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Now that we are firmly planted in an era with no spikes on golf shoes, it occurs to me to ask why we still have shoes that are specific for golf?  It seems that any shoe with a grippy bottom that is comfortable for walking should work well for golf.  

 

After purchasing golf shoes for years, I recently decided to zag and got some Nike Waffle-soled sneakers.  I like the style and price better than any other golf shoes I could find.

 

Does anyone else use non-golf shoes for golf?  Why/why not?

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Nobull trainers are great in dry conditions.

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6 hours ago, joelco said:

Now that we are firmly planted in an era with no spikes on golf shoes, it occurs to me to ask why we still have shoes that are specific for golf?  It seems that any shoe with a grippy bottom that is comfortable for walking should work well for golf.  

 

After purchasing golf shoes for years, I recently decided to zag and got some Nike Waffle-soled sneakers.  I like the style and price better than any other golf shoes I could find.

 

Does anyone else use non-golf shoes for golf?  Why/why not?

 

I can see how Nike's waffle soles could be fairly decent for grip.  Retro runners are back in style, so Nike has a bunch of models with the waffle sole.  Even other companies have some deep groove retro runners like New Balance 327, Puma Future Riders, or Adidas ZX 8000 (this one is similar to the ZX golf shoe).  Although, these would all suck in wet conditions with no waterproofing.

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8 hours ago, joelco said:

  It seems that any shoe with a grippy bottom that is comfortable for walking should work well for golf.  

 

 

  Relatively heavy footwear with excellent support including rigid, spiked outsoles are most helpful for walking golf courses and playing shots. The trend of athletic styles lightweight shoes with little support and no spikes is not good.

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6 hours ago, tbowles411 said:

Interesting.  Do they really provide grip and support?

Yes the do.  Very grippy and more stable than regular tennis shoes.  Soles are fairly wide.  I played in them once and immediately ordered another pair.

Probably have ten rounds with them wet and dry.  Vans are always in style.

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I went down the sneaker road and I ended up going back to spikeless golf shoes. Main reasons were waterproofness/ Cleanability and torsional support. I found that wearing non golf shoes were about as comfortable as sneaker spikeless golf shoes, but I didn't get the torsional support through my golf swing, nor did I feel as supported swinging on uneven lies. 

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I just bought a pair of Vans Ultrarange today that have a vinyl material instead of mesh, I didn't buy them for golf but I'll certainly give them a try when it's dry on the course.

 

Vans is now making a whole lineup of shoes (MTE) that could actually be great for wet golf or winter golf.  For the price they might be worth a try as comparable golf-specific shoes would cost a lot more.

 

https://www.vans.com/shop/mte-designed-for-the-elements/destruct-mid-mte-1-dress-blues-black

 

https://www.vans.com/shop/mte-designed-for-the-elements/sk8-hi-mte-2-black-black

 

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 10.5° D Rogue White 130 MSI 70X

Mizuno ST-Z 15° 3W Ventus Blue Velocore 70X
Tour Edge Exotics EXS Pro 19° 3H HZRDUS Smoke Black 80X

                                                  Cobra King Pro MB 4-GW PURE'd Elevate Tour 115S
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  Edel EAS 4.0 | LAB B.2
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On 10/6/2021 at 8:50 PM, Fairway14 said:

  Relatively heavy footwear with excellent support including rigid, spiked outsoles are most helpful for walking golf courses and playing shots. The trend of athletic styles lightweight shoes with little support and no spikes is not good.

 

I am finding this to be very true after a summer of playing lightweight fabric shoes (regardless of spikes or no spikes),

 

I have noticed my weight transfer has really suffered negatively. It's way too easy to roll over the fabric on the way back and end up stuck way over on the right side of your back foot. I think rigidity in golf shoes are very important to consistent good shots

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