One of the best investments you can make in your golf game is a quality comfortable pair of golf shoes. They need to provide support, traction, and comfort, amongst other things. If you have wide feet this becomes a bit tricky and you need to find the best shoes for wide feet.
We will give you a few pointers in selecting the most suitable choice and take you through some of the leading options.
Best Golf Shoes for Wide Feet
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What should wider feet players look for in golf shoes?
We are not all created equally. Not only does each golfer have a unique swing and style but they all have a unique build. One thing that is often a challenge is wide feet. Finding the best golf shoes is not always easy but it is important for your comfort and performance on the course.
Even if you use a golf cart, you will still walk a fair distance and spend a lot of time on your feet. The correct shoes give you comfort, grip, and stability. All of these are essential to a good round of golf.
Golf shoes designed for people with wide feet have the same length but the forefoot width and toe box are larger to ensure comfort. Some shoes are naturally more comfortable for those with wide feet while some are specifically designed to cater to wider feet.
Apart from the width in the forefoot area and toe box space, the same general rules of golf shoe selection apply. Before considering shoes specifically for wider feet, ensure that you do indeed have wide feet.
Generally, a higher instep is needed as well as a thinner inlay. This will allow for the additional width and toe room wider feet need for optimal comfort. You want to find comfortable well-fitting shoes without additional weight.
The best way to confirm the need for shoes designed for wide feet is to have your feet measured. This is best done by professionals at a specialist shoe store. They have the correct equipment and experience to give you an accurate measurement.
It can, however, be done at home. In order to do it yourself, follow these simple steps:
- Put on the socks you are likely to wear with golf shoes
- Fix paper to the floor, one piece per foot
- Trace the outline of your foot
- Use a ruler to measure the width at the widest area
- Measure both feet as they can be slightly different
- Refer to a size chart
Remember that not all “wide” feet are the same so measurement is important for the perfect fit for support and comfort during your round.
Other important features to consider
As discussed, one still has to consider various other factors when selecting the best golf shoes for wide feet.
- Comfort over 18 holes
If you walk the course, as many of us do, you will be grateful for comfortable shoes. Even if you are in a golf cart you will still find comfort a great blessing. Uncomfortable shoes will not only make the round unpleasant but will also negatively affect your performance.
Comfort will depend on the design of the shoes, the technology used, the materials and the quality of workmanship.
- Waterproof shoes
There is a bit of a tradeoff between waterproof qualities and breathability. Basically, the more waterproof the shoe the less it is able to breathe. That being said, many shoes use a range of materials and design features to give you the best of both worlds. You will often encounter water or wet grass so a good amount of water resistance is essential if you want to remain dry and comfortable for 18 holes.
When making your decision, consider the average environment in which you will play. Do you play mostly in warm weather or wet weather? This should help guide your decision to some extent.
Golf shoes are an important investment. Golfers need to spend money on clubs, accessories, balls, clothing, green fees and a range of other associated expenses. One has to balance the budget to avoid sacrificing on some aspects of the game.
You want to invest in a pair of golf shoes that will last you for many years of golfing enjoyment. This will come down to the quality of the shoes and the materials and workmanship that goes into them. Sometimes it is worth spending a bit more to ensure your golf shoes will last for a good while.
- Spiked or spikeless
Not so long ago, spiked golf shoes were the only option. In the recent past, spikeless shoes have become increasingly popular. They offer more comfort and versatility and do less damage. Many clubs have banned traditional spiked golf shoes.
Spiked golf shoes offer exceptional grip and traction, particularly in wet conditions or difficult slopes and terrain. Modern spikeless shoes have advanced and are pretty close in effectiveness and offer great comfort and versatility.
While there are pros and cons to both options, spikeless golf shoes are certainly the more popular choice these days.
How much wider is a wide or extra-wide shoe?
The width of the foot is determined by the length of the foot, the ball width (a measurement of the widest points on the foot) and the instep girth (the circumference of the instep). There are a number of size charts available online to help you with the calculation.
What is the toe box?
As the name suggests, the toe box is the part of the shoe that encases the toes. It should fit correctly and offer support, comfort, and protection.
The main objective FootJoy had in mind when creating these popular golf shoes was comfort. This is something all golfers appreciate and, according to the majority of feedback from consumers, the company has been successful in this goal.
Before we look at the technology, let’s take a quick look at the design and looks of this golf shoe. It is a trainer style golf shoe, something that is becoming increasingly popular. For all but the most conservative golfers, it is an attractive shoe. The trainer design also lends itself more to comfort so that is an added bonus.
While the majority of the focus was comfort FootJoy has also ensured that the shoes have all-important traction on the course. It was designed, in FootJoy’s words, from the ‘inside out’. This is to improve stability and grip while still being comfortable. The inner fit sleeve has been added to reduce tongue movement and keep the foot secure in the shoe.
The outsole is TPU cleated and has multiple contacts for good traction and stability. The midsole is fine-tuned foam. What gives the rest of the shoe comfort is the triple layer memory foam. With time this will naturally conform to the shape of your foot for a snug comfortable fit.
The meshed toe vents provide airflow but might be a bit tricky to keep clean.
Sketchers is a popular brand of golf shoes that has made rapid advancements in the market and for good reason. Apart from the style and technology in these golf shoes, one of the main factors is the highly affordable price point.
The Go Golf Drive 2 uses Sketcher’s Goga Mat technology for comfort throughout the day and sneaker-like performance. The insole is designed to provide supportive high-rebound cushioning.
Most rave about the styling of these shoes will some of the more traditional players might not favor the design. Thanks to the H2GO Shield the golf shoes are water-resistant. They will not handle
The moisture-wicking lining allows them to still be breathable. The side perforations also improve airflow and cooling. This will make them versatile for practical use in a range of conditions and environments.
The uppers are a sleek faux leather and they have a padded tongue and collar. It is a spikeless shoe with a tough rubber plate that offers grip and traction. Another benefit is they do not clog up with grass and debris as much as many other styles. This makes them practical and at home on and off the course. The design is a traditional lace up front and the eyelets are metal.
Spikeless shoes have become extremely popular thanks to their comfort and versatility. We have come a long way from the steel spikes of yesteryear and this is an ideal spikeless option for wider feet. The adidads brand needs no introduction and they have a solid reputation for quality durable shoes that perform well.
The Adipower range has been around for a while but additional research and development has gone into the latest 4orged S (spikeless) Golf Shoe. The aim was to give golfers improved stability as they swing. They appear to have achieved this without increasing the weight of the shoe. Their other objectives were comfort, support, and traction.
The result of the research and testing was an improved upper consisting of a combination of heathered textile and microfibre leather. For protection from the elements, water-resistance, and breathability, climastorm and a fine layer of TPU film were added.
The forging technique was also updated and uses pressure and heat to add the support and reinforcement adidas was looking for.
Another feature of this range is the BOOST technology. This is in the midsole and reduces energy loss for better comfort and cushioning. The fitfoam PU sockliner delivers added support and cushioning and Bounce foam was used in the forefoot area.
Looks are very much a personal preference and no doubt golfers will be divided on the style of these shoes. Some will love the look but it will not appeal to all.
The last thing you need on a golf course is heavy shoes. The lightweight design of these golf shoes is one of the outstanding features. Obviously, weight, while important, is only one of the factors a good pair of golf shoes need to have.
The wider forefront makes them an ideal option for those with wider feet or simply need a bit more room. The CUSH+ insole uses an innovative foam compound that gives comfort and support.
The rubber NDurance outsole delivers flexibility as well as all-important traction. The light REVlite midsole cushions and supports the foot for power and stability on all shots.
The upper mesh is breathable for good airflow and ventilation. This will keep your feet cool during your round. The welded forefoot offers water resistance for comfort in wet conditions. The New Balance Breeze Golf Shoe comes with a 2-year waterproof warranty.
These golf shoes received heaps of praise from happy customers and particularly those with wide feet. Most found them to be comfortable, light and effective. There were minimal complaints. The combination of materials and design technologies seem to work well together for an effective and practical golf shoe.
The large and growing female sector of the golfing market has not been ignored by adidas and this is a popular and highly rated choice. Again, adidas is a well-established and trusted brand.
The Women’s Adipure Sport 2 Golf Shoe is quality at a fair price. The wider forefront and somewhat rounded toe make them ideal for ladies with a slightly wider foot.
They are spikeless for comfort on and off the course. The Traxion lugs make the Adipure Sport green-friendly. Most agree that the grip, traction, and stability are effective. They have a low profile and importantly they are extremely lightweight.
The shoes are synthetic and the uppers are a light heathered textile with a protective polyurethane coating. The outsole is highly durable. The Fitfoam Pillow sockliner adds to the comfort and the EVA midsole offers support.
The low profile and general appearance are popular with many lady golfers.
While we have only reviewed the very best options, one stood out as the best of the best. There is very little not to like about our editor’s choice, the popular FootJoy Men’s Fury Golf Shoes.
Apart from comfort, they offer good traction and stability with decent ventilation while remaining water-resistant. They are popular with all levels of players including professional golfers so clearly they are onto something.
Finding the best golf shoes for wide feet need not be a major challenge. Consider your needs and budget in order to find the best option for you.
The Editorial Staff at Golfible is a team of golfing geeks and enthusiasts led by founder Alec Rose. All have the same obsession with golf tech, equipment updates and avoiding rain on the course.