This year the NCG team have rigorously tested thirty-one different pairs of newly released shoes from eleven of golf’s most notable brands to put together our list of the best golf shoes that you can buy in 2023.
We’ve worn them in the sun, in the rain, in the sleet, on our home courses, on away courses, in the fairway, in the sand, in the rough, and sadly even in the heather to be able to create honest reviews you the club golfer can actually trust.
We’ve scoured through all the press releases and know all the technology and left no stone unturned to be able to assemble our list of the best golf shoes 2023.
Best golf shoes for men 2023
Unboxing them, I was initially put off by the blue and pink trim, but the more I looked at the FJ HyperFlex Carbon shoes, the more I loved them. They’re bright and colourful without being too in your face and give off a youthful player vibe that I like.
The big talking point on these shoes is the custom moulded carbon fibre plate that sits in the sole. As an avid runner, I’m aware shoe companies have been adding carbon sole plates to shoes for a few years now, and I’ve wondered why they haven’t appeared in golf shoes yet.
FootJoy reckons that the Hyperflex Carbon offers increased stability than any shoe on the market now due to the carbon power plate. With ortholite impression fitbed and optiflex zones, the FootJoy HyperFlex Carbon shoes should be stable and rigid in the golf swing but comfortable enough to wear all day.
I’ve worn these shoes now for a few weeks so I’m fairly comfortable commenting on how the FootJoy HyperFlex Carbons are pretty much faultless. I’ve worn them on dry links turf at Furness golf club in Cumbria, and on my home course of Sand Moor in West Yorkshire, and they have impressively managed to keep my feet dry.
- Extremely comfortable out of the box.
- Excellent traction.
- Really solid in the swing and underfoot
- Slightly on the heavy side
- RELATED: Read our full FootJoy HyperFlex Carbon golf shoes review
Sizes: UK 6-12 (inc. half sizes)
Colours: White/Multi or Black/White/Grey.
More info: FootJoy
Puma Ignite Elevate golf shoes
I’ve been looking for a pair of golf shoes that a suitable for teaching in, playing in, practising in, walking the dog in, and going to the pub in, and I think I may have found them. The Puma Ignite Elevate shoes look and feel just like sports shoes, and straight away, I love the way they feel on my feet.
Unboxing them, these shoes straight away offer superior step-in comfort, eliminating the need to break shoes in, which feels so last decade now. The ignite foam offers a snug feel and cushion when walking and feels springy in the swing when pushing off your right side into the ball.
I’ve worn these shoes now for a few weeks, so I’m fairly comfortable commenting on how the Puma Ignite Elevate shoes have been pretty much faultless. I’ve worn them on dry heathland turf at The Alwoodley Golf Club, and on my home course of Sand Moor in West Yorkshire, and the performance has been excellent.
I cannot believe how strong and stable I feel in the swing wearing them. I’ve loved wearing spiked shoes this winter as it’s helped me feel really grounded, but these shoes offer me the same ‘connected to the floor’ feeling I have grown accustomed to, and I feel like I have a really strong base to rotate hard from.
- Ridiculously comfy
- Smart in all colour options
- Traction is very good for a spikeless shoe
- Fabric tongue and ankle area are tough to clean
- RELATED: Read our full Puma Ignite Elevate shoes review
Sizes: UK 7-12 (inc. half sizes)
Colours: white/silver or black/silver shade/silver.
More information: PUMA
FootJoy Traditions Golf Shoes
These come in loads of different colourways, so don’t get hung up on the two-tone upper. They are also available in spiked, spikeless, classic saddle or shield tip, so the options are many and varied.
These are FootJoy golf shoes, and their natural habit is the golf course. They are so lightweight. They are effortless to wear and you feel like you could run in them, alright well maybe not run, but certainly walk a long way in comfort.
I keep coming back to the fit. I do not want daft amounts of padding under my foot, I want to be able to feel the ground, and not feel like I am wearing stilts. Again the modest depth sole and the high levels of stability speak of a brand-making footwear for proper golfers.
The grip provided is also faultless, I played my first round in these in a typically British ‘light drizzle’ and experienced no slippage from the spikeless sole.
Depends on the 19th hole. At my home club of Alwoodley these were meeting with nods of approval that the golfing trainer can only dream of. I am not going to slip them on with a pair of jeans though. So I guess that goes back to personal preference.
- A proper fit, like a golf shoe should fit
- Trainer levels of comfort
- Classic styling is a antidote to all the other on course off course carry on
- Probs would not choose two tone
- RELATED: Read our full FootJoy Traditions golf shoes review
Sizes: UK 6-12 (inc. half sizes)
Colours: White / Khaki / Light Grey or Tan / Navy / Red or White / Navy or White / Black / Grey.
More info: FootJoy
Cuater The Legend golf shoes
Out of the box, this shoe presented an absolutely classic look. The clean lines, the stitching, the lacing system – it all looks just right. I tested the black model with a contrasting grey sole. There is also a version in white.
I was pleased to see a robust heel piece. Turning over to look at the sole design, there are nine removable spikes per shoe as well as over fifty small moulded spikes. Breaks in the outsole offer flexion to the forefoot and also help to control weight. Talking of weight, each shoe came in at 425 grammes, which is lighter than the average proper leather spiked shoe.
I found the shoe to be extremely comfortable from the outset. The leather upper felt supportive and flexed nicely in play – I put this down to the outsole design. There was a springy, cushioned feeling walking between shots. Cuater talk about their Sweet Spot technology Cushioning throughout the molded insole and I have to say that the shoe felt much more comfortable than I expected from the classic design.
I have to say that I think Cuater have produced another winner with this shoe. No, it’s not for the golfer who wants their shoes to look like a Formula 1 racing car. But if you value comfort, understated style and thoughtful technology, then I recommend that you give serious consideration to this brand and this model.
- Extremely comfortable out of the box.
- Classic and understated looks.
- Well constructed.
- RELATED: Read our full Cuater The Legend golf shoes review
Sizes: UK 7-11 (inc. half sizes)
Colours: Black or White
More information:Callaway Golf
Adidas Solarmotion BOA golf shoes
This is a tremendous golf shoe. In every single way. I received the white model, with a hint of orange in the back lapel and a green and orange sole, and they look exceptional. You can also pick these up in black.
These are remarkably lightweight. They’re also pretty flexible but have a stability and structure which gives you confidence they won’t be bending all over the place as your feet are shifting during the motion of a shot.
The Lightstrike midsole and BOOST heel is doing most of the heavy lifting, and what you’ll immediately notice is how easily they slip onto your feet and how comfortable they are. A lot of modern shoes are like stepping into slippers now, but this is a next level experience.
The waterproof upper seems to not only keep any water out, but still allows your feet to breathe.
I was struck by the comfort of the insole, how they gently – but firmly – held my feet in position rather than allowing them to ricochet about like a bowling ball across lane guards, and I also appreciated the ability to tighten the BOA as appropriate.
They look sturdy and long lasting and, given you’re going to be wearing them for several hours at a time, the contentment you will feel on your feet makes them well worth the investment.
- You won’t find a more comfortable shoe straight out of the box.
- BOA is extremely effective.
- Great looks and easy to clean.
- Nothing of any significance.
- RELATED: Read our full Adidas Solarmotion BOA golf shoes review
Sizes: UK 6.5-13.5
Colours: Black, White
More info: adidas UK
FootJoy Pro SL golf shoes
The first thing I noticed on opening the box was the leather upper which felt really soft and supple. The overall appearance was of an athletic-looking shoe with a quality feel. It also felt very light. Indeed, on getting out the kitchen scales, this size 7.5 shoe weighed in at a lean 360 grams which is very much at the lighter end of the spectrum.
I’ve already mentioned the leather upper which is constructed from Pittards leather and comes with a one year waterproof guarantee.
There is a decent amount of padding around the collar and tongue of the shoe, and a look at the sole revealed 180 (I counted) rubber lugs making up the soft spikes. This is apparently an increase of 30% from the last model so as to enhance traction.
Testing was carried out in dry conditions at Woburn and then at my home heathland course. After some initial concern regarding right foot support, everything settled down and the shoe felt comfortable and light. This latest model has Stratofoam midsole cushioning to enhance underfoot comfort and support. It also felt stable thanks to what FootJoy calls the Power Harness – essentially this is the medial and lateral support which combines with the heel piece.
If ever there was a shoe that could be worn away from the course then this is it. The unobtrusive branding means that I could easily pop into the supermarket on the way home without a second thought. And if I were to encounter a banana skin, I would probably remain upright thanks to that grippy sole.
- Premium leather upper.
- Performs well on & off course.
- The Pro SL carbon is better.
- RELATED: Read our full FootJoy Pro SL golf shoes review
Sizes: UK UK 6 -14 depending on colour choice ( half sizes upto 11).
Colours: White/grey, White/navy, Black/charcoal, Grey.
More info: FootJoy UK
Best golf shoes for men 2023
As we wrap up our comprehensive review of the best golf shoes for men in 2023, it’s evident that these top contenders – the FootJoy HyperFlex, Puma Ignite Elevate, FootJoy Traditions, Cuater The Legend, Adidas Solarmotion BOA and the FootJoy Pro SL’s offer a wide range of features to meet the diverse needs of golfers. Each of these high-quality golf shoes brings unique strengths and impressive performance to the course, accommodating a variety of golfer styles and preferences.
Your final choice will hinge on your personal comfort, playstyle, and budget. We suggest that you try these shoes on, if possible, to identify the best fit for you. Here’s to keeping your grip steady, your feet dry, and your style intact on the greens!
How do we test golf shoes?
At National Club Golfer, we are passionate about producing accurate and thorough reviews and making sure our testing process is rigorous so we get a good understanding of how each pair of shoes performs.
Each shoe is worn out on the golf course whilst playing golf, so we can get an idea of overall performance in terms of factors like comfort, grip, stability in the golf swing, waterproof protection and how they actually look on the golf course.
What is important when buying Golf shoes?
When buying new golf footwear it’s important to know what attributes or features you value the most before deciding on a brand or model to buy. For example, do you want spiked or spikeless shoes?
A lot of golfers think comfort is paramount when choosing a shoe, we are going to be standing in them for 3-5 hours right? Some golf shoes on the market have special insoles and cushioned mid-soles designed to keep your feet feeling fresh. Also it’s pretty common for golfers with wide feet to wear the wrong sized pair of golf shoes so its worth getting fit properly.
Grip is vital to good performance on the golf course as any foot slip in dry or wet conditions can not only cause the golf club to swing improperly but may also lead to an injury.
Nearly all golf shoes will either be fully waterproof or offer some kind of water resistance, and this is important as real die-hard golfers play in every weather condition. Having wet feet for 4 hours is not and will never be fun.
How good the shoe looks is of course subjective to personal style, but is important to any player. Do you prefer an athletic-looking shoe, or are you more traditional? Does your shoe offer on-course off-course style or do you want shoes purely for the course? Does the style of shoe you like have the best colour options for your golfing wardrobe?
Price is the last factor to consider. With the models above we have tried to find shoes at all different price points so if you want a shoe at a lower cost, you can get one. Or if you want to spend more, you can do that too. Importantly there is something for everyone.
What brands produce the best golf shoes?
All of the products in this best golf shoes 2023 article are picked from the brands that offer what we believe to be the best shoes on the market.
Do any pros wear spikeless golf shoes on tour?
As you will see on TV when watching the PGA, LPGA & DP World Tour, professionals wear both spiked and spikeless golf shoes, depending on their preference.
Some tour players are looking for extra stability and grip for maximum power creation that a spiked golf shoe might offer, and others are looking for the comfort and style that spikeless golf shoes offer. Some tour players prefer a running shoe style, and others a traditional classic leather shoe; there really isn’t a hard or fast rule as to what tour players wear.
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