If your golf shoes are uncomfortable then one thing is certain...you won't be on top of your game.
Years ago golf footwear consisted simply of oxford style shoes with wing tips and spikes. These days they are designed with the same technological advancements as athletic footwear. As such, shoes are lighter, more flexible and more comfortable than they use to be.
If you do have a foot problem the first thing you should review is the type and quality of golfing footwear you use.
If pain persists, visit our foot pain page and consider consulting your Podiatrist.
What has been listed below are essential features which you need to look for when purchasing golf shoes. These features include...
Laces are essential in helping to keep your foot back in the heel counter of your golf shoes. This assists the forefoot to function properly and efficiently and also reduces forward pressure onto the toes.
A BROAD TOE BOX
This helps to prevent squeezing of your toes. If golf shoes are too shallow, this causes pressure on the toes which can lead to blisters, the formation of corns, callus and in some cases ingrown toenails.
Try golf shoes on when standing as feet elongate and spread with stance. Insufficient toe room can result in nail problems and effect stability. Ensure the shoe fits the longer of your two feet and approximately 8-10mm of room beyond the longest toe is available.
Tip: If purchasing golf shoes via the internet, then be sure to measure both the width and length of your feet prior to purchase. This can be done quite simply using the chart provided by your online footwear store.
Footwear should bend only at the ball of the foot where the toes bend and not through the arch.
This should be firm and feel snug as this helps to keep the heel and the foot stable.
Leather uppers are preferred for their durability and ability to breathe.
SHOCK ABSORBING SOLE
A cushioned sole is preferred to minimise jarring through the foot, leg, and spine. Avoid hard sole materials (e.g. leather soles.)
Only a small amount of twisting motion should be available in a stable shoe.
This needs to be broad. The smaller and narrower the heel base is, the less contact you have with the ground thereby increasing your instability. Most golf shoes exhibit a broad base.
WARNING : This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended to replace professional podiatric advice. Treatment will vary between individuals depending upon your diagnosis and presenting complaint. An accurate diagnosis can only be made following personal consultation with a Podiatrist, your Doctor or your foot specialist.
Still unsure about your problem? Visit our Foot Problems page and ask us a question about your specific problem. We'll do our best to help.