shoes, reaching sales of US$2.27 billion.
  • Golf boots reached total sales of US$2.13 billion in 2022, taking 24.82% market share.
  • Golf sandals came in last at 15.61%, sitting at US$1.34 billion.


Sales (in US billions)

Spiked golf shoes


Spikeless golf shoes


Golf boots


Golf sandals


Market share of golf shoes by gender

  • Based on 2022 data, men generated US$3.43 billion in golf footwear revenue, taking up the biggest market share of roughly 40%.
  • Women, with a market share of 33%, brought in total golf shoe sales of US$2.83 billion.
  • 27% of the market share went to kids in the same year.
  • This percentage equated to US$2.32 billion in sales.
  • Within the 2022-2029 forecast period, the women’s and kid’s segments are expected to grow at 5% and 6.3% CAGRs respectively.


Market share

Sales (in US billions)










The durability of golf shoes

  • Golf footwear, on average, has a lifespan of 2 to 4 years.
  • A new pair of golf shoes can last up to 7 years if used no more than twice a year.
  • Spikeless golf shoes are estimated to last a maximum of 3 years.
  • These cleat-less options may wear out faster if used outside golfing (many players do wear them casually, based on current data).
  • Spiked golf shoes, specifically the cleats on their soles, can last up to 20 rounds, which is equivalent to roughly a year of regular golfing.
  • Moisture and shifting weather conditions can shorten the lifespan of golf footwear.
  • The DryJoys from Footjoy and Puma’s Grip Fusion are known to last for approximately 3 years.


Longevity in years

Footjoy DryJoys


Puma Grip Fusion


Adidas Tour360


Puma Ignite


Footjoy Fury


Golf footwear facts

  • It was in 1857 when some form of spiked golf shoes were first referenced.
  • These allegedly cleated golf shoes used sprigs or small nails to serve as spikes.
  • The Saddle Oxford golf shoe style was first introduced by Spalding back in 1906.
  • Many traditional golf shoes are modelled after this style.
  • In 1925, the two-tone wing tip (in black and white) was introduced to America by golfer Walter Hagen.
  • The use of metal spikes has declined since the late ‘80s.
  • About 15% to 20% of Tour golfers, including Bryson DeChambeau and Justin Thomas, can be seen wearing metal spikes on the course.

Golf footwear FAQs

What shoes are worn in golf?

  • A golfer can wear either a spikeless golf shoe or a cleated pair.
  • Spikeless models provide extra on-foot comfort, while spiked ones deliver more swinging grip and stability.
  • Waterproof golf shoes, especially spiked types, are ideal in wet and slippery conditions.

Are trainers appropriate for golf?

  • Ideally, proper golf shoes give the best results while out on the course.
  • New players, however, settle for trainers with lugged soles on their first few rounds.
  • Spikeless golf shoes are the closest thing to trainers; golf players use them in casual settings.

What golf shoes does Tiger Woods wear?

  • Tiger Woods are recently seen wearing Footjoy golf shoes.
  • At the 2023 Masters, he was seen sporting a pair from FJ.
  • He also sported Footjoy golf shoes at the 2022 Masters.


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Cesar Monasterio
Cesar Monasterio
Cesar Monasterio is considered one of the best Argentine golfers of his generation. He is one of only 13 players to have victories on all three European golf circuits: European Tour, Challenge Tour, and Legends Tour. In 2014 he won the English Senior Open and was voted Rookie of the Year on the Legends Tour. Mr Monasterio represented his country in the 1995 World Cup. Still active and competing with a strong focus, he is the president of the Argentine Professional Golf Tour and the coach of several prestigious golfers. Finally, he is a specialist golf "Blacksmith" repairing golf clubs precisely at the workshop set in his house for this fine purpose.