If you’re looking for the best golf shoes for walking, you’ll likely want the most comfortable golf shoes you can find. Walking the course is great exercise, but with the wrong golf shoes, you could have a miserable experience.
In this article, we will take a look at the 10 best golf shoes for walking 18 holes. In addition to the reviews, we will also answer some of the most common questions about golf shoes, such as:
This time, I didn’t review any bad golf shoes. While some are better than others, they are all good for walking the golf course.
Top 10 Best Walking Golf Shoes 2021: Reviews
Here are the 10 best and most comfortable golf shoes for walking:
- TRUE Original
- TRUE Major
- New Balance Striker
- ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3 GTX
- FootJoy Pro/SL
- FootJoy Tour-S BOA
- Callaway Balboa Vent 2.0
- Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.3
- adidas Tour360 XT-SL
- Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2
TRUE is not a huge golf shoe company. They only make a handful of golf shoes. Although, the shoes they do make, are well thought out, and made with quality materials.
The Original was made with a minimalistic design. There are no fancy laces or air bubbles in the sole. In fact, they were designed to have a very thin sole, and no heel.
They give you what TRUE calls a barefoot experience. If you ever find any of TRUE’s shoes in the store, try them on, and walk around a bit.
Overall, I love these shoes. They are my go to golf shoes whether I am walking the course or not. These shoes look and feel good enough that you can wear them anywhere, not just the course.
These are the only shoes I own that I wear to and from the course. These were my top rated golf shoes for walking the course, until I tried the TRUE Majors.
The TRUE Major is a Tour issue shoe. Meaning it was designed with the pro in mind. A golf pro is looking for a high performance shoe that will meet their needs. A pro will golf 6-7 days a week, with tournaments going for 4 days.
The TRUE Major looks and feels like a sneaker, but with all of the performance you want from a golf shoe. This is made of high quality and waterproof materials. Meaning, you will be able to walk the course in any condition.
TRUE designed the Major to be the most comfortable shoe you own, with all the traction and performance you need on the course.
Overall, these shoes are fantastic. If you are going on a golf trip and will be walking a couple rounds per day, buy these shoes! These are the most comfortable golf shoes I have ever worn.
The price is on the higher end, but I have little doubt that these could last 7-8 years of weekend play. These also have the sock liner, so do yourself a favor and size up on these as well.
These don’t have a wide option, and don’t have the same width in the toe box as the Originals, so if you wear a wide, you may want to skip these.
New Balance Striker
New Balance obviously is known for their running shoes. People with big feet also know New Balance as a somewhat affordable shoe company that carries larger sizes.
They also cater to people with not only wide feet, but extra wide feet. You can buy the Strikers in up to a 16 EEEE, not only that, they don’t charge extra for the big feet.
The Striker is another great golf shoe for walking the course. These are actually a spiked shoe, but has all the comfort of a spikeless.
Overall these shoes are a good solid choice, not only for a big footed person, but for anyone. Really, the only two drawbacks to these are: I am not sure how long they will last, I would guess 2-3 years.
I have high arches, and they were quite tight on the top of my foot. It didn’t cause any pain, just not as comfortable as some of the other shoes I reviewed.
ECCO BIOM Hybrid 3 GTX
This ECCO may not be the most attractive golf shoes, but it’s comfort makes it an excellent choice for walking 18 holes. I would have very few issues walking 36 holes in these shoes.
They have GORE-TEX construction, which is one of the best materials for a breathable waterproofing. GORE-TEX would allow you to stand in water, without your feet getting wet.
These shoes are quite comfortable. They are made of great materials, the leather is super high quality and very flexible.
I was not a fan of the outsole, I slipped a few times when the tee box was damp. Overall a very good shoe, but for around $200, I think you could do better.
FootJoy has one of the best reputations for golf shoes. These lightweight shoes are an excellent choice for walking the golf course. They have tons of options available too. You can get the BOA system for an extra $30. You can customize them for another $40. They are also available in wide sizes.
Overall, these are an excellent choice for walking the golf course. The lightweight design will leave you ready for more after your first 18 holes.
Another nice thing about these, you will find them at many sporting good retailers, pro shops and websites, meaning you may be able to find them on sale.
FootJoy Tour-S BOA
This is probably FootJoy’s best all around golf shoe. The stability and fit is awesome! The fancy heel controlled BOA system is an unnecessary extra, but it sure is nice.
If you’re unfamiliar with the BOA system, it basically replaces the laces of the shoes. These are a wire that has a little knob on the heel to control the tightness and fit.
Overall, another great golf shoe. If you do a bit of walking and bit of riding on the cart, this could be a great shoe for you. It may not top the list for walking shoes, but still one of the best all around golf shoes in the world.
Callaway Balboa Vent 2.0
The Callaway Balboa Vent 2.0 is an inexpensive golf shoe for walking the course. It is difficult to review these shoes in comparison to some of the others. This is more of a value shoe.
If you golf a few times a week, or even once a week, you may not be 100% pleased with these shoes. They aren’t bad by any means, but like some of the other inexpensive shoes, they just don’t have quality of a $200 pair.
With that being said, these are a comfortable shoe. They are fairly lightweight, and my feet weren’t killing me after 18 holes. I only tried these shoes the one time, but I believe if I had a couple round break in period, they would have performed better.
While these shoes were ok, if you’re on a budget, read further down, I have reviewed better shoes at a similar price. With so many retailers carrying these in store, be sure to try them on for a while, even if you aren’t buying in that store.
Skechers GO GOLF Elite V.3
These shoes were probably the lightest weight shoes that I reviewed. The comfort was great, it seem anytime I try out some Skechers shoes, it is like walking on clouds. There is padding around the tongue and the top of the shoe as well.
As usual, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked these shoes. It seems the comfort that Skechers puts out, never ceases to amaze me.
If you golf for the exercise, but have a limited budget, these may be the perfect shoe for you. You will not be disappointed walking the course with these shoes.
adidas Tour360 XT-SL
Although these are probably Adidas’ best golf shoes for walking the course, at this price point, I would rather have the TRUE Originals. With that being said, these are still a great spikeless golf shoe.
I would have no issues walking 36 holes in a day. These take a couple rounds to break in well. They are OK coming out of the box, but your third round of walking will be way better than the first two.
I am a huge Adidas fan, so I actually went and bought these shoes rather than just testing them. I like them a lot, but if you can only afford to buy one pair of walking golf shoes, and this is the top of your budget, buy the TRUE Originals.
Don’t get me wrong, these shoes are wonderful and for me, they replaced an old worn out pair of Adidas Traxion 360 shoes. These are an excellent walking shoe and you really don’t give up any grip going from spiked to spikeless.
Nike Lunar Control Vapor 2
So, Nike is no longer making these shoes. I did want to review them though because they are a good shoe for walking the course. Just because Nike doesn’t make them, doesn’t mean you can get them. They are stilt in lot of golf and sporting goods store and readily available online.
These are a comfortable shoe that I was happy walking the course while wearing. The current price is a pretty good value. The quality is better than average, and I would expect these shoes to last 3 years for a weekend golfer.
Overall a decent shoe from Nike. I was happy to test them, but even at the discounted price of around $100, I would probably go for a different shoe. I would say the Skechers or New Balance are a superior shoe and better value.
How to Choose a Comfortable Pair of Golf Shoes?
During the reviews, I gave quite a few options for buying a comfortable golf shoe. Although, what is most comfortable for me, might not be the most comfortable for you.
As always, I suggest trying the shoe before buying it, if at all possible. If that isn’t a possibility, be sure the company you buy from has an acceptable return policy.
When looking for a comfortable shoe, you will want to be sure it is made of quality materials. I really like the leather shoes, but they tend to be a bit higher priced.
Also know you foot, I know this sounds pretty basic, but if you know your foot is a bit wider, you may not want a traditional golf shoe, as they seem to be molded like a dress shoe. A wide size, or a shoe with a natural width is what will be best for you.
What Should I Look for When I Am Buying Golf Shoes for Walking?
As always, you are going to want to start with something that is pleasing to the eye. Just like any of your golf equipment, if it looks good, you feel good about it and have more confidence in your game.
You will want to look for quality materials. Even though quality materials usually cost more, they usually last longer as well. Nothing worse than getting equipment you’re super happy with and then have it fail on you before you got your money’s worth.
One last suggestion I have had to learn the hard way…multiple times: If you are really extremely satisfied with your purchase (shoes on this occasion) buy another pair.
When I was younger and playing basketball a few times a week, I could usually get 1-1 ½ years out of shoes. When it was time for a new pair, I would go looking for the same exact shoes. 9 out of 10 times the shoe would be discontinued and I would have to spend a ton of time finding something new.
Eventually, I figured out that if I liked a shoe after a few games, I would go buy another pair (sometimes two additional pairs). This worked out great and I started doing it with my everyday shoes as well.
What Shoes Are Best If I Am on a Budget?
A couple things here: don’t look at, and try on shoes that you can’t afford. If your budget is $60, and you’re trying on $200+ shoes, you’ll only be disappointed when you get to the $60 shoes.
Also, shoe manufacturers will often come out with a new version of the same shoe at the beginning of a new year. They have to do something with the old stock, so they will often discount them heavily.
Sales are good! If you found a shoe that you like online or in a store, check around for the same thing on sale at a different place.
Used shoes may sound gross, but checking local online marketplaces (Ebay, Facebook marketplace, even some garage sales) could score you nearly new shoes for half the price.
Whatever shoes you end up with, just be sure they are comfortable for your feet. When you walk the course, there is no room for uncomfortable shoes.
Always check the retailer’s return policy. Whether a brick and mortar store, or an online retailer, you want to be sure you don’t throw your money way on shoes you change your mind about.
Good Luck and Happy Golfing!