2020 Spikeless Shoe Buyer’s Guide

This is the best crop of spikeless golf shoes we’ve ever tested. By plenty.

While ever-improving technology and fierce competition make our job a little harder, it also means that there’s never been a better time for you to buy spikeless golf shoes.

Not long ago, choosing spikeless meant choosing to compromise, but those days are over. The best spikeless golf shoes for 2020 don’t require golfers to trade comfort for stability or value for style. You can still go from the office to the golf course, but the spikeless category is about so much more than versatility. Any of the shoes in our top 10 will give you just about everything you could want from a golf shoe.

Best for Comfort - New Balance Fresh Foam LinksSL

Not only does the New Balance Fresh Foam LinksSL offer 360° comfort. The Foam LinksSL also gained top stability and traction marks, making it an all-around quality shoe that performed well overall in testing

 

 

Spikeless Shoe Features That Matter

Comfort

Like any footwear–heck, any apparel, for that matter–the most significant factor is proper sizing. Many brands offer half sizes and multip width options along with various support features. Don’t get seduced by appearance or brand name. With plenty of choices available, you are sure to find the combination of comfort and style you’re looking for.

If you’re looking for the most comfortable shoe, try the New Balance Fresh Foam LinksSL. Other shoes that rival the Fresh Foam’s comfort are the Skechers Go Golf Elite 4 and the Inesis Dry Grip and Waterproof models.

Traction

This has been the proverbial millstone around spikeless shoes from their inception. True or not, the perception is that spikeless shoes do not offer significant traction. And while that’s generally true in wet conditions, the best spikeless shoes for 2020 maintain their grip even when the course is soft.

If all-weather traction is your main concern, try the Inesis Waterproof or the Adidas Codechaos. For those who want solid traction and minimal movement, consider the Under Armour HOVR Show Sl GTX.

Stability

Spikeless designs tend to be less stable than traditional spiked shoes. It’s not unintentional, as the purpose of early spikeless shoes was to allow more freedom of movement as well as increased comfort. That being said, while the ideal level of stability varies among golfers, a shoe should never be so unstable that your foot spills over the edge of the footbed.

As the spikeless shoe has grown in popularity, the need to marry the lifestyle design of spikeless shoes with more traditional shoe elements has emerged. As a result, we’re seeing more options designed around greater stability. In doing so, you often lose a bit of the casual gym shoe look. It’s a small price to pay for spikeless options that offer the stability of a traditional golf shoe.

Golfers seeking the ultimate in stability should consider the Under Armour Hovr Show Sl GTX and Footjoy Pro SL Carbon. The Inesis Waterproof is also an excellent choice.

EXPERT TIP - Are You Looking for Increased Breathability?

Golfers looking for increased breathability should consider designs with a "knit" textile structure. Not only are shoes like the Adidas S2G breathable and lightweight, but most are fully waterproof despite the mesh-like material.

The Best Spikeless Shoes 2020 - Features

 ProductColorsSizingWidthWarranty
Adidas Codechaos

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47 to 15M1 Year
Adidas S2G

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47 to 15M1 Year
Adidas Adipure SP 2

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37 to 15M-W1 Year
Adidas Crossknit DPR

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37 to 15M1 Year
Athalonz Golf-EnVe

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25 to 14MN/A
Callaway Oceanside LX

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28 to 15M-W2 year
Cuater The Wildcard

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38 to 13M1 Year
Asics Gel Course Glide

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58 to 13M1 Year
Duca Del Cosma Camelot

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37 to 13M-W1 Year
Ecco S Three

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35 to 13.5M-W1 Year
Ecco Biom Cool Pro

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45 to 13.5M-W1 Year
Footjoy Pro SL Carbon

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27 to 15N-EW2 Year
Footjoy Pro Sl

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67 to 15N-EW2 year
Inesis Waterproof

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56.5 to 13.5M2 Year
Inesis Winter

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26.5 to 13.5M2 Year
Inesis Dry Grip

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36.5 to 13.5M2 Year
New Balance Fresh Foam Linkssl

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47 to 15M-EW2 Year
Nike Air Max 1 G

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57 to 16M1 Year
Puma Ignite NXT Lace

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77 to 14M-W1 Year
Skechers Go Golf Elite 4

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37.5 to 13M-EWW2 Year
Skechers Go Golf Max Rover

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27.5 to 13MN/A
Tomo Vol 1 ONYX

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27 to 14M1 Year
Under Armour Hovr Show SL GTX

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27 to 15M2 Year
Under Armour Hovr Show SL GTX Sun

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18 to 13M2 Year
Under Armour Hovr Fade SL

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27 to 15M2 Year

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EXPERT TIP - Try the BOA

While BOA/DISC offerings are less common in spikeless designs, shoes with these closure systems often fit differently than the laced versions. If the laced model doesn't feel quite right, it's worth trying the BOA/DISC closure system if it’s available, but be ready to pay for it.

More Tips

  • Not everyone needs a ton of stability in a golf shoe. Try different shoe designs to determine what level of stability works best for you.
  • If you find that you want or need maximum stability, look for designs with “cage technology” in the mid-foot section. It’s common in traditional spiked shoes but companies have begun adding stability-enhancing components to their spikeless designs.
  • Depending on the manufacture, sizes can vary. If you can’t try them on, check the company’s sizing sheet to ensure you get the size you need.
  • Whether you choose spiked or spikeless, have your foot measured to ensure you’re buying the proper size.
  • To play your best you need to be grounded. A shoe that doesn’t provide proper traction is going to cost you strokes.
  • In general, spikeless shoes are easier on turf than the more aggressively spiked shoes. If you want your superintendent to love you, go spikeless.

A New Shoe Can Boost Your Swing Speed

According to FootJoy, wearing the right golf shoe can add up to 3 mph of swing speed.

The Best Spikeless Shoes 2020 - Results

 ProductStabiltiyComfortElementsStyleTractionTotal
Adidas Codechaos

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3rd9th4th1st5th94
Under Armour Hovr Show SL GTX

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1st16th1st6th5th93.5
Inesis Waterproof

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1st7th4th19th1st93
New Balance Fresh Foam Linkssl

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3rd1st14th13th5th91.5
Under Armour Hovr Show SL GTX Sun

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9th18th1st8th5th90.5
Skechers Go Golf Elite 4

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3rd1st8th13th20th90
Ecco S Three

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15th14th1st8th17th89
Nike Air Max 1 G

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12th9th23rd1st10th88.5
Adidas S2G

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20th3rd16th6th10th88
Inesis Winter

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3rd12th11th25th3rd86.5
Callaway Oceanside LX

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19th14th11th13th16th85.5
Adidas Adipure SP 2

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12th19th14th11th10th85
Adidas Crossknit DPR

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22nd7th20th13th3rd85
Asics Gel Course Glide

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16th9th18th19th15th85
Footjoy Pro SL Carbon

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3rd22nd4th1st17th85
Under Armour Hovr Fade SL

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9th21st8th18th5th85
Puma Ignite NXT Lace

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21st3rd18th1st23rd84
Footjoy Pro Sl

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8th24th4th1st17th83.5
Ecco Biom Cool Pro

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16th16th8th19th23rd82.5
Inesis Dry Grip

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16th3rd20th23rd1st81.5
Cuater The Wildcard

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23rd12th24th13th10th81.5
Skechers Go Golf Max Rover

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23rd1st25th8th20th81.5
Tomo Vol 1 ONYX

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9th19th11th19th25th81
Athalonz Golf-EnVe

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3rd23rd20th11th20th79
Duca Del Cosma Camelot

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25th25th16th23rd10th68.5

Best for Traction - Inesis Waterproof

If traction is your number one priority, the Inesis Waterproof shoe is a fantastic and economical option. No matter how hard you swing the Waterproof keeps you in place, rain or shine. As with most Inesis shoes, they're insanely comfortable, and at only $79.99, they offer plenty of value as well.

Best Spikeless Shoes of 2020 – FAQ

Q: How much should I spend on a shoe? 

A: While it’s possible to find a well-designed, fully featured golf shoe for around $80, the majority of top performers sell for around $150. Golfers who play just a few times a year may be able to find a suitable option for less. Never skimp on comfort to save a buck.

Q: What is the main feature I should look for when buying a spikeless shoe?

A: Comfort is by far the most important factor, followed by traction. Stability is also an important consideration but different golfers require different levels of stability. Only after you have those three considerations covered should style factor into the decision.

Q: Is BOA/DISC technology better than laces?

A: Use of BOA and DISC technology is less prevalent in spikeless designs. Some golfers prefer modern closure systems to traditional laces but it’s certainly not a universal preference. Users of BOA and DISC report a tendency for their shoes to loosen throughout a round. Although it’s not a big deal to re-tighten, who wants to worry about it? Also consider that if a shoelace breaks, it’s easily replaceable, whereas warranty replacements for other closure systems can take some time.