One of the biggest distractions when playing golf in bad weather is when water seeps through your shoes and soaks your socks – it’s most uncomfortable and makes it impossible to enjoy your round, let alone put a good score together.
If you’re sensible, you’ll have more than just one pair of golf shoes – maybe one more suitable for the summer months, and another for when it’s wet, slippery and generally pretty treacherous underfoot.
There are more models and styles to choose from now than ever before, many of which are fully waterproof and provide ample stability to handle tough winter conditions.
Not all models are 100% waterproof, though – some are just water-resistant. There’s a big difference, and if you play all year round, you’re going to both want and need that full protection.
Before you part with that hard-earned money of yours, be sure to check out whether the shoes come with a waterproof guarantee – something that’s not to be sniffed at.
To help you find a pair that will keep your feet warm and comfortable, here’s a selection of the very best waterproof golf shoes on the market.
A model favoured by many top golfers, the HOVR Drive has a classic style that’s sure to appeal.
One of the criticisms of UA’s early models was that they lacked comfort – but this hasn’t been the case for a while. In fact, thanks to HOVR Technology, there’s ample cushioning and support for your feet.
Meanwhile, with the strategically positioned lower-profile UA Rotational Resistance spikes and SoftSpike Silver Tornado spikes, wearers get plenty of support, traction and stability in soft, wet conditions – plus, there’s the bonus of a 1-year waterproof guarantee.
The spikeless Biom H4 is not just one of the best waterproof golf shoes, but one of the best shoes on the market full stop.
Aside from looking extremely sleek and stylish, they’re also packed with technology. If your preference is a shoe that offers maximum waterproof protection, you’ll be glad to know that’s what GORE-TEX will give you. For peace of mind, they also come with a 1-year waterproof guarantee.
It ticks so many boxes, but don’t let its GORE-TEX membrane trick you into thinking it’s purely a winter golf shoe because it’s actually suitable to wear all-year round, and off-course too.
The lightweight, ergonomic soles offer tremendous flexibility and comfort, too, which can be further boosted if you opt for the BOA option, a new lacing system that helps you to customise your fit.
FootJoy’s Pro SL golf shoes provide a superior feel with Fine Tuned Foam (FTF+) for supple cushioning and a perimeter-weighted outsole for superior stability.
It’s been the brand’s most popular shoe on Tour for some time, and there are several reasons why. The latest version is built on a new Infinity Outsole that boasts 30% more points of traction, a redesigned PowerHarness to wrap your foot in comfort, and a Dual-Density midsole for the best combination of stability and comfort.
It would be hard to pick a fault with this modern favourite – it’s lightweight, durable and easy on the eye – plus it’s waterproof and comes with a 1-year guarantee.
Besides being sleek and sporty, these shoes offer 100% waterproof protection. In addition to this, they offer an extremely comfortable fit with a new integrated lacing system, too.
The Fasten8 fit system consists of eight interior webbing support straps that are integrated into the lacing, delivering a secure and personalised fit for golfers no matter what their foot shape or size.
Meanwhile, traction is taken care of by the Pro-Form TPU outsole, which features an organically altered traction pattern for maximum stability.
The trendy styling makes it suitable to wear off the course, too, which is fine because the outsole is exceptionally durable. Given they come in at under £100, they represent superb value for money – plus, you’ll also get a 1-year waterproof guarantee.
The ZG21 shoes from Adidas weigh just 13 ounces per shoe and feature the brand’s Boost Technology. Despite how light they are, they’re also designed to provide incredible support. In fact, they’re one of the best all-round performers on the market.
This product is made with recycled content as part of the manufacturer’s ambition to end plastic waste – so 20% of the pieces used to make the uppers are made with a minimum of 50% recycled content.
It’s a terrific looking shoe – there’s no question of that, and one that’s sure to be a popular model all-year round, especially given the Climastorm Technology that makes it fully waterproof. Again, it comes with a 1-year waterproof guarantee.
The Skechers Go Golf Elite V.4 golf shoes feature a premium leather upper with the brand’s H2GO shield seam-sealed waterproof protection, and yes, you guessed it – they’re backed by a 1-year waterproof guarantee.
They perhaps don’t have quite the same premium look as the other shoes on this list, but they certainly warrant consideration if you’re looking for a solid waterproof offering that won’t break the bank.
Comfort is the key talking point with the Elite V.4. There’s a padded collar and tongue for extra cushioning and a cushioned midsole, and a high-performance insole that boosts its comfort to another level.
The white and blue might lose its colour a little in the winter, but there are a number of other options – all of which look smart. Meanwhile, multi-directional cleat and lugs will help keep you nice and stable when it’s wet underfoot.
Now for something a little different – the Duca Del Cosma JL2 shoes, designed in collaboration with European Tour player Joost Luiten – a man who certainly likes to make a statement with his clothing.
Among their many talking points, not least the orange (Luiten is Dutch) and green camouflage design, it has a waterproof sock system with OnSteam recyclable microfiber. Even the heel support is made with recycled cork.
It might not look too flexible and comfortable at a glance, but once you’ve experienced that soft Italian leather, you’ll soon realise that’s really not the case.
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