Buyers Guide

The best spiked shoes buyer’s review and guide (summer 2019)

I remember when my dad took me on the field for the first time. I was 11 years old and I knew nothing about golf. He was not a professional but he was definitely good compared to other amateurs. I remember him hitting the ball so hard I couldn’t notice it moving up in the sky. These are the feelings and memories that will not leave me and I will always remember about golf. To make it the best experience, besides the mindset you also have to get the right equipment. Playing with too short golf club or not comfortable shoes is one of the worst things you can do if you want to enjoy your Sunday game. Sun shining in your eyes will probably make you rage instead of helping. In the following series of articles we will try to present you the best golfing equipment that is on the market right now and that is worth the price. At the beginning we want to say that the cost is not such a big factor, the prices will not go far above 200$ and we believe that this is the right price for anyone who want to enjoy this beautiful and noble sport. By the way, you can check out our other series of articles here 3M Littmann Classic III Monitoring Stethoscope Review.

There is no doubt that most people preffer spikeless shoes when being on the field. Nevertheless, in wet conditions we think spiked shoes provide better stability and traction which is necessary for right swing. Sometimes you have to make the choice, versitality versus stability, and often your decision may be the key to score the hit or not. For amateur golfers it’s often more comfortable to wear the titled option, since you can go to the golf course straight out of the office.

Manufacturers went with the zeitgeist and worked on making shoes lighter and more durable without making them less stable. This is big thing because the price also goes down. Years ago, real golf shoes would’ve cost you a fortune.

Whether you want to purchase your new pair or just keep up with the trends, tune in because we put effort in our article, as always.

The big 3 – make sure these are the features your shoes have

When it comes to golf shoes, we have 3 factors that help us decide with the purchase. It’s comfort of the shoes, stability and traction.

Many people don’t realize, that the comfort of shoes comes mostly from proper size. You have to own your foot size and choose shoes accordingly. Wide foot = wide shoe. Same comes for the narrow ones. The best practice is to always try it on before purchasing, so you will know exactly what you are getting.

Everyone knows that you have to have your feet lock in when doing a swing. Without that, you are most likely to fail the swing and not score. This also relates to the size of shoe. Your feet should not move freely inside the shoe, because you will slip and lose the focus. Many pro golfers have stated, that the stability is most important when it comes to shoes. Heel cups and stable support is the key to do the right swing.

Traction varies depending on wetter or type of surface you are walking on. If shoes are stable you will probably be able to hit the bat, but when you are walking you don’t really want to slip and fall down.

New Balance Striker

New Balance Striker

This one may not be best fit for everyone due to aesthetics, but trust me, it has all of the attributes we’ve written above. Stable heel cup, really soft insole make it right for walking and the traction is just on the point. Check it out here.

  • Waterproof microfiber leather
  • Exoskeleton TPU outsole designed to move
  • Synthetic sole
  • Lace up closure
  • 2 years warranty

To fit or not to fit

Size of shoe is often inconsistent, you have on size that fits perfect, but you try on a shoe from other company and it feels like it’s 2 sizes too big, and sometimes even different models from the same company feels different. That’s why we try to emphasize trying on before doing final purchase – it can save you a lot of money.

How much should you spend?

From our research it looks like you can buy well done shoes for ~100$ which is not that much. Majority of top performers are in price range of 200$. The difference of price is not that much, but what is most important here is you have to value your comfort. Don’t skimp on feeling right just to save few dollars. You will be using it so make it fit as you want.

Single, most important feature in shoes

Comfort. That is it and there is not much too add. If you don’t feel comfortable in your shoes you will not be able to play and feel right. You may also get hurt if they are too smal, so definitely look for this feature in your shoes.

Callaway La Grande

Callaway La Grande

The traction and stability are on point in these shoes. Along with flexibility that allows the shoe to adapt to the ground these features are worth looking at. The comfort coming from italian leather is also big factor.

Adidas Tour 360 XT

Adidas Tour 360 XT

The flagship product of Adidas when it comes to spiked shoes. Excellent support to arch and marvelous sole design make these shoes the most comfortable fit on the whole list.

Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0

Adidas Tour 360 Boost 2.0

Perhaps a little step backwards since the Boost 1.0 but it comes back with flexibility that we haven’t seen before. New technology used in this pair made us wonder how can you feel so comfortable in spiked shoes. The stability may be something to make you reconsider buying these though.

Ecco Biom G3

Ecco Biom G3

We haven’t had chance to try these out in mixed weather, since during our whole week of tests it was sunny, but we believe that wet conditions wouldn’t make a difference for Ecco Biom G3.

Etonic Stabilizer

Etonic Stabilizer

As the name says, there shoes make sure you are stable when wearing them. Double bining hi-proof technology that made the company famous last year are here and they are working like a charm.

Footjoy Fury

Footjoy Fury

One of the best shoes when it comes to comfort and aesthetics. We were researching these for over a week and decided to give them top 3 in our review. Marvelous manufacturer work.

Mizuno Nexlite

Mizuno Nexlite

The only problem we’ve had is the lacing. There were some problems with the way your shoe was stabilized, but besides that we still think they should be on the list. Great comfort and stability that comes with relatively low price.

New Balance Minimus

New Balance Minimus

This model made sure your traction is on point. They almost feel like they are magnetic and some unknown force just makes you stay in the place you want to. The small con that made us consider this choice was the price, but we still think they are worth it.

Laces vs DISC/BOA

Traditional laces are now rarity when it comes to spiked golf shoes, but there are still some people who use them and enjoy it.  The DISC/BOA people report that shoes may loosen up a little during the round and intensive walking. While it’s not a big thing to just retighten them, it may get a little frustrating. Take under consideration the fact that shoelaces are easily replacible, whereas DISC/BOA may be difficult to have done if the warrant is gone. We don’t really want to enforce our opinion on the viewers, since it should be your personal choice, but most of our team went with the traditional laces.

Summary

There is no doubt that the markest is now as big and as versitale as ever. Everyone can find something for themselves and we tried to put as many options here as we could. Some models were definitely above average, and some made our feet and hearts ache. Before buying your favorite pair just remember few things. Make sure to try them one and have a short walk. Of course, they may loosen up a bit when used so you have to take every possible aspect under your consideration. We are here to show you the way but you have to make the final choice for yourself. As it was said before, if you are faced between choosing the comfort versus saving few bucks, always go for the first option. Having your kid running around the field is the last thing you want to have during the play, but at least make sure it has got some stable shoes with traction so it won’t slip and fall down. The last but not least. Rate your feet. Are they narrow or wide? Are they rather normal or large in the size? This will also help you to choose the right option.

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