By The Modern Golfer
February 5, 2009

Golf shoes need to be replaced on a regular basis to ensure proper performance and wearer health. The general consensus is that athletic shoes need to be replaced every 200-500 miles. If you don’t equate golf shoes with athletic shoes, consider that a golfer can easily walk hundreds of miles per year, not to mention the twisting and stress on the shoe from swinging, uneven terrain, and weather extremes. Having fancy clubs and expensive training will be wasted if you can’t get a grip, stay balanced, and transfer your energy to the ball. Plus, if you’re going to be on your feet for hours and want to stay focused, the last thing you need is aching feet or shoe problems. Do your feet – and your golf game – a favor and replace your worn out golf shoes with a new pair. Keep reading for detailed information and shoe comparison.

A round of golf may exceed five miles. A typical golf course ranges between 6,000-7,000 yards, which translates to about 3.5 miles. But those distances don’t include all the other walking, such as going after shots that aren’t hit in a straight line to the hole, walking to and from the clubhouse, going after foods and drinks, and walking around the green to gauge your putts. So a round of golf is closer to 5 miles, maybe more. This means that if you played twice a week you’d walk over 500 miles a year!

Golf shoes are designed for a very specific purpose: maximize grip to ensure proper balance and torque without damaging the ground. Many golf shoes feature technologies and designs suited only for golf, but like any other shoe they break down over time and need to be replaced. If you just walked on flat surfaces and pampered your shoes they might last a little longer, but golf shoes are abused because of the nature of golf. Consider some of the stresses a golf shoe must endure:

  • Golf swing: the downward and lateral forces, combined with the twisting motions, exert large amounts of stress on the stitching and glued joints.
  • Environment: golf courses are definitely beautiful, but the grass, sand, water, and gravel present on virtually all courses wreck havoc on shoes.
  • Weather: golfers hit the links in all sorts of climates, meaning the shoes are worn aggressively by constantly-changing temperatures, moisture levels, and UV rays from the sun.

A new pair of golf shoes will take another variable out of the equation, simplifying your golf game and increasing the likelihood of a better round. But a new pair can also be used in conjunction with your current pair. Nasty weather? Choose a more robust shoe that’s waterproof and has fewer seams. Guest at a fancy club? Throw on a more classic shoe, matching the formal expectations of the course and players. Of course you can always have a spare in case you lose or damage your shoes. Below you’ll find a table* showing our golf shoe lines, choice selection, and the styling:

Brand

Selection

Styling (shoes listed to right represent the styling)

Nike

Wide

sport-shoe inspired with input by Tiger Woods; formal, sport, and classical styling

Callaway

Moderate

classic styling, such as saddles and single-tones/one-piece

Adidas

Wide

European styling on a sport foundation

Bite

Moderate

generally sport/casual with an emphasis on comfort

Ecco

Limited

classic to formal design; neutral color schemes

Foot Joy

Wide

generally formal, resembling wingtips and non-sport designs

Crocs

Limited

very casual, with tennis shoe looks and comfort

*information subject to change without notice

Selecting your new pair of golf shoes to replace your old ones just got a little easier! And now that you know how much you walk, and how much extra stress your golf shoes endure, the decision to do your feet a favor should be a no-brainer. But what it really comes down to is comfort and confidence. Runners replace their shoes every few months to reduce injury and pain while increasing performance; hikers replace their boots to maximize support and ensure themselves protection from punishing terrain and weather; and those concerned about looking good have a variety of pairs so they’re never left without a great look outfit. Golf shoes are a combination of all these factors, so replacing your golf shoes on a regular basis makes sense and is necessary for optimum performance, from a sport perspective and a health perspective.

Golfers in the know replace their shoes on a regular basis. From Tiger Woods to the young kid just starting lessons, the proper shoe provides the foundation needed for greatness. Keeping your feet happy – comfortable, dry, supported – requires not only a well-designed shoe but also a shoe that’s not worn and “broken in.” In fact, most people grow more attached to their shoes over time, but a shoe’s ability to function properly drops significantly with extended use. Not having a good golf shoe can lead to long-term foot pain, joint problems, and reduced efficacy on the course. Nobody wants that! Browse our impressive shoe selection online or contact our golf staff 1-866-411-4349 to find the right shoe for your feet and your game. Do your feet – and your game – a favor and replace your golf shoes every season. Better yet, treat yourself to multiple pairs so you’re ready for a variety of conditions and can tailor your outfit to the course.

Happy golfing!

Posted in Buyers Guide, Equipment

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