What are the best FootJoy golf shoes?
Still the most iconic golf shoe brand, FootJoy have been producing elite-level equipment and some of the game’s best golf shoes for more than 150 years.
They have a style of shoe to suit every golfer’s needs, whether it is the classic-looking FootJoy Premiere and FootJoy Traditions, or the more contemporary FootJoy Flex and FootJoy Fuel. In-between there are so many options and styles.
FootJoy are the No.1 shoe brand on Tour, with Justin Thomas, Ian Poulter, Patrick Cantlay, Shane Lowry, Lee Westwood, Will Zalatoris, Max Homa, Louis Oosthuizen, Webb Simpson, Billy Horschel, Bernd Wiesberger, Cameron Smith, Georgia Hall, and Charley Hull among their many stars.
The Best FootJoy Golf Shoes 2023 Shortlist:
But now, let’s take a look at the best FootJoy golf shoes.
<meta charset="utf-8">Using carbon fiber to take stability to a new level
Carbon and comfort combine to create the best spiked golf shoe of 2023
The plate is partnered with an OrthoLite 'fitbed' that's designed to mold to your feet over time for a perfect fit. We're only a few rounds in with our pair, but the fit has definitely improved and it was impressive enough straight out of the box.
The HyperFlex is a comfortable trainer-style model but it still has the benefits of a year-round shoe. It has a 100% waterproof knit upper that is breathable, comfortable, and, vitally, has a stain-protected easy-to-clean upper.
The new padded heel gave us added comfort and support and the knitted bootie is integrated into a thermoplastic wrap that surrounded our feet and helped control lateral movement. It also kept our feet stable through the swing.
Read our full FootJoy HyperFlex Carbon golf shoe review
- Carbon power plate
- Really supportive
- Secure fit on foot and heel
- Sock material hard to clean
|Sizes||6 – 12|
<meta charset="utf-8">The fan favorite
The best spikeless golf shoe
Inspired by street trends, the Sport model introduces a new material upper utilizing mesh and an ultrathin TPU hotmelt top layer to broaden the original shoe’s offering.
This new combination of mesh and textiles, completed with a membrane layer, ensures breathability and waterproof protection to deliver an athletic aesthetic without compromise.
Below the upper, the shoe remains true to the Pro|SL franchise’s dedication to Tour-proven traction and performance, featuring the same performance innovations, in the Infinity Outsole, StratoFoam underfoot cushioning, and Proprietary FTF outsole unit, that have consistently impressed some of the world’s best Tour players.
- Superb grip
- Great looking
- Suits all outfits
- Wear marks appeared on the toe after a few rounds
|Sizes||3 – 14|
<meta charset="utf-8">Sporty and practical
Best modern FootJoy spikeless shoe
But all that has changed with the introduction of Fuel, the brand’s most athletic shoe ever. Golf has seen an influx of new and returning players in the past two years and, with more and more youngsters taking up the game, FJ have cleverly decided to target that new, modern market with this bold model.
Fuel stands out from the rest of FootJoy’s extensive range, with its dynamic design, streamlined styling and bold colors. Available in men’s, women’s, and junior models, Fuel’s outsole is inspired by the superb Pro SL, as the brand seeks to deliver Tour-proven performance in its most modern design.
It delivers enhanced grip, increased traction, and superb stability while proving totally suitable for wearing off the course. The synthetic uppers are waterproof and designed to be easy to clean, making this an ideal shoe for UK golfers.
- Excellent traction
- Stylish and athletic look
- Great cushioning
- The lacing system can feel loose through the round
|Sizes||6 – 14|
Perfect for on and off the course
It receives a full facelift, with an engineered mesh upper elevating its breathability without compromising the waterproof protection. A flared heel piece, featuring a TPU section, gives the shoe a more athletic look and structure, and the VersaTrax outsole gives golfers the practicality of on and off-course versatility.
- Fully waterproof
- Super Lightweight
- Not the best traction in wet conditions
|Sizes||6 – 15|
One for the old-school golfers
Best looking FootJoy golf shoe
For all the traditional styling, Premiere is packed with innovation and ooze luxury thanks to hand-picked leather, calfskin detailing, and sheepskin lining. The Premiere is fully waterproof and the leather is surprisingly easy to keep clean.
The Premiere comes in 12 percent lighter than the popular DryJoys Tour, helped by the new VersaTrax+ outsole. The ‘anti-channeling tread pattern’ gave me excellent traction across the entire shoe and I never felt any risk of slipping.
I like how FJ mixed harder and softer TPU compounds to make the shoe as grippy and comfortable on hard surfaces as it is on the course.
I was impressed by the performance and overall comfort. FootJoy’s Ortholite FitBed, which gradually shapes to your foot, works brilliantly and is seriously clever tech.
See how the Premiere Series compares in our guide to the best FootJoy golf shoes.
- Comfy straight out of the box
- Quality materials
- Ortholite insole
- Superb traction
- Crease and marked on leather above toes after a few rounds
|Sizes||6 – 15|
Classic look with a modern twist
Take a closer look and you will notice the sole is much more prominent than the one Hagen, Bobby Jones, and Byron Nelson wore nearly a century ago. This version has a super-cushioned midsole and a built-in Achilles pad to help you avoid slippage.
In contrast, the upper is pure classic spiked golf shoe. Full-grain Leather is everywhere while underneath seven Pulsar LP Cleats are very much 21st century and do a great job, helping create a solid base.
- Great heel support
- Soft under foot
- Classic styling
- The toe area was showing signs of wear after 4/5 rounds
|Sizes||7 – 15|
The one with all the tech
And your eyes are inevitably drawn to the sole that looks like nothing else we’ve seen before. Turn the shoe over and you are staring at an outer sole so full of grip it makes you wonder if they are made for ice golf. Footjoy believes its Optimised Performance Stabiliser (OPS) is a bit of a game changer and it will certainly give its golf shoe rivals plenty to think about.
The OPS is made up of three components. The heel in particular looks like a wonder of engineering. The molded 3D Heel counter is designed to lock the heel in place during your swing and anchors an FTF dual Durometer midsole that incorporates a soft-core midfoot piece. Holding everything together is an A-Frame TPU structure and is the absolute definition of stability.
The Ortholites Impressions Fitbed adds comfort to the stability which is completed with nine highly-prominent spikes. A Chromo-Skin leather upper, in the finest Footjoy traditions, rounds things off very nicely while there is the option of the BOA or double BOA Wrapid fit system to ensure the ideal fit with pressure applied in just the right places.
- Quality materials
- Super comfortable
- Very supportive
- Overhanging outsole is slightly off-putting
|Sizes||7 – 15|
<meta charset="utf-8">The premier women's waterproof golf shoe
The best women's FootJoy golf shoes
The Fuel has a microfiber upper that is easy to clean and fully waterproof making it ideal for the worst of days on the golf course. This upper is partnered with the soft Stratolite midsole to help bring together a soft, comfortable, yet stable golf shoe.
The outsole is inspired by the superb Pro SL, as the brand seeks to deliver Tour-proven performance their most modern design. It delivers enhanced grip, increased traction, and superb stability while proving totally suitable for wearing off the course.
- Excellent traction
- Stylish and athletic look
- Great cushioning
- The toe wore down over time
|Sizes||3 – 10|
Golf Shoes Buying Guide
How do we test golf shoes?
Here at Today’s Golfer, our team of carefully selected reviewers tests and assesses each product over an extended period of time. Having tested tens of thousands of products over the years, we know exactly what to look for. We will ask every possible question about each product that we review. With a range of everyday golfers testing products you can rest assured that if it’s a situation that can arise for you on the golf course, we’ve already put the product through that scenario before recommending it.
With golf shoes, testing means wearing them for multiple rounds so we can determine the out-of-the-box performance in a variety of conditions. The overall performance of a product will depend on variables such as grip, durability, versatility, comfort, and fit.
We are lucky enough to attend product launches and meet the manufacturers to understand why they release a new product and its benefit to the consumer. The TG team pride ourselves on the fact that we understand and test all of our products to give you our honest and in-depth opinion on whether it is worth buying or not. The reviews and recommendations are there with you the readers as our highest priority, so we can recommend products that will help you improve your game.
See a full guide to how we test golf equipment.
How to choose a golf shoe
One of the most important things to get right for the golf season is your golf shoes. There are a number of different variables to consider when picking what’s going to be on your feet out on the course. To assist you along your shoe-buying journey we have put together what we think are key points to consider when buying your next pair.
The first thing we advise when buying any golf product is to set yourself a realistic budget and stick to it. You can spend anything from £50 to £250 on golf shoes, depending on the brand, style, tech, and materials.
With hundreds of different models available, setting a budget for your next golf shoes will help to narrow down your search.
If the brand isn’t important to you then you’re more likely to be able to spend less money than if your heart is set on a pair of current FootJoy or Ecco shoes for example.
If you’re just starting out in golf, this is your first pair of golf shoes, or you only play occasionally we’d recommend setting a lower budget. Firstly, there’s no point in blowing a fortune on the shoes if you’re going to discover you don’t actually like the game as much as you hoped or only get on the course a couple of times a year. Secondly, the money you save on shoes can be spent adding other equipment, paying for some rounds, or getting yourself some lessons.
Spiked or spikeless
Many of the best golf shoes seen above and across the best brands now are split evenly between spiked and spikeless which both have their advantages and disadvantages.
Golf shoes with spikes tend to give better grip/traction out on the golf course with them having soft spikes placed around the outsole. Spiked shoes are the more durable option as they have replaceable spikes, meaning if you look after and replace them there should be no reason they won’t last a long time.
With spikes on the outsole, the shoe has added pressure points on the foot which can result in a slightly less comfortable fit. Spiked golf shoes are less versatile as they aren’t designed to be worn both on and off the golf course.
The spikeless option may not give golfers as much traction as spiked golf shoes but they have come a long way in recent years. Spikeless golf shoes tend to feature small rubber molds on the outsole to aid grip, however, with technological advancements, companies are finding new ways to improve spikeless traction.
The use of compounds such as TPU has allowed brands like Under Armour and Ecco to produce a spikeless shoe that, when partnered with rubber molds, gives arguably as much traction as a spiked shoe. Spikeless shoes are becoming more and more durable, and modern styling makes them more attractive as an everyday shoe. With brands using tech from their running shoes in golf shoes, they are often uber-comfortable too.
Spikeless shoes are lighter and much more versatile. They’re a shoe that you can drive in and hit drives in.
Some of you may live in an area of the world that gets a lot of rain, making a waterproof shoe a must. Or you may be a golfer that likes to prepare for any outcome on the course and doesn’t want to be left with soggy feet from an unexpected shower.
In the UK waterproof shoes can be a sensible option when picking out what to wear on the course. Many golfers buy a waterproof pair for winter, and a more breathable lightweight shoe for summer.
Buying a pair of shoes that are guaranteed waterproof can cost a little more so if you live in a part of the world where rain rarely falls (hello Dubai), then you can save yourself a bit of cash with a non-waterproof model.
Arguably the most important part of picking out a new golf shoe is getting something that fits your feet correctly. This will help prevent blisters and stop your feet from moving around, which can limit your control during the swing.
When putting on a shoe for the first time always make sure there is no pinching or movement. When your foot slides in you always check your toes fit at the end of the shoe and have a walk around in them to make sure they feel comfortable. We’d even recommend making a few golf swing motions to ensure they are fit for purpose.
Under Armour use ‘normal’ laces throughout their range of shoes. But most brands including FootJoy, adidas, Nike, and Ecco use a system called BOA. This lets you twist a dial to tighten the specially formulated laces and can provide a better fit that doesn’t loosen when playing. While BOA often creates a more secure fit, the look and feel aren’t for everyone and BOA models tend to be more expensive.
With your average round of golf being more than four hours, comfort is king when buying golf shoes. If your shoes are uncomfortable and hard-wearing on your feet, your mind will be distracted from playing good golf.
Try to find a shoe with good cushioning for the bottom of your foot and around the heel. Good heel and ankle support will keep your foot secure and will help with your golf swing.
You want to make sure that the shoe isn’t too soft as that may also hinder you in the long run as it won’t be as supportive. Look for a balance of support and comfort to make the most out of your new golf shoes.
Modern golf shoes come in many styles. It’s not all about the traditional look on the golf course anymore. A classic-looking shoe can now be seen next to the latest pair of sneakers on the tee box.
There are golf shoes out there for everyone, from brogues to lightweight, knitted models. You need to consider what shoes you wear and like wearing off the course and then you should have no trouble getting a style that suits you on the course.
Best FootJoy Golf Shoes: FAQs
What are the best golf shoes?
All of the shoes on our list will provide a comfortable and supportive fit for you out on the golf course. The main thing you need to focus on when picking a new pair of golf shoes is something that fits well, is supportive, suits your style, and is ideal for the conditions you play golf in.
If you are somewhere cold and wet it would be better to pick a spiked waterproof pair than someone who lives somewhere hot and dry they may need a spikeless breathable shoe.
Does Tiger Woods wear FootJoy?
Tiger Woods has recently made the decision to switch to FootJoy golf shoes, despite his long-term relationship with Nike. After incidents off the golf course, Woods now has less mobility and needed a change of golf shoes to provide a more stable base for his golf swing. He wore FootJoy Premiere shoes throughout last year and at the 2023 Genesis Invitational.
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About the author
Golf Equipment Writer
Will Shreeve-Peacock is a golf equipment writer for todays-golfer.com, specializing in golf shoes, GPS watches, rangefinders, and training aids.
He has a degree in journalism from Sheffield Hallam University and four years of experience working in golf retail with American Golf. Will was part of the sales and fitting team, making him the perfect man to review golf equipment.
Will started playing golf more than a decade ago at Thorney Lakes Golf Club, Cambridgeshire and is now a member at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincolnshire. His handicap index is 5.8, largely thanks to his scratch-standard short game.
Away from golf, Will enjoys going to the gym, cooking, spending time with his friends, and watching his beloved Manchester United.
Will uses a Cobra LTDx Driver, Cobra LTDx 3-Wood, TaylorMade P790 2-iron, Callaway X Forged 18 Irons (4-PW), Wilson Staff Model Wedges (52°, 58°), TaylorMade White smoke IN-12 Blade putter and the TaylorMade TP5x Golf ball.
When he’s not testing golf shoes, he chooses to wear FootJoy Hyperflex or Under Armour Charged Phantom. He uses a Shotscope Pro L2 rangefinder and his favorite ever training aid is the PuttOut Pressure Putt Trainer and mat.