The best spikeless golf shoes can feel like a revelation for the previously uninformed golfer. With them, there’s no more laboring over replacing the cleats, you don’t have to weigh yourself (or your caddy) down by carrying a spare pair with you on the ground, and you get a shoe you can get away with wearing off the course, too.
We all know golf can be a hell of a game, even on the rare occasion when things are going your way, so why not ease the stress, cool the rage, and just embrace the convenient magic of the spikeless golf shoe. Some purists may stick their noses up at the spikeless design, but it’s the 21st Century, there are other, arguably better ways to do things. So, what better place to start than with one of the most necessary golf accessories. You won’t get very far around the course if you don’t have the right shoes.
The Best Spikeless Golf Shoes
Our number one pick for the best spikeless golf shoes is the Adidas Adicross V. With water-resistant Climastorm uppers and durable Adiwear outsole, it brings reliability and versatility to the course, while also doubling as a perfectly acceptable everyday shoe with your company being none the wiser – and we won’t tell on you, don’t worry.
You might want to shout and boast about that, though, and that’s perfectly cool, we don’t blame you. If you’re in the mood, you can also brag to all your buddies how the lightweight Cloudfoam sockliner feels like you’re, well, walking on a cloud. These Adidas shoes aren’t just spikeless golf shoes that look good, they also feel good, and perform even better.
Water-resistant Climastorm upper
Lightweight Cloudfoam sockliner
Flexible spikeless and durable Adiwear outsole
Lace up closure
- Modeladicross V-M
- Weight3 pounds
Versatile everyday design
Variety of colors available
The tongue may run too high for some
A real knockout of a product, the Callaway Balboa Vent Golf Shoe has a durable rubber spikeless outsole that provides multi-directional traction for what we can only describe as an all-purpose grip. Anyone who’s spent even a few minutes on a golf course (though, we’d hope it was a little longer) knows that along with the swing, keeping your eye on the golf ball, and picking the correct golf club set, the traction is up there as one of the most essential facets of a good game of golf.
Fitting close to size, this traction is enhanced, and you’ll also get the maximum comfort and stability possible with a pair of golf shoes like this. The Opti-Vent mesh lining offers excellent breathability and heat-management, while the 5mm EVA sockliner makes those long, arduous rounds a little more bearable. Like all spikeless shoes, if you want to wear them off-course, then you can do that without worry, too.
Dura-rubber spikeless outsole with multi-directional traction
Opti-soft EVA midsole
5mm EVA sockliner
Opti-Vent mesh liner for heat management and breathability
- ModelBalboa Vent-M
- Weight3 pounds
100% Mesh construction
Maximum stability and comfort
Fits close to size
The best spikeless golf shoes don’t always have to be the most expensive or the best looking (although these certainly look great), instead, they can be the shoes that give you the best bang for your buck, and provide a reliable, long-lasting but also a straightforward option. For the budget and bargain hunting golfer, the Adidas 360 Traxion spikeless shoes provide pretty much everything their more expensive counterparts do, while still ensuring everyone gets to try them and their local course out.
The new rounded toe shape increases volume and stability, and its full-length bounce foam and Cloudfoam sockliner offer excellent cushioning for merciful all-day wear either on the course or just out and about. The Climastorm upper is water-resistant and breathable, making them suitable for all weather, and the spikeless Adiwear traction is one of the best designs we’ve come across. And it combines great with your golfing clothes.
New rounded toe shape increases volume, comfort, and stability
Full-length bounce foam provides cushioning
Climastorm upper construction for breathability
Excellent spikeless pure motion Adiwear traction
- Model360 traxion Ftwwht/Dksimt-M
- Weight3 pounds
Cloud foam EVA sockliner
Water resistant design
Slightly too narrow for some
The Puma Grip Sport Golf Shoe is an awesomely designed option perfect for the modern, young golfer – or any elder statesmen who want to show these upstart kids they’ve still got it. It comes with a lightweight, breathable upper that makes them ideal for summer games, and the traditional lace-up closure offers more functionality than laymen might expect. With it, you have control over the tightness and flexibility of your Puma shoe, giving you the edge when you step up to the tee or green.
The SmartQuill technology is crucial in providing traction and stability, especially on a harder, less malleable ground, and the Fusion foam compression midsole is responsive enough to make your swing and follow through one of the most powerful and reliable on your course. We shouldn’t have to mention this is also comfortable, but we will anyway, and that’s a bonus no matter what you’re doing.
Lightweight and breathable mesh upper
SmartQuill Technology provides traction and stability
Fusion foam compression midsole both comfortable and responsive
Traditional lace-up closure
- Weight12 ounces
Rounded toe provides comfort
Excellent for summer golfing
When you combine Climastorm Microfiber with textile construction, you get yourself the Adidas Adipower S Boost 3 Onix Golf Shoe, a hybrid of two equally effective and efficient materials, it’s the best of both worlds when you’re taking a stroll along the fairway. With the unique Boost midsole, this stroll is made even easier, and you’re guaranteed consistent energy return thanks to the built-in cushioning to ensure your feet remain comfortable and at ease throughout.
The Climaproof stretch material is great for both durability and protection, giving you the confidence they’ll last more than a few rounds. Also built in to them are secondary lugs, something you don’t see in all golf shoes, spikeless or not, and this gives you better traction and stability with each swing.
Climastorm Microfiber leather and textile construction
Boost midsole cushioning ensures energy return
Climaproof stretch microfiber for durability and protection
Energy sling guides energy transfer and prevents power leaks in swing
- Modeladipower s boost 3 Onix/C-M
- Weight4 pounds
Secondary lugs ensure tour-proven grip and stability
Comfortable for all-day wear
Excellent for hot and dry conditions
Not waterproof, but offers 1-year waterproof warranty
If you’ve never used yak leather – and we’re sure most of you haven’t – you probably don’t know how remarkably tough and durable. It’s unlike any leather, maybe even any material, you’ve ever seen before, and is something you can trust to ensure your spikeless golf shoes remain abrasion-free throughout every course you step onto.
The ECCO Biom Hybrid 2 Hydromax Golf Shoe is dedicated to making your round one of the easiest of your life with the anatomical the last shape making it excellent for guaranteed comfort. As for the spikes (or lack thereof), it comes with tour-proven traction that’s sure to keep you solidly stuck to the ground no matter how wild your swing. If you’re still not convinced, the technical insole system is designed to prevent any and all unwanted foot movement, so you’ll only shift your feet when you deem it necessary.
Strong yak leather uppers with Hydromax and anti-stain formula
Anatomical last shape for increased comfort and effectiveness
Technical insole system prevents unwanted foot movement during the swing
- Weight13 ounces
Versatile shoe for casual wear
True to size fitting
May not be excellent value for money
With a synthetic sole and leather upper construction the Skechers Go Golf Elite 3 Approach Shoe comes with a 2-year waterproof guarantee, so get the most out of them in soggy, dreary weather while you still can. For all other occasions, with your shorts, your shades, and your always-in-fashion visor, the perforated side panels provide breathability, which is great for humid summer games, maybe not so much for winter play, but we’ll see.
The lightweight 5Gen cushioning has just the right amount of responsiveness you need to feel you’re playing the game and not like the game is playing you. We all know how easily the course can get into your head during a game of golf, so this is good to know and remember. The DPU Duragrip bottom plate offers stability while the heel lock design guarantees a secure fit. They do come with a slightly wide fit, which is useful to keep in mind if your feet run a little thin.
Synthetic sole and leather upper construction
Lightweight responsive 5Gen cushioning
Duragrip DPU bottom plate
High-performance Resamax cushioned insole
- Weight15.8 ounces
2-year waterproof guarantee
Heel lock design ensures a secure and stable fit
Perforated side panels for breathability
Slightly wide fit
Comfort and efficiency are the name of the game with the Puma Ignite Pwrsport Golf Shoe. immediately, we’re drawn to the anatomical last shape, which easing pressure on your foot while still maintaining that crucial balance between snugness and breathability. As for efficiency, the PU Ignite foam ensures consistent energy return with each swing, helping your feet remain free of fatigue and allowing you to focus only on the course ahead.
The ultra-thin TPU frame and lightweight midsole complement each other well, while the Grip Zone traction gives you the stability and reliable power you need to balance your strikes like a pro. The Duoflex design also allows for more natural movement than you’d get in other shoes, and having been inspired by running shoes instead of your average golf shoe, you can see why. As a bonus, you’re guaranteed 1 year of waterproofness, but this could vary depending on where you play.
Anatomical last shape ensures comfort
PU Ignite foam provides consistent energy return
Ultra-thin TPU frame and lightweight midsole
Grip Zone traction for stability and reliable power
- ModelIgnite PWRSPORT
- Weight3 pounds
1 year waterproof
Inspired by running shoes for versatile purposes
Duoflex allows natural movement
Tight at the top of the foot
Our premium pick is the ECCO Biom Hybrid 3 Gore-Tex Golf Shoe which you’ll be thrilled to hear is entirely waterproof for as long as you wear them. Awesome, right? There’s more to them, though, and you’ll also be treated one of the most naturally accommodating shoes available with the lightweight yak leather offering high-quality breathable results whether you’re hitting a few at the pitch and putt or going for a full 18.
The Biom Natural Motion is made possible with an anatomical last gives you remarkable balance in your swing without feeling like you’re wearing any shoes. This might be a little weird at first, but once you see the results, you will get used to it. There’s also the ECCO Trip-Grip, which gives you stability and durability along with rotational support to ensure consistency in every swing and making topped-shots a thing of the past.
Waterproof Gore-Tex technology
Biom Natural Motion with anatomical last
ECCO Tri-Grip fit for stability, durability and rotational support
Yak leather uppers are lightweight and breathable
- Weight13 ounces
Anti-microbial Ortholite sole
BOA closure system
Massive potential price range
The Puma Ignite Spikeless Sport Disc Shoes offer something a little different from your average pair. They don’t look all that much like a golf shoe, or a shoe you’d see every day. This shouldn’t put you off them though, and if it does, turn back around, or risk missing out on what is still an effective piece of golfing attire.
There are no laces, which is great for those who still haven’t learned to tie their shoes, but more importantly, they give you a secure fit that’s easy to adjust in an instant instead of holding up the run of the fairway by untying, retying, and messing around with your laces. Also included is the Grip Zone traction system for stability on a variety of course conditions, and that always reliable Ignite Foam to support you throughout long, sometimes depressing days trudging across a course that’s not your friend today.
Grip Zone traction ensures stability
Performance mesh combines with premium leather upper
Ignite Foam provides comfort for all-day wear
Disc closure system for a secure fit
- Weight3 pounds
1 year waterproof guarantee
Lightweight to reduce foot fatigue
Convenient laceless design
Not as much ankle support as other options
It’s a shame we don’t have 18 products for cool mirroring of a proper game of golf, but we’ll just have to make do, and besides, we may end up selecting products that on any other day would be firmly at the bottom of the barrel. The Adidas Crossknit 2.0 Golf Shoe is not at the bottom of any barrel, and it features a design which has been specifically engineered for golf.
The TPU heel counter works seamlessly with the forefoot PU to guarantee awesome, previously though mythical stability and contributes to the top level performance you thought you would only ever see during the Ryder Cup and the Cloudfoam sockliner is ideal for increasing support. Besides this, there are the strategically placed lugs completing the Adiwear outsole, which provide excellent grip and traction whether you’ve stepped onto a hard, or moist course.
The circleknit upper is specially engineered for golf
TPU heel counter and forefoot PU help stability and performance
Strategically placed Adiwear outsole for grip and traction
Cloudfoam sockliner increases support
- Weight12 ounces
Easy velcro and elastic closure band
Torsion system stabilizes foot both walking and swinging
Excellent for well-maintained and dry courses
Runs slightly narrow
Spikeless Golf Shoes Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection of Spikeless Golf Shoes
We didn’t get the chance to try them out on the local course (and if we had done, we’d have played so much golf we may never want to play it again), so instead we relied on other factors when making our selection.
Brand – We always look for the best brands in any industry to suggest to you, but this isn’t as always as finding those brands which everybody and their grandmother knows. Sometimes, the best brands are not what you’d expect, and while there’s a lot of the usual suspects here, there’s also a few we think may surprise you, just as they did us.
It’s all down to research and discovering what sets brands apart from each other. Doing this helps us find the brands we know we can trust and are sure you can trust, too.
Reviews – Part of finding the right spikeless golf shoes for men involves looking over thousands of reviews which give us a great idea of how awesome (or not so awesome) any one product is. These reviews come with a plethora of little nuggets of wisdom we would never have thought of and allow us to make the best selection we can.
Without reviews, we wouldn’t know the intricate details regarding comfort, water resistance, support, and traction. It’s fine for the brand to tell us how amazing their shoes are – it’d be weird if they didn’t – but reviews from good, honest, experienced golfers who’ve worn their fair share of golf shoes, spikeless or not, is even better.
Price – Many look at golf as an elite game. It doesn’t help that it seems to be the go-to game of the richest people, nor does it help that golf accessories, from clubs to gloves to memberships require a considerable outlay.
We don’t think anyone should be excluded, regardless of budget, and we kept this in mind when making our selection. It’s still golf attire, so you can’t expect true bargains (at least not with the necessary quality) but there’s at least a wide enough range of prices to give every budget a chance to find the right spikeless shoes for them.
Features To Look For In Spikeless Golf Shoes
While most golf shoes will have basic features as standard, everyone’s golf shoe needs are different. You might need a better balance, better breathability, or better lug support, so keep in mind these features when looking for a new pair to find the design that’s most likely to improve your game and make golf just a smidge more enjoyable for you.
Spikeless Vs Spikes – Spiked shoes will perhaps provide you a little more traction on wet surfaces and slopes, but the cleats on them will need replacing when they wear out or break. You don’t have to do this with spikeless, as the studs or dimples are molded into the sole. Spiked shoes are typically better for beginners, as they provide better support and traction on all surfaces.
While you may be loyal to spiked shoes, spikeless shoes are becoming ever more advanced so that there is hardly any discrepancy between the two types. One benefit of spikeless shoes is that they are more flexible and have better ground feel compared to spiked shoes. They are also more lightweight, as the weight of the metal spikes won’t be present.
Your choice should also depend on the type, of course, you’re likely to play the most on. If your home course is dry, then spikeless shoes are more suitable.
You may also be concerned about whether spikeless shoes are too casual, especially on more exclusive courses. This isn’t something to worry about, as there are many different styles of spikeless golf shoe for you to find the appropriate requirements. If you are unsure, go by whatever the dress code demands.
But we’re not here to convince you either way, and both have the benefits and their disadvantages. These are usually individual, though, and you should go with whatever best works for you.
Breathability – Even though you’re only walking around a golf course for a few hours – not the most arduous nor intense workout of your life – you still need shoes which are sufficiently breathable. This keeps your feet fresh and prevents discomfort them from overheating, which is a potential disadvantage trying to enjoy (and win, but more importantly enjoy) a good, friendly game of golf.
Balance – Unless you want to follow your ball into the fairway, you should find shoes that offer you the correct balance. This is beneficial for your swing, as excellent balance keeps you grounded and unlikely to topple from your position. This design works in tandem with the lugs (more on those below) to provide a stable, secure swing.
If you don’t know where to start, e can tell you shoes with low drops are best for providing the correct balance as they keep you closer to the ground.
Consider Your Arches – Your lateral arches are an often neglected part of golf, so it’s good to consider your arches when looking for golf shoes. Shoes with proper arch support will be better for you by the end of the game and won’t cause as much strain to the lateral arch and additional two arch areas (medial and transverse arches), which means you won’t wake up in pain the next day, and may even be able to play for longer, although, we’re not sure we’ve ever heard anyone wish they can play golf for longer.
Lugs – Lugs are the part of the outsole which does the same job spikes would on spiked golf shoes, however unlike the removable cleats of the traditional golf shoe, they are molded in. these molded lugs are smaller than what you’d expect from metal cleats, and therefore don’t offer as much traction, but for most of you, unless you’re on a particularly slippery course, won’t tell the difference.
Comfort – Who’d have thought comfort would be a factor in a game you’re on your feet the entire time? The average golf game takes around 4 hours, so it’s not rocket science why you’d need your shoes to be comfortable.
The best shoes for comfort are those with foam outsoles as they provide the necessary cushioning to prevent aches and pains and are easier on your feet, especially if you play on a long or more hilly course.
Spikeless Golf Shoes FAQ
Q: Do Spikeless Golf Shoes Wear Out?
A: Like all rubber-soled shoes, your spikeless golf shoes will wear out. However, unless you wear your shoes frequently off the course, they should last long enough, and the rest of the shoe might fall apart first (we hope not, though).
The better care you take of them, the longer they will last. Try to stick to soft, pliable surfaces as often as possible to keep the lugs are as effective as possible, as once they wear down you’ll need to buy a new pair.
Q: Do You Need Spikes On Golf Shoes?
A: Yes, otherwise you won’t get the traction necessary with every swing. You can choose either spiked or spikeless, but most courses now prefer spikeless to better maintain the greens and fairway.
Q: Are Spikeless Golf Shoes Waterproof?
A: The waterproofness of your spikeless golf shoes will depend on the brand and style you purchase. Some spikeless golf shoes are waterproof, but others are not. There’s also those which are waterproof for an up to 2 years (maybe more with extra-special care) but not permanently. Others are water-resistant, but not entirely waterproof as in the case of leather polyester hybrid shoes.
Leather and leather hybrids are the best shoes for waterproofness, but may also cost more money. Depending on where you live, you may not need to think about water-resistance at all. This is true if you live in an area where the sun is a fixture all year-round unless you plan on taking a tour around somewhere a little wetter. Those less fortunate who can hardly remember what a round of golf on a sunny day is like may have other ideas, though.
Q: What Is Proper Golf Attire?
A: Proper golf attire can be split into your clothes and your accessories. If you want to look like a pro to compensate for your maybe-not-so-pro abilities then investing in the right attire is the best place to start.
Shirt – Your golf shirt should be a plain shirt with a collar, you can’t get away with tank tops and t-shirts, or anything you wouldn’t deem semi-formal.
Pants – Pants should be long, made of cotton or polyester and shorts of the same material are also permitted, but sweat pants, jeans, and athletic shorts are not.
Shoes – Spiked or spikeless, whichever you prefer, just no soccer cleats, dress shoes, or boots. There’s no specific color recommendation, so if you want to show off your personality with sunflower-yellow shoes, you can.
Of course, it goes without saying you should wear socks with your golf shoes. Unless that is, you decide to invest in a pair of golf sandals, which are exactly what they sound like and, much like regular sandals, do not require you to wear socks with them, so suppress your inner British tourist with that.
Glove – Yes, glove, not gloves. You only need one glove for golf. Why? Because the old masters said so, that’s why. You wear a golf glove to help you properly grip the club. The abrasive material, tougher than skin, prevents the club twisting in your hand and making you scuff the shot. Most gloves also have a pop-button on them which you can use to mark where your ball is on the green if potentially obstructing another.
Other attire options include hats, if necessary. You won’t always need a hat, but it’s useful to know you’re unlikely to break any dress codes should you require such as on a sunny day or particularly chilly one. We advise you stick to a baseball cap to keep the sun out your eyes, and a simple wooly hat in winter.
Waterproof jackets and trousers – also permitted in wet weather
Your attire will also depend on where you’re playing. Prestigious clubs will require absolute dedication to their dress code if you want to play there. However, if you’re playing somewhere a little more casual, you can probably get away veering slightly away from the expectations.
Q: Can I Use Other Shoes Other Than Spikeless Golf Shoes?
A: You can use spiked golf shoes if you want, but that’s about it. Golf shoes are designed specifically to provide you the necessary traction and support in your golf swing. You also need them for cushioning, breathability, and sufficient energy return.
Knowing this, we do not recommend wearing anything other than golf shoes when playing golf. When playing a course, you are also expected to hold up the traditions of the game, and that includes wearing suitable footwear.
Smaller, cheaper courses may allow it, but rarely, and you should stick with proper golf shoes at all times. If you’re reading this article, we’re sure you play golf often enough to justify the purpose, so just go for it.
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