Clubs have never been better. Attire has never been better. Heck, golf balls have never been better.
But you know what area of golf gear is the most in stride? Footwear.
The options are now officially limitless when you’re looking for some standout new shoes. From sneakers-turned-golfwear to tech-loaded, ultra modern models that would make Old Tom Morris go cross-eyed, your options have never been cooler. We’ve rounded up opinions around the office, and complied them to create a list to help you lace up the right way when you hit the links. Check out our Buyer’s Guide for the top ten coolest kicks out right now.
1. FootJoy Pro SL
Fresh from the FootJoy factory, the Pro SL revamps the Tour-favorite FTF sole cushioning from the DryJoys with a supple leather upper. The quilted side panels add a nice luxurious touch, and some color pops keep them lively. You know what else is cool? Adam Scott wears these shoes. Hard to argue with that.
2. FootJoy FreeStyle
FootJoy studied the tropical tree frog to build a ground-gripping and flexible platform, but then they went a step further and stole its colors. A number of options are available, but these navy, green and bright orange kicks take the cake when it comes to standing out on the first tee, and the mesh-laden upper will do its part to keep your feet cool, even when you play the doglegs during the dog days.
3. PUMA IGNITE Sport
PUMA doesn’t do boring. This particular colorway lives up to that. The IGNITE line has produced some gems this year, but this might be our favorite. The coloring is perfectly blocked, and the form-fitting upper is ultra-comfortable, just like the full-length IGNITE foam sole.
4. PUMA TITANTOUR IGNITE Hi-Top SE
Rickie does Rickie. He wears neon orange. He wears jogger pants. And he wears hi-top golf shoes. He may not be the first to do it, but his trend resurrection has started strong with this limited release. Not everyone will be able to pull these off, of course, but if you want to stand out, start with more ankle support.
5. Under Armour Drive One
Duh. By far, Spieth’s signature sneaks were the most sought-after golf shoe in recent history, if not all of history. They’re bolstered by ultra-plush cushioning, and blend modern style with clean lines effortlessly. Also, you can tell your buddies that your shoes have never finished worse than second at the Masters.
6. Under Armour Tempo Tour
The Tempo Tour might be the surprise of the season, if only because so much was made about the aforementioned Heir Spieths. It’s arguable that the Tempos are even cooler though, thanks to the perforated forefoot and clean color blocking. A feature you might not consider at first, but certainly adds to the appeal: the dark camouflage medial side of the above pair protects against unsightly wear when you inevitably rub heels mid-round.
7. Nike Air Zoom 90 IT
26 years in, the Nike Air Max 90, née Air Max III, is still going strong, and we love this golf-ready rendition. The single-piece design of the upper works for both waterproofing and ankle stability. The original Max Air sole has been swapped out for a Zoom-cushioned unit with icy-blue molded golf outsole for maximum traction. This model supposedly came out at Rory’s request, as he is partial to the aforementioned Air Maxes off the course. A personal pair for Rory? Very cool.
8. Nike Lunar Fire
🔥 🔥 🔥 is right. The Lunar Fire slipped under the radar a bit, but this University Red take won’t go unnoticed on the course or range. Naturally, it was Nike who really went for it, borrowing a look from Jordan Brand’s solid red one-offs for Keegan Bradley. Thankfully, owning this pair won’t require a Tour card.
9. ECCO Cage EVO
ECCO may be known for its high-quality leathers, but it’s a different material that steals the show here. The completely waterproof upper is breathable and light, thanks to this new woven textile, and the Sulphur color blocking proves that a little neon goes a long way. Comfortable and stylish? Sold.
10. Nike Flyknit Elite
The envelope has officially been pushed, and Nike’s gone full-bore in its belief that golfers are athletes, too. Featuring a tank tread-inspired outsole, sock-like lightweight Flyknit upper and Lunarlon cushioning, the Elite won’t be confused for run-of-the-mill golf shoes anytime soon. It’s really more likely to be confused for running shoes. This ultra-limited linkswear can be yours now in two wild colorways.