The 8 Best Golf Shoes to Buy in 2018

Don't hit the links without a pair of these shoes

Think about your golf game. What piece of equipment do you use with every shot? Your shoes, of course. Hitting the ball straight requires stability, traction and balance through your swing, all of which depend on your footwear. The latest crop of golf shoes doesn’t just help keep your foot grounded through every stroke, they provide comfort for all 18 holes and even add unique sneaker style. In fact, a few of these shoes can transition seamlessly from the course to the clubhouse and even to the office. So, which golf shoe is right for your game? We walked the course in the hottest golf shoes to pick out the best of the bunch.

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    The advent of spikeless golf shoes has allowed sneaker styles to proliferate in clubhouses and tee boxes. The Adidas Adicross Classic is exactly that, bringing the brand’s iconic form factor to the course in a lightweight, comfortable shoe that transitions seamlessly from the golf course to your daily life. Beneath the full grain leather uppers, Adidas adds CloudFoam sock liners for feather-light cushioning. Spikeless traction is courtesy of Advanced Traxion Technology that uses 100 engineered lugs in varying sizes for enhanced grip.

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    Whether your style on the course is classic or modern, embrace the game’s roots with Ashworth’s Kingston Saddle Shoe. These sleek shoes feature leather welt construction with rich stitch detailing. A microfiber lining keeps your foot fresh and comfy for all 18 holes, while the lightweight sock liner provides plenty of cushioning. These are Ashworth’s first cleated golf shoe with seven cleated spikes providing stability, support and plenty of traction through your full swing.

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    Want to make sure your foot is on lockdown for all 18 holes? Slip into the FootJoy DNA Boa Cleated Golf Shoes and crank the Boa Closure System for a comfort fit every time. The company describes the fit as “down and back” because it wraps the forefoot around to the heel. FootJoy calls this shoe DNA, which stands for DryJoy Next Advancement, and other tech features include 100 percent waterproof ChromoSkin leather developed by Pittards of England, MicroVent tongue that shapes to the foot and lightweight Fine Tuned Foam foot beds for maximum heel support.

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    What’s tougher than a yak? Not much. Yaks live in the alpine rangelands of the high Tibetan Plateau, an ecosystem that requires a thick skin. In fact, yak leather is at least three times stronger than cow hides, which is why Danish shoe designers Ecco have been using it in their outdoor shoes. The Ecco Men’s Biom Hybrid Hydromax features soft, breathable yak leather uppers treated with Hydromax for water and stain resistance. Ecco scanned the feet of some 2,500 athletes to develop the footbed’s Anatomical Last Shape, and the tour-proven traction creates scores of traction angles for superb grip, from set-up to follow through.

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    You can thank fashionable PGA pro Rickie Fowler for these ground- and tradition-breaking high top golf shoes. The Ignite Hi-Top combines the cleated comfort of Puma’s performance golf shoes with the classic luck of the brand’s lauded lifestyle collection. The Titantour Ignite Hi-Top Se features Ignite Foam for energy return and responsive comfort along your entire foot. Meanwhile, Puma’s PWRFRAME construction and perfect fit strap hold you down on the course no matter what the conditions are. Full-grain leather uppers are complemented by pigskin lining for complete waterproof comfort, and duoflex soles facilitate natural movement whether you’re walking the course or swinging big in the tee box.

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    Duffers stuck in northern climes can extend their season into the fall with the Adidas Climaheat Boa Golf Shoe. To keep your feet warm and dry Adidas employs Climaheat multi-layered lining that extends over the ankle with a lightweight microfiber sheath. The shoe provides stability in any conditions, thanks to a TPU saddle featuring 360WRAP engineering, and the new nine-cleat outsole adds Swing Plane Traction tech for grip in wet and even frosty conditions. Completing the package is an advanced Boa Closure System with an incremental pull and push structure to customize the shoe to your foot.

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    Looking for a lightweight, flexible, spikeless golf shoe that will keep your foot cool during hot summer days? Slip on the Adidas Climacool Golf Shoe, which is based on Adidas' iconic supernova running shoe for lasting supreme comfort and breathability. The mesh upper provides 360-degree ventilation to keep your feet cool and the lightweight cloudfoam sock liner and stretch gore collar keep them dry. To make sure your foot stays locked down through your stroke Adidas adds a molded TPU saddle, and the spikeless outsole includes flexible puremotion tech so that the foot moves naturally as you walk the course. Best of all, the shoes come in eight colors, so you can match these kicks with every outfit in your locker.

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    Thinking of sneaking out of the office for a session at the driving range or a quick nine holes at the par-3? Pick up the slick ECCO Biom Tour Hybrid Wing Tip Golf Shoe for style in the office and stability on the golf course. The uppers are made of rich, Hydromax-treated leather to look good and keep your foot dry. They’re spikeless, so you won’t look like a fool in the office, but the E-DTS Hybrid outsole still packs 800 traction angles for excellent grip and stability through your full stroke.

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