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2021 Spikeless Shoe Buyer’s Guide

Ever wondered what type of shoes are taking over the industry? Spiked or spikeless? In 2021, we tested 34 different pairs of spikeless shoes compared to 20 in the spiked category. Do the math.

While its spiked sibling has done well in the past, the technology advancements speak for themselves. World long-drive champion Kyle Berkshire wears a spikeless shoe and many pro golfers do as well.

The best spikeless golf shoes for 2021 don’t 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 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.

WINNER – adidas Tour 360 XT-SL TEX

If you’re looking for a new spikeless golf shoe for the 2021 season, look no further than the adidas Tour 360 XT-SL TEX. Its consistent overall performance across most categories earned it the No. 1 spot.  Compared to its sibling, the XT-SL TEX has a softer, more padded heel section for those golfers who don’t like that firmer feeling.

  • Second in stability
  • First in comfort
  • 15th in elements
  • Fourth in traction
MOST STABLE SHOE - adidas Tour 360 XT SL 2

MOST STABLE SHOE - adidas Tour 360 XT SL 2

If you need the maximum amount of stability in your shoes look no further than the adidas Tour 360 XT SL 2. Its solid base combined with their boost technology will make it an easy walk. The XT SL 2 has top notch traction to keep you grounded throughout your swing.

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 multiple widths  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 want the most comfortable shoe, try the adidas Tour 360 XT-SL TEX. Other shoes that rival the XT-SL TEX’s comfort are the adidas S2G SL 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 accurate in wet conditions, the best spikeless shoes for 2021 maintain their grip even when the course is soft.

If all-weather traction is your main concern, try the Inesis Waterproof or the adidas Tour 360 XT-SL TEX.

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 spikeless shoes have 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 adidas Tour 360 XT SL 2 and Under Armour HOVR Show SL. The Inesis Waterproof is also an excellent choice.

MOST COMFORTABLE SHOE - adidas S2G SL

MOST COMFORTABLE SHOE - adidas S2G SL

Ever wanted a shoe what fits like a glove? If so, the adidas S2G SL is the shoe for you. Your foot feels compact but not restricted. The best part is that your foot has cushioning hitting you from every angle. Throw in its lightweight design and boost technology and you have the most comfortable shoe on the market.

EXPERT TIP - Do you want your foot to breath?

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

THE BEST SPIKELESS SHOES OF 2021 - FEATURES

 ProductColorsSizingWidthReal Life Fit
Adidas EQT SL

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27-15Wide1/2 Size Big
Adidas S2G SL

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37-15Medium1/2 Size Big
Adidas Tour 360 XT SL 2

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37-15Medium1/2 Size Big
Adidas Tour 360 XT-SL TEX

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37-15Medium1/2 Size Big
Asics Gel Course - Glide

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66-14MediumTrue To Size
ASICS Gel Course ACE

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37-13MediumTrue To Size
Callaway Coronado V2 SL

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38-14M/WTrue To Size
Callaway Del Mar Sunset

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38-15M/WTrue To Size
Cuater The MoneyMaker

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48-13Medium1/2 Size Big
Cuater The Wildcard

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38-13Medium1/2 Size Big
DUCA Del Cosma Monterosso

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17-14MediumTrue To Size
DUCA Del Cosmo Flyer

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17-14MediumTrue To Size
ECCO S Hybrid

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39-13.5Wide1/2 Size Big
FootJoy Premiere Series Flint

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37-15N/M/W/EWTrue To Size
FootJoy Pro SL

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87-15N/M/W/EWTrue To Size
FootJoy Pro SL Carbon

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27-15N/M/W/EWTrue To Size
GFore MG4 Plus

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47-14MediumTrue To Size
GFore MG4-1

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17-15MediumTrue To Size
An Inesis Dry shoe, one of the best spikeless golf shoes of 2020Inesis Dry Grip

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36.5-13.5MediumTrue To Size
Inesis Mountain

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26.5-13.5MediumTrue To Size
An Inesis 2 1 shoe, one of the best spikeless golf shoes of 2020Inesis Waterproof

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56.5-13.5MediumTrue To Size
New Balance Fresh Foam Links BOA

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28-14M/WTrue To Size
New Balance Fresh Foam Pace SL

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37-17MediumTrue To Size
Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

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33.5-16MediumTrue To Size
Nike React Infinity Pro

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73.5-16MediumTrue To Size
PAYNTR X 001 F

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38-13MediumTrue To Size
PUMA Fusion EVO

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27-17M/EWTrue To Size
PUMA IGNITE FASTEN 8

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57-14Medium1/2 Size Big
PUMA RSG

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37-13MediumTrue To Size
Skechers Go Golf Elite Tour SL

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27-13MediumTrue To Size
Skechers GO GOLF Elite 4 Victory

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47.5-13M/EWTrue To Size
Under Armour Curry 6

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27-13MediumTrue To Size
Under Armour HOVR Forge RCSL

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27.14MediumTrue To Size
Under Armour HOVR Show SL

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27-15MediumTrue To Size

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 and the golfers that follow you to love you, go spikeless.
BEST NEWCOMER - PAYNTR X 001 F

BEST NEWCOMER - PAYNTR X 001 F

The PAYNTR X 001 F may not be new to sports but when it comes to golf its brand new. The 001 F performed exceptionally well across all categories beating out the best in the market. Its superb traction and comfort makes this shoe one to put on your list to buy.

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.

How We Test

We're here to help you find the perfect spikeless golf shoe to fit your needs.

To do that, we employ a thorough and fully independent testing process that leaves no feature unexplored, no detail unchecked, and no stone unturned.

Our Metrics

Spikeless Shoes are tested head to head using rigorous protocols.

The metrics we consider when rating spikeless golf shoes include stability, comfort, elements, and traction.

THE BEST SPIKELESS SHOES 2021 - RESULTS

 ProductStabilityComfortElementsTractionTotal
Adidas Tour 360 XT-SL TEX

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2nd1st15th4th95
Adidas S2G SL

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5th1st15th4th94.5
Under Armour HOVR Show SL

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2nd6th2nd4th93.5
Adidas Tour 360 XT SL 2

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1st23rd2nd4th93
PAYNTR X 001 F

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5th4th7th4th92
An Inesis 2 shoe, one of the best spikeless golf shoes of 2020Inesis Waterproof

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2nd9th2nd1st91
ECCO S Hybrid

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11th18th1st17th89.5
Callaway Coronado V2 SL

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18th4th22nd17th89
Skechers Go Golf Elite Tour SL

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5th9th9th22nd89
Cuater The MoneyMaker

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18th23rd15th4th88.5
GFore MG4 Plus

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23rd18th7th11th88
New Balance Fresh Foam Pace SL

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21st6th22nd22nd87
ASICS Gel Course ACE

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11th15th9th17th87
Under Armour HOVR Forge RCSL

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28th15th15th4th87
An Inesis Dry shoe, one of the best spikeless golf shoes of 2020Inesis Dry Grip

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23rd3rd27th1st86.5
Skechers GO GOLF Elite 4 Victory

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11th9th9th22nd86.5
PUMA IGNITE FASTEN 8

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11th9th22nd31st85.5
Asics Gel Course - Glide

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23rd6th22nd17th85
FootJoy Pro SL Carbon

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5th30th2nd22nd85
PUMA Fusion EVO

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30th9th27th30th83.5
Under Armour Curry 6

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23rd22nd27th11th83.5
Nike React Infinity Pro

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11th25th19th32nd83.5
Callaway Del Mar Sunset

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21st28th27th11th83.5
GFore MG4-1

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31st15th34th11th82.5
New Balance Fresh Foam Links BOA

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28th18th19th17th82.5
Adidas EQT SL

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23rd18th32nd22nd82
Cuater The Wildcard

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33rd9th32nd11th81.5
PUMA RSG

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11th25th22nd32nd81
FootJoy Premiere Series Flint

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5th31st9th11th81
FootJoy Pro SL

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18th33rd2nd22nd79
DUCA Del Cosmo Flyer

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31st29th19th22nd78
Nike Air Zoom Infinity Tour

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11th33rd9th32nd77
An Inesis Winter shoe, one of the best spikeless golf shoes of 2020Inesis Mountain

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5th31st9th3rd76.5
DUCA Del Cosma Monterosso

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34th25th27th29th75

Best Spikeless Shoes of 2021 – 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.