Good footwork is essential to a solid golf swing. You need to be firmly planted during the backswing, balanced through impact, and poised on the finish. In order to do that consistently, you must approach every shot in a pair of quality golf shoes. If you’re ready to upgrade your footwear, check out this list of the best men’s and women’s golf shoes for 2021.
The first feature to grab your attention will likely be the unique mesh design, which is made with “Hot Melt” yarns for enhanced structure and support. This eye-catching upper is engineered to provide lightweight, breathable comfort, and it also features a waterproof membrane barrier to keep your feet dry in soggy conditions.
On the bottom of the shoe, the OptiFlex plate serpentines along the entire sole and flexes naturally with your foot. That means more stability on each swing and less fatigue on each step, making the HyperFlex one of the best men’s golf shoes for walking in 2021. The Pulsar LP Cleats by Softspikes deliver the turf-gripping traction you need to swing with power and confidence. Looking to fine-tune your footwork even further? Check out the HyperFlex BOA version for an even more precise fit with reduced pressure on top of the foot.
These customer favorites are sure to put a bounce in your step during every round. The midsole features adidas’ famous Bounce cushioning to help keep you feeling fresh and energized throughout 18 holes (or more). On top, the water-resistant mesh upper provides breathable comfort with exceptional stability.
On the outsole, adidas Adiwear — a highly durable, non-marking rubber — provides superior traction and flexibility. Finally, the Traxion lugs help keep you stable and balanced throughout each swing.
If you prefer a classic look on the course, FootJoy Traditions are for you. Available in styles for both men and women, these shoes feature a full-grain leather upper to provide a sophisticated look and complete waterproof protection.
And though they may have a traditional look, they certainly don’t feel like your grandparents’ golf shoes. Super-cushioned foam cradles each foot in comfort round after round, while the built-in “Achilles pad” helps ensure a secure feel on every shot. Seven Pulsar LP cleats by Softspikes provide plenty of grip in all conditions, and you can easily replace them as needed with Fast Twist 3.0 spikes from DICK’S.
The Air Zoom Infinity Tour blends the lightweight, responsive performance of Nike running shoes with the stability and traction needed in a golf shoe. The latest version features a new traction pattern with piston spikes for improved grip. The three spikes are placed directly under Nike’s famous Air units to give you extra energy return and comfort.
Additionally, a full-length Air Zoom unit is stitched directly to the waterproof upper for extra cushioning on every step. The midsole contains Nike’s unique React foam to provide equal amounts of spring and support, while the external heel counter delivers exceptional stability on every swing.
If you’re a fast swinger in need of extra stability, consider this innovative, spikeless design from PUMA. The shoe’s namesake Fasten8 Fit System features a total of eight internal straps (four on each shoe) that cradle your feet. When you tighten the laces, you’ll also be tightening the straps, which helps provide an incredibly secure, personalized fit. But PUMA didn’t stop there. A lightweight, highly durable saddle wraps around the exterior to keep you from swinging out of your shoes.
When it comes to comfort, these golf shoes feature PUMA’s popular IGNITE foam throughout the midsole to deliver exceptional cushioning and energy return. The breathable mesh upper will help your feet stay cool and fresh throughout each round, complete with waterproof protection to keep you going in rainy conditions.
DICK’S carries the PUMA Fasten8 in both men’s and women’s styles.
Since its debut back in 2016, the Pro/SL has remained one of the most popular shoes in golf. Pros and amateurs alike rave about its superior stability and comfort. The latest Pro/SL outsole features 30% more traction elements while covering 17% more surface area, giving players greater control in all conditions. Up top, premium ChromoSkin leather is designed to offer a soft, lightweight feel and total waterproof protection.
The Pro/SL features two layers of FootJoy’s Fine Tuned Foam (FTF). A firm layer around the perimeter enhances stability, while a softer layer runs the length of your foot to provide serious cushioning.
At DICK’S, you’ll find Pro/SL styles for both men and women.
Chunking is typically something to avoid on the course, but you might make an exception for these Nike shoes. That’s because the “chunky shoe” look is currently a hot trend in golf, and the Air Max 270 G is one of the most popular styles in this category. This shoe earns its chunky status mostly through its extra-large Air Max bubble in the back, which measures 32mm in height and wraps a generous 270 degrees around the heel (thus the name).
So, what does all of this mean for your game? The sizeable Air Max unit is designed to compress and return to its original shape, providing exceptional energy return. The stylish upper is fully waterproof and easy to clean, while the spikeless outsole is specially designed to grip the turf as you rotate through the swing.
Do you play frequently in early morning dew or in rainy weather? If so, the PUMA PROADAPT DELTA can help provide the traction you need on slick turf. A total of nine Dual-Density Tornado cleats grip the ground firmly to promote advanced stability in tough conditions. In the heel, PUMA’s popular ADAPT foam provides incredible cushioning and high energy return on each step.
The upper features a molded Comfort Collar to provide a secure, locked-in fit, while premium Atlantis leather encloses the shoe in sleek, waterproof style. The unique ADAPT WRAP tongue surrounds the foot to provide additional support where it’s needed most.
The waterproof Flex XP offers the perfect blend of performance and casual style. What separates this shoe from other spikeless styles is FootJoy’s VersaTrax outsole. This revolutionary design features three unique traction zones for optimal grip on or off the course.
The mesh upper provides the lightweight, breathable feel of an athletic sneaker while remaining fully waterproof to keep you dry during rainy rounds. The EVA midsole delivers supportive cushioning with plenty of stability to help you swing with confidence.
DICK’S carries the FootJoy Flex XP for both men and women.
Still not sure which style is right for you? Consider the terrain of the courses you typically play and choose a shoe that will provide the traction and stability you need. Check out our article on the differences between spiked and spikeless golf shoes to learn more.