Shoes Test 2014

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Welcome to the Today's Golfer Shoes Test 2014. We're forever told how golf clubs are built with the most cutting-edge materials... and golf shoe technology is no different. Whether it’s the spikes, leather, sole design or fastening system, no little R&D has gone into the design to ensure you get the best performance on the course, while looking good in the process.

Nor is the drive towards custom-fit any different. New research from FootJoy has found you could lose out on comfort as well as power with an ill-fitting pair of shoes.

“We do a lot of research working with the university of Massachusetts, putting golfers in different-size shoes and doing force platform tests,” Russell Lawes, FootJoy’s Marketing Manager, tells TG. “We found that wearing the wrong size shoe, be it too long or wide, can make you lose up to 26% of power. If the shoe is too big your feet will move around inside, leading to loss of stability and friction, which wears out the inners of the shoe.”

How we tested the shoes

We took 23 pairs – 11 cleated and 12 spikeless – to Thorpe Wood Golf Club in Peterborough (www.neneparkgolf.com) and played a minimum of six holes in each pair.

To get the best-fitting shoe for our designated testers, Equipment Editor Joel Tadman and Features Editor Rob McGarr got their feet properly measured on a Brannock device. We invited all the major shoe brands to submit the models they wished to be involved. This test is more of a compilation of first impressions as we understand the true performance and durability of a shoe can only be judged after months of regular wear through different ground conditions. But you will gain enough insight to assist you, should you be looking to purchase a new pair this summer.

Below is the full list of shoes tested in the TG Shoes Test 2014. Click through to read our review comments, to find more details about the footwear, and also to leave a review if you own a pair yourself. 

Nike Lunar Control II £120

FootJoy D.N.A. £150/£165 BOA 

adidas adizero One £129.99

Puma Biofusion £130

FootJoy Contour Series BOA £125

Ashworth Kingston £109.99

Oakley Carbon Pro 2 £165

Nike TW 14 £150

Callaway X Nitro £79.99

Stuburt Sportlite studded £54.99

adidas Superstar £79.99

ECCO Biom Hybrid £165

Puma Monolite £80

Ashworth Cardiff ADC £89.99

FootJoy DryJoys Casual £125

ECCO Tour Hybrid £165

ECCO Street Evo One £140

Skechers Go Golf Drive £89

Stuburt Urban 2 spikeless £44.99

Crocs Drayden 2.0 £89.99

Skechers Go Golf Bionic £109

Callaway X Cage Vibe £129.99

Crocs Preston 2.0 £89.99