By Levins / Romano
Xander Schauffele, the No. 5-ranked player in the world, tests his golf shoes with the same vigour as he does his golf clubs. “If I hit a few shots with a club that I don’t like, I toss it out. Same thing with my shoes,” he says. “If I slip once or feel looseness in the heel or lateral motion, it’s done.”
If tour pros choose their shoes with such care, perhaps you should, too. The good news? With so many options, you don’t have to sacrifice style or function.
Here are the best men's golf shoes of 2021.
Adidas' tour players weighed in on the placement of spikes and traction elements to guarantee plenty of grip in the lightest cleated shoe Adidas has made.
Adidas Tour360 XT Spikeless Textile
The textile upper is not only lightweight, it's also waterproof. Adidas' Boost foam absorbs shock as you walk, increasing comfort.
Adidas EQT Spikeless
The material used to make the upper is 40 percent recycled polyester, so you can feel good about purchasing a product that's environmentally friendly.
The streetwear inspiration is obvious in the upper styling of this shoe. Flip it over and on the outsole you'll find traction elements uniquely shaped to give you on-course grip.
S2G stands for 'street to golf,' referencing the versatile styling of this spikeless shoe that allows you to easily go to and from the course without having to change shoes.
Asics Gel Course Ace
The midsole is not only lightweight, but also provides ample cushioning. This shoe combines the comfort and support of a running shoe with golf-ready traction.
You'll see these spikeless shoes on the feet of long-drive competitors—the stability of the midsole reduces lateral movement during the swing.
Callaway Coronado v2
At the heel, extra support helps stability during the swing. The foam midsole is soft to provide cushion, but it's also responsive.
Callaway Coronado v2 SL
Similar to the Coronado v2, but this option features a spikeless outsole instead of one with cleats.
Callaway Del Mar Sunset
The traction elements are positioned to face different directions in order to create max grip where you need it.
Duca del Cosma Flyer Navy
The insole has memory foam, providing boosted comfort, almost like a custom fit. It sits atop a cork layer to provide ample cushioning.
Duca del Cosma El Paso White
The leather upper is waterproof. And you can feel good knowing you're going green with this shoe: The insole and heel support are made from recycled and recyclable materials.
Ecco Biom H4
Gore-Tex material makes these shoes waterproof. It is also windproof and breathable, so you're protected from the elements without overheating.
The yak leather upper is sturdy but soft, so it doesn't require breaking in. It's also treated to be water repellent.
Ecco Biom G3
The design of this shoe is geared to have your foot sitting closer to the turf. The theory being that it allows your foot to move more naturally.
The lacing is placed along the outside of the foot to create a secure fit while relieving pressure at the top of the foot.
FootJoy Premiere Series
If you want a classic-looking golf shoe with modern technology, the Premiere Series is for you. The outsole features spikes and traction elements of varied firmness to give you grip on different types of lies. Also available with BOA lacing instead of standard lacing.
FootJoy used a new foam to cushion your foot, but also support it throughout the swing and while you're walking.
FootJoy ProSL & ProSL Carbon
The heel was made slightly wider in this version of the ProSL to make the shoe more stable. The nearly 200 traction points improve stability during the swing, too. So much so, that this spikeless option is trusted by tour players. The carbon version has a piece of carbon at the midsole that runs the length of the shoe, again adding stability.
FootJoy Tour X
The insole is made of foam with two different densities. One molds to the shape of your foot, so it feels custom. The other provides consistent cushion. Also available with BOA lacing system.
There's a pad at the heel that prevents any slipping. The upper is made of leather that's been treated to be waterproof.
G/FORE Knit Disruptor
The first knit Disruptor, this shoe was built with a comfort-focused insole and an upper you can wear off-course.
The upper is waterproof, and if you look at the heel, you'll see extra support has been added to increase stability during your swing.
The footbed has ridges on it that massage your foot as you walk.
New Balance Fresh Foam Pace SL/BOA
The lightweight, foam midsole has more support toward the arch and more cushion at the outside of the foot.
New Balance Striker v2
The midsole is made of foam that the company says is as sound as any other material previously used, and this one is 30 percent lighter.
Nike Air Max 90G
The Air Max combines off-course cool with cushion. The air pocket at the heel and the thick, foam midsole create max comfort.
Puma Ignite Fasten8
The mesh upper helps make this shoe lightweight, and the TPU saddle wraps around the foot to add stability.
This is the shoe Rickie Fowler wears. Puma started using a new foam with this shoe, and it's impact-resistant to make the shoe more stable.
Puma Fusion Evo
Look at the upper and you can see structure that, when the laces are tied, pulls around the foot to provide wrap-around support.
Skechers Arch Fit
If you're someone who needs a lot of arch support, this shoe was made for you. The new foam in the midsole doesn't compress, so it'll stay springier for longer. There's also more heel support in this model.
Skechers Elite Tour SL
The midsole technology in this shoe is the same that Skechers uses in its running shoes—it provides high levels of cushion.
Under Armour Spieth 5 Spikeless
The latest update to Jordan Spieth's namesake shoe has a spikeless outsole that feels like a cleated shoe, a lightweight waterproof membrane and a molded footbed for more stability.
Under Armour HOVR Forge RC Spikeless
The upper is a combination of microfiber and textile, so it's breathable. It's also been treated to be waterproof. The foam in the midsole forms to your foot for a more custom fit.
Under Armour HOVR Show Spikeless
The outsole is lightweight and flexible, making it comfortable to walk and swing in. The traction pattern gives you the grip you need.
Under Armour HOVR Drive Gore-Tex
The Gore-Tex membrane has multiple functions: It's waterproof and windproof to protect your feet from the elements, but at the same time it's breathable so your feet don't overheat.