The terms used to describe golf shoes can be dizzying. The list of catchy names and acronyms created to differentiate the technical and physical components that go into footwear are long and varied.
The assorted descriptors basically all boil down to helping golfers perform better and stay comfortable. Things like assisting stability, power transfer, lateral support, rotation, traction, grip, durability, and flexibility. There are also lightweight, breathable and waterproof aspects where needed or desired.
No matter what the features and benefits are, fit is paramount to buying any golf shoe. That’s common knowledge so consider this just a friendly reminder with one question: Do the shoes feel like you could walk in them for five hours?
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Style is the other factor. Are you looking for a traditional or athletic look, or both? Spike or spikeless? Ready to add something new and different to your golf shoe wardrobe? Find what you like and what fits best – then match the technical particulars to your needs.
We’ve already seen and read about some of the new golf shoe line-ups for spring 2018. Others are still hitting the shelves. We can go to websites and pour over all the bells and whistles, and there will be plenty of specific shoe reviews here at GolfThreads and elsewhere in the weeks to come.
This edit has sort of a different slant. It’s first impressions–one, maybe two reasons why these shoes stand out right when we see them, sans the jargon.
Ecco Biom Hybrid 3
Equality. Both men’s and women’s boa and lace-up versions have the same great technical features.
Adidas Knit Tour 360
Available March 1, the shoe is loaded but our eyes go right to the cool sock-like detail around the collar. This shoe won one of our GolfThreads Style Awards at the PGA Show.
Adidas AdiPure Sport
Perforations scream spring. They just do. Light, airy, and fresh looking.
Puma Ignite PWRADAPT
The natural leather detail makes us weak at the knees. It also comes in a Junior version for the ideal family shoe. Grab a pair at TRENDYGOLF.
Puma Monolite Woven Cat
We have these shoes and plan on packing them for all golf travel because they are so light. Also, the yoga mat insole speaks to our inner cobra pose.
G/FORE Patriot Disruptor
Street fashion with simple styling meets performance golf shoe. A perfect match.
G/FORE Brogue Gallivanter
Pure class and tradition but updates itself with metallic silver and white patent leather. Your golf mates will be green with envy. Grab a pair at TRENDYGOLF.
Brand new and inspired by the best professional players in the world. Safe to say if its good enough for them, we’ll take it.
FootJoy Sport SL
Super athletic looking that will go perfectly with spring shorts and skirts. The multiple images online including a 360-degree view are very helpful.
Nike Roshe G Premium
Ale colored leather. Even the swoosh. It’s all about the subtleties sometimes. Shop the Roshe G Premium at TRENDYGOLF.
Nike Roshe G
The thickness and cushion of the sole will provide comfort for 18 holes and beyond, and maybe add an inch in height. Shop the Roshe G at TRENDYGOLF.
New Balance Minimus Tour
Released late last year as part of the 2018 collection. It’s so hi-tech looking, we think perhaps it should be called Maximus.
New Balance Minimus Golf
Note the heathered knit detail on the collar, tongue and lace frame. Reminds us of our favorite comfy t-shirt.
Business on top, technical party on the bottom. Debuts next month.
Another very athletic looking shoe with a trendy knit upper and a very affordable price tag.
Jack Grace Innovator 1.0
This traditional men’s golf shoe has more than 1,876 stock color combinations of interchangeable saddles for individual style. We hope an interchangeable kiltie shoe is next.
Tory Sport Perforated Golf Sneaker
The new light pink color-block on the heels, lace tips and insoles fondly reminds us of cotton candy at the county fair.