Buying Golf Shoes. Everything you need to know.

They may be an afterthought but you don’t want to be the one who ends up choosing the wrong golf shoes. Think about it, you’ll be walking around in them for four to five hours so you’ll want to be finding a comfy pair of which will get you through your round of golf.

Compared to the years gone by, the selection of golf shoes is now better than ever. Forget the old-style “boring” styles and say hello to some new jazzy ones which don’t just keep your feet comfortable but they also look pretty cool too. Also, think about how much do you play golf? For the golfers who play once a week, that’s 52 times a year, it’s crucial to have a comfy pair. And if you’re playing that much it’s probably wise to have at least two pairs.

You want traction and stability, waterproof, grip. You might think the golf shoes you pick won’t help out your swing but think about it like this. Your feet are the base of your swing so you want to have a pair that you feel comfortable in, have a snug fit and if you’re in the UK a pair that can repel water.

The History Of The Golf Shoe

Mid 1800s -

Golfers golfed but found they would be slipping all over the place. They knew they needed traction but how to get it? They decided to stick nails on to the bottom of the shoes. It may seem clever at first but in practical use, the nails often found themselves into the golfer's foot.


Burt and Packard Shoe Company founded in Brockton, Massachusetts. Soon thereafter named Field and Flint Company.


You’ve heard of Spalding right? Well, they brought the saddle Oxford style of golf shoes in to play. These traditional golf shoes are probably what you think of when you think of a true golf shoe.


Field and Flint Company’s FootJoy line of golf shoes becomes official shoe for American Ryder Cup team captained by Walter Hagen.


The world starts to care about comfort more. Athletic footwear was becoming more mainstream with sports players wanting better and better


DryJoys® golf shoes were introduced. Even today, DryJoys still set the standard for waterproof golf shoe technology.


Metal spikes had a terrible reputation. They were good for grip but at what cost? They shredded most services they came in to contact with and that was especially true for greens.

The course and greens were full of holes and in wet climates it destroyed greens. The greens wouldn’t be as great today if metal spikes were still around.


SoftSpikes are the most common. Trainer style golf shoes also being introduced on a small scale.


Introduction of the revolutionary FootJoy ReelFit golf shoe. ReelFit features the BOA Lacing System, allowing shoes to be securely fastened without the use of traditional laces.

Sta-Dry Grip System added to FootJoy Performance Rain Jacket. This new feature helps keep your grips dry despite the conditions


Spikeless golf shoes enter the party. More like trainers, these golf shoes and also be worn when not on the golf course


The one major drawback to these shoes was flexibility. They didn’t provide much and weren’t comfortable to wear.

Did you know that this type of shoe was actually created for racket sports? Could you imagine running around the squash or tennis court in a pair of these?

What Type Of Feet Do You Have?

Whilst all feet are pretty similar, did you know that no two feet are identical? We’re not messing around here, all feet are different and do you want to know the most surprising thing? You probably have no idea what type of feet that YOU have.

Low arch (aka Flat foot)

With a low arch foot, this means the majority if not all of your foot would show up in a foot print. As the foot falls inward, this reduces stability which can cause pain to the foot, the heel, the knee and it can also cause tendonitis & give you bunions.

Medium arch (aka Neutral foot)

This is the most common type of foot with over half the population having this type of foot. The most common types of problems with medium arch feet are heel pain and discomfort with the balls of the feet. With a medium arch foot, the footprint is less defined than a low arch

High arch (Pes cavus)

A high arch basically separates your footprint into two different sections. The heel of the feet and the balls of the feet appear with the arches missing. When you’re golfing it’s important to make sure your foot has support. Because your type of foot has less service area than other types of feet, this places more pressure upon the balls and heel of the foot which increases the chances of problems in both areas.

You would probably benefit from getting some insoles which are design for high arch feet. This provides comfort and support and will help act as a shock absorber reducing the pressure on the foot. 

Why do we wear golf shoes?

Are golf shoes just a marketing ploy to get more money out of golfers? Surely you could just put on a pair of trainers and go down to your local golf course right? Well, the rules are you’ve got to wear golf shoes and it’s a wise one, just imagine wearing trainers out a damp course, you’d be slipping everywhere.

Keep your stable during your swing & after (don’t underestimate the post swing routine)

Designed to support your posture

More breathable than other types of shoes

Varying levels of support and comfort

Provides traction in slippery conditions

What Type Of Materials Are Used To Make Golf Shoes?

Most golf shoes are manufactured using two materials:

Natural Leather Golf Shoes

By far the most popular option, natural leather gives a feel that few other materials can come close to. By having a leather shoe you’re guaranteed that the shoe

They won’t be stretching and losing its shape.
It will also fit better
You’ll be safe from water

Synthetic Material Golf Shoes

Cheaper than leather, synthetic golf shoes aren’t terrible however because they are made with polyester rather than a more natural material this doesn’t give you the feel or durability you’d be getting from a leather shoe.

Waterproof golf shoes vs water resistant shoes (and water repellent)

Nobody wants to have cold, wet feet out on the golf course. Many golfers can get confused about certain terminology especially when they hear the term water resistant, water repellent and water proof. If you’re playing in wet climates a lot or even a bit, then you really need to get waterproof golf shoes. This means that your shoes don’t let ANY water in whatsoever. Water doesn’t seep in anywhere and your feet have the best protection against moisture.

Water repellant & water resistant shoes will be “resistant” to low levels of moisture. With water repellent golf shoes even though the material doesn’t have a hydro-static head you’re still getting a basic level of protection against water because there’s some coating placed over the material. Both water repellant & water resistant shoes should be fine in a quick shower but for prolonged use in a wet environment then waterproof is definitely the best option to choose

Different types of width of golf shoes

Catering to different feet, find golf shoes that accommodate your feet without pain after long term use.


Needed if you find your feet have too much room causing you to have less stability in your swing

Extra Narrow

For very narrow feet.

Wide Width

If your feet have to be squeezed in and it’s fine at the toes and uncomfortable on the soles or sides of the feet then you could be benefiting from getting a pair of wide fit shoes.

Extra Wide Fit

If you’re having the same problems with wide as some do with regular then the next step up is extra wide. 

The benefits of soft spiked golf shoes

Golf shoes started coming with rubber spikes in the 1990s and became the norm in the 2000s on golf courses across the United Kingdom.

The problem with the metal spikes was they destroyed greens, tee boxes and other delicate areas around the golf course, especially in wetter climates.

They are friendly to the grass
They provide you with the grip needed to benefit your golf swing
This helps give you stability and helps you generate more energy when swinging the club
They dig in to the ground but are easily removed so you’re not left stuck there
It’s simple to replace your soft spikes

How to correctly maintain your golf shoes

It’s important to maintain your golf shoes. It’s simple and doesn’t take long.
After every round give your shoes a clean with a damp cloth removing any grass or other debris from around the spikes and around the shoe in general
Tip- In wet weather use a Tee to get rid of any grass built up around the spikes as you play. With grass being stuck to the bottom of your shoes this can affect your stability and reduce traction.

The most popular brands of golf shoes

Footjoy golf shoes are probably the most popular. Why? Well, it seems they are actually bringing joy to golfers feet world wide. Not the best brand for golfers on a budget but remember you’re buying quality and footjoy golf shoes are built to last.

Footjoy also have a great range of styles from the more traditional looking shoes to the more modern and even a few additional extras. The golf boot and the Golf Casual are shoes

AdidasGolf Golf Shoes

Offering a a varied range, Adidas produce some cracking looking golf shoes. But did you know how many different technologies are available to help your game with Adidas?


No, your shoes aren’t going to be sending you flying around the golf course. Boost technology by Adidas is basically a pillow on the sole of your shoe that cushions your foot. The material used is called Thermoplastic Polyurethane (TPU). What happens when this material comes in to contact when the ground and faces pressures, it acts as shock absorber which instantly returns to its original shape.

This technology has undergone many temperature-sensitive tests. The results? Boost technology is up to THREE times more temperature resistant compared to stand EVA material. Did you know? Boost technology is even used on Kanye West’s Yeezy’s. We don’t know if that’s a good or a bad thing


Bounce Midstole technology is created by using EVA foam. This foam has been engineered to provide the wearer with a responsive and elastic experience.



Designed to repel water and whatever else is thrown at them on the golf course keeping your feet dry & comfortable for the entire round.


Think of adiwear as a drainage system for your foot. Adidas have patented a drainage system that integrates in to the midsole of the golf shoe. This material is extremely durable especially with it’s non-marking rubber which is perfect for courses where your shoes will be facing more abrasion. This material doesn’t wear and tear easily.


Basically climate proof shoes that will protect your feet more than the average shoe. Climaproof technology is a weather protection aid which helps to regulate the temperature of your body whilst protecting your feet from the elements. And it’s not just super for the rain, wind and snow. They can also be worn in warmer climates as the material is easily breathable which allows for the easy escape of moisture.



If you’re a fan of Nike trainers then you’re going to love what nike have to offer. Whilst the range isn’t quite as huge as Footjoy, Nike do offer a fantastic selection of golf shoes that blend functionality and style. Nike Golf shoes are designed to provide golfers with a lightweight shoe that not only offers comfort for the foot but for helps with support too giving you that “locked-in” feeling.

Advantages to ordering from

They deliver 7 days a week
Standard delivery ships in 2-3 days
You can select the day and hour of your delivery after ordering
Click & Collect at Nike Stores and hundreds of other convenient locations
Changed your mind? Return your order for any reason, for free, within thirty days.

How many pairs of golf shoes do I need?

How often you play determines the amount you need. If you’re only playing once a week or less then you’ll probably be fine with just the one pair.

Unless you’re worried about wearing them out too quickly.

For golfers who play often twice in two days it’s often wise to always have a second pair of golf shoes handy. 

How often should I replace the spikes & how to replace them!

The reason golf shoes have soft spikes is to give your more grip. Because your forever walking in them, over time, the grip becomes less and less and you’ll notice you’ll start slipping more.

Sometimes when you’re walking and sometimes when your swinging, you don’t want to be in the position where you’re slipping all over the place.

We find when you get new shoes it’s best to order a few extra pairs of spikes too

How To Replace your soft spikes

Replacing your spikes is fairly simple. When you bought your golf shoes they should have come with a t shaped tool which unlocks the spikes much like a screw driver does.

Simply turn your shoes upside down, locate the hole and get unscrewing. The process shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to removes the spikes from both shoes.

Once done, give the sole a good clean and screw in the new spikes. You’re now ready to get on the golf course with better grip.

How long should my golf shoes last?

This really depends.

Firstly, how often you play and where you playing are major contributing factors. The more you play, the quicker they’ll wear out especially if your playing in wetter climates.

The quality of the shoe.

What we find is that at the start of every season, most golfers like to treat themselves to a new pair. Go on, you’re earned it

Should I get custom fitted golf shoes?

You can get custom fitted golf clubs so why not get some custom fitted golf shoes? Arranging a fitting will take out all the doubt and make sure you end up with the best fit possible. The best thing about Footjoy shoes is that you can buy them in different sizes, so if one of your feet is a different size not just a little bit smaller or bigger, you can get a size 10 for the left foot and a size 11 for the right foot, how cool is that?

How to make sure you get perfect fitting golf shoes.

Double up on the socks

Grab yourself an insole

Add some material towards the end of the shoe. Don’t over do it but this can really help. When adding the material be careful not to add too much as this can cause friction between your toes and the material. Also you want to make sure it’s fairly stable.

Try wetting them. This may sound a bit weird but did you know by wetting your shoes and letting them dry in the sun or more realistically with a hair dryer here in the UK (don’t hold it too close to the shoes) then your shoes will dry and shrink a tiny bit. If you’re using leather golf shoes then just get a fairly damp cloth or spray bottle and get to work on getting them wet. This can work on other shoes too and if they aren’t leather you can just dunk them in water. Obviously, you don’t want this to work too well and your size 12 golf shoes aren’t just going to a size 8 but this can really help to shrink those millimetres.

TOP TIP: What you can also do is let your shoes dry on your feet. This might not be the most enjoyable experience but drying on your feet can help the shoes mould to the shape of your foot. 

8 types of pain your feet can suffer from badly fitting golf shoes

Foot pain can come from a huge range of things, not just golf. Did you know there was a survey done in the USA which showed that 77% (of those 77% only 1/3 would seek medical assistance) of Americans have suffered foot pain with half of adults saying that pain in the feet stops them from doing things they want to, eg walking & exercise which is having a further detrimental affect on your feet and for some people their quality of life.

In golf, you might not think it but the feet are put under pressure. When you swing a golf club, the body is acting as a whip. Your body is generating power which starts with the feet anchoring and pushing against the ground with each foot moving differently.

The back foot must allow for more pronation when you’re in the process of the golf swing and following through putting more stress on that foot.

Altered Sensation
Burning Foot Pain
Foot Rash
Numbness in The Foot
Swollen Feet and Ankles
Thickened Toenails


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