The best spikeless golf shoes 2020
Spikeless golf shoes have gone from something scoffed at by serious golfers not too long ago to being the preferred choice of amateurs and tour pros alike nowadays. That’s because the latest spikeless golf shoes offer grip that can match, if not beat, spiked golf shoes, while being incredibly comfortable and lightweight. The majority of spikeless golf shoes are now also waterproof, meaning they can be worn all year round (even in the British summer).
Here’s our pick of the best spikeless golf shoes for 2020:
Ecco S-Three - £180
Have you ever noticed that there is often a trade-off to be made when selecting golf shoes? You can choose shoes that are so comfortable you feel like you could walk around all day in them, but they often feel a bit loose and unstable when making full golf swings. Or you can plump for a golf shoe that offers much more security and stability during your swing, but isn’t as comfortable to wear and walk around in?
Ecco’s clever new design in the S-Three gives you the best of both worlds. The Ecco S-Three has a relatively understated and classy appearance, but underneath the hood it is packed with technology. A moulded midsole is designed to offer different levels of cushioning and stability to three different parts of your foot. The heel offers medium softness to give you cushioning and comfort, the central part of the midsole offers higher rigidity to deliver outstanding stability during your swing, while the front of the shoe comes with the highest level of softness for exceptional walking comfort.
Ecco golf shoes always offer excellent grip, and the S-Three is no exception, meaning you genuinely can wear them in any conditions.
The shoes Ecco S-Three uses Gore-Tex to be 100% waterproof while offering excellent breathability. The shoes are full-grain leather and you can even remove the insole if you want to wash it.
The Ecco S-Three is the most expensive shoe in our selection but anyone who has worn Ecco golf shoes will attest that their premium quality more than justifies the premium price.
adidas CodeChaos - £129.95
The adidas CodeChaos is one of the more modern looking spikeless golf shoes on the market, particularly if you plump for one of the more vibrant colourways or the high-top version.
Looking at them, you may be surprised to hear that the adidas CodeChaos golf shoe is completely waterproof. That’s thanks to a very fine film that wraps around the mesh of the shoe.
The adidas CodeChaos is one of the lightest golf shoes available in 2020, which, combined with the now famous adidas Boost technology, will mean you have more energy left at the end of a round of golf. Another nine holes, anyone?
If you like your golf shoes to look more like trainers than traditional golf shoes, while being lightweight and offering excellent grip, the adidas CodeChaos may well be the best golf shoe for you.
Skechers Go Golf Elite 4 Prestige - £99
Skechers aren’t always the first brand golfers in the UK think of when it comes to golf shoes, but in America they are the second highest selling brand and they are finally gaining traction over here.
Golfers willing to look beyond their normal brand and try Skechers will find fantastic performance in an understated but stylish design, at a highly competitive price point. In fact, the Skechers Go Golf Elite 4 is the second cheapest shoe in our top-10 spikeless golf shoes, but the performance belies what you might expect of a more wallet-friendly golf shoe.
Skechers golf shoes always offer excellent levels of cushioning, making them very comfortable to wear, while the design keeps your foot low to the ground to aid stability during the swing.
The Skechers Go Golf Elite 4 has a leather upper and is perfect for all conditions, with a one-year waterproof warranty.
Puma Ignite NXT Solelace - £122
Puma have been making some of the best-looking golf shoes in recent years and the Puma Ignite NXT Solelace is no exception.
And the Puma Ignite NXT will stay looking fresh for longer thanks to a micro-think TPU around the midsole that adds durability and makes cleaning off dirt and debris a breeze. For anyone who has ever proudly worn their brand new golf shoes and come away after one round looking like they’ve just done a Tough Mudder, that will be a gamechanger.
A well-designed heel cage will keep your foot supported and stable while swinging and walking, pull tabs on the tongue and heel make getting them on and off a breeze, while a foam midsole makes them comfortable to wear all day.
FootJoy Pro SL - £149.99
The original FootJoy Pro SL was a huge hit amongst tour pros and amateurs alike when it was first released, and it’s easy to see why. Classic styling and excellent performance, combined with levels of grip you just wouldn’t expect, make the FootJoy Pro SL a fantastic spikeless shoe, particularly for golfers making the switch from cleated shoes for the first time.
The FootJoy Pro SL 2020 model boasts 30% more points of traction for even better grip in all conditions, plus a nifty harness design that keeps your foot nice and secure.
Under Armour HOVR Show SL GTX - £140
The Under Armour HOVR Show SL GTX is a bit of a mouthful, but in our opinion it’s one of the best-looking spikeless golf shoes available this season.
The HOVR Show SL is packed with technology, including a breathable, microfibre upper and a lightweight Gore-Tex waterproof membrane, so your foot will stay cool and dry in all conditions. These Under Armour golf shoes come with a two-year waterproof warranty which gives you peace of mind that they won’t let you down in six months’ time.
The HOVR Show SL’s structure is designed to allow your foot to move naturally, but there’s still plenty of support to ensure you feel stable and secure when walking and hitting shots. The cushioning is fantastic, with foam that makes you feel like you could walk all day in them.
And you won’t have any problems with grip. The underfoot traction is designed to resist rotation, which used to be a problem with some spikeless shoes, particularly when making full swings.
Duca Del Cosma Eldorado - £167.25
The Duca Del Cosma Eldorado looks more like a traditional golf shoe than any of the others in our list, perfect if you prefer classic styling but still want the benefits of a spikeless golf shoe. You get two sets of laces, in different colours, so you can set them up to suit your style or to match the outfit you’re wearing.
The soft leather makes the Duca Del Cosma Eldorado a joy to wear, right from the first round, while a memory foam leather insole means they will quickly mould to your exact foot shape.
The traction nubs are some of the more aggressive in our collection, which will help you maintain a firm footing whatever the weather. The Duca Del Cosma Eldorado is also waterproof and comes with a 12-month warranty.
Callaway Apex Pro Knit - £119.99
The Callaway Apex Pro Knit has a classic brogue-style upper but a sporty looking sole. The upper is one piece of knitted mesh, hence the name, and offers just the right amount of flexibility and support. The design does an excellent job of preventing lateral slippage during the swing, which can be an issue with some of the more relaxed fitting spikeless golf shoes.
The Callaway Apex Pro Knit is highly breathable, meaning your foot will stay cool and dry, and comes with a one-year waterproof warranty.
Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 - £170
The Ecco Biom Hybrid 3 is the latest iteration of Ecco’s best-selling golf shoe and it’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular choice. It screams class from top to bottom, with a build quality that is second to none. There’s a focus on keeping the player closer to the ground, which gives you a steady footing on all your shots.
The yak leather upper is strong but lightweight, while offering excellent levels of breathability and durability thanks to the inclusion of Gore-Tex. The grip is fantastic and lasts as well as any spikeless shoe we’ve ever tested.
adidas Tour360 XT-SL - £139.95
With classic adidas styling that will appeal to golfers of all ages, the Tour360 XT-SL has become a hugely popular shoe on tour. It looks great with shoes or trousers, making it versatile enough to wear all year round.
The Tour360 XT-SL is one of the more stable designs we’ve tested, offering a “locked-in” feel that many golfers worry they won’t get from a spikeless golf shoe. In many ways, the adidas Tour360 XT-SL feels like a spiked shoe gone spikeless, which is basically what it is.
The responsive Boost midsole returns energy as you walk, while the sole offers excellent grip on the course.
Like the FootJoy Pro SL, the Tour360 XT-SL is a great spikeless shoe if this is the first time you are making the switch from spiked golf shoes.