Innovation with leather, cushioning foam and traction technology mean golfers now get more than ever from their golf shoes. Here are 12 of the best golf shoes for 2016
Best Golf Shoes 2016
When tackling wet rough and soft ground conditions, the state of your golf shoes often comes to the fore. It’s at this moment you probably ask yourself why you didn’t go for something a little sturdier, or something with a better guarantee.
Well, with our help you don’t have to make the same mistake twice.
Nowadays, there are a great range of options, from colourful sporty models to classic subtler designs. Nearly all have some sort of value-adding waterproof guarantee, while grip and traction have been innovatively harvested through a range of clever sole designs. Here are the best golf shoes of 2016…
FootJoy FreeStyle – £135
The outsole was inspired by the anatomy of the Red-Eyed Tree Frog, which can generate incredible grip thanks to its toe pads that are equipped with elongated cells on the edges. Traction elements include a super-flexible new SoftMax translucent outsole that houses a Softspikes Tour Lock system and new translucent Pulsar cleats, which together deliver dynamic traction with frog-like flex. The lack of an internal shank also encourages maximum freedom of movement.
ECCO Biom Hybrid 2 GTX – £190
While a spikeless shoe might not strike you as perfect for year round use, the addition of Gore-Tex protection on the soft Yak leather uppers makes this a serious contender. Alongside the waterproof protection, you’ll find ECCO’s Freedom Fit – mixing a snug heel with a roomier forefoot – plus traction bars that provide surprising levels of grip.
Adidas asym energy boost – £199
Your feet move independently when your swing, something that inspired this pair of asymmetric golf shoes. The unique design offers different outsoles, with smaller Gripmore cleats on the inside and much larger cleats along the outside of the front foot to cater for your weight shift. In contrast, the rear foot has bigger cleats in the toe area to support it as it turns in the downswing.
Under Armour Tempo Tour – £160
Under Armour teamed up with biomechanics expert JJ Rivet to create the Tempo Tour, which focus on locking the heel in place to promote good posture and stability to use the ground more efficiently. It also features a firmer section on the outsole, charged cushioning for comfort and comes with a two-year waterproof guarantee. Available in May 2016.
FootJoy D.N.A 2.0 – £160 and £180 BOA
The FootJoy D.N.A. was created to try and blend the comfort of sporty summer shoes with the stability of more rigid leather models. It succeeds in this thanks to a waterproof ChromoSkin leather that is very lightweight, thinner-spec receptacles and cleats that deliver low-profile performance and a NitroThin TPU outsole that enhances stability.
Skechers Go Golf Pro – £119
The choice shoe of Matt Kuchar, the Skechers Go Golf Pro has a waterproof leather upper with a soft fabric lining. Its unique Resalyte shock-absorbing midsole puts a spring in your step, while the cushioned insole increases comfort. Perforation detailing makes it more breathable, while replaceable Pulsar cleats from Softspikes facilitate grip.
Nike Lunar Control 4 – £130
Nike’s new flagship shoe is all about extra stability, as highlighted by a robust external heel counter that helps lock the foot in place. There’s also an enlarged Swoosh logo on a reengineered waterproof and lightweight microfibre upper that doesn’t stretch over time. A new split tongue wraps ergonomically around the ankle for a better fit.
FootJoy Hyperflex – £140 and £160 BOA
The launch of the FootJoy HyperFlex marked a distinctive styling change for FootJoy, with its FlexGrid 2.0 exoskeleton upper delivering a similar waterproof support to previous models but without the weight of leather. Its extra-thick FitBed and FineTuned Foam 2.0 midsole provide softer cushioning, while SoftSpikes’ Tornado cleats deliver excellent grip.
Puma TitanTour Ignite – £130
Puma’s headline shoe for 2016 introduces new Ignite Foam that is integrated between the insole and outsole. This provides a better energy return as you walk to help you feel fresher. On the outside, waterproof leather uppers and low-profile cleats with multi-direction, strategically placed walls of secondary traction deliver better grip.
Adidas Tour360 Boost – £129.99 and £159.99 BOA
The latest model in one of adidas’ most popular shoe lines combines a midfoot support system with lightweight Boost cushioning that increases comfort. The shoe also includes a Torsion Tunnel that adds independent flexibility between the heel and forefoot, plus ten CenTraXion and thintech cleats for maximum grip.
Under Armour Drive One – £130
The Drive One, showcased by Jordan Spieth for the last 12 months, is made from a lightweight, waterproof microfibre. It features a removable, dual-density sockliner that forms to the shape of your foot for comfort and stability, while its extra-wide outsole helps generate dynamic flexibility and power.
Callaway Xfer Nitro – £89.99
Callaway isn’t known for its shoes, but the Xfer Nitro ticks a lot of boxes. Features include a two-year water-resistant warranty and an Ortholite Comfort Insert with 3D cushioning that Callaway backs with a 30-day comfort guarantee. A lightweight outsole with Softspikes’ PINS Spike System is used to deliver reliable grip.
What will I need to consider?
Flexibility versus stability
This will depend on your action and on what you like to feel underfoot. Typically powerful swings can benefit from extra stability, while flexible shoes that are more dynamic can aid slower swingers.
No longer are cleated shoes limited to classic styles, with plenty of colourful and distinctive options now flooding the market.
There’s no escaping that this will be the deal breaker for many, but make sure you consider things like the waterproof warranty that can add value.