In order to play your best, you need the best golf gear. You need clubs, a golf bag, a golf towel, and don’t forget a few golf balls. Your shopping doesn’t stop there - you also need an awesome pair of golf shoes. Do you want stylish, functional, or both? Do you want to look like your favorite PGA (or LPGA) tour professional or blaze your own path?
Regardless of how you answer these questions, we can help. We have developed our top 20 list of golf shoes for 2021, including 5 that famous professionals currently wear when they’re trying to win millions on the course. Find the right golf shoe for your game and get more out of your next round.
Types Of Golf Shoes
Not all golf shoes are the same - there are several different types for different types of players. Make sure you pick a golf shoe that matches how you enjoy the game.
Spiked Golf Shoes
If you’re over 40-years-old you probably remember the days of “real” spikes. Golf shoes used to have metal spikes and while they provided great grip, they also tore up the course, especially the greens. In the mid-90s they started to be prohibited and quickly were not allowed on the majority of courses across the country. A few PGA professionals still use metal, but amateurs are not allowed to use them.
When we say spikes now, we refer to soft spikes. They’re made of plastic and provide grip to the ground without putting holes all over the putting surfaces. Soft spiked golf shoes are the most common and what the majority of golfers leverage.
Spikeless Golf Shoes
If you’re a casual player, do you need a pair of shoes that can only be used on the golf course? You could always play in tennis shoes or running shoes, but there are some advantages to purchasing golf shoes. Many companies offer spikeless golf shoes. Think of them as athletic footwear designed for the course, but can be worn around town.
The golf boot is designed to look like a hiking boot, but often has soft spikes on the bottom. They’re by far the most waterproof option for golfer shoes and they also provide additional warmth in the winter.
For most golfers, a golf boot shoe is one of several pairs they own. You break them out in bad weather or during the offseason. We wouldn’t recommend you buy golf boots for hot, summer rounds.
Do you want your golf shoes to scream “I’m a casual player”? Go with a golf sandal! They’re the same as sandals you might wear to the pool or hanging out in the backyard, but they have soft spikes. They’re comfortable and are perfect for a trip to the driving range or a par 3 course. You may not want to use them to walk a full 18 holes.
Qualities Of The Best Golf Shoes
There are several factors you should consider prior to buying a new pair of golf shoes. How you rank these factors will depend on how you play the game and what is important to you.
Quality - are the shoes well-made? Are they constructed with high-quality materials? If you buy a high-quality pair of golf shoes they can last for a couple years. Be careful if you settle on a discount shoe, because you may end up spending more long term.
Brand - is the brand important to you? Do you want a famous and well-known golf brand or do you not care what the label says? For the most part, we recommend you stick with proven golf brands. They have been building and selling golf shoes for years.
Comfort - comfort has been the most significant improvement in golf shoes over the last 10 years. Many golfer shoes used to be closer to dress shoes than athletic gear, but that has changed. You can now buy a pair that are just as comfortable as top-end running shoes. A key quality you want to consider if you enjoy walking the course instead of renting a cart.
Price - our top 20 list includes shoes priced from $85 to $230. Everyone has a different budget, so you’ll have to decide if you want the best regardless of price or if you’re looking for the best deal. Do you want a single pair of golf shoes or do you like options?
Combine these 4 qualities based on your requirements to find the perfect shoe for you. Now let's look at our favorites.
5 Top Golf Shoes Worn By The Pros
The first 5 golf shoes to make our list are all worn on the PGA tour by some of your favorite players. They trust them when trying to win millions, so you can probably trust them for your weekend round.
The Nike Roshe G Tour golf shoes have been worn by Rory Mcllroy, Victor Hovland, and Matthew Wolff. They’re constructed to be waterproof and come with removable soft spikes. The Nike Roshe G Tour has been built for comfort and comes in several different color combinations.
You can find these shoes for $100 or less, making them a great deal for a high-quality, PGA-tour proven shoe. Nike has been in the golfer shoe business for many years and is a brand you can trust.
A classic style golf shoe that has been worn by Patrick Reed, Patrick Cantlay, and Harris English. Already a couple wins on tour in 2021 for this crew.
The Footjoy DryJoys Tour golf shoes have a saddle design that has been used by the golf industry for decades. They’re 100% waterproof for 2-years and have the cutting edge stability PODS technology to enhance your balance during your swing. Aggressive soft spikes provide excellent grip during shots. Typical pricing will be in the $150 range.
3. Adidas ZG21
The Adidas ZG21 screams comfort and looks like something you could run a marathon in if you removed the soft spikes. They’re currently enjoyed by Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, and Collin Morikawa. In the last 6 months, DJ has been walking over the competition in his ZG21s.
They’re extremely lightweight and comfortable. Perfect for walking 18 holes and still feeling fresh enough for a post round session on the driving range. They can be yours for $180.
Once again in the ICON Black, Footjoy sticks with their saddle design. Justin Thomas and Webb Simpson compete in these golf shoes.
Footjoy uses premium leather and has added memory foam in the tongue and around the collar to provide a comfortable fit. They’re guaranteed to be waterproof for 2 years and come with the #1 selling soft spikes in the industry (Pulsar by SoftSpikes). Originally priced at $300, you can now find them for closer to $200.
CodeChaos golf shoes by Adidas are another example of golfer shoes disguised as athletic gear. They’re currently worn by Tyrell Hatton and Daniel Berger.
Code Chaos are both light and supportive to your foot. The midsole has been designed to provide energy in each step, keeping your feet fresh on the course. They’re waterproof and spikeless. They can be yours for $150.
15 More Golf Shoes For Your Consideration
Just because the pros wear them doesn’t mean they’re right for your game. Here are 15 more golfer shoes that we recommend for you.
Footjoy Pro/SL golf shoes have a more athletic design than previous models on our list. They’re built with FTF (Fine Tuned Foam) that provides cushioning for each step. The infinity outsole design will provide you with additional stability. The Pro/SL golf shoes do not have removable spikes, but instead provide grip with 189 points of traction.
Footjoy offers these golf shoes in several different color combinations and if you’re feeling creative you can even design your own. They cost $170.
The IGNITE PROADAPT is the first Puma shoe to make our list. Puma is a golf brand that has taken over the golf industry as a “cool” brand that’s extremely popular with younger players. They have built this shoe with full-grain leather and an Adaptive Fit System for comfort.
If you’re looking for a simple, but stylish golf shoe with spikes, you should give the IGNITE PRODADAPT consideration. They cost $200.
Under Armour entered the golf gear industry when they signed Jordan Speith to endorse their products, so it’s no surprise they use his name on their premium shoe. They’re built with breathable but waterproof microfiber that will keep your feet dry and cool, and Under Armour guarantees they will stay waterproof for 2 years.
The Spieth 4 comes with RST 2.0 soft spikes and is offered in a classic white design with red and black highlights. Originally priced at $200, you can now find them for closer to $150.
The Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour golf shoes were inspired by running shoes, so they’re perfect for the golfer that enjoys walking the course more than riding in a cart. They’re spikeless, but have a traction pattern to prevent you from slipping in the fairway.
The Air Zoom Infinity Tour golf shoes are extremely lightweight and are guaranteed to be waterproof for 2 years. Nike partnered with Brooks Koepka on this design. They cost $160.
The IGNITE PWRADAPT is the second Puma shoe to make our list and is a bit more economical. Priced at only $99, they’re a great deal for the golfer looking to save a few bucks.
They’re a spiked golf shoe (tornado cleats), built with a performance mesh to help your feet breath. They come with a 2 year waterproof guarantee and you can find them in 4 different color combinations.
11. FootJoy Tour X
In total, Footjoy makes up 20% of our list. They’ve been making high quality golf shoes for years and the Tour X is another example. It was designed with PGA tour professionals in mind, but can be a great shoe for the weekend warrior.
The first word that comes to mind when you try the Tour X is comfort. Footjoy wants them to fit your foot correctly and offer support to keep you fresh throughout your day. They will give you additional support throughout your swing and the well-placed soft spikes will ensure you don’t slip during a critical shot. They’re priced at $200.
ECCO does not have the golf brand recognition of Footjoy or Adidas, but they offer a high quality product. Their goal is to provide style plus performance and the S-Three delivers on both. Constructed with full-grain leather and GORE-TEX 100% waterproof technology, these golfer shoes can handle the elements.
The S-Three is a spikeless shoe that provides grip using 100 traction points evenly distributed across the bottom of the shoe. They also offer the BOA fit system, which allows you to tighten with a simple twist of a dial. This premium golf shoe comes with a premium price of $230.
13. Puma RS-G
The Puma RS-G is a unique looking spikeless golf shoe. A pair of golf shoes that will help you stand out on the first tee or the driving range. The RS-G has enough traction for your trip around the course, but can also be worn to your next social gathering.
Puma took their popular running shoe the RS-X3 and converted it to something every golfer will enjoy wearing. You can add them to your collection for $130.
Skechers may not be your grandfather’s golf brand, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t take their golf shoes seriously. The Go GOLF Mojo is a waterproof spikeless golf shoe designed to make your next round comfortable.
They offer great traction and are very lightweight. Smooth full-grain leather and Ultra Go cushioning create a shoe that both looks and feels good. You can choose from white or black for $125.
The final Adidas golf shoe to make our list is more of a classic design, with high-end qualities. The Tour360 XT line of golf shoes have been winning awards since they were released in 2019. The unique 360 wrap provides your foot with support that other shows don’t offer.
Never want to slip again? These golf shoes have both soft spikes and advanced traction to ensure your feet are stable during your swing. You can own a pair of these stylish golf shoes for $200.
16. Nike Air Max 1 G
Runners and walkers have been enjoying the Nike Air Max shoe for years, but now golfers can take advantage of the same comfort with the Nike Air Max 1 G. This spikeless golf shoe has the traction you need on the course, but can be worn around town. True multi-purpose footwear.
Stylish, comfortable, and versatile. What else could you want in a golf shoe? All for a price of just a little over $100.
The second Ecco shoe to make our list, the Biom Hybrid 3 BOA golf shoes are constructed with breathable and soft ECCO Yak leather. They’re waterproof and come with the BOA dial system that ensures the correct fit every time you put them on.
They’re spikeless, but have plenty of traction using the innovative Tri-Fi-Grip that has 3 different zones to help with stability, durability, and rotation. They cost $200.
Here’s a new brand of golf shoe for you! If you’ve heard of ASICS you’re probably a runner, but that doesn’t mean they don’t make great golf shoes. The Gel-Course Duo Boa golf shoes come with the dial lacing system that ensures they hug your feet.
They have a multi-layered sole to provide extra comfort while keeping the shoe lightweight. They don’t have spikes, but have more than enough traction for even the fastest swing. They definitely feel more like running shoes than golf shoes and cost $180.
Are you a year-round golfer, rain or shine? If so, you may want to take a look at the Torque Brogan Winter Golf Boots by Skechers. They lace and velcro up high to keep your feet both warm and dry.
Winter courses can get a little slick, but not in these golf shoes. They have both soft spikes and traction to ensure you can take a steady stance. We wouldn’t recommend wearing them in the desert in July, but they’re perfect for the offseason. Priced at $145.
We complete our list of shoes with a truly unique option: sandals with soft spikes. Are you a casual player? Enjoy relaxing at the driving range or a quick evening 9? If you love golf and love wearing sandals why not combine the two?
The Golf Sandals by FootJoy use velcro to attach snuggly to your feet and have plenty of traction for you to execute your golf swing. No socks, no problem. They’re the cheapest shoe on our list at $85.
Top 20 Golf Shoes Of 2021
What do you think of our choices? Do you currently play in any of these golf shoes? Do you have a brand/style that you would add?
The key to finding the correct golf shoes for you is to match them up how you play. You need to be comfortable with how they feel and how they look. Do you enjoy walking the course? Select a pair of shoes that are designed to help you with that part of your game. Make your choice, lace them up, and play well!