As the snow and rain gathers and soaks courses, what footwear you have on your feet can make quite a sizable difference to your scores. If you’re wearing summer golf shoes with skimpy materials and little in the way of spikes, you may find yourself waterlogged and suffering from poor grip on the less amenable turf.
Many golf shoe brands now produce specific models geared towards winter golf, providing extra rain protection to keep your feet dry and warm. More importantly, winter golf shoes will tend to have more robust spikes to keep you from slipping on sodden ground. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favourites, but most brands now produce good quality winter shoe offerings, so don’t let this list stop you from doing your own research.
Men’s Golf Shoes
The G-Style is designed to offer a relaxed, informal appearance while still offering all the performance and quality you’d expect from Mizuno. These shoes are waterproof, and extremely comfortable due to being made of a soft-touch Kuraray upper material, while a high traction, durable sole ensures excellent grip and wearability. At just 320g, these shoes are also among the lightest you will find currently on the market.
Mizuno Wave Hazard Pro
Introduced a few years ago, the Wave Pro still remains a popular shoe and it’s no surprise: these offer 17% more softness and 15% more resilient than the previous Mizuno models. The technology is actually taken from Mizuno’s running shoe line, which also accounts for their more casual appearance. Mizuno Enerzy produces the dual impact of intensifying ground forces – resulting in more clubhead speed and comfort. Made from full grain leather while featuring a zero glide shoelace, these spineless shoes also fit excellently.
Mizuno Wave Hazard Pro Boa
The Boa provides much the same technology as the Mizuno Wave Hazard Pro but with an even more informal look and a special Boa closure system (clip) instead of traditional laces. The spikeless GM technology has been designed to see you thrive regardless of conditions, performing equally strongly on firm and wet turf, summer or winter.
Duca del Cosma Bologna Boots
Duca del Cosma’s men’s winter golf shoe is a good-looking beast, striking even. It certainly stands out among standard golf shoes with a high back that looks more like a Vans trainer than a FootJoy. Like all of Duca’s shoes it is handcrafted in Europe and designed in Italy. Balanced pressure points give stability and extreme comfort while eco-fans will appreciate that the sole is made from eco-rubber, giving excellent sustainability. The shoe is also waterproof.
Under Armour Men’s Medal Spikeless Golf Shoes
These understated but stylish shoes are currently on offer with American Golf, but don’t make that doubt their quality: the UA Medals are excellent shoes offering lightweight feel with strong performance. They feature a breathable microfibre upper, moulded EVA midsole/removable foam insole and a UA rotational resistance outsole.
The Stratos is a top-quality winter golf shoe as you’d expect from shoe-specialists FootJoy. The key features include Pittards NappaLuxe leather and StratoFoam which respectively provide luxurious comfort and reduce foot fatigue. For up to one year, FootJoy guarantees that these shoes will be waterproof. They also boast a classic style and leather material, which will suit the golfing purist.
FootJoy Stormwalker Winter Boot
Made from soft full grain leather with a thermal lining, the Stormwalker lives up to its name: a walker for playing in storms. The boot appearance offers something different from the traditional shoe aesthetic while giving waterproof performance, a dura-max rubber outsole and a light and responsive mid-sole to keep you playing great golf even in the harshest weather.
Stuburt ACTIVE-SPORT Waterproof Boot
A new fully waterproof boot which has been carefully designed to perform in the toughest conditions with added ankle padding. With the Stuburt DRI-Back waterproof membrane this boot is perfect for the damp conditions and is guaranteed to get you around the course in any weather.
Junior Golf Shoes
FootJoy Junior Fuel Waterproof Spikeless Golf Shoes
With a black and red colour patterning over a white base, these are very attractive shoes – and will be sure to keep junior golfers looking fresh on the fairways. The outsides are 100% waterproof and also easily cleaned thanks to a synthetic upper material. Lateral support is provided by a lightweight EVA midsole while also giving stability. FootJoy’s patented Stability Bridge provides an extra level of mid-foot support during your swing. The outsole has been designed for increased stability and grip regardless of the playing surface.
Women’s Golf Shoes
GOLFINFO Ladies Retro Runner Spikeless Golf Shoes
Although not specifically fitted for winter playing, these spikeless golf shoes are among the most stylish you’ll find and with their fresh sneaker-like appearance are also suitable for wearing off the course. They feature a ballistic mesh upper, a lightweight EVA midsole and spineless rubber outsole. For up to one year, GOLFINFO also guarantees these shoes will be waterproof. Finally, if you buy them from American Golf, you can currently get these ‘buy one get one half price’.
Duca del Cosma Toscana Ladies Boots
These high-spanning waterproof boots bring Italian style to the golf course just in time for winter. As well as a vintage style, Duca del Cosma has loaded the Toscanas with technology such as a soft recyclable microfibre, a DUCAFLEX sole for maximum comfort and memory foam to give an excellent fit with heel support. The outsole features eco-rubber which will appeal to the environmentally conscious female player.