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Top notch greens trotters: The best men’s golf shoes

Look and play your best with these options for the course

FootJoy Tarlow
FootJoy Tarlow
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Adidas Tour 360 22
Adidas Tour 360 22
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Nike Air Max 90 Golf
Nike Air Max 90 Golf
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Under Armour HOVR Drive 2
Under Armour HOVR Drive 2
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Ecco Biom C4
Ecco Biom C4
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FootJoy Field
FootJoy Field
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Golf is one of the most popular ways for us men to get away from the world and relax. We have become accustomed to unwinding by playing the most frustrating game in the world. Despite how bad some of us are at keeping the ball on the fairway, we still find ourselves loving every minute. And of course, not only do we love the game, but we're starting to love the style that goes along with it. From golf polos to athletic pants, and even some of the best golf shoes on the market. Of course, we never miss an opportunity for a good round up, and these are the best men's golf shoes you can get your hands on right now.

Do you really need golf shoes?

Our feet keep us connected to the ground, and in the game of golf, that means they are the base for a good swing. When you are swinging your club, you need to be able to generate toque and leverage, something made easier by the cleats on golf shoes. There are places on golf shoes that are more rigid than other athletic trainers. And for all of you who can't seem to stay out of the drink, golf shoes are much better at keeping the water out. While you can play golf in your running shoes, you may find yourself scoring a half a dozen strokes better with a good pair of golf shoes.

FootJoy

FootJoy Tarlow

For most of the 20th century, golf shoes were little more than oxfords with spikes added to the soles. FootJoy honors that heritage with its Tarlow design. The upper looks like a classic leather cap-toe oxford with some eloquent broguing detail along the seams. The entire upper is made from full-grain leather with a sheepskin lining, rivaling most oxfords out there.

From the welt down, however, the Tarlow is all business. A lightweight rubber sole is lined with FootJoy's patented VersaTrax system to provide excellent traction from any angle, in any conditions. the Tarlow is ideal for anyone who wants to honor golf's style heritage while still getting top-of-the-line performance.

FootJoy Tarlow
FootJoy Tarlow
Adidas white golf shoe with blue stripes.
Adidas

Adidas Tour 360 22

Adidas is a relative newcomer to the golf shoe game, but it brings decades of athletic shoe-making experience with it. A solid leather upper marked with the signature three angled stripes provides a classic look worthy of the country club. Underneath that understated exterior, Adidas packed these golf shoes with cutting-edge athletic footwear technology.

Its Boost sole technology has become the industry leader in comfort and spring. It started out in running shoes and was so successful that Adidas put it into pretty much every other line of shoes it makes. So of course, it's in the golf shoes.

The Boost sole in the Tour 360 22 provides added spring in your step for making your way through 18 holes. Under that Boost sole is its Spikemore traction system, which features six circular screw-like spikes that dig in like a bottle into a lid when you swing.

Adidas Tour 360 22
Adidas Tour 360 22
Nike Air Max 90 Golf
Nike

Nike Air Max 90 Golf

The idea was simple here: Take one of the most iconic sneakers of all time, Nike's Air Max 90, and turn it into a golf shoe. The execution is everything you would expect from a Nike performance sneaker.

The company has an unparalleled way of varnishing cutting-edge sportswear technology with stylish design so you can have your cake and eat it too. That is to say, you can look like you're wearing a pair of Nike Air Max shoes on the greens without hindering your golf game with a pair of basketball shoes.

However, these don't have traditional spikes and really only provide enough traction to anchor your swing. So they are for a more casual golfer who wants to carry their shoe game onto the course.

Nike Air Max 90 Golf
Nike Air Max 90 Golf
Under Armour HOVR Drive 2 golf shoes in white.
Under Armour

Under Armour HOVR Drive 2

Under Armour has taken a progressive approach to sportswear technology since the company started. When it applied that progressive innovation to golf shoes, it came up with the HOVR Drive line. HOVR refers to its patented insole cushioning designed to support not just your foot but your entire leg as you rotate through your swing. More than that, it also returns the energy of your swing back to your body with elasticity.

The tech doesn't stop there. The HOVR Drive 2 has a lightweight, breathable, and waterproof membrane exterior. This is the same type of molded heel your running shoes come with for maximum support. You also get a 3D printed toe guard to protect from any errant swings, not unlike a steel toe work boot, but much lighter.

Under Armour HOVR Drive 2
Under Armour HOVR Drive 2
Ecco Biom C4 golf shoes in white.
Ecco

Ecco Biom C4

You're probably familiar with Ecco from its dress shoes, but the company also makes sneakers and some top-notch golf shoes. Just as with its dress shoes, it has a modernist approach to its golf shoe aesthetics.

The Biom C4 resembles a basketball sneaker more than a traditional golf shoe. The feel of this golf shoe is more like a basketball shoe as well, with the high ankle and extra cushioning. Unlike a basketball shoe, though, the exterior is made from a combination of Gore-Tex and Ecco's Performance leather, so these shoes are both durable and water resistant. As is always the case with Ecco, comfort is paramount, and if that is your primary concern as well, then these are the golf shoes for you.

Ecco Biom C4
Ecco Biom C4
Brown golf shoes from FootJoy.
FootJoy

FootJoy Field

The Field series from FootJoy is refined, yet understated in both looks and performance. The calfskin leather upper is a classic plain-toe oxford design, which is the type of dress shoe that will always be stylish without exclaiming itself as such. It complements classic golf style and contemporary golf style equally.

The Field is just at home at the ritziest of country clubs as it is at your local public course. The modest package comes with all the performance you would expect from FootJoy. A VersaTrax outsole provides traction in any condition and an OrthoLite footbed provides all-day support. A waterproof finish keeps your feet dry no matter what.

FootJoy Field
FootJoy Field

The key to good golf shoes is a combination of comfort, traction, and balance. Only a generation ago golf shoes weren’t much more than leather oxfords with spikes on the bottom. They may have looked great but offered little in performance. The modern embracement of athletic technology and style has advanced contemporary golf shoes exponentially.

They have taken the comfort and support from basketball and the balance and traction from running to maximize strength and accuracy with your swing and keep you cozy on your feet all day. The broad range of looks available means you can go fully modern or keep it classic while still getting modern performance. Now that the stuffy old style rules have been swept away, it's only a matter of finding the right golf shoes to match your personal style.

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