While new drivers, irons, putters and balls are usually the most hyped items each year, the role of a good pair of shoes cannot be underestimated. Not only are they key to any successful swing, nothing can ruin a round faster than a blister that starts on the way to the second green. These comfortable and stylish mens models from the biggest brands in golf all deserve a look when selecting your next pair.
Adidas Tour 360 LTD
The latest game-enhancing shoe from adidas blends high-performance technology with world-class craftsmanship to offer golfers an extremely effective and comfortable platform. Built using THiNTech outsole construction, the shoes position feet closer to the ground to help improve stability. An elastic insert in the heel along with the 3D FitFOAM sock liner provide superior cushioning and comfort to help men feel and play their best.
FootJoy DryJoys TPU Saddle
While the DryJoys Saddle TPU golf shoes can help golfers lower their scores with their fantastic traction and great flexibility, its the comfort that sets them apart. Thanks to the ECL Leather system, the shoes are made with leather 30 percent softer than previous FootJoy offerings. Also, because not all feet are the same, the shoes are available in four widths.
NIKE Air Tour TW 8.5
Walk in Tigers shoes with the NIKE Air Tour TW 8.5 that incorporates the companys Power Platform for better balance, smoother weight transfer and a stronger push through the swing. In addition, the NIKE Air insert in the heel reduces the force of impact to provide extra comfort and stability. With three classic looks to choose from, even the most fashion-conscious golfers will love this line.
ECCO Mens Casual Cool GTX
The luxury market leader, ECCO has won the hearts of Tour stars like Stuart Appleby and Fred Couples with its combination of great looks, supreme comfort and performance technology. The new Casual Cool GTX is fit with water-resistant leathers to keep feet comfortable and dry in all conditions. Meanwhile, the outsole is built with Thermal Plastic Polyurethane (TPU) that fuses the shoe into one piece for long-lasting durability and greater stability. ECCO left no detail unfinished when designing this models fashionably casual look.
Etonic G-SOK R-Series GT
Etonic is taking proprietary, comfort technology from its running division and introducing it to golf with the new R-Series. This features the companys Resilient Cushion System (RCS) for superior cushioning and energy return. The result is a high performance, lightweight shoe that is extremely comfortable. The models GORE-TEX waterproof system utilizes a microporous membrane to ensure breathability while keeping the feet dry.
Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.