Make no mistake, when you hit the golf course, you need to have firm footing. There is nothing worse than showing up on the first tee and realizing all you have is your trainers. Morning dew, midday sprinklers, inclement showers and winter golf, among other things, are all going to affect the ground beneath you, and while you may be busy thinking about your lie, you’ll want to think about the contact your feet have with the turf almost just as much. Sure, a lot of golf shoes look like sneakers these days, but there are key differences that will make or break your round. For the wetter days, you can get spiked golf shoes, which will look familiar if you’ve been around golf for a while, but you can also pick from a multitude of spikeless golf shoes, that are more akin to sneakers but feature grippy, heavily-treaded soles lacking the pronged cleats you’ll find on spiked shoes.
You’ve probably already got your golf course style dialed, from your hat to your pants, but don’t forget the shoes. Don’t show up in your old trainers, shop these golf shoes instead.
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Not necessarily a classic shoe, but the Adidas Tour360 is on its 22nd model, proving it has staying power. It is spiked, so you won’t want to wear it from your home to the course, but it will be more than adept at getting you from tee to green.
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Newcomer G/FORE makes some of the best-looking golf clothes we’ve seen, but it also makes some awesome shoes. There are classic-looking shoes, but also these innovative sneaker-style kicks offer 360° waterproofing and a fast-twist closure system.
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Footjoy is one of the iconic shoemakers in the golf world — its classic leather shoes have been adorning pro golfers for decades. That doesn’t mean it hasn’t kept up with the times, though. The brand still makes some of the best golf shoes in the game, like this shoe that easily blends old and new.
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This spiked golf shoe from Nike blends old-school golf shoe charm with the performance and comfort you can expect from the Oregon-based shoe giant, like its famous Air Zoom system.
The Air Max 90 is an absolute god in the sneaker world, and now you can wear it on the course thanks to Nike’s idea to build this version specifically for golf, thanks to water resistance and integrated traction.
Another excellent Footjoy shoe, the Premiere Series Field reminds us of an earlier time in the golf world — these would look at home in Augusta at the 1980 Masters just as much as they would in 2022.
According to the PGA, the average golf course is 7,200 yards (over four miles), so it’s no surprise that the walking shoe experts at Ecco have gotten in on the game. The brand’s shoes blend style and function while remaining dedicated to comfort. Your feet will never hurt in some Eccos.
One of the better-looking options in the bunch, the Adidas Flopshot Spikeless is also one of the more affordable. You can take these through their paces on the course, but also easily rock them at the bar after you finish up your round.
Under Armour, probably most known for its contributions to American football apparel, has also made a swift move into golf — they sponsor PGA pro Jordan Spieth and golf-obsessed Steph Curry — so you can wear these knowing that some legends wear the same kicks.
When we think of Puma golf, it’s hard not to see Ricky Fowler and his monochromatic statements on the links. The Oklahoma State-grad and PGA pro has been rocking with Puma for a while now and we have to say, his statement style actually works. Shop these and pair them with a full white ‘fit.
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