Golf shoe technology has advanced dramatically in recent years. Manufacturers have adopted and adapted techniques developed for use in footwear in other sports to significantly improve the performance of the modern golf shoe. Gone are the days of the metal spiked, plank-hard sole with stiff, leaky leather uppers – shoes that elicited a sigh of relief every time they were removed. Now, with the use of supple, flexible breathable and waterproof materials, golf shoes are extremely comfortable and many can be worn off course as well as on. Here we take a look at five of the best golf shoes on the market in 2015.
FootJoy DryJoy Casual – rrp: £130
The FootJoy DryJoy brand has been at the forefront of golf shoe design for 25 years. Over time, the design of the shoe has been tweaked and improved to a point where it delivers the ultimate in performance and comfort. The DryJoy Casual features many of the technologies seen in the standard “DryJoy Tour” but packages them in a hugely comfortable, stylish and spikeless shoe.
Extremely lightweight with breathable yet waterproof leather uppers, the shoe features superb cushioning and a perimeter weighted outsole for greater stability.
The many-studded, spikeless sole provides exceptional grip and traction and allows the shoes to be worn off the course.
Ecco Men’s Golf Biom Hybrid 2 – rrp: £170
Ecco is a Danish brand that has been making shoes since the early 1960s. In 1996 they entered the golf shoe market. Now, the company has earned a reputation for producing high performing golf shoes delivering exceptional comfort. The Biom Hybrid 2 is a sporty looking, soft-leather shoe providing great support and grip.
A great feature of Ecco shoes is the DIP technology used to make the outer sole. This is an injection process allowing the sole to be bonded to the upper without any stitching or glue. This heightens waterproofing and improves the fit. It’s spikeless so can be worn off course.
The Biom Hybrid 2 looks great and is available in eight different colours.
Adidas adipower boost Boa – rrp: £145
Adidas are at the cutting edge of shoe design across a wide range of sports and many of the technologies featured in their current golf shoe range began life in shoes designed for running or football.
This exceptional offering from adidas has been designed and engineered to enhance comfort, fit, stability and traction, thereby improving on-course performance. The boost technology in this sporty shoe comes in the shape of a more efficient cushioning design in the midsole, to maximise energy retention and make walking easier. The Boa, laceless, closure system allows for tiny adjustments to the fit for optimum comfort.
Nike Lunar Control 3 – rrp: £130
Nike is known across the sporting world for its excellent sports shoes and the Lunar Control 3 will only heighten that reputation. Providing excellent support and traction, this is an innovative, durable and, most importantly, comfortable shoe. It’s a lightweight, sporty yet supremely stable offering with a proven track record on the professional tours, (it’s event lighter than it’s successful predecessor – the Lunar Control 2.) The Lunar Control 3 is an impressive shoe in terms of both performance and looks. It comes in a range of snazzy colours and there’s an option to customise a pair to suit your taste.
Puma Titan Tour – rrp: £129
Since entering the golf market, Puma has pushed the boundaries in terms of fashion. They have built a reputation as a “go-to” brand for the next generation of golfers looking for a fresh and dynamic look.
The Titan Tour shoes blend that cutting-edge styling with proven performance technologies.
This great looking, sporty shoe has a soft leather upper giving excellent comfort and breathability while the Power Frame outsole delivers optimum levels of support and stability. The Titan Tour is available in a diverse range of colours, from understated brown to the standout white and red.