We used to tread on heavy, rubber mats through clubhouses with our metal golf spikes that became useless about the time they became comfortable. Spikeless golf shoes have arrived.
Today, if you choose wisely, you can transition directly from the office to the golf course to a restaurant in the same pair of shoes. That versatility no longer comes with compromises. MyGolfSpy called this year’s crop of spikeless golf shoes the best they had ever tested.
When shopping for your newest golf shoe, you’ll consider style and comfort. But pay careful attention to traction and waterproof aspects. Good traction directly correlates to lower scores keeping your feet in place for a smooth swing. Waterproofing keeps your mood in check since your socks don’t become drenched from the morning dew.
Golf Digest rated all of the following shoes on its best golf shoes of 2020 list. This list will provide everyone great options regardless of their foot shape and personal preferences.
Adidas Adipure SP
With a Puremotion TPU outsole formed into 108 Traxion lugs, the Adipure gives hard swingers plenty of traction in all directions. The knobby outsole provides a low-profile, sturdy base for adaptive support.
At just under $200, Golf.com compared the Adipure to Ecco and rated it as best for low-key style. The casual look includes enhanced cushioning with ultralight comfort from the slow, resilient memory foam Cloudfoam sock liner.
The water-resistant Adipure produces energy return on every swing with an endless energy boost from the most responsive cushioning ever offered by Adidas.VIEW ON AMAZON
Sergio Garcia and John Rahm gave CodeChaos its PGA Tour debut earlier this year. Analyst and fans couldn’t take their eyes off the fluorescent appearance. However, the technology is more impressive, especially with the $150 price tag.
A Boost midsole with a Torsion X stability bar, Chaos Traxion and a Twist Grip hybrid spikeless outsole deliver ample grip. Despite the meaty traction, CodeChaos maintains a light walking-on-clouds feel, according to MyGolfSpy.
Despite the lightweight breathability, CodeChaos handles varied weather conditions with a waterproof, textile upper made of multi-layered mesh. MyGolfSpy, which rated CodeChaos on its best of 2020 list, reported the shoe is also easy to clean.
An INSITE sock liner with Fitfoam cushioning helps provide support without being too spongy or soft.
The Ecco S-Three found its way onto Golf Monthly’s best-of list with a $200 price tag backed by substantial technology.
The E-DTS outsole consists of a traction system that includes 100 TPU traction bars and 800 traction angles. You’ll experience no slippage with this amount of outsole dug into the fairway.
Gore-Tex technology helps to provide durable waterproofing elements also bolstered by the Ecco Soft Calf Nappa leather.
The Ecco Zonal FluidForm consists of three rigidity zones in the molded midsole to balance cushioning and stability.
Ecco completes the comfort level with its removable, washable, open-cell OrthoLite insole that delivers long-term cushioning and enhanced breathability.
FootJoy’s tagline as the #1 Shoe In Golf maintains arguable validity with the FootJoy Flex. Golf.com rated the super, lightweight Flex as the best shoe for versatility with its mesh upper and soft, rubber sole treads.
At a reasonable $90.00, the Flex’s sneaker-like versatility provides all-day comfort and breathability.
FootJoy remembered the primary purpose of a golf shoe and managed to squeeze in some serious traction elements. The VersaTrax outsole optimizes each traction zone during your swing.
Meanwhile, the EVA midsole increases underfoot cushioning, enhancing comfort with exceptional stability.
FootJoy Pro SL
The #1 Shoe In Golf decided the hottest shoe on Tour needed a makeover despite their trusted Tour ambassadors suggesting otherwise. The result placed the FootJoy Pro SL on Golf Monthly and MyGoldSpy’s best of 2020 lists.
Fine-Tuned Foam in the Dual-Density midsole provides supple cushioning and balance with full-foot support through the swing and impact absorption while walking.
FootJoy reimagined the Power Harness wrapping the foot in comfort with medial and lateral support that releases power into the swing.
The Chromoskin leather upper provides breathability as well as being 100% waterproof with a two-year warranty.
At around $170, the Pro SL boosts traction with its Infinity outsole design that’s 11.5% wider than the previous version. Golfers can conquer all ground conditions with 189 traction points that provide 30% more than the last version. FootJoy also added 17% more surface area in the heel.
New Balance Fresh Foam Links SL
New Balance’s reputation for comfort and foot health carries over to the golf course with its Fresh Foam LinksSL. MyGolfSpy rated this model as the best in class for comfort.
At around $100, the LinksSL’s Cush+, Fresh Foam midsole delivers all-day comfort with a lightweight ride and ultra-cushioning.
The rubber, spikeless outsole gives golfers versatility to wear these shoes anywhere, yet traction holds up in all weather conditions. Pressure mapping colors highlight key performance zones on the sole.
New Balance offers a two-year waterproof warranty on the LinksSL with microfiber leather and performance mesh upper.
Nike Air Max 1 G
The iconic Nike Air Max has now improved the comfort and style of another sport. With a best 2020 lifestyle rating from MyGolfSpy, the $130 Air Max 1 G performs across all golfing and life metrics.
While MyGolfSpy claims poor performance in muddy conditions, it reports better than average stability and traction. Golf.com states the blend of Air Max technology with golf shoes provides much more traction than typical spikeless shoes, which makes it great for high-speed swings.
The lightweight, breathable Air Max delivers comfort through a foam midsole and the revolutionary air cushion.
Synthetic leather wraps around the shoe to keep water out, allowing you a seamless transition from the course to concrete without changing shoes.
Nike’s Roshe G model provides an even lighter, more breathable option at around $80. Golf.com rated the Roshe G as the best overall value as it is one of the lightest shoes on the market with plenty of traction and extreme comfort.
The pressure-mapped outsole makes up the integrated traction pattern with soft nubs across the sole.
A high sidewall and nested wraparound heel counter add flexibility, stability, and rotational support.
Puma Ignite NXT
Golf Span compared the Ignite NXT to wearing slippers on the golf course.
Puma used its ample resources to insert Ignite foam throughout the entire midsole for stable cushioning, responsive comfort, and energy return. The Molded Comfort Insole provides comfort while a TPU saddle makes up the crafted PWRCAGE for support and stability through the swing.
For around $120, you’ll get a one-year, waterproof warranty on spikeless shoe with breathable mesh.
Puma continued its innovation into the Ignite NXT traction aspects with the Organically-Altered Traction outsole that works on any lie. Increased traction through the swing comes from 100-strategically placed, directional hexagon lugs.
For an added bonus, Soleshield makes the Ignite NXT easy to clean with a thin TPU film.
Skechers Go Golf
Skechers Go Golf line presents a great range of shoes with prices ranging from $80-$145. Golf Span labeled this line a good value with excellent traction and comfort. Golf Monthly touted the Go Golf line as having superior balance and traction with a GripFlex spikeless TPU traction outsole.
Golfers will derive comfort from the ultra-lightweight Go Golf line because of responsive Ultra-Go cushioning and high-performance Resamax cushioned insole.
Support comes from the saddle that provides lateral stability and midfoot support.
Skechers Go Golf also totes a two-year waterproof warranty.
Under Armour HOVR Show SL Gore-Tex
When it comes to taking on weather elements, MyGolfSpy recommends the Under Armour HOVR Show SL Gore-Tex. The lightweight, waterproof, pliable, Gore-Tex membrane does its job in conjunction with the breathable Clarino microfiber upper.
Lightweight, lockdown traction comes from the UA Rotational Resistance outsole that delivers a more flexible feel. The Energy Web contains UA HOVR foam that returns energy back to the golfer.
With a $160 price tag, you’ll get comfort without bending and pressure points in the wrong places.
Make Your Feet Happy with Spikeless
If this list left you unfulfilled, check out Duca Del Cosma for fine Italian golf shoes at a finer Italian price. Or check out Royal Albartross to get British styling from an Italian-made shoe at Italian-made prices. If you’re interested in spending around $300 on your golf shoes, Golf Digest endorsed those brands on its best of 2020 list.
For most of us, the $80-$200 options listed above offer all the comfort, style, and performance we could want. FootJoy’s line alone demonstrates the gamut of styling from traditional golf shoe to casual athletic wear.
You know the shoe specifications your feet need, and more than one of the above shoes got you excited. Narrow down the one for you and make your feet happy.