Ever since Fred Couples padded out onto the fairways of Augusta at the 2010 Masters in what looked like a pair of ordinary trainers it sparked a revolution in golfing footwear. His spikeless shoes worn without socks were a sensation and manufacturers have been firing out modern designs with this newly found fashionable freedom. Those stiff, fusty and old-fashioned numbers your granddad wore are seldom seen, now the trend is for traditional/trainer hybrids and casual kicks.
With more choice than ever before we lace up with the latest spiked, spikeless, structured and sporty designs to see what’s worthy of featuring on your feet. To put them through their paces we teed off in rain and shine looking at comfort, stability, support, grip and whether their style makes the cut.
1. Nike FI Impact 2: £109.95, golfonline.co.uk
If there are shoes that will convert the spike stalwarts, it’s this light, flexible pair that look as good on the course as in the gym. Inspired by Nike’s free running range, the upper is thin and waterproof while its sole is a landscape of contours and peaks for outstanding traction through your swing.
2. Ecco Biom Hybrid 2: £102, shopeu.ecco.com
From the brand that started the spikeless revolution comes these street-styled shoes offering superior performance on the course. Using a thinner and stronger alternative to cow hide, they have a light and soft fit. There’s a reassuringly solid sole plate with unfaltering grip from over 800 traction angles and rubberised insoles.
3. Adidas Asym Energy Boost: £189, golfbidder.co.uk
Adidas’ flagship is the first shoe designed specifically for each foot with asymmetrical spike layouts handling the different weight transfer in the swing. They’re great for heavy hitters and there’s a lefthanded option, too, plus the bouncy foam sole fights foot fatigue while the heel and midfoot are fully supported.
4. Ashworth Cardiff ADC 2: £74.95, golfonline.co.uk
With these beautifully made, spikeless shoes you can waltz from the 18th green straight into the 19th without changing. They’re as comfortable as any trainer but loaded with extensive traction moulds and a wide sole for extra ground contact. They also come with a two-year waterproof warranty.
5. Footjoy Hyperflex: £109.99, sportsdirect.com
These hybrids might have a Marmite design but they show the giant leap in golf shoe styling. With the body of a running trainer with thoroughbred golf features, the web-like upper delivers outstanding flexibility with impressive lateral stability. These are breathable shoes perfect for summer but also hold their own in the wet.
6. Puma Titan Tour: £129.99, golfonline.co.uk
Puma uses Nasa’s spacesuit technology to regulate heat and moisture in these. The result from these sporty hybrids is a sweat-free affair and, thanks to the memory foam insole, you’re treated to a custom-like fit making them one of the most comfortable we tried.
7. Nike Lunar Control 3: £130, store.nike.com
When Rory McIlroy wanted shoes to cope with the rotational force of his swing, he designed these with an extra spike under the big toe. The additional anchor allowed us more welly without worry of slipping and our feet stayed dry during a soggy round in Surrey.
8. Steven Alexander Golf: from £358, stevenalexandergolf. com
These bespoke brogues are a bit special. Choose from three base designs then customise with colour to your heart’s content. The design is then handmade by an Italian shoe master using the finest leather. Lavish but lots of fun.
9. Callaway Chev Comfort: £44.95, amazon.co.uk
For golfers after more grounded design but plenty of performance at a pocket friendly price, these do the job. Whether beginner or seasoned pro you won’t be disappointed by the comfort on offer; a mesh panel on the upper for ventilation is a nice touch to a good all-rounder.
10. Footjoy DNA: £129, golfbidder.co.uk
Footjoy has gone all 21st century with these. We love the premium feel of the supple, dimpled leather, wide forefoot, wellpositioned spikes and streamlined build that remained reliably comfortable through 18 holes and beyond.
If you’re making the step into the new-age of golfing footwear there’s not better pair than Nike FI Impact 2. They’re so incredibly comfortable we wore them for a full 18 and then did the weekly grocery shop in them after without hesitation. They’re flexible, light, breathable and have the grip of a gecko. We’re also huge fans of the Ashworth Cardiff ADC 2, which ooze quality at an eye-rubbingly reasonable price. If you’re a soul seeking spikes we highly recommend the all-singing Adidas ASYM with looks that’ll please all parties, stacks of features for your feet and more spikes than we’ve ever seen on a golf shoe. Happy golfing!
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