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.

ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3
ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3

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.

jack grace custom saddles
Jack Grace Innovator 1.0 with Custom Saddles

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. Its 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

Adidas Tour360 Knit
Adidas Tour360 Knit

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

adidas-adipure sport
Adidas Adipure Sport

Perforations scream spring. They just do. Light, airy, and fresh looking.

Puma Ignite PWRADAPT

Puma Ignite PWRADAPT
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

Puma Monolite
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

G/FORE Patriot Disruptor
G/FORE Patriot Disruptor

Street fashion with simple styling meets performance golf shoe. A perfect match.

G/FORE Brogue Gallivanter

G/FORE Brogue Gallivanter
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.

FootJoy Tour-S

FootJoy Tour-S
FootJoy Tour-S

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

FootJoy Sport SL
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

Nike Roshe G Premium
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

Nike Roshe G
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

New Balance Minimus Tour
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

New Balance Minimus
New Balance Minimus Golf

Note the heathered knit detail on the collar, tongue and lace frame. Reminds us of our favorite comfy t-shirt.

Callaway LaGrange

Callaway LaGrange
Callaway LaGrange

Business on top, technical party on the bottom. Debuts next month.

Callaway Solaire

Callaway Solaire
Callaway Solaire

Another very athletic looking shoe with a trendy knit upper and a very affordable price tag.

Jack Grace Innovator 1.0

Jack Grace Innovator 1.0
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

Tory Sport
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.

Written by Janice Ferguson, Style Editor

Janice Ferguson has been involved in the golf industry for more than a decade. She helped start and shape the weekly Apparel Wire e-publication originally created by the Golf Press Association that ran for eight years, and wrote the weekly editorial section devoted to golf fashion. She also contributed fashion feature articles for Golfweek magazine’s annual “Definitive Guide to the Golf Life,” and has written special reports covering the merchandise efforts at several U.S. Opens. You can find her ‘fashion fluent/golf-inspired’ posts on Twitter @TheStyleLinks and Instagram @janiceferguson_thestylelinks.

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