What are the best spiked golf shoes to keep you stable, comfortable, and looking good on the course in 2023?
There has never been a better time to invest in a pair of the best spiked golf shoes. The ranges and options have become endless and many golfers don’t know where to begin looking.
Competition is fierce and manufacturers are pulling out all the stops investing in new technologies and working with leading players to create the best golf shoes.
We hope to make the buying process easier for you with other detailed guides on the best spikeless golf shoes and best waterproof golf shoes, so you can make the best choice when buying your new pair.
The 2023 shortlist:
Best Spiked Golf Shoes 2023:
Carbon and comfort combine to create the best spiked golf shoe of 2023
The HyperFlex is a comfortable trainer-style golf shoe, but it still has the benefits of a year-round shoe. It has a 100% waterproof knit upper that is breathable, and comfortable.
Knit uppers can prove tricky to clean, but FJ’s is stain protected and my white and pink version proved an absolute breeze to get back to their best after a round.
The HyperFlex stood out for its secure fit, which is impressive considering it has that soft sock-style upper. I was also impressed by the balance underfoot. The pressure points were spread out well, which is a key test point for the best spiked golf shoes.
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
A favourite spiked golf shoe with our editor and Tour stars
The ZG23 is a hybrid golf shoe that combines a fully waterproof recycled upper, with a ‘Lightstrike’ midsole. adidas say this helps a golfer get better energy return on the course. They offered excellent support through the swing and helped me push off the ground through impact.
The outsole features a six-cleat ‘Traxion’ design – fewer than you’ll find on most modern shoes. Thankfully my concerns over whether they’d provide enough traction were quickly eased.
The ZG23’s spikes worked brilliantly and provided exceptional grip, even in the muddy conditions we get here in the UK during the winter. They have a premium price, but the performance does warrant it.
See how the ZG23 compares to the best adidas golf shoes.
- Super lightweight
- Easy to clean
- Go great with any outfit
- Doesn't look as premium as the price point
Supportive comfort with old-school styling for every occasion
The old-school look with a few vibrant colors will really set your outfit off and have your playing partners jealous on the 1st tee. Partnering with superb traction from the new Tour Flex Pro Softspikes, you have a shoe that's perfect for practice or a trip to the course.
You'll have no concerns regarding keeping dry, so wet weather isn’t a problem and there is plenty of grip too. Unquestionably you will get a smooth ride from a shoe that is very waterproof. It is just that some players may not like the feel during the swing because of how soft the heel is.
- Super grip
- Looks great on the foot
- Breathable and waterproof
- Crease on the upper easily
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The premium, tour-proven, best spiked golf shoe
The midsole combines Boost cushioning with an EVA stability frame – a horseshoe-shaped piece at the perimeter of the forefoot provides lightweight stability, and comfort.
There’s more stability in the middle of the foot thanks to the ‘3D Torsion System’, and the sockliner almost grabs the foot, for even more cushioning, comfort, and support.
adidas worked closely with their tour stars to get the shoe right, even looking at their foot pressure traces to help create the latest spikes.
They developed a larger design than previous adidas cleats, creating a setup that is efficient and friendly on and around the greens. I was skeptical about the large spikes, but they improved traction over the previous design.
Read our full adidas Tour 360 22 golf shoe review
- Boost cushioning
- Premium leather
- Great support
- Heel rubs until shoes worn in
The best value golf shoes of 2023
For a shoe, less than £100 to have nine cleats is a rarity and the RST 2.0 spikes hunker into the ground amazingly. The microfiber upper and TPU outsole create breathability and flexibility while ensuring it’s durable.
I particularly liked that the shoe was equally comfortable in both hard and soft conditions – something you might only expect from more expensive shoes – thanks to the ‘Charged Cushioning’ sole.
This is one of the year’s most cleanly designed shoes, but it’s got substance as well. The Draw stands up well to poor conditions and proves easy to keep clean. It also comes with a one-year waterproof warranty just for your peace of mind.
Read our full guide to the best Under Armour shoes.
- Great value for money
- Easy to clean
- 9 spikes for great grip
- Not as soft as other models
Mr old school of the best spiked golf shoes
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 is 12 percent lighter than the popular DryJoys Tour, and is 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 enjoyed how FootJoy 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.
- Quality materials
- Ortholite insole
- Superb traction
- Take some wearing in
The best spiked golf shoe for cushioning and comfort
Skechers put lots of time and effort into developing the Pro 5. Analyzing 20 years of data and 120,000 unweighted podiatry foot scans in creating the model, which is undeniably comfortable.
It features a removable comfort insole with high-performance cushioning, an ultra-lightweight cushioned midsole, and a dynamic traction plate with replaceable cleats for maximum grip.
Skechers shoes, and the styling, divide opinion, but we’ve been impressed by Pro 5. It’s less bulky than some previous models, feels supportive is comfortable straight out of the box. The signing of Fitzpatrick will inevitably help the brand reach a younger audience.
For the price that the Pro 5 is I’d have preferred a full-leather upper rather than synthetic, but that is a minor gripe. As the waterproof synthetic upper offers excellent protection.
See how the Go Golf Pro 5 Hyper compares to the best Skechers golf shoes.
- Easy to clean
- Amazing Arch Fit comfort
- Good traction
- Not a full leather upper
The best New Balance spiked golf shoe for 2023
They’ve created a shoe that feels as comfortable as it looks. The soft padding around the heel and a molded insole gave a soft feel reminiscent of the brand’s sneakers.
The soul is expertly designed to move with the natural motion of the foot, while the eight replaceable cleats have been positioned perfectly and gave maximum grip, even on a frosty morning.
The X Defender looks fantastic with any outfit thanks to the contrasting colors and neat branding. New Balance have attached a hefty price tag considering they’re new to golf, but their excellent reputation in footwear and the quality of the Defender means it is about justified.
- Great grip
- Good heel support
- Two-year waterproof warranty
- Arguably a little expensive
The best spiked golf shoe for keeping your feet dry
The Biom G5 is the fruit of their labors. It incorporates the fashion of the Biom family, whilst the premium leather upper and Gore-Tex membrane ensure the model is both breathable and 100% waterproof.
Ecco’s leather comes from its own tanneries and, when combined with Gore-Tex and their exceptional craftsmanship, it makes for an expensive golf shoe. With such a premium price comes a lot of expectations and it lives up to them.
G5 is a very comfortable, supportive golf shoe that offers superb traction on the course. I love the fit, especially with the BOA.
The shoes needed some looking after so I would recommend that you add one of Ecco’s own cleaning kits to help protect your expensive purchase and maintain your warranty.
Find out how the Biom G5 compares in our guide to the best ecco golf shoes.
- BOA lacing system
- Terrific traction
- Great support
- One of the most expensive shoes on the market
Best spiked golf shoe for out-of-the-box comfort
The slip-on design has plenty of heel support and cushioning for out-of-the-box comfort and I’ve never had any issues with pinching or blistering.
Having chosen to wear Puma golf shoes for the past few years I couldn’t envisage them being able to improve on predecessors, but they’ve really surprised me.
Puma’s special PU Foam provides excellent cushioning, making this one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve worn in 2023. My first round in them saw me tackle an especially undulating course and I had no issues.
There are shoes with better traction in this guide, but Puma’s eight cleats and ‘Hex Traction Lugs’ still provide excellent grip.
Compare the Articulate with the rest of the best Puma Golf Shoes.
- Excellent cushioning
- Super supportive
- Look good with any outfit
- Similar to previous models
The most responsive spiked golf shoe
I wasn’t alone in feeling that previous iterations were too narrow for my feet. Nike have listened and increased the overall volume to give the feet more room, increasing mass market appeal.
A plush padded ankle collar increases support and cushioning while reducing heel slip. The shoe now sports two Zoom air units and feedback sees new spikes integrated into the heel and toe for much-improved traction.
There have also been improvements to the upper which is both breathable and durable. I also found it easy to keep clean, which is a key factor in our reviews.
We were skeptical about how the prominent spikes would feel, but on the course they came into their own, perfectly combining traction and comfort.
See how the Air Zoom Infinity Tour Next% compares to the best Nike golf shoes.
- Air bubble
- Soft underfoot
- Great grip
- Not the easiest to keep clean
The discreet tour-quality spiked shoe built for every occasion
The molded insole is designed by orthopedic experts and ensures the Ringer is as comfortable after 18 holes as it was on the 1st tee. On my feet, the first thing that struck me was how light and supportive they were. They looked great with trousers and shorts too!
I loved the clean and simple look. Coupled with the discreet branding and it will appeal to a huge number of us who don’t want loud and brash. The excellent Softspikes, felt like they really hunkered into the turf during my swing, and are easily replaceable when required, which should extend the shoe’s life.
- Subtle branding
- Supportive insole
- Not too many color options
The best spiked golf shoe for the most grip
UA use their HOVR technology, designed for cushioning and energy return, throughout the sole of the shoe to support the natural motion of the foot and minimize the impact on the body.
It is one of the most comfortable shoes I’ve tested, and I had no issues with any pinching or blistering. The waterproof microfiber upper means the shoe is lightweight but also impressively supportive, and I was impressed with breathability even with the fully waterproof membrane.
A 3D-printed toe guard gives added durability, protecting the toe from wearing out over time. Under Armour pride themselves on the grip and traction of their shoes, the nine strategically placed Fast Twist 3.0 and RST 2.0 cleats, combine to create incredible levels of grip on any lie.
- Great traction
- High heel support
- Slight creasing on toes after one round
The coolest spiked golf shoe
G/Fore have created a full-grain leather model that is comfortable straight out of the box. The fully waterproof premium leather upper looks and feels tremendous.
We’re based in the UK where conditions don’t always make it easy to keep your shoes looking like new, but I was surprised by how easy it was to keep them clean.
I love the sole with its ultra-lightweight cleats positioned perfectly for excellent traction. The only downside is that they’re not replaceable, but they seem durable so should last well.
The ‘Comfort System Technology’ creates one of the best insoles I’ve tried, letting air flow to the feet to keep them cool and dry, while almost massaging the feet. It sits on top of a triple-dense foam footbed for added comfort.
- Classic style
- Out-of-box comfort
- Easy to look after
- Not great with shorts
Best tour quality spiked golf shoe
Your eyes are inevitably drawn to the sole, which looks like it could’ve been created for ice golf! FootJoy’s Optimised Performance Stabiliser (OPS) comprises three components; the heel, in particular, looks like a wonder of engineering. It is designed to lock the heel in place during your swing while the padding around the ankle and underfoot is superb.
The insole molds to the shape of your foot and adds comfort to the stability, which is largely created by the nine highly-prominent spikes that are cleverly spread across the bottom of the shoe.
It’s impressively lightweight for a shoe that looks on the larger side, and the leather upper matches the premium price. We’re big fans of the BOA and double BOA Wrapid fit system options, which help ensure an even better fit.
- Quality materials
- Super comfortable
- Very supportive
- Overhanging outsole is slightly off-putting
The spiked golf shoe that may as well be a sneaker
I’m also extremely impressed by the two-year waterproof warranty, which shows how much trust New Balance have in their product. I love how the shoe feels. I was convinced I wasn’t wearing anything on my feet thanks to the plush cushioning and ultralight design.
New Balance deserve huge credit for such a great sole, thanks to the soft spikes and rubber molds keeping you close to the ground. It’s dead easy to keep clean and will look good across all seasons and, most importantly, it performs without breaking the bank.
- Super lightweight
- Easy to clean
- Great traction
- Low-cut heel
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. Finding a balance of support and comfort is what you should be looking for 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.
We’d always recommend you thoroughly research all of the options and create a shortlist to try.
Best Spiked Golf Shoes: FAQs
Why do golf shoes have spikes?
Much like football boots or running shoes, golf shoes have spikes to help the foot grip the ground. During the golf swing, this prevents unwanted slipping and movement of the foot, which is crucial.
Are spiked golf shoes still allowed?
Soft spiked golf shoes are allowed on all golf courses around the world. The only time spikes may be restricted is if they’re metal, as many courses have banned them due to the damage they cause to the course.
Golf shoes have progressed greatly and many golfers no longer wear spikes, as spikeless shoes incorporate durable rubber studs.
Do pro golfers use spiked shoes
Yes, lots of pro golfers do wear spiked golf shoes because of the grip and ground interaction they create. When swinging at high-speed tour pros can benefit from the extra grip and support a spiked golf shoe gives them.
However, it’s not always the case, as a large number of tour pros also wear spikeless shoes for other reasons such as comfort and breathability, but it is largely based on preference.
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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.