Have you ever wondered why golf shoes have spikes on them? After all, this is not a sport that requires running. However, the ancient form of this sport contained a lot of climbing. Invented in the mountainous highlands of Scotland, golf was originally a much tougher game than it is today. This was partly due to the terrain, which frequently required players to traverse the rough country in pursuit of the ball.
Thankfully, golf courses today require little to no climbing, and so we can dispense with these spiky old relics. Modern golf shoes are made for good traction without the steel spikes that were needed in the past. In this article, we will examine five of the best spikeless golf shoes that we could find online. These products are only examples and are presented in no particular order.
The Slip-On Shoe
|Аdidas Men's Adipower s Boost 3 Onix/C Golf Shoe|
The Fancy Yak
|ECCO Men's Biom Hybrid 2 Hydromax Golf Shoe|
Cheap and Eazy
|PUMA Men's Ignite Spikeless Golf Shoe|
The Water Dog
|New Balance Men's Minimus SL Waterproof Spikeless Comfort Golf Shoe|
|Callaway Men's Balboa Vent Golf Shoe|
These shoes look and feel like the kind of shoes that you would keep around the house for quick utility. Whether they are laced or not, it is easy to throw them on your feet and head out the door. The elasticized ankle helps with that part, as does the extremely lightweight nature of this shoe.
Unfortunately, convenience often comes at the expense of durability. These shoes just don’t look like something that will hold up for years. For one thing, about 80% of the shoe is made of canvas. Canvas will rip and tear much more easily than leather, and (much worse) it holds water. The little bit of leather that we see here is an artificial “fibrous” leather, which is very flexible. However, it seems to be a little too thin.
This shoe is a little more expensive than the others, but there are reasons for its extra cost. First of all, the entire upper body of the shoe is made from 100% yak leather. As you might know, the yak is a cold-weather animal. As such, its hide is very thick and strong. The bottom of the shoe is made of flexible synthetic leather.
Apart from the high cost, our only complaint comes from the V-shaped notch in the neck of the shoe. We find this shape to be uncomfortable, as it rubs the back of the ankle in a way that is not desirable or necessary.
Overall, this is the cheapest shoe on our list, which gives it an advantage right out of the gate. Thankfully, it is not cheaply made, as all of the seams appear quite strong. The low cost probably comes from the fact that this shoe is made of 100% artificial leather. Faux leather doesn’t tend to be as thick and durable as the real thing, but it does offer a low-cost solution that can be almost as good as real leather.
This one is probably the most waterproof shoe on our list. As such, it’s a great choice for those who often find themselves playing in wet conditions. To go along with this, this shoe has a tread that helps you to resist slipping on wet surfaces. All of this water resistance is covered by a two-year warranty.
This shoe is obviously made for hot weather. The whole thing is made of a breathable mesh that is thick in spite of its permeability. This one will do a great job of keeping your feet cool in the summer, but they would not be good for colder weather at all. Still, most people tend to play in the warm weather anyway.
The tread on these shoes is also quite satisfactory. We had no problem walking up numerous hills and getting around the course in general. Our only complaint comes from the seams that connect the white parts to the black parts. We see only a single line of stitching here, and that may not be enough.
Now that you have a better idea of what to expect when shopping for golf shoes, let’s take a closer look at the subject. There are certain things you need to consider when shopping for a new set of golf shoes, and those certain things will now be explored in more detail.
The entire purpose of this shoe is to provide good traction when walking. If the course has a lot of hills, your shoes should make the climb much easier. As such, it is vitally important that you examine the cleats on the bottom of any golf shoe. These are the parts that replace the spikes, so you want to make sure they are up to the job.
There are many reasons to wear cleats, as you can tell from this study. Scientists studied the effects of cleated shoes on soccer players, and they came to several important conclusions. First, cleats were associated with better performance, including an enhanced ability to change direction quickly.
At the same time, they also found that performance was made worse when using cleats on soft ground. Whether conditions are dry or wet, the researchers found that the cleats would actually slow the players down if the ground were too soft. Thus, you should think about the ground at your local course and choose cleats that are appropriate. The softer the ground, the smaller the spikes should be.
Although most people try their best to avoid playing in the rain, there is no way to remove the weather as a factor. Many times, a game will have to be interrupted on account of a quick rain. Once the rain stops and the game can continue, your shoes become a lot more important. Unless you feel like walking around in wet shoes all day, it is best to choose a pair that is as waterproof as possible.
The main thing to avoid are shoes that are made mostly (or entirely) from absorbent materials. For instance, a shoe made mostly of canvas cloth might give you some trouble. As soon as you happen to step in a puddle, these shoes will hold the water for a long time. In cold weather, this can even pose a health hazard. Some courses have shallow water hazards, and you might have a need to play through them. Without waterproof shoes, that kind of thing can ruin your whole day.
Here, you need to be mindful of the difference between a water-resistant shoe and a waterproof shoe. A water-resistant shoe will resist a certain amount of water, so it’s probably okay to wear these on a rainy day. Fully waterproof shoes, on the other hand, can be subjected to the wettest of conditions without any water getting through the outer layer.
A good set of golf shoes isn’t exactly cheap. In fact, you may end up spending more on your shoes than you did on your clubs. Higher prices are common for special-use items like this one, but you want to make sure that your money is well-spent. That’s why you should always place function over form.
For instance, let’s say you are looking at a fancy pair of golf shoes that happen to be the best-looking pair you’ve ever seen. Take a close look at how it is made and ask yourself if it can really hold up to all the necessary abuse. That cheaper pair made from thick, natural leather is probably a better choice in spite of its drab appearance.
A good set of golf shoes should last 1-2 years. If not, you probably failed to maintain them properly. That, or you bought a cheap pair without thinking about the future.
Some shoes are more difficult to put on, while others can be slipped on and off with ease. Most golf shoes will have a full set of laces like any other, but you may want to go with something that has short laces so that it can be tied more quickly. It’s also good to go with something that is shaped like a common tennis shoe, with a low ankle portion and a rigid bottom. If you wear ankle braces for any reason, make sure that your golf shoes have the extra size to accommodate them.
Flexibility is an important part of this consideration, too. a flexible shoe will be much more comfortable, as it can bend along with the movements of your foot. However, flexible shoes tend to be made of thinner material and are not quite as durable. It will be up to you to balance the need for flexibility with the need for a strong shoe.
The Right Fit
Even if you choose the right shoe size, your golf shoes will have some variations in terms of the fit. Some will feel a little tighter while others will seem a little looser. The first thing to check is the fit of the ankle. A shoe that is loose in the ankle will shift and move as you walk, putting friction on the ankle and causing blisters.
A tighter fit usually means better support, but there is a limit to the benefits of such. Your shoe needs to be loose enough that it doesn’t threaten to cut off circulation to your feet, and it shouldn’t be stiff enough to hinder your movement. As a general rule, your golf shoes should be snug in the middle, while also being a little bit looser in the toe. The gap between the laces (at the top) should be about 5/8 of an inch.
With a little bit of luck and a little bit of knowledge, it should not be that hard for you to choose a set of golf shoes that is right for you. You need to think about the weather, the size of your foot, and the course at which you usually play. Only by considering all these factors and weighing them carefully can you make the right choice.