The single most important thing to remember when buying golf shoes is that they must be extremely comfortable. A typical round of golf will mean walking five miles – for those just starting considerably more!! Do not fix your mind on a particular brand or style but try various until you find something suited to you. Some manufacturers, for example, tend to produce generally narrow fits – fine for some people but disastrous for others with wider feet.
Have comfort in mind when you set your price limit. As with most things the quality is generally better the more you spend.
OTHER FEATURES TO CONSIDER
Lightness should be a consideration – again remember how far you have to walk in your round.
Look out for a waterproof membrane. This is a sort of bag that lines the shoes so that if the water penetrates the exterior it should not make it to your feet. There are few things more uncomfortable than trudging around with sodden feet.
Does the shoe breathe ?
It is helpful to choose breathable shoes. As you play, particularly in hotter weather your feet will sweat. In shoes that are breathable the air is allowed to circulate which lets the moisture evaporate. The difference is marked.
The make up of the shoe
UPPER – Decent quality leather is a major bonus over synthetic materials. It should be soft and resilient, adding to comfort and longevity.
LOWER – Usually this will be made of rubber, as this is flexible, resilient and waterproof. Check for the amount of give your choice of shoe allows. You do not want the shoe fighting against your step.
The bottom of the shoe will in most cases be spiked with either traditional spikes or modern soft spikes. There may also be additional track grips, which will further aid balance and stability in the swing.
SPIKES – Soft or traditional. In recent years soft spikes have become more popular. Many golf clubs actually insist on them as they are thought to be better for the greens. This is probably true in hotter climates, but in wetter conditions they can leave small craters in the greens rather than spike holes, and are generally felt not to give as much grip during the full swing.