The spikeless golf shoe is a relative newcomer to the equipment market, but it has gained a lot of traction. It offers the golfer a more casual look than either traditional golf shoes or the modern, heavily spiked tour-type shoe. Its benefits, though, extend beyond mere fashion.
To help ease your mind, we’ve compiled a list of some of the top golf shoes available today, along with reviews describing their pros and cons.
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(Editor's Choice) ECCO Men’s Biom Hybrid 2 Golf Shoe
The replaceable, screw-in type plastic golf cleat was becoming ubiquitous in golf before the spikeless shoe came along. It offered traction that equaled or bettered the classic metal spike, but was easier on greens and clubhouse floors. However, the soft spikes are also fragile, and when worn on hard surfaces they quickly weaken and break. You can replace them relatively easily, but at a cost.
The casual spikeless golf shoe eschews the replaceable soft spike if favor of molded lugs on the shoe’s sole. These little nubs provide ample traction for most golfing situations, but because they are more stout and have a lower profile than soft spikes, they are less easily damaged. Going spikeless also means you have no need to change footwear when arriving for your tee time. You can wear this type of golf shoe anywhere, and you almost never need to clean debris from them while you play.
The following spikeless golf shoe reviews will examine the highest-rated, most comfortable golf shoes currently on the market. Among them are some of the best golf shoes for walking, on or off the course. They represent a range of styles and price points, but each is a good example of the evolution in equipment that has seen the game become ever more playable and enjoyable for the casual golfer.
No spikeless golf shoe review would be complete without mentioning this shoe. It may not have originated the segment, but it exemplifies it. With styling reminiscent of the iconic Adidas tennis shoes of the past, the Adicross V sets the example for how to bring a casual athletic shoe to the golf course, and it updates a proven design with old school style. Many golfers consider it one of the best spikeless golf shoes available.
The Adidas Men's Adicross V Golf Spikeless Shoe boasts a Climawear water-resistant leather upper that is soft and pliable. The classic Adidas three-stripe pattern harkens back to favorite old shoes of yore — No one will know you’re wearing golf shoes off the course. Adiwear soles offer abrasion resistance yet remain pliable, and more than 100 lugs provide ample traction. The Cloudfoam EVA sock liner provides comfort and cushioning.
If you’re looking for a golf shoe that you can wear just about anywhere, the Adicross V deserves a consideration. Its styling is pure Adidas. In terms of function, the lugs on the outsole provide tremendous traction, keeping the foot stable throughout the swing, and the soft leather upper is flexible and comfortable in the follow through.
They trade comfort and style for waterproofing, though. While they are water resistant and keep feet dry in early-morning dew conditions, rain and puddles can prove too much for them. Also, some golfers find them a little cramped, but a half-size increase can fix that small issue.
The Ashworth Men's Cardiff Adc Leather Golf Shoe is an update on one of the original casual spikeless golf shoes. When it first hit the market, the Cardiff was an instant hit, and it remains popular still today. The reasons for its success boil down to the words that are music to golfers’ ears: comfort and performance.
The polyurethane midsole provides support for the
Stylish on and off the course, the Ashworth Cardiff ADC is one of the most comfortable golf shoes you can find. It hides its functionality well, and it offers a rare combination of comfort and performance in a durable and long-lasting package.
One of the originators of the casual golf shoe, Ashworth has a winner on its hands in the Cardiff ADC. It is a modern
ECCO is one of the top-selling golf shoe brands in the game. It has built a reputation for quality and performance over the past three decades, and the ECCO Men's Biom Hybrid 2 Golf Shoe continues the company’s tradition of excellence. It is a waterproof golf shoe that incorporates exotic materials and construction in a traditional and attractive package.
The Biom Hybrid 2 utilizes yak leather in the upper. This leather is stronger and more durable than cowhide
The exotic yak leather, a common feature in high-end baseball gloves, is waterproof and supple. (Watch this YouTube video about Wilson yak gloves.) The soft leather and high-tech sole virtually eliminates break-in, meaning you can wear them on the course right out of the box. The original Biom was a big hit, and ECCO took a chance in updating the design. But the result is a lighter shoe that is wider at the forefoot, with the same superior ECCO performance loyal customers have come to expect.
Sketchers is a huge name in casual
Sketchers uses a proprietary compound called Resalyte instead of EVA or urethane for its midsole. The material is injection molded to produce a thin midsole with shock-absorbing properties. The synthetic upper is waterproof, and a moisture-wicking lining keeps feet dry on hotter days. The company’s Goga Mat insole provides an extra layer of comfort, but the shoe is designed to keep the feet low to the ground for stability throughout the golf swing.
The Skechers golf shoe line has made the company a reputation for affordability and comfort that is uncommon in golf equipment. With the Go Golf Drive 2, Skechers has produced a shoe that combines comfort, performance, and water resistance that makes them one of the best golf shoes for walking, period. Though they may not be the fanciest looking pair of shoe money can buy, they provide the frugal golfer with a combination of features that, until recently, had always been out of reach.
Adidas has been advancing golf shoe technology for decades, and its current lineup of shoes are more functional than ever. The company has a diverse lineup of cleated golf shoes that include professional models used by touring pros at all levels. With the AAdidas Men's Adipower S Boost 2, Adidas has yet again proven itself to be an innovator.
The Footjoy name is synonymous with comfort and performance in
The upper is made from superior full-grain leather and is warranted waterproof for one year. The Contour gets its name from its last, which is ergonomically shaped to conform to the curves of the foot. Coupled with generous cushioning underfoot, the Contour provides uncommon comfort for a golf shoe. The lugs on the Duramax rubber outsole protrude less than many casual golf shoes.
The Footjoy Contour Casual is aimed squarely at a segment of the market that places more of an emphasis on style than performance. (Click here to read why Golf Digest style guru Alex Holmes switched to the FJ Contour Casual) Those golfers who take a grip-it-and-rip-it approach to the game will likely find themselves losing footing (and strokes) when wearing these shoes, thanks to minimalist three-eyelet lacing. However, those who swing at a relaxed, 70-percent pace should be fine with the traction the Contour Casual provides. The Contour represents perhaps the most camouflaged of spikeless golf shoes, and are maybe more at home at the 19th hole than the 18th hole. But, golfers in the market for the ultimate in casual golf shoes
Puma has gained a reputation for producing golf shoes that incorporate wild styling with outlandish color schemes that appeal more to the younger generations than to older golfers. The Puma Men's Biodrive Golf Shoe reels in a bit of the garishness, though, and represents a leap forward in comfort and waterproof technology for the company. It is yet another “running shoe” that masquerades as a golf shoe, but one that does so effectively.
The upper portion uses polyurethane bonding to produce a permanent bond with the EVA foam in the midsole. Puma claims its foam is 15% lighter than traditional midsole foam. The carbon rubber outsole provides outstanding abrasion resistance for a long, useful life. The traction lugs are a lower profile than most in the category, and their heavy design should make for a long life. The mesh upper is breathable and carries a two-year waterproof warranty.
The Puma Biodrive is an oddity in that it is a running-style golf shoe you could actually run in. The low-profile lugs do little to prevent lateral slippage in more violent golf
The Skechers Go Golf Pro proved too successful a design for the company to ignore when it set out to design a new casual golf shoe. (This interview on PGATour.com tells the story of Matt Kuchar’s influence on the Go Golf Pro design.) So, rather than start fresh at the drawing board, the folks at Skechers decided to just take the Go Golf Pro upper and slap on a spikeless outsole. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, I suppose. The resulting shoe, the Skechers Performance Men's Go Golf Tour Elite Golf Shoe, is proving equally successful as its parent shoe.
The Go Golf Elite’s premium leather upper makes this shoe look as though it costs much more than it does. Waterproof and strong, Skechers even ensured the seams would keep out moisture with a sealing process it calls H2GO. The thin cushioned Resamax insole keeps the foot close to the turf for stability, though at the cost of comfort. And the polyurethane sole plate provides a long-lasting
The Go Golf Elite may not represent a technological leap forward for Skechers, but it is an excellent option for budget-minded golfers seeking a spikeless golf shoe. Its leather upper is soft and attractive, and its unobtrusive lugs provide plenty of traction for even the most dynamic of golf swings. The trade off in comfort for performance is an unfortunate side effect of cost saving, but it is not as if the shoes are torturous. They are simply not as plush as some of the more bank-breaking shoe options in the casual golf shoe market. For the cost of admission, though, the Go Golf Elite are among the best men’s golf shoes available.
The Puma Faas Lite is getting on in years, but it remains a popular option for those who take themselves and their games less seriously. Not that the shoe doesn’t perform
The Faas Lite is yet another running-style shoe that has made the jump into the game of golf. As such, Puma sought out any way possible to save weight. Lightweight microfiber leather in the upper combines with FaasFoam rubber (mixed with foam) midsoles to produce a waterproof golf shoe that weighs just 8.7 ounces. Corrugated facets in the upper also provide excellent flexibility. The EverTrack outsoles provide abrasion resistance for longevity, and the SmartQuill lugs keep the feet firmly planted in the turf.
Like most of the Puma lineup, the Faas Lite has a love-it-or-leave-it design. Some may find them loud, while others embrace their shaking up of golf’s more conservative elements. (Check out this early article on Puma star Rickie Fowler’s influence on the game.) Still, there is no denying the benefit of light weight in a pair of golf shoes. The low-profile traction lugs trade stability for off-course usefulness, but that issue becomes more of a drawback the harder you swing. If comfort and multi-surface use were the only barometers, the Faas Lite might be the best spikeless golf shoes around.
The Nike brand should need no introduction, and neither should its history in the game of golf. While debates may go on about the efficacy of its clubs, Nike shoes have a reputation for comfort,
The FI stands for “Free Inspired,” and these shoes do certainly resemble the gym-style Free running shoes. The rubber outsole takes from the research Nike did on
Nike was bound to attempt this crossover of their super-popular running shoes into their golf shoe designs. It was a given. But, what no one likely saw coming was Nike’s ability to provide the stability needed for the golf swing while still keeping things comfortable and lightweight. The attention Nike paid to the natural biomechanics in designing the Free runners is evident, and it was retained to great effect. The use of flattish traction pads instead of more pronounced lugs is perplexing, and the resulting occasional slip in the downswing is a troubling problem in an otherwise supreme spikeless golf shoe.
One look through this list will make it obvious that manufacturers have subdivided the spikeless golf shoe into two distinct categories. The tennis-style shoe was the first to
The current crop of casual golf shoes represents manufacturers’ need to tinker with the form, to always be producing the next big thing. Beneath the hype and advertising copy, though, exists a fundamental change in the golf shoe market. No longer do you need to compromise your own tastes for the sake of fitting in or to simply have a functional golf shoe.
The products on this list represent some of the best spikeless golf shoes available today, but each requires its own set of compromises. And none of them provides the sure footing of the still-ubiquitous soft spike. What they do offer, however, is a casual style and multi-functional usefulness that the golf shoe in its earlier forms was sorely lacking.