What should you look for in the best summer golf shoes?

What should you look for in the best summer golf shoes?

With the summer months fast approaching, many of you will be itching to break out your golf clubs more often, having waited for brighter, sunnier and warmer weather.

But, along with your clubs, you’ll need golf shoes that are suitable for your favourite weather conditions, too. In many instances, golf shoes that are designed for winter weather simply won’t cut it - they’re often too bulky, too heavy, or feel like they trap your feet in an attempt to keep rain, sleet and snow out.

The right pair of summer golf shoes will keep you feeling as comfortable as possible through your round, so you can spend less time fretting about your feet and more time focusing on lowering your score.

There are plenty of shoes that’ll get the job done, from the world’s leading golf manufacturers - but what specific qualities should you look out for? Let’s take a look…

Lightweight materials

While full-grain leather was the material of choice in a classic pair of golf shoes for decades, it doesn’t offer the best results in all climates; specifically hot ones.

Recognised as an excellent insulator, leather is often very dense, and sturdy and stands up well to wet weather. But it can also be on the heavier side, which doesn’t bode well if you’re trying to avoid smothering your feet.

The same can be said for winter golf boots. These shoes are built with colder temperatures and troubling weather in mind, which is why manufacturers opt for thicker designs and heavier, more resistant materials. But these shoes won’t do your game any favours in the summer.

Golf shoes that are made from lightweight fabrics, like many Nike golf shoes, will help your feet stay fresh and prevent you from feeling like you’re being weighed down on the golf course, expending precious energy.

These summer golf shoes are often spikeless shoes (they can also be spiked shoes, though) and take the appearance of trainers you’d see being worn on all turfs, even though they’re designed specifically for golf courses. They often utilise similar materials found in many trainers, too, like incredibly lightweight mesh fabrics.

Breathable fabrics

Breathable fabrics have become a staple of countless golf shoes from virtually every brand. Not just because of the obvious advantages they present, but the surprising amount of versatility they can provide.

These fabrics are most often employed to lower the weight of a golf shoe, as well as to help create airflow throughout the shoe, helping to keep your feet as cool as possible on the most sweltering summer days.

Sweat build-up is a clear cause of foot calluses, rashes and nasty odours, which can cause great discomfort and seriously affect your game. By incorporating breathable fabrics for better airflow, golf shoe manufacturers have helped players across the globe drastically improve their comfort when temperatures go through the roof.

But on top of this, many mesh fabrics found on golf shoes serve multiple functions, not just improved airflow. Specifically, these impressive fabrics can prevent water from entering, while also allowing trapped air to exit the shoe. Impressive, right?

Now, speaking of water…  

Waterproof protection

It might not sound like the terms ‘waterproofing’ and ‘summer’ go together at face value, but for golfers, the two are more closely related than you may think.

In the UK, and several other countries, surprise rainstorms are actually far more common in the summer months. Thanks to the combination of higher temperatures and shifts in moisture levels, island nations and others bordering the sea are more likely to see showers that seemingly come out of nowhere. 

For summer golfers, this can be a cause for concern; they can head out for a game in glorious sunshine at 7 am and by 9 am end up completely soaked, before everything clears up again. It’s annoying and can make for an unpleasant game, which is why all golfers should try to wear golf shoes that can offer advantages in all weather types.

Luckily, golf footwear technology has made serious improvements in this department, with breathable mesh uppers that are also able to repel water droplets, offering the best of both worlds. In other words, you won’t need to choose between your feet being drenched in sweat or rain - you can avoid them both! 

Find the perfect pair of golf shoes for summer at GolfShoes.co.uk

Looking for a new pair of golf shoes for summer? Explore the range we have on offer at GolfShoes.co.uk. Home to an extensive range of golf shoes, including both spiked golf shoes and spikeless golf shoes, you’ll undoubtedly find golf shoes to suit your taste. With plenty of men's golf shoes and women's golf shoes to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice.

Take a look at all our golf shoes for sale at the links above. Or, get in touch with the Golf Shoes team if you need a helping hand!

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