I don’t know about you, but I really care about my feet! Especially when I play golf. If my feet are feeling unhappy, my golf game goes south really fast. Years ago I was one of those women who wanted to look smart, and elegant and about three inches taller than my 5’4″ frame allowed. A pair of fancy Stilettos! were the answer—the taller the better. Of course, wearing these horrible shoes did nothing for my feet. Crushed toes, pinched nerves. Yikes! A podiatrist’s nightmare!
Thankfully, the pain got to me early and I got off the stilts and into “sensible” shoes so that, today, my feet are just fine. A little wider, but no hammer toes, or bunions or strange bumps. I know I’m one of the lucky ones. Some of the women golfers I play with have feet that show the results of years of abuse, wearing poorly designed shoes.
When it comes to buying the right golf shoes for feet that have been too long in tight little leather pumps, it makes a big difference which shoes you buy. Under no circumstances should you buy cheap golf shoes. Big mistake!!! A bargain is no bargain if your feet get hurt. You can recycle your shirt, wear a comfortable old jacket on the course, but if you don’t have good golf shoes, you’re not doing yourself any favors.
Your feet are the foundation on which you stand. Your balance, your ability to turn properly, all depend on this foundation staying strong and firm beneath you. If your shoes are too tight, or too loose, if they pinch or cut, your game is in trouble even before the first tee.
I’m pretty lucky. I can go to the pro shop or golf shop and pretty much pick out a pair of shoes that fit well. Both my right and left feet are the same size, —maybe the right is a little wider, but not so much as to make a big difference. In any case, I’m lucky.
But if you have problem feet, the best thing to do is find a great shoe store where an attendant will actually measure your feet. Even if they don’t sell golf shoes, knowing this sizing information can be very valuable, especially if you are buying golf shoes online.
So which brands are best? Does style trump comfort? Or can you find a good golf shoe with both? I’ve done a couple of posts on the subject, highlighting a couple of brands. (Note: you can find both these brands online at Lori’s Golf Shoppe.)
- Tip Tee Toe: read the review
- Sandbaggers: We interviewed one of the designers to get her take. Listen to the podcast – it’s short!
Other brands you can investigate:
I encourage you to go online or to your local store and check out these brands, or use the comment space below, and tell us which brand golf shoe do you recommend? Especially if you’ve got unhappy feet. which golf shoe is best to wear in your next round?