Looking for a new pair of golf shoes?
You’re probably wondering which brand is right for you. Because let’s face it, there’s a TON of choice.
So to help, we’ve put together this guide to the best golf shoe brands in 2023. And we’ve also picked out our top golf shoes from each of the brands featured on our list.
Let’s get started.
This Year’s Best Golf Shoe Brands
1. Under Armour
Under Armour are our pick for the best golf shoe brand in 2023, and have been making golf gear since 1996.
The main reason for that? They make the best golf shoe on the planet right now: The Under Armour Spieth 3. And I guess if they’re good enough for Jordan Spieth, they’re good enough for us!
With unrivalled grip and traction, superior comfort, and a trainer style look, Under Armour’s Spieth 3 is everything you want in a golf shoe.
FootJoy runs Under Armour close when it comes to the best overall golf shoe.
Their history as one of the best golf shoe brands worldwide traces back over 100 years. In 1945, Footjoy managed to grab it’s first shoe count award on the PGA Tour in the USA.
Their Tour X matches the Spieth 3 for traction and comfort, and weather proofing is great. It’s really only our preference for the design of the Spieth 3 that clinched it.
Aside from the Tour X, we particularly like FootJoy’s range of casual golf shoes. You’re always going to sacrifice a bit of grip when you go for a moulded rubber soul rather than soft spikes. But the trade off is you’ll get unrivalled comfort (and a golf shoe that looks great).
FootJoy’s golf shoes get better each season, and they’re thoroughly deserving of high placing on our list of the best golf shoe brands right now. Not the cheapest golf shoe brand out there, but you’ll be happy with your purchase.
You’d expect the likes of Justin Thomas, Shane Lowry, Ian Poulter, Max Homa and Lee Westwood to use the best golf shoe brand, and they all pick FootJoy.
Adidas are one of the largest sports brands in the world, so it’s no surprise that they have an excellent range of golf shoes.
Their flagship shoes are the Tour 360, which you’ll spot Dustin Johnson wearing whenever he’s sinking a 10 footer on the golf channel.
The price point on the Tour 360 is attractive when compared to FootJoy and Under Armour’s premium offerings. But if that’s still a little rich then they have a large selection of affordable golf shoes, such as the trainer like Adicross and CP Traxion.
Basically, adidas know their onions when it comes to sports gear, so whichever adidas golf shoes you pick, you’re going to be happy with your choice.
Skechers is not a brand you’d normally associate with golf.
But they have a surprisingly large (and growing) range.
While they do have a few soft spike offerings (the Go Golf Pro 2 is decent), we’d generally be considering Skechers if you’re looking for a more trainer like golf shoe.
And if that’s you then we’d point you to the Skechers Men’s Max as a solid choice.
Puma have a pretty large range of golf shoes, with price points running from budget to premium. But it’s definitely the budget end that we feel they excel.
Don’t get us wrong, if you buy a premium pair of Puma golf shoes like the (Puma Ignite Caged), you’re going to be happy with your purchase. But we just think Under Armour, FootJoy, and adidas are better choices when you have a wedge of dollars to spend.
For budget golf shoes though, Puma is hard to beat. Oddly their online selection is pretty limited, but you’ll find a load of good options in your local sports store.
Another huge golf brand, Nike know what they’re doing when it comes to making sports shoes. And they have a large golf shoe range which (like Puma and adidas) cater for all budgets.
We prefer their spikeless golf shoes, with our top pick from their 2023 lineup being the Lunar Control Vapor 2.
But if you’re looking for a pair of Nike soft spikes, then we’d be heading towards the Nike React Vapor 2, which offer excellent traction and support, and are impressively comfortable for soft spikes.
Callaway is one of the biggest names in golf, so it’s no surprise that they have an excellent selection of golf shoes.
There’s a lot to choose from, but for the balance of affordability and quality, we’re leaning towards the Callaway Balboa. And in this case we’d happily recommend both the soft spike (TRX) and spikeless Balboa Vent 2.0.
Although one thing I should point out with the Callaway Balboa is that they’ll take a round or two to break in (I ended up with some pretty bad blisters), so I’d recommend wearing them around the house for a day or two before you hit the course. But once they’re broken in, they’re a very comfortable golf shoe.
8. New Balance
The final golf shoe brand on our 2023 list is one who’s probably best known for their running shoes: new balance.
They have a fairly limited selection of golf shoes, but we really like the New Balance Minimus Tour which is reasonably budget friendly, comfortable, and has a sleek trainer like appearance.
Which Golf Shoe Brands Do We Recommend?
All of the golf shoe brands on our list make quality golf shoes. Whilst fit is obviously the main consideration here when choosing your shoe, budget is going to play a big factor too. The difference between the cheapest and most expensive golf shoe brands on this list, can be 3x or more.
But if we’re to whittle this down even further we’d say go for a pair of Under Armour Spieth 3 if budget isn’t a consideration, or a pair of Tour X’s from FootJoy if you’re looking to go a little easier on the wallet.
That wraps it up for our list of the best golf shoe brands in 2023.
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