Our Editor’s Choice for the Best Waterproof Golf Shoes goes to the Footjoy Pro SL. The Pro SL’s are incredibly comfortable and have a perimeter weighting outsole that provides exceptional stability, even in the wettest conditions.
Here are our picks for the best waterproof golf shoes:
- Editor’s Choice: Footjoy Pro SL
- Best Value Waterproof Shoe: Adidas Tour 360 Boost
- Top of the Range: Under Armour Spieth One and Footjoy DNA
- Worthy Competitor #1: Nike Air Zoom Attack
- Worthy Competitor #2: Ecco Cage
- Worthy Competitor #3: Puma TitanTour Ignite
- Worthy Competitor #4: Adidas Powerband BOA Boost
- Worthy Competitor #5: Nike Lunar Control Vapor
- Worthy Competitor #6: Skechers Go Golf Pro II
Best Waterproof Golf Shoes
Editor’s Choice: Footjoy Pro SL
The outsole has perimeter weighting which adds exceptional stability and balance throughout your swing, even in torrential rain conditions. The ChromoSkin™ leather (by Pittards® of England) is super light in terms of weight and durable adding to the overall comfort and robustness of this shoe.
At the price, Footjoy have certainly dished up great value for you here.
- Exceptionally comfortable primarily due to the Fine Tune Foam that moulds your foot over time
- High quality leather upper finish by Pittards of England that is both lightweight and durable
- A 3-piece outsole that provides plenty of traction and versatility
- Only one set of white laces that match the shoe whereas the BOA style doubles up the laces – still not a deciding factor though, most of us are used to only one set of laces for a pair of shoes!
Best Value Waterproof Golf Shoe: Adidas Tour 360 Boost
The FitFoam and 360 Wrap mould so well to your feet making it feel as though you are donning your most comfortable pair of sneakers. Although the Tour 360 Boost’s are slightly heavier than other shoes in our list, we think they offer the best value for money in terms of waterproof shoes.
- FitFoam molds to the shape of your foot and gets more and more comfortable as time passes
- Lining material reduces friction, heat and moisture delivering optimal shoe climate
- Premium leather upper that is exceptionally durable and will last you a very lengthy period of time
- The bridge between front and back of foot really does aid performance by allowing your foot more movement but still keeping shoe on the ground through the swing
- Slightly on the heavy side, but they are still comfortable and have worn heavier shoes before
Top of the Range: Under Armour Spieth One
Undoubtedly it is a busy golf shoe and perhaps not to everyone’s style, but Under Armour have delivered phenomenal comfort and support.
When looking at the sole you’ll see a slightly alternative cleat layout with a number of cleats as far to the outskirts as possible – especially towards the front of the shoe. This has been built to rotate with your swing and subsequently aid your performance even from the trickiest lies or wettest conditions.
The alignment lines on the inside of the upper are also an interesting feature – although there are no guarantees that they work, it’s still a nice touch.
They are fairly pricey and a bit more than some of the competitors, but it is a very solid golf shoe and well worth giving them a bash. You’ll be very pleasantly surprised at both the comfort, stability and overall aesthetic look.
- A busy looking golf shoe, but still a great looking golf shoe
- Evolutionary spike technology provides incredible support and rotates with your swing resulting in world class balance
- Usually it takes a round or two to ‘break in’ a golf shoe, but these felt as if I’d been wearing them a couple rounds already after taking them out the box
- A busy looking shoe with a lot going on and perhaps ever so slightly heavy, but still not excessively heavy
Top of the Range: Footjoy D.N.A
The D.N.A is a classy, but conventional looking shoe with a modern twist that a number of the world’s best players are wearing such as Adam Scott. The ChromoSkin™ leather, developed by Pittards® of England is beautifully soft, but most importantly durable and lightweight – not to mention it’s fantastic full waterproof quality.
Traction is superb primarily due to the tornado cleats by SoftSpikes and the low profile sole aid in top notch performance.
- Lightweight spike system that enhances traction and ensures the cleats stay locked in even in the harshest of conditions
- The vented tongue helps reduce heat and perspiration within the shoe keeping your feet cooler
- Beautifully soft Pittards leather upper that is exceptionally comfortable
- Slightly pricey at the standard $200 RRP, but if you find them cheaper then give them a bash
Worthy Competitor #1: Nike Air Zoom Attack
These shoes just look expensive and are the business! Lightweight shoe that offers tremendous stability right through the swing.
- Great looking shoe for younger players or even older ‘cool/trendy’ players
- The side support overlays help stability exceptionally well and help your balance through the swing
- Waterproof membranes in both the upper and the footbed – most waterproof shoe we have tested to date
- Side support overlays take a couple holes to get used to each round – especially when used to never having them prior
Worthy Competitor #2: Ecco Cage
Having always been known for their comfort, they are not always known for their shoes being the epitome of style. I have actually tested these shoes though and was quite surprised when coming off the course just how easy they were to play in. Ease and grace.
- Versatility and functionality in a nutshell – walking 18 holes in these shoes is an absolute breeze
- Web-looking pattern at the heel and toe are continuations of the midsole and provide optimal stability
- Very lightweight making each round just that much easier – the lightest shoe of all it’s competitors here
- As mentioned above – not the best looking shoes on the market I have to say. Even though comfort overrides that aspect
Worthy Competitor #3: Puma TitanTour Ignite
Fantastic style and construction offering players of all caliber premium comfort and class.
According to Puma the TitanTour offers proprietary foam cushioning providing golfers with extreme comfort, responsive energy return and stability throughout your golf swing. They also feature a full grain upper leather made of the highest quality and paired up with the heavy guage thread provide long lasting quality.
Your feet will stay dry in these shoes due to the Outlast Insole that wicks away moisture regulating temperature.
- Great looking golf shoe available in a few different color options
- Offers wonderful comfort and stability through each and every swing – foam tongue also very comfortable
- Great price and one of the best value for money waterproof shoes available right now at the cost
- We’re racking our brain here, but we can’t find a negative. Just a quality golf shoe!
Worthy Competitor #4: Adidas Powerband BOA Boost
The Boost technology Adidas uses is situated in the midsole and provides superb comfort and energy transfer. This has been prevalent in a number of Adidas new shoes and is a fantastic feature.
The BOA closure system replaces traditional laces and is situated on the tongue of the shoe with a push/pull closure system. Adidas believes this adds more stability and allows golfers to make micro closures on the fly during a round. Conveniently and efficiently I’d say.
Available in a fair few color options the Powerband BOA Boost has a bold look about it and certainly isn’t popular among all golfers. But there are masses of golfers who love them.
Middle of the line in terms of price & value, but if you prefer a sportier look then these have your name on them.
- The Boost system certainly provides ample support and really allows good proper weight and energy transfer through the swing
- Good traction and comfortable at that too. Felt incredibly well balanced each and every swing through testing
- Wide range of color options within the style to suit most players
- The BOA closure system replaces traditional laces and turns out to be very convenient and efficient once getting the hang of
- Looks-wise not to everyone’s taste but this is 2017 and golfers have got to move with the times
Worthy Competitor #5: Nike Lunar Control Vapor
Nike have traded the traditional spikes for a new system called Articulated Integration Traction. Basically no need to replace spikes anymore, the sole has plenty of traction and grip!
The Lunar Vapor are hugely flexible, but without sacrificing comfort and another point to mention is how lightweight they are. If you prefer more of a ‘sporty’ look to a golf shoe and general style then these are for you. Available in 5 colors and decent value.
- Ridiculously lightweight providing superior comfort particularly for long rounds
- The Nike Articulated Integration Traction system provides incredible traction and along with flexible outsold provide support throughout your swing
- Available in 5 different colors catering to a wider market
- The overall design is not to everyone’s taste especially with the excessively large swoosh on outside toe(s), but if liking more sporty than traditional then you shouldn’t have any problems
Worthy Competitor #6: Skechers Go Golf Pro II
Brand ambassador Matt Kuchar has been wearing them for a while now and swears by them. A classic design that offers Skechers’ H2GO Shield Waterproof protection. The dynamic traction plate also offers wonderful grip for such a thin soled shoe.
Again like the Footjoy Pro/SL, these offer good comfort if you play a lot of golf. You’ll feel as though you’re wearing actual sneakers whilst out on the golf course smelling the roses walking the fairways.
- Very lightweight – in fact the lightest shoes we’ve tested in our Review. Playing 18 holes will feel like you’ve only played 9 holes – if that even
- Available in four different colors catering to most golfers taste and style
- Exceptionally good grip for such a low profile sole due to the dynamic diamond-design traction plate outsole
- Full leather upper with 2 year waterproof warranty
- Some have mentioned the fit to be a bit narrow, but we certainly had no problem during testing – all 10 of us that wore them
Waterproof Golf Shoes Buying Guide
There are many factors to consider when purchasing a new pair of golf shoes. Comfort, feel, look, durability, build quality and waterproof characteristics are just few that pop to mind. The latter is a key consideration. Like it or not, you will inevitably be playing a few rounds every year in rain.
Here is a quick buyers guide to help you find the best waterproof golf shoes.
Let’s call a spade a spade. If the shoes don’t fit you well and aren’t exceptionally comfortable on your feet from the first time you try them on then put a line through them! Move onto the next potential option available. Bear in mind you generally are walking each round and not riding so that works out to be being roughly 6 miles. SIX MILES! Don’t make it harder than it already is by having uncomfortable shoes.
If you have a certain brand that you know fit you ‘like a glove’ then stick with that brand. Perhaps just opt for a different style within that brand and this will make it easier for you to follow through on those online impulse buys where you are doubting certain things. If you’re trying out a different brand then I suggest you try these shoes on at your local golf store first and then purchase through one of our affiliates that offer fantastic prices.
2. Traction & Stability
It is exceptionally important to pay attention to the sole of the golf shoe and just how detailed the cleat or spike system is. Bear in mind you will find yourself hitting golf shots from a number of different lies and slopes and you need to maintain balance. And balance is derived from the grip you have from the bottom of your shoe to the ground.
Some shoe manufacturers have chosen to position spikes towards the exterior of the shoe in order to add grip and stability whereas other manufacturers have chosen to do away with replaceable cleats and rather build their own sole traction system.
The shoe needs to have enough flexibility to the sole in order to ‘mould’ your foot’s position on slopes and through parts of the golf swing. You don’t want to feel on your downswing as if the shoe has a concrete sole and limits flexibility! It needs to bend and flex whilst still supporting your feet right through to your follow through.
3. Build Quality
There is a huge amount that goes into building a quality shoe – especially waterproof golf shoes. Waterproof shoes are more expensive because they protect your feet from getting soaked during a round in wet conditions.
Besides the waterproof aspect, many manufacturers nowadays (especially Nike) are trying to make the shoe as lightweight as possible for you so that you get more enjoyment out of a round of golf. Speaking from experience, a heavy shoe is terrible and really starts taking it’s toll toward the end of the round. This also makes it easier for you to lose concentration and finish off poorly.
Pay attention to the build quality of a shoe and inspect all elements from the leather to the lightweight elements over the shoe to the laces to the sole. All play a part in comfort and performance.
4. Value for Money
Sometimes you find a bargain that you just can’t pass up, but on golf shoes it’s tough to find. At the end of the day waterproof golf shoes are expensive, but you need to keep in mind how long they are going to last you for.
If you are a super keen golfer you might be playing upwards of 100 times a year. If you’re a regular golfer you can trim that to maybe 50 times a year. That means for regular golfers a great pair of waterproof golf shoes that cost you $200.00 at the time will last you roughly two years and prove to be great value. Unlike a cheaper alternative that cracks or the sole comes loose and you’re purchasing a new pair after 6 months.
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