In the golf shoes buyer’s guide video above we talk about the benefits and drawbacks of each shoe type and style currently on the market to help you make a better next purchase.
The choice you’ll have has never been bigger than it is now, with designs that focus on everything from lightweight comfort ideal for summer play, to other that focus on maximum grip and durability.
The styling and colours on offer are also much more varied as you can see, giving you the chance to make a statement on the course or complement a more subtle outfit.
When making your next purchase you should start by considering how many pairs of shoes you want to own. A lot of golfers like to have a white pair and black pair for different outfits, or a winter pair and a summer pair, so our golf shoes buyer’s guide should help point you in the right direction.
You may end up considering some spikeless golf shoes. Spikeless models have nubs or miniature cleats on soles and can be worn indoors, meaning you don’t have to change shoes between leaving home, playing your round, going in the clubhouse and setting off home again.
Not having cleats also saves weight, and that usually in turn helps aid comfort as they are more trainer like to wear.
Having said that, the style options do vary considerably. From lightweight summer shoes with mesh style uppers that are very sporty, to smart brogue styles that can be worn straight from the office to the first tee.
Spikeless golf shoes also tend to come in a brighter range of colours than cleated shoes, so they also provide the chance to add something more lively to your wardrobe.
For those looking for a more traditional shoe, or something that offers better traction for winter wear, then there is still plenty of choice.
A lot of models focus on stability, with heel casings and sole plates helping your foot remain in place during your swing, and a multitude of cleat designs each offering levels of traction you’re unlikely to find in a spikeless shoe.
Other traditional shoes concentrate on waterproof performance, with a mixture of Gore-Tex, waterproof and water-resistant designs that come with a range of guarantees.
With golf shoes you tend to get what you pay for, and longer warranties and more durable leathers will often come at a cost, but are worth the investment if you don’t change your shoes every season, so that’s also worth considering.