How to Choose Golf Shoes

Step 1: Spiked or Spikeless?

Golf shoes will either feature a spiked (cleated) or a spikeless design. What you’ll want will depend on terrain conditions and your own personal taste.

If you’re going to go with spiked shoes, make sure the spikes are plastic as many golf courses are slowly phasing out metal spikes since they ruin the greens. Spikes generally offer more traction and grip for terrain such as hills and wet courses. They also offer more stability and overall support.

Spikeless shoes, on the other hand,  feature small rubber lugs on the bottom of the sole to give you traction and a lower profile to the ground, but work best on flat surfaces and dry conditions. They are often lightweight, more flexible, and more comfortable for walking. You can even wear them off the golf course if you really wanted to.

Spikes vs Spikeless - How to Choose Golf Shoes - Athlete Audit

Step 2: Choose Your Style

You perform better when you’re feeling absolutely confident. Everyone knows this. And if you’re looking great on the field, chances are you’ll be playing great as well. So, when learning how to choose golf shoes, it’s important that your shoes match your style. Most golf shoes can be broken down into two categories: traditional dress-style shoes and modern sneaker-like shoes. And then there are golf sandals as well, which we’ll touch on briefly.

Traditional golf shoes – Often made of genuine leather which is naturally waterproof, traditional golf shoes look like dress shoes for that classic look all golfers with a sense of fashion admire. Looks darn good with a pair of golf pants, they are durable and almost always feature spikes. However, they do take more effort to care for, although there are some people out there that love giving their shoes a good shine.

Modern golf shoes – More modern golf shoes look a lot like the type of shoes you’d wear on a casual day. Modern spiked shoes have the appearance of running shoes while spikeless shoes look more like casual streetwear. Both types are lightweight and a bit more flexible than traditional golf shoes. Of course, while modern spikeless shoes are designed for performance, spikless shoes are made to be low-profile and very comfortable for walking.

Golf sandals – Golf sandals are great for warmer weather and more casual games, but lack the performance of actual shoes. They are light, breathable, and offer a lot more freedom. However, you can forget about them if there’s bad weather or rough terrain.


Step 3: Understanding Material

The material of your golf shoes shouldn’t go overlooked as it can play a big role on your level of comfort as well as durability and performance.

Natural leathers – Natural leather is a highly popular option as it offers a high level of comfort and performance. They are very durable, naturally waterproof, breathable, and molds to your feet as you break them in. However, you get what you pay for, and there are varying grades of leather that increase in cost the higher the quality. Of course, real leather requires more care the more they are used.

Synthetic leathers – Lighter, thinner, more flexible, and at a fraction of the cost of natural leathers, synthetic leathers are often used on modern golf shoes. They are easier to clean, but not as durable, water-resistant, or breathable as natural leathers.

Breathable fabrics – If you enjoy playing in warmer weather in dry conditions, you might want a shoe that is more breathable to keep your feet happy. Your best options are natural leather, mesh panels, thinner uppers, or shoes perforated for ventilation. Of course, you can always go with golf sandals for more casual play.

Step 4: All the Other Essentials

Water-resistant vs. Waterproof

Now, it’s important to talk about the difference between water-resistant and waterproof shoes. They do not mean the same thing as some might infer. While water-resistant means that the shoes will repel water to some degree (but not entirely), waterproof means that the shoes cannot be penetrated by water at all. So while most genuine leather shoes are waterproof by nature, shoes with synthetic leather are more water-resistant and can only keep water out for only so long. Fortunately, water-resistant coatings can be applied to shoes to improve their water-shedding capabilities. Gore-tex golf shoes are also available which offer the best waterproof performance.

Support & Stability

Golf shoes should fit tighter in the midfoot for better stability. Your feet should not be able to move while in golf shoes except for a little wiggle room for your toes. Your heel should also be locked down as well. There should also be a good amount of lateral and arch support. Look at the upper of a shoe to determine how much lateral support it will have. Uppers should be tough around the midfoot while flexible in the forefoot. Also look at the midsole to ensure that it’s comfortable and durable. You can also consider memory foam and orthotic insoles for additional support and comfort.


Golf shoes should be fairly flexible in the forefoot for when you’re pivoting during swings. It might actually surprise you to find out how much you’re on your toes when playing golf. Dynamic movements require bending the toes, but you might also notice that people tend to bend their toes slightly when walking. And since most games require you to walk a few miles, you certainly don’t want to have a shoe that’s too stiff. Ultimately, having stiff golf shoes will reduce comfort and enjoyment of the sport.


Do you want to know how to choose golf shoes that are great? We’ll clue you in. A great pair of golf shoes should be able to perform well on different types of terrain on the course. Whether on the fairway, rough, green, or bunker, a shoe should provide adequate traction on all these types of terrain. This is especially true for hilly courses where stability and grip are key. In addition, golf shoes should be able to perform well in different field conditions, including wet and dry fields. You can never really tell how versatile a pair of shoes are unless you test run them in person.


When it comes to the price of golf shoes, you’ll quickly notice their prices can vary significantly. Most golf shoes will run anywhere from $50 to over $200, with most in the $100-$200 range. A variety of factors will determine the price, including comfort, style, and materials used. There’s really no right answer to how much you should spend. A better way of looking at it would be to ask yourself what would bring you the most value? If you don’t golf as often, it doesn’t make sense to spend a bunch of money on a very expensive pair. Of course, if you’re looking for top-tier performance, don’t skimp out on cost.

Step 5: Find the Right Fit

Signs of a Perfect Fit

  • 1/4-1/2″ of room in the forefoot for comfort
  • No pain or pressure points when walking
  • About 5/8″ of space between the top eyelets when laced for adequate width
  • Your feet should not be able to slide around
  • Where the shoe bends in the forefoot should align with the flex of your foot
  • A snug fitting heel and midfoot
FUN FACT:An average round of golf (18 holes) can take anywhere from ~3-5 hours to finish. A good chunk of that time will be spent walking. So, make comfort a top priority when choosing golf shoes

How to Fit Golf Shoes

  • Wear socks while shopping for shoes for a better fit
  • Try on similar sizes of the same pair to determine the best fit
  • Fit shoes in the evening as feet tend to swell up throughout the day
  • Walk around in shoes to make sure they are comfortable
  • Practice your golf swing to see how they feel in action
  • Consider adding insoles for extra comfort and support
  • Remember that newer shoes start off stiff and break-in over time
  • Look at the last of the shoe to determine if it will fit the shape of your foot
Outdoor Sports Shoes

How To Choose Your Basketball Shoes (Buyer’s Guide)

Basketball is a game centered around speed, hops, agility, and flashy moves which are only possible with the perfect pair of basketball shoes!

Basketball Shoes are the building blocks which make or break your game and so it’s essential to find the right fit for you. The task of finding your ideal shoes can be daunting, overwhelming and a process that takes trial and error before finding your ideal pair. So how do you find your court companion? Well, look no further. This article will provide you with a crash course on the types of basketball shoes and how to choose the right one so that you can go full throttle and guns blazing from game one!

All we need to do to achieve this is look at three basic categories: The ankle collar, cushion, and traction. By following this guide don’t be surprised to find yourself ruling the court and winning the game!

1. The Ankle Collar

The ankle collar length is one of the most differentiating aspects of a shoe that makes it suitable for certain types of players and play styles. By finding the right fit, you can greater use the full potential of your skills and abilities!

The three types of ankle collars include:

Men Casual Shoes

The key feature of high ankle shoes is the reinforced high ankle collar that covers the ankle completely.

Although this makes the shoe heavier, its extra support and cushioning is perfect for the game style of centers and forwards by providing impact protection and ankle protection to support their constant jumping associated with rebounding and blocking shots. This also helps protect against injuries so that you can play longer and harder without worrying about getting hurt!

Men's Socks Shoes

The mid-ankle collar of these shoes just covers the ankle and provides an all-rounded performance that has a balance of features perfect for small forwards and shooting guards.

These types of shoes incorporate the ankle protection of high ankle shoes with the responsiveness of low ankle shoes, therefore supporting both the jump and agility of athletic players and allowing them to use their explosiveness to score!

DK01 Basketball Sport Shoes

Low ankle shoes are best for fast and shifty players who need responsiveness to meet their agility.

The ankle mobility and lightweight factors of these shoes help point guards and shooting guards to run up and down the court, supporting the offence and running back for transition defence. With these shoes being the least strenuous, you can expect to have a comfortable ride in them!

2. Cushion

The cushion is the backbone of a pair of shoes that help achieve a comfortable fit and usage of the shoes.

There are various types of cushioning with each cushion varying for use. However, there are a few things to look at in a shoe’s cushion to determine that you find the right fit for you.

  • Height Of The Cushion

The height of the cushion is a deciding factor as it also determines how high your foot is from the ground. There is no fixed level or height but rather based on preference. However, there are drawbacks for the extremes. If the cushion setup is too high, you will be further away from the ground and this can cause instability and possible injuries as there less court feel, which is the responsiveness of a shoe based on how close it is to the ground. If a cushion setup is too low, the court feel will be good but the impact protection and effect of the cushion will be close to non-existent. We recommend a height in between that provides court feel and impact protection as seen in the picture.

  • Bounce Of The Cushion

The bounce of the cushion refers to the level of impact protection a cushion setup can offer. This varies with the type of foam used and new technologies that companies use to find the balance between a cushion setup being too soft or too stiff. The reason that a balance is trying to be found is that a cushion being too soft will not be responsive, therefore not meeting the requirements for quick players like guards. On the other hand, a cushion too stiff will not offer enough impact protection and cannot support jumping players like the forwards.By finding a balance, a shoe will receive good responsiveness and impact protection. This can be checked by leaning on your heel as shown.

Curry Basketball Shoes

3. Traction

The traction is the bottom of the shoe that grips the floor and allows it you to be shifty and agile. Due to this, it is important to have the traction that not only grips the floor but is also durable and will last a long time.

To achieve this, it is important to look at two criteria.

  • Indoor Or Outdoor

The tractions of shoes can be classified as made for indoor courts or outdoor courts. Indoor court tractions are relatively soft and tacky to grip onto dusty floors. Outdoor shoes have hard soles that are meant to be durable against the rough courts. Choosing the wrong type for the wrong court can either lead to lots of slippages or no durability. Therefore to choose the right type of traction, it is first important to decide which court you will play at. After this, you can determine which type your shoe is by researching the shoe or using your nail to move the rubber. If the rubber is stiff, it is an outdoor shoe, and if not then an indoor shoe.

  • Traction Pattern

The traction pattern is the pattern of the rubber that determines how grippy a shoe is. For a shoe to have more grip, the traction pattern should be multi-directional. Being multidimensional refers to the pattern reaching in all directions as shown in the picture to the left. Such patterns allow players to use their agility.

By following these three categories and trying different pairs of shoes, you will be able to find your ideal pair of shoes in no time! Have you used this guide to buy shoes? Share a picture of your shoe that you bought using this guide with us on Instagram or Facebook!

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How Much Support Do You Need?

How does your foot hit the ground when you run?

Pronation is the natural way your foot rolls inward when it strikes the ground and then propels forward. There are three different types of pronation, and you may want shoes with features that support your pronation level. Brands use different footwear technologies and features that reduce excess movement. The technologies are meant to guide the foot through a smoother transition.

Basic Pronation

(Also called Neutral Pronation) When your foot rolls inward a typical amount. It helps you absorb impact and relieve pressure on knees and joints. It is a normal trait of neutral, biomechanically efficient runners.

An illustration showing what basic pronation looks like


When your foot rolls inward excessively, leaving you at risk of injuries. Overpronators may want stability or motion control shoes. Look for patterns of wear near your big toe and the inside sole at the ball of your feet. 

An illustration showing what overpronation looks like


When your foot rolls outward when it hits the ground. Relatively few runners supinate, but those who do may want shoes with more cushion and flexibility. Look for signs of wear along the outside edge of your shoe.

An illustration showing what supination looks like

Determining Your Pronation

One way to determine your pronation is to have a footwear specialist observe your gait when you run. Another way is to examine the wear pattern on a well-used pair of running shoes. Use this guide to figure out your pronation and the level of shoe support you might consider:

Basic Pronation

Your foot rolls inward a typical amount.

Pattern of Wear on Shoes: 
Centralized to the ball of your feet and portion of your heels.

Shoes to Consider:
Neutral shoes or stability shoes with light structure.

Wear pattern on shoes caused by neutral pronation


Your foot tends to roll in too much.

Pattern of Wear on Shoes: 
Concentrated along the inside edge of the shoe.

Shoes to Consider:
Stability shoes with structured support. In extreme cases, motion control shoes.

Wear pattern on shoes caused by overpronation


Your foot tends to roll outward excessively.

Pattern of Wear on Shoes: 
Concentrated along the outside edge of the shoe.

Shoes to Consider:
Neutral shoes may work well.

Wear pattern on shoes caused by supination

Finding Your Level of Support

Once you’ve decided what kind of ride you’d like to experience from your shoes, depending on your biomechanics, you can find a level of support in your shoes to bolster your gait. There are three categories of running shoe support: neutral, stability and motion control (high support).  

Neutral shoes:

  • They can work for mild pronators but are best for neutral runners or people who supinate (tend to roll outward).
  • They typically do not have motion control features such as “medial posts” that reinforce the arch side of each midsole. 

Stability shoes:

  • These shoes have stability devices that help control pronation.
  • They often include guide rails which control side-to-side motion.
  • Good for runners who exhibit mild to moderate overpronation.
  • Shoes are not as rigid as motion control shoes.

Motion control shoes:

  • These are the most stable of running shoes to counter moderate or severe overpronation. (Note: These are less common and most likely to be carried in specialty running stores.)
  • Best for runners who exhibit moderate to severe overpronation.
  • Features include firm posts that reinforce the arch side of each midsole, stiffer heels and a design built on straighter lasts to counter overpronation.
  • Special internal construction such as stiffer heel or denser foam.