Golf shoes provide a number of important characteristics that help you play your best.

One is stability. Having your feet slip and slide beneath you during a swing can create all kinds of havoc. Another is comfort. Over the course of a four-plus hour round, your feet can take a beating. Keeping them comforted is as important as anything.

Also a big plus is keeping your feet dry. Even if you play in dry conditions, you sometimes find yourself encountering wet areas of a course. And many golf courses are situated in areas that get frequent afternoon thunderstorms in the warmer months.

Here are some of the best waterproof golf shoes that will also help keep you grounded and comfortable during your round.

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adidas Men's TOUR360 XT Golf Shoe, core Black/core Black/Silver Metallic, 8.5 M US
  • 360WRAP in saddle for support
  • Puremotion outsole gives great grip
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PUMA Golf Men's Grip Fusion Golf Shoe, White/Quiet Shade/Black, 11 Medium US
  • Dual density foam design
  • Organic Traction for grip
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New Balance Men's Minimus SL Waterproof Spikeless Comfort Golf Shoe, 10.5 D D US, black/red
  • Very lightweight
  • Good waterproof warranty
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Under Armour Men's Fade RST II Golf Shoe, White (100)/Steel, 10.5 M US
  • Advanced Clarino microfiber material
  • Integrated lacing system
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Skechers Men's Mojo Waterproof Golf Shoe, Black/Silver, 9 M US
  • Offer great comfort
  • Very lightweight
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FootJoy Men's Originals Golf Shoes White 10.5 M Brown, US
  • Classic appearance
  • Lightweight and comfortable
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Skechers Men's Go Golf Elite 3 Shoe, Black/White, 14 M US
  • Cushioned insole
  • Durable outsole
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New Balance Men's Striker Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe, Grey/Blue, 10.5 D D US
  • Upper is fused and not stitched
  • Lightweight foam in midsole
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ECCO Men's Biom Hybrid 3 Gore-Tex Golf Shoe, White/Black Yak Leather, 44 M EU (10-10.5 US)
  • Gore Tex waterproof tech
  • Triple-zoned outsole
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Callaway Men's Balboa TRX Golf Shoe, Black/Grey, 9 W US
  • Leather microfiber uppers
  • Soft and comfortable
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Puma Golf Men's Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe, Peacoat-Puma Team Gold-Puma White, 10 M US
  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable
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Adidas Tour360 XT

adidas Men's TOUR360 XT Golf Shoe, core Black/core Black/Silver Metallic, 8.5 M US

Adidas offers this premium shoe with its 360WRAP technology, a flexible material in the saddle of the shoe for lightweight support. That is hardly all this shoe can brag about.

The shoe has cushioning that is unsurpassed in the industry, and that can help you play your best for a longer period of time.

The outsole features what Adidas calls Puremotion, a way to provide both flexibility and grip. Grip is crucial for golf shoes, and these certainly pass that test.

Of course, we are here for the best waterproof shoes. Adidas meets that standard with a shoe that is sealed from the elements but still breathable.

The shoe has several color combinations, all classy and understated. And the sizes go all the way from men’s 7 to 15.

Pros

  • 360WRAP in saddle for support
  • Puremotion outsole gives great grip
  • Both waterproof and breathable

Cons

  • The price may make you weep
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Puma Grip Fusion

PUMA Golf Men's Grip Fusion Golf Shoe, White/Quiet Shade/Black, 11 Medium US

While Puma has long been making athletic shoes, it may not be the first name to come to mind for golf shoes. This shoe may make you take a second look. You might also be surprised to learn that Puma is the parent company of Cobra, a name more familiar to golfers.

The Grip Fusion shoe uses two layers of foam in the insole to provide great comfort. That foam, along with rubber elements, gives the shoe terrific durability.

Stability is a key here, as well, with the Fusion’s Organic Traction. That is a strategic use of directional lugs to give increase grip during the swing.

As for the waterproof nature of the shoe, golfers get a one-year warranty.

Pros

  • Dual density foam design
  • Organic Traction for grip
  • Classy and understated design

Cons

  • High back arch may be uncomfortable for some golfers
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New Balance Minimus SL

New Balance Men's Minimus SL Waterproof Spikeless Comfort Golf Shoe, 10.5 D D US, black/red

There is technology aplenty in this shoe. First, New Balance has an upper it call FantomFit, created by fusing together two thin materials in a skeletal design with no stitching. That means extremely lightweight but still plenty of support.

Another lightweight element of this shoe is the REVLite midsole, made of foam that is 30 percent lighter than normal offerings from New Balance. Despite the light weight, there is no sacrifice in cushion or stability.

The Ortholite insole helps rid the shoe of moisture, odor, and fungus, plus offering air flow to keep the foot cool.

The outsole is a rubber design, with additional material in areas of high wear.

There is a nice two-year warranty on the waterproof nature of the shoe.

The Minimus is among many of today’s golf shoes without spikes, soft or otherwise, using design of the rubber sole to provide grip.

Pros

  • Very lightweight
  • Good waterproof warranty
  • High-tech design

Cons

  • Some golfers may not like spikeless design.
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Under Armour Fade RST Ii

Under Armour Men's Fade RST II Golf Shoe, White (100)/Steel, 10.5 M US

Perhaps the greatest selling point of this shoe is the reliance of Clarino Microfiber Leather, which isn’t natural leather at all but a synthetic substitute. The Clarino fabric has become widely accepted in the shoe industry as an improvement on natural leather in many ways.

It has a terrific feel to go with durability and the ability to stretch then recover.

Of course, there is more to this shoe than its faux leather. The integrated lacing system keeps the shoe firmly on the foot.

A molded midsole is removable if you need to customize the shoe. And a hybrid spiked and spikeless outsole provides stability.

Pros

  • Advanced Clarino microfiber material
  • Integrated lacing system
  • Hybrid outsole

Cons

  • Low-top arch not for everyone
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Skechers Mojo

Skechers Men's Mojo Waterproof Golf Shoe, Black/Silver, 9 M US

Everything about the Mojo is designed for maximum comfort. Maybe you have seen the television commercials starring touring pro Matt Kuchar, suggesting the shoes are so comfortable you could play all day.

While that may be some advertising hype, there is no doubt these are comfy shoes. The uppers are a combination of full grain leather and textile material. A support in the saddle gives support to the middle of the foot and lateral stability.

The shoe has a super lightweight insole and a spikeless outsole that is designed for maximum traction and flexibility.

The H2GO waterproofing comes with a two-year warranty.

The Mojo is available in extra wide widths.

Pros

  • Offer great comfort
  • Very lightweight
  • Supportive in saddle

Cons

  • Once the outsole wears out, you will need to replace shoes
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FootJoy FJ Originals

FootJoy Men's Originals Golf Shoes White 10.5 M Brown, US

FootJoy has been making golf shoes for decades and has been a leader in the industry for more than 60 years.

Little surprise then that FootJoy makes a golf shoe that looks the part of a traditional shoe.

While the look harkens back to an earlier time in golf, FootJoy has kept up with modern technology.

The Originals shoe has a synthetic blend of rubber that provides lightweight cushioning without taking a set, meaning the cushioning will outlast the shoe itself.

The outsole is made of DuraMax rubber for superior grip and durability.

FootJoy claims this is the No. 1 shoe in golf.

Pros

  • Classic appearance
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Durable outsole

Cons

  • Some golfers prefer a more modern aesthetic
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Skechers Elite V.3 Plus

Skechers Men's Go Golf Elite 3 Shoe, Black/White, 14 M US

Like its Mojo shoe, Skechers is all about the comfort with the Elite V.3 Plus. This shoe looks more like a sneaker than other golf shoes. Whether that is a good or bad thing is a personal preference.

Also like the Mojo, this shoe features Skechers H2GO waterproofing. It also has a design intended to keep your foot low to the ground.

Its 5Gen cushioning yields plenty of comfort, as well as the Resamax cushioned insole.

The shoe comes with a heel-lock design for stability.

It also is available in plus sizes, all the way to size 16.

Pros

  • Cushioned insole
  • Durable outsole
  • Available in plus sizes

Cons

  • Sneaker appearance is not universally appealing
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New Balance Striker

New Balance Men's Striker Waterproof Spiked Comfort Golf Shoe, Grey/Blue, 10.5 D D US

This is a leather shoe with a synthetic sole, a hybrid design intended to provide great comfort and stability.

The exoskeleton outsole moves naturally with the foot, as it contains no seams. And the REVlite midsole and CUSH+ insole both add cushion and comfort.

A fine shoe with a somewhat higher price than some others on this list, the Striker comes in three color combinations, none of which are gaudy.

A two-year waterproof warranty comes with the shoe.

Pros

  • Upper is fused and not stitched
  • Lightweight foam in midsole
  • Highly cushioned for comfort

Cons

  • Low-top may not provide enough stability for some golfers
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ECCO Biom Hybrid 3

ECCO Men's Biom Hybrid 3 Gore-Tex Golf Shoe, White/Black Yak Leather, 44 M EU (10-10.5 US)

ECCO has gone all out to provide one of the finest golf shoes on the market.

Where do we begin? Perhaps the Gore Tex waterproof technology, a thin membrane just beneath the upper that prevents water from getting in while allowing moisture from your body to escape.

Or the company’s proprietary Tri-Fi-Grip outsole that has three different zones, allowing for stability, durability, and rotational support.

There is more, such as the BOA Closure System, where you can dial in how tight you want the shoes to fit.

And its Fluidform soles that have been developed over three decades to give great comfort.

This is a highly advanced shoe with a price tag to match.

Pros

  • Gore Tex waterproof tech
  • Triple-zoned outsole
  • Comfortable and stable

Cons

  • High price
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Callaway Balboa TRX

Callaway Men's Balboa TRX Golf Shoe, Black/Grey, 9 W US

For whatever reason, few golf club manufacturers are players in the golf shoe market. Callaway defies that with some sleek looking shoes here.

Leather uppers and a synthetic rubber sole, these are attractive shoes and comfortable shoes.

Within the waterproof microfiber leather upper is what Callaway refers to as an “Opti-soft EVA” midsole. That midsole is intended to provide foot support while not decreasing comfort.

Unusual among golf shoes is the Balboa’s EVA sock liner.

While comfort seems to be the main goal here, the Champ Slim-lock cleats provide plenty of stability.

Pros

  • Leather microfiber uppers
  • Soft and comfortable
  • Nice cleats for stability

Cons

  • Some users have complained the shoe is not durable
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Puma Ignite Nxt Lace

Puma Golf Men's Ignite Nxt Lace Golf Shoe, Peacoat-Puma Team Gold-Puma White, 10 M US

Using a combination of textile and synthetic materials, Puma has created a modern looking golf shoe that would not look out of place off the course.

Just because this shoe is stylish does not mean it is lacking in performance. A foam midsole is wrapped in what Puma calls a SoleShield for greater durability and comfort.

One the upper is a mesh vamp that retains its waterproof nature and allows for flexibility while keeping the foot cool.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Comfortable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Spikeless sole may be inadequate
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All of these golf shoes will keep your feet dry with varying degrees of success. They also share some other commonalities, mostly involving comfort and stability.

Waterproofing golf shoes

Most golf shoes that are waterproof achieve that by creating an impenetrable barrier between the air and your foot. One the uppers, that means either a leather material or synthetic leather that is often better than the natural fabric.

Depending on the design and the quality of the leather, different shoes will offer varying degrees of waterproofing success.

Beware water repellent shoes. That is definitely not the same as waterproof and are less effective.

Staying grounded

Today’s golf shoes rarely come with metal spikes, as was common a few decades ago. Metal spikes, which dig into the turf and provide tremendous stability, also have some tremendous downsides. One is they can be very uncomfortable over the course of a round.

More importantly is the damage they do to a golf course, especially the greens. Spike marks on the green are a bane to golfers everywhere. Even after they are repaired, the small indentions left behind can force a ball off line just enough to turn a make into a miss.

Metal spikes also add weight to golf shoes, meaning the wearer could get tired more quickly and be more likely to drag their feet on the green.

For those reasons, few golf courses allow metal spikes to be used during play. That meant shoe manufacturers had to come up with a way to keep golfers grounded while replacing the metal spikes. Two solutions have emerged.

Soft spikes

At first, soft spikes were sold separately and golfers would simply replace the metal spikes with soft spikes. Today, soft spikes are included with shoes themselves.

The design of soft spikes typically involves a round spike made of a hard rubber compound. These spikes do not dig nearly as deep into the ground as their metal predecessors.

Spikeless

A more recent solution does away with spikes altogether. Shoes are designed with a sole that provides greater grip than you would find in sneakers or other athletic shoes.

They may not offer as much traction as soft spikes, but they can be more durable and almost always are more comfortable.

Choosing between soft spikes and spikeless shoes involves a tradeoff that is particular to each individual golfer’s needs.

If you want greater traction, choose soft spikes. More comfort? Spikeless is likely the best choice.

Cushion

Speaking of comfort, golf shoe manufacturers achieve that largely through the use of foam padding. This foam padding can vary quite a bit in its effectiveness, surprisingly so for some.

Top-notch golf shoes will use a foam that has a set form that does not shape itself to your foot. That will maintain the cushion effect for longer.

Recommendation

If price is no object, there is no doubt that the ECCO Biom is a heavily engineered shoe. It is also striking in appearance and performs well. Of course, there is that high price tag that could turn off many golfers.

Several of the other shoes on this list will provide good performance in a modern design. But if you are looking for a classic design at a decent price, there is one choice that stands out.

There is a reason FootJoy’s FJ Originals is a top seller.