The 10 Best Men's Golf Shoes of 2021

The freshest kicks for the course

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The Rundown

Best Overall: ECCO Men’s Biom H4 Golf Shoe at dickssportinggoods.com

"These shoes are durable, completely waterproof, and provide tons of stability and traction."

Best Budget: Puma Fusion Evo at zappos.com

"Under a C-note, the Puma Fusion Evo golf shoes are a bit of a steal."

Best Waterproof: Payntr X 001 at payntrgolf.com

"Although these shoes are new to the market, they provide excellent grip and support. "

Best for the Aspiring Pro: Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour at nike.com

"Three hybrid spikes coupled with a grippy traction pattern minimize slipping during a shot."

Best Vegan: Adidas Stan Smith PrimeGreen Special Edition Golf Shoes at dickssportinggoods.com

"50 percent of the upper is made of recycled material, meaning there’s a little less waste out in the world."

Best Custom: FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow at footjoy.com

"For a few dollars more you can customize these with eight base leather options and 51 more for the accents."

Best to Wear Anywhere: Cole Haan Generation ZERØGRAND Golf Sneaker at Amazon

"This is the kind of golf shoe you can wear beyond the course."

Best BOA: ECCO Men’s S-Three Boa Golf Shoe at Amazon

"These BOA shoes keep the tension consistent across the length of the foot than traditional laces."

Best for a Casual Round: Nike Air Max 90 G at nike.com

"These kicks barely look like golf shoes, so they're perfect if you need to run errands before or after the round."

Best Slip-Ons: Puma OG Slip-On AP Collection at carlsgolfland.com

"Since they are slip-on shoes, they are easy to hop into or out of in the course parking lot."

A good pair of golf shoes are crucial pieces of equipment, not just to prevent spoiling a good walk but also for playing the game well. But what makes a good golf shoe? “A good golf shoe improves your game by allowing players to be more stable, balanced, and flexible throughout their swing,” says Caroline Bassarab, PGA director of retail Reynolds Lake Oconee. “Balance allows you to have a smooth transition from your backswing to the downswing without your feet slipping.” Stability minimizes the feet from shifting or sliding from right to left to help keep the swing on plane. “Along with the combination of stability and the balance, this will increase your torque, which in turn increases your swing speed with the golf club resulting in gaining more distance,” she said.

Here are the best golf shoes for men.

Best Overall: ECCO Men’s Biom H4 Golf Shoe

ECCO Biom H4

Courtesy of ECCO

What We Like
  • Comfortable

  • Excellent stability and traction

  • 100 percent waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Some players might prefer a hard spike

ECCO was a pioneer in the advent of soft spikes for golfers more than a decade ago, and today they make some of the most comfortable golf shoes on the market. The BIOM H4 features performance leather uppers lined with 100 percent GORE-TEX to make them highly waterproof. The outsole is built with three zones of traction, providing the stability that fosters rotation during the swing while a TPU stabilizer keeps the foot from sliding.

Material: Leather, TPU | Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 39 to 48 | Spikeless: No

Best Budget: Puma Fusion Evo

Puma Fusion Ev

Courtesy of Puma

What We Like
  • Comes in various colors

  • Comfortable

  • Offers different widths

What We Don't Like
  • Lacks a dynamic aesthetic

Under a C-note, the Puma Fusion Evo golf shoes are a bit of a steal. The brand deploys a soft foam and springy rubber to keep the walk easy, as well as leverage ground forces during the swing. Integrated nylon straps tied into the laces aid players in finding their optimal tension, and the shoes come in sizes seven to 17 as well as extra-wide to fit the largest range of golfers.

Material: Foam, nylon, rubber, TPU | Weight: 12 ounces | Sizes: 7 to 17 | Spikeless: Yes

Best Waterproof: Payntr X 001

Payntr X 001

Courtesy of Payntr

What We Like
  • Excellent grip and support

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Limited color options

This golf shoe is a result of a partnership formed by ex-professional cricketer David Paynter and Mike Forsey, who has previously designed golf shoes for Nike, Under Armour, and FootJoy. The lightweight shoe uses thermoplastic urethane nubs on the outsole for grip, a graphite plate in the midsole facilitates a bit of spring off the ground during shots. To keep the shoes waterproof, the brand coats them in NeverWet, a superhydrophobic solution.

Material: TPU, PMX foam, and EVA | Weight: 12 ounces | Sizes: 8 to 13 | Spikeless: Yes

Best for the Aspiring Pro: Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour Golf Shoes

Courtesy of Nike

What We Like
  • Excellent stability and traction

  • Comes in various colors

  • Comfortable

What We Don't Like
  • Sizes can run small

Nike partnered with Brooks Koepka to create the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour. A weatherproof ‘Flyknit’ upper locks the foot in to mitigate in-shoe movement, but still lets the fit flex during the golf swing. Three hybrid spikes coupled with a grippy traction pattern minimize slipping during a shot, while an airbag sits between the foot and the midsole for added comfort for a player walking the course. Add it all up, and you have an incredibly versatile and comfortable golf shoe.

Material: Not listed | Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 3.5 to 17.5 | Spikeless: No

Best Vegan: Adidas Stan Smith PrimeGreen Special Edition Golf Shoes

Adidas Stan Smith PrimeGreen Special Edition Golf Shoes

Courtesy of Adidas

What We Like
  • Made from recycled materials

  • Excellent traction

What We Don't Like
  • From a platform not specifically for golf

For those who prefer to wear vegan leather, Adidas’ Stan Smith PrimeGreen Special Edition Golf Shoes add a certain je ne sais cool. The style, which is of course based on the original Stan Smiths tennis shoes, is unabashedly classic with a golf flare. White with a green heel and sole, the shoe features soft spikes for traction on the course. The kiltie style lace cover gives the aesthetic a throwback vibe and the fact that 50 percent of the upper is made of recycled material means there’s a little less waste out in the world.

Material: Leather, rubber | Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 4 to 15 | Spikeless: No

Best Custom: FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow

FootJoy Tarlow

Courtesy Footjoy

What We Like
  • Traditional style

  • Excellent stability and traction

  • 100 percent waterproof

What We Don't Like
  • Pricier than other options

The FootJoy Tarlow is a hella nice golf shoe, and for a few dollars more, you can customize them with eight base leather options and 51 more for the accents. The Tarlow features a 100 percent waterproof upper made from soft full-grain leather and calfskin detailing. Purposefully deployed multi-directional traction elements coupled with SoftSpikes cleats help keep players' feet from slipping during any type of shot. Plus, the classic style looks great whether you’re playing at a posh club or a chill muni.

Material: Leather, TPU | Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 7 to 15 | Spikeless: No

Best to Wear Anywhere: Cole Haan Generation ZERØGRAND Golf Sneaker

Cole Haan Generation ZeroGrand

Courtesy of Cole Haan

What We Like
  • Stylish

  • Excellent support

  • Comfortable

What We Don't Like
  • Difficult to pair with some golf attire

Cole Haan's Generation ZERØGRAND Golf Sneaker is the kind of golf shoe you can wear beyond the course. It’s got an aesthetic that looks more like a fashion sneaker than one dedicated for a single sport, but it still packs some serious tech to keep feet fresh walking 18. The upper is stretchy, the footbed is anatomically-based and a flexible, cushioned midsole all work together to provide on-course comfort. A multi-directional traction pattern gives players great grip from tee to bunker to the bar at the 19th hole.

Material: Foam | Weight: 1.72 pounds | Sizes: 7 to 16 | Spikeless: Yes

Best BOA: ECCO Men’s S-Three Boa Golf Shoe

ECCO Golf S-Three

Courtesy of ECCO

What We Like
  • Easy to use closure system

  • Excellent stability and traction

  • Comfortable

What We Don't Like
  • Some may find a BOA closure unattractive

BOA is not just for players who hate tying their shoes. The closure system is more efficient and is easier to keep the tension consistent across the length of the foot than traditional laces. ECCO’s Golf S-Three not only utilizes a BOA closure, but they also give golfers a full-grain leather, 100 percent GORE-TEX technology, a traction system with nearly 100 TPU bars that offers 800 angles of grip, and a midsole with 3 different zones for comfort, flexibility, and stability.

Material: Leather, TPU | Weight: 2.6 pounds | Sizes: 5 to 13.5 | Spikeless: Yes

Best for a Casual Round: Nike Air Max 90 G

Nike Air Max 90 G

Courtesy of Nike

What We Like
  • Versatile

  • Can be worn anywhere

What We Don't Like
  • Slides easily on wet or steep ground

The Nike Air Max 90s are stylish, easy, every day sneakers. The golf version is no different. On the soles, an integrated traction pattern grips the ground as you walk or swing. A foam midsole and an air pocket in the heel softens impact as you stroll, while a mesh layer over the upper keeps water at bay. These kicks also barely look like golf shoes, so if you need to run errands after the round, they won’t click or clack on the grocery store tile.

Material: Foam, TPU | Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 5 to 17.5 | Spikeless: Yes

Best Slip-Ons: Puma OG Slip-On AP Collection

Puma OG Slip-On AP Collection

Courtesy of Puma

What We Like
  • Easy to take on or off

  • Excellent traction

What We Don't Like
  • Feel a bit loose on the course

  • Not waterproof

If you’re just sneaking out for a bit of practice or popping off to the pitch and putt after work, the ease of a slip-on just makes sense. These Pumas from the Arnold Palmer collection are made from full-grain leather with “hidden” traction on the sole. Since they are slip-on shoes, they are easy to hop into or out of in the course parking lot. 

Material: Leather | Weight: Not listed | Sizes: 8 to 10 | Spikeless: Yes

Final Verdict 

We love the ECCO Men’s Biom H4 Golf Shoes for their comfort and stability (view at Dick's Sporting Goods). But the Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour (view at Nike) and FootJoy Premiere Series Tarlow (view at FootJoy) shoes are also strong offerings in a crowded field. Selecting a good pair of golf shoes comes down to personal style, level of comfort desired, and the environment in which you play. 

What to Look for in Golf Shoes

Hard vs. Soft Spikes

Some golf shoes use soft rubbery traction systems and others use hard plastic spikes to give players grip. Choosing between the two depends on playing conditions and personal preference.  

Water Resistance

Most golf shoes offer at least some degree of water resistance to prevent your feet from getting wet during a round. If you play in damp conditions frequently, consider choosing a model that is fully waterproof and comes with a two-year guarantee.

Comfort and Fit

“Comfort is a very important factor especially when golfers walk an average of 3 to 4 miles while playing 18 holes,” Bassarab says. Some companies offer more padding for a softer feel. “Inside the shoe ensure there is a cushion technology to provide comfort and support," she says. "The insole should have some supporting technology to increase the fit and stability."

According to Bassarab, golf shoes should have a secure fit at the heel and a wider toe box that allows the toes to be comfortable while swinging the golf club. “Golf shoes should not be tight, especially in the toe box area,” she says. “If you cannot move your toes inside the shoe, they are too small.”

While many of today’s golf shoes don’t need much of a break-in period, a little extra care can make the first few rounds in new kicks more comfortable. Before going out to the golf course, try walking around the house for 10 minutes for a few days, then increase the amount of time until your feet feel comfortable.   

Price

Good golf shoes typically cost between $100 to $300. How long a pair lasts depends on how much you play and the weather conditions. A good pair can last from one to three years. But when the shoes start to look worn or the spikes start to lose grip it is time to get a new pair. 

FAQs

How should you clean golf shoes?

A cloth with warm water should be sufficient to clean your shoes after a round. Some golf shoes can be polished, but you will want to check the care instructions that come in the box.

How long do golf shoes last?

Golf shoes last between one to three years, depending on use and weather conditions.

Do golf shoes need to be broken in?

Most contemporary golf shoes don’t need to be broken in but doing a little work will help make them more comfortable over their first few rounds.

Why Trust TripSavvy?

Nicholas McClelland is a passionate golfer who has written about the game and its gear for Men’s Journal, Fatherly, and InsideHook. He takes his clubs with him almost everywhere he goes, and when he’s not playing, he’s likely planning his next round.

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