How to Find the Right Golf Shoes

By William McCoy
Try on several pairs of shoes to determine which fits best.
Try on several pairs of shoes to determine which fits best.

Wearing golf shoes during a round of play provides you with traction during your swing and while walking the course. Buying the right pair of golf shoes can occasionally be a challenge, as many brands and styles exist. Devote adequate time to shopping for a new pair of shoes to ensure you get the pair that fits correctly, is within your budget and looks sharp.

Check the size of other shoes you own to determine your shoe size. Don't take this information as a hard fact, as golf shoe sizing might be somewhat different, depending on the maker, but knowing it will give you a good starting point for sizes to try on.

Determine the style of golf shoe that fits your needs. Modern-day shoes range significantly in appearance. Decide whether you want dress-style shoes, athletic-style shoes or even golf sandals.

Browse the available shoes to find a number of pairs that fit your budget. Although comfort and style are important factors, golf shoes range considerably in price. If you want a pair for around $50, there's no reason to consider the pairs in the $200 range.

Pick out several pairs that meet your size and price requirements and try them on for size. If the shoe fits poorly, try a different size. Lace up or fasten the shoes or sandals and walk around to get a feel for the shoes' comfort. Most new shoes are stiff when new and any discomfort you feel will not necessarily last. Your heel should fit snugly against the rear of the shoe and you should be able to wiggle your toes with ease. When laced up or fastened, the upper of the shoe should not press painfully on the top of your foot.

Take the shoes to the store's indoor driving range, if available. Borrow a club from the range and hit some balls into the net or simulator screen. Swinging while wearing the new shoes gives you an idea of how they will feel when using them. Repeat the process of trying on several pairs until you find the shoes that offers the comfort, price and style requirements you seek.

About the Author

Toronto-based journalist William McCoy has been writing since 1997, specializing in topics such as sports, nutrition and health. He serves as the Studio's sports and recreation section expert. McCoy is a journalism graduate of Ryerson University.

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