On Par: What Are the Best Golf Shoes for 2023?
Do you think of golf shoes as a fashion statement or an important piece of equipment? Well, it's a trick question: they are both!
On the one hand, golf shoes are your only point of contact with the ground as you're swinging. As such, they need to offer proper support and grip your feet in place. That's why many golf pros swear by spiked models.
Still, there's no denying that golf shoes are also a nice opportunity to stand out both on and off the course. In fact, some of the best golf shoes in 2023 are hybrid models that you can wear anywhere you want!
Not sure which golf shoes will take your game to the next level? Read on for a list of our best recommendations in three key categories!
As the name implies, spiked golf shoes have cleats on the outside. These models tend to provide more lateral stability, particularly in wet conditions. The three best-spiked models come from Adidas, FootJoy, and Nike.
If you're a fan of Adidas, you may recall that the ZG21 was already a top-notch shoe. Well, the new ZG23 is even better. It's still as stable and lightweight as ever, but the overall comfort has gone up a level.
The shoe's key feature is the Lightstrike Pro technology used throughout the midsole. This gives the midsole an impressive amount of softness. Add the softness of the upper, and you get a shoe that reduces the risk of injuries.
FootJoy HyperFlex Carbon
HyperFlex Carbon offers comfort, stability, and a lovely silhouette to boot. A new pop of color elevates the visual style. The sock area completes the athletic look and provides a nice contrast to the upper texture.
On top of looking good, HyperFlex Carbon is very breathable. Not all spiked shoes get this right, and it has a big impact on your golf game. The outsole is grippy while still keeping the profile on the lower side.
Nike Air Zoom Victory Tour 3
Upgrading on the Victory Tour 2 was an unenviable task, but Tour 3 has done it. Look-wise, the improvements are obvious enough. The new leather upper is more sophisticated, and the entire shoe looks more refined.
Comfort, grip, and stability are also up there with the best competitors. Tour 3 is also 100% waterproof, which is a nice bonus. It comes with a hefty price tag, but the Nike brand speaks for itself.
If you're interested in a golf shoe you can wear anywhere, get a spikeless model. They offer the same amount of comfort as spiked models at the cost of slightly less traction. Here are the best spikeless shoes in 2023.
Adidas Codechaos 22
Since its launch in 2020, Codechaos has been a great value model. The 2022 model is as striking as ever. The main difference lies in the new wraparound outsole that offers more grip and a unique look.
Codechaos 22 is also among the most comfortable golf accessories on the market. Thanks to Adidas' Boost technology, you can almost forget you're wearing them! Breathability is also great for a synthetic model.
Ecco Biom C4
Speaking of technology, Ecco's Exhaust Grid has plenty to say as well. In Biom C4, this technology keeps the shoe cool by scooping fresh air toward the sole. Add the Gore-Tex surround, and you get all-over breathability.
Biom C4's ace in the hole is a removable insole. This makes the shoe a great option for people with wide feet while keeping their comfort levels nominal. The Biom C4 is also 100% waterproof and comes in four colors.
Puma Ignite Elevate
Want to look fancy on a golf course? Look no further than the Puma Ignite Elevate with its eye-catching caged design and chunky white sole. Spikeless golf shoes never looked so close to modern street sneakers!
The Ignite Elevate also has a notably soft midsole and upper. Puma's Ignite Foam gives you a big energy return while you're swinging. The cage design (known as the Exoshell) offers 360° support during the swing as well.
Women's Golf Shoes
Women's golf shoes tend to come in spikeless variants. They also usually try to offer style, performance, and comfort in one neat package. The following three models all succeed in this intention.
Looking for ways to improve your golfing skills? If so, investing in Payntr X-003 is a great starting point. The sole on this shoe provides so much traction that you'll all but nail yourself to the ground as you swing the club!
Despite the added stability, comfort levels don't suffer because of it. The PMF Foam midsole absorbs shock as you walk and provides great foot support. Design-wise, Payntr X-003 looks appropriately sporty.
The best word to describe the FootJoy Traditions is "classic." It looks like a vintage shoe presented through a stylish, modern lens. The shoe comes in four color options, with the all-black one our favorite of the bunch.
The modern touch is also evident in the build quality. The cushioned foam is lightweight and provides excellent bounce as you're walking around. Given the classic design, this level of comfort is a pleasant surprise.
G/Fore Women's MG4+
If you never wore G/Fore MG4+, putting them on may seem like magic. The inner footbed is so comfortable that you'll feel like you're walking on air. The secret lies in the "nubs" on the inner sole, which serve as a built-in massager.
Beyond the comfort, the MG4+ gives your feet plenty of support. As you're swinging, you'll feel the shoe gripping the turf. That said, if you prefer the soft feel of leather over synthetic, you may want to look elsewhere.
These Are the Best Golf Shoes for 2023
In general, golf shoes can have a major impact on your playing style. Rubber bottoms and/or spikes provide added grip, which makes your shots more precise. Check out the list above for the best golf shoes in 2023!
Once you've picked the right shoes, it's only natural to give them a chance to shine. You can do so by booking a tee time at Eagle Harbor, whether you're a member with us or not!