Treat your feet! 10 exciting new golf shoes for 2024

Comfort, fashion, performance.

That’s the minimum requirement for a golf shoe in today’s market. And not necessarily in that order.

It used to be you could have two out of three but combining comfort with top performance was contradictory. Not anymore of course, thanks to technology, modern materials and mostly to some truly out-of-the-box thinking from inspired creators.

Our research online and at the PGA Merchandise Show found 26 golf shoe companies and I’m sure we missed some. Have you ever heard of Royal Albartross, Olukai, NOBULL, Malbon Vacay or Lambda Arezza? Neither had we. They each have some pretty cool looking footwear and likely warrant some further research. However we zeroed in on 10 brands that bring a fresh perspective to the golf scene along with some compelling new technology.

One of our associates commented that golf shoes have gotten expensive and our selections all top $200 CDN. But at a time when golfers are spending upwards of $600 for a driver, which is generally only hit 14 times in a round, 2-300 bucks for a pair of shoes that are used on every shot and carry you for 18 holes is a pretty good deal.

The best players consider golf shoes a vital piece of their equipment and would never settle for something that lets them down at a critical moment. That could mean losing traction or stability or suffering sore feet after a round.

Here are 10 exciting brands sure to change your look and performance in 2024. Prices are in Canadian dollars.

Boxto Legacy Love Hybrid

Boxto is a relatively new footwear company, but it has garnered the approval of Jim Furyk, two-time RBC Canadian Open champion and current captain of the U.S. Presidents Cup team, who has made it his golf shoe of choice. Drawing on the traditional look of FootJoy Classics, and adding all the modern technology one needs to deliver comfort and performance for a touring professional, the Boxto Legacy Love Hybrid is love at first sight according to Furyk. The shoe features a water-resistance full-grain leather upper; a soft calfskin leather liner; and an insole constructed of both PU foam and memory foam, which offers plenty of support and cushioning. The thermoplastic, high-abrasion outsole features a spikeless pattern that provides plenty of traction and durability. Offered in navy, white and brown / $239 CDN.

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Cole Haan GrandPro Waterproof Topspin

A company with a legacy of fine leather footwear off the course; a golf shoe that marries that tradition with exceptional comfort and performance on the course. The GrandPrø Topspin features full-grain waterproof leather upper in Folkstone Gray with heel tab in Natural Tan; a seven-eyelet lacing system; a cushioned footbed with added padding at its heel and collar; seam-sealed waterproof construction; sole in Ivory; a rubber outsole with spikeless traction; and an embroidered mallard duck that hearkens back to the company’s design heritage. Available in 3 colour combinations. $323 CDN

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Duca del Cosma Davanti

New from the award-winning Italian lifestyle brand, and golf shoe trendsetter, Duca del Cosma Is the sporty Davanti golf shoe ($249). A men’s handcrafted golf shoe made from the finest Italian Nappa leather and features the performance-driven Airplay 15 smart outsole. A sole that is made from a compression-molded EVA; an innovative, soft, and flexible form which is shaped to provide stability in the heel. Duca del Cosma staffers say this feature is so important for walking but even more important for stability at impact. For the ultimate in comfort, the Davanti is equipped with a memory foam inner sole that features a recycled cork. The eco-friendly, lightweight, comfortable but stable Davanti is available at exclusive Duca del Cosma dealers or online at the company store. $344 CDN

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ECCO GOLF LT1

ECCO Golf proudly introduces its latest game-changing innovation, the ECCO GOLF LT1. The shoe sets a new standard in lightness and comfort, redefining the golf shoe experience with ECCO’s groundbreaking LTYR technology. The revolutionary LYTR Foam, a cutting-edge material engineered to deliver unparalleled cushioning and rebound, seamlessly integrates into the shoe’s sole and when combined with ECCO’s ultra-soft midsole, it creates a flexible, cloud-like sensation for the wearer. The LT1 offers a sporty, contemporary look with an outsole that provides a modern visual twist to the shoe. Notably, the shank, which guarantees stability and prevents twisting, is visible through the sole, adding a vibrant pop of color to the overall design. The brand-new model will be available in both a lace and BOA style / $280 CDN

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G/FORE Gallivan2R Pebble Leather Camo Sole

The Gallivan2R builds on the legacy of the original but adds an integrated cleat system, a first for this upstart California company. G/FORE claims its intent is ‘to disrupt the industry while honouring the sport and its rich traditions’. Like most of the G/FORE line, the waterproof Gallivan2R is super lightweight and comfortable. Available in eight colours and patterns / $245 CDN

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PAYNTR X TOUR PROTO RS

“Payntr brings a distinctive product legacy, an unyielding commitment to the athlete. It’s foundational in everything we do. Inspired by creating new, solution based, crafted product, our design methodology is deeply grounded in the biomechanics of the golf swing and an understanding of the on-course needs of the golfer. By blending informed style and true performance enhancing benefit, PAYNTR Golf is well positioned to become the innovative product alternative for the passionate golfer.” Introducing the Payntr X Tour Proto RS with full grain leather upper; TPU outsole, with fast twist insert system; new Tour Flex Pro spike with three degrees of traction & ten points of contact for course-proven grip; ventilated dual-density PMX Foam™️ midsole provides maximum energy return & ultimate underfoot support; graphite propulsion plate allows golfers to harness ground reaction forces more effectively; full waterproof & breathable membrane fused to lining & sealed with midsole bottom gasket; Ariaprene tongue offers supreme foot lockdown to provide maximum stability & lightweight, breathable support; PMX Nitro+ footbed delivers lightweight responsive cushioning for the life of the shoe. Available in two colours / $303 CDN

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PUMA PHANTOMCAT NITRO

Groundbreaking. Not ground-breaking. PUMA’s PHANTOMCAT NITRO brings golf cleats into the future with FLEXSPIKE technology. FLEXSPIKE is the golf cleat re-imagined from the ground up. The increased surface contact of the uniquely shaped integrated cleats produce greater grip and better weight distribution for unrivaled traction and ferocious control. NITROFOAM provides high rebound and lightweight responsiveness for explosive comfort and power. A PUREFIT LAST delivers a new anatomically shaped last with generous toe box shape providing consistent fit, feel, and comfort. ​With Full-grain leather for premium performance, feel, and 1-year waterproof protection. Available in three colour combinations / $270 CDN

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Sqairz ProS2

The PRO S2 features Sqairz new ComfortFlex grain microfiber upper for unmatched breathability and lightweight comfort, alongside a sleek, luxury styling and a structure engineered for peak performance. At the heart of the ProS2’s performance capabilities is the patented AI-generated Smart Traction system. This innovative pattern combines circular traction nubs with strategically placed removable SoftSpikes, offering over 290 points of penetrating ground contact for unmatched traction and ground force production on all terrains. With the patented SQAIRZ toe box for optimal performance and foot biomechanics, this feature is engineered to provide an expansive area for toe spread, crucial for achieving a foundational grip and balance during the golf swing.  Additionally, the ProS2 is equipped with a new lightweight-responsive SQAIRZ NRG-Foam™ midsole, delivering optimal comfort and increased energy return without compromising the shoe’s lightweight structure. Available in four colors / $276 CDN.

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True Linkswear Lux 2

In the words of True Linkswear CEO Jason Moore, “We created True because the golf world needed something new.” The company grew out of a desire by Jason and his brother Ryan to find a golf shoe that fit all of their needs and wants – for Jason, a golf shoe that was extremely comfortable and could be worn equally well off the course. For Ryan, a shoe that could deliver top performance for him on the PGA Tour. Their  journey has yielded numerous awards and over half a million happy customers. Now comes LUX 2, TRUE’s first spiked shoe since the brand’s 2017 relaunch. LUX 2 pulls out all the stops geared toward comfort and TOUR-level performance. With a new soft-spike construction and NRG carbon fiber plate, LUX 2 is destined to be the highest performing golf shoe TRUE has ever made. Complete with a 2-year waterproof warranty, it’s guaranteed to be comfortable. Available Summer 2024 / $295 CDN

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Under Armour Drive Pro

The new UA Drive Pro golf shoes are biomechanically engineered, and lab tested, to provide the traction, and diagonal and lateral support your feet need to unlock the power of your natural swing. The UA Swing Support System (S3) provides smarter traction, dual-foam cushioning & lockdown lacing. A Swing Support Strap combines with reinforcement in the upper to provide biomechanically correct lock-in. Energy-returning UA HOVR foam guides natural motion of the foot in a golf swing. New UA S3 spikes—designed with Softspikes® and a golf biomechanist—for game-changing directional traction. Outsole has strategic flex grooves, secondary traction and TPU up the side for added support at impact. Updated fit with more room at the ball of the foot for improved comfort and stability. Breathable, supportive engineered microfiber upper & full waterproof membrane with 1-year warranty. Molded sockliner for enhanced fit and comfort. Available in three colours / $215 CDN

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Peter Mumford
Peter Mumford is the Editor of Fairways Magazine. He's played over 500 different courses in 21 countries and met some fascinating people along the way. He's also a long-suffering Toronto Maple Leafs fan.

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