People—especially the younger generation—don’t normally think about golf when they talk about what’s hip and cool. After all, it’s a sport played mostly by old dudes. And when the youth sees how these old guys dress themselves with checked trousers and white socks, young folks are aghast. Forget about finding cool golf shoes, or so they thought.
All that changed with the arrival of the legendary Tiger Woods. He didn’t look anything like the stereotypical golfer. He was young when others were older. He was fit, while others were having weight problems. He dated (and later married) a hot model. And above all, he was a winner, at his peak earning more money than anyone in sports.
Now that guy is cool. And so can you, if you want to be. If you’re a young golfer, you can be cool because you’re different from other young guys who don’t play golf, and different from most other golfers who are older. And if you’re a bit older, so what? You can still display that hint of rebelliousness. You can still subtly challenge tradition and be cool.
Now it all comes down to attitude, but a pair of cool golf shoes does help. Here are some options if you’re looking for hip golf shoes:
COOL GOLF SHOES
HOW IT LOOKS
OUR OVERALL RATING
|Crocs Mens Men's 15160 Preston II M Golf Shoe|
|Puma Men’s Monolite Golf Shoe|
|Crocs Men's 12942 Allcast Duck Golf Shoe|
|Allen Edmonds Men's Desert Mountain Golf Shoe|
|ECCO Men's Street EVO One Golf Shoe|
Forget about those plastic monstrosities Crocs sell by the boatload. Those are like the 1996 Ford Taurus in their terrible hideousness. What we have here however in the Crocs Karlson RT is the camo golf shoes that look like it was designed by Carroll Shelby.
Just look at it. The brown strip of leather in front seems like an intimidating grill that is ready to kick some ass. Then there’s the painted design, which makes it look like camo golf shoes with a disjointed graphic novel panel on it. And to balance the gritty urban feel of the camo/comicbook design, you get lots of orange. You’ve got the orange label, orange laces, and orange sole with lots of little studs. It’s a wink and a nod to temper the aggressive design.
But it’s not all about the look. It’s not really all that cool if you can’t play golf in it, right? Fortunately you won’t have that problem. For traction you have those tiny spikes offering a nice grip for your swings. For comfort, the shoe offers a superb fit as the leather molds itself around your feet. It’s nicely light on your feet, and the breathability offered by the leather is excellent.
Still, it’s the look that’s going to get your attention. It’s subtle, yet the signs of aggression and rebellion are there for all to see. It’s definitely cool, and definitely not for the meek at heart. Let the others clown around with their metrosexual pink golf shoes. For you, this urban grit is the way to go.
“Urban and Hip”
With the Puma Monolite, the overall impression is one of sleekness and speed. It’s like wearing a Lamborghini on your feet. Part of it is because of the low and almost aerodynamic profile, while the white midsole offers the vibe of a hovercraft with your feet not quite touching the ground. The effect is accentuated by the wing designs on both sides, like the classical depiction of the Roman god Mercury.
There are several different color schemes available. Some come with lavender laces and soles, giving the impression of deep purple golf shoes despite the dominance of black. Others are more playful, with orange laces and soles. Either way, it looks light on your feet. What’s more, the look doesn’t really show mud and dirt stains at all, but you can easily wipe off the mud anyhow.
That’s a good thing, because it’s supposed to be a golf shoe after all. The traction is surprisingly secure, and the comfort level you get is wonderful. It’s very light, which fits the overall visual motif. It’s also waterproof too. It even offers a good fit for those with wider feet.
All in all, these are superb golf shoes that really fit your feet well, and it feels good to wear as well. Despite its “spikeless” nature” they offer dependable stability and traction. Add its impressive looks, and its coolness factor is unmistakable.
The Allcast Duck from Crocs offers some 80’s retro chic, especially when you pick the black and citrus color combo. Despite having a lot of black, the color just accentuates the citrus along the midsole. Even the black laces are outlined in citrus. The overall impression is actually a saucy, devil-may-care pair of lime green golf shoes, somehow insinuating the early days of rap.
Or maybe that’s just me. After all, I lived through the 80s. This pair of urban chic would go well with leather or athletic jackets, a ball cap, and maybe a huge medallion on your chest. Then you can haul a huge portable stereo with you…you get the idea.
Out on the golf course, though, the color scheme seems like a subtle dig at the rather safe colors being worn by people serious about golf. But these Crocs are fun golf shoes, because golf is a game, and a game is meant to be fun.
And fun you’ll have, since you get superb traction and grip from the spikeless outsole design. You get high quality leather for breathability and fit, along with the patented Croslite for your comfy footbed. You even get a 1-year warranty for the waterproofing.
And it’s a fun pair to wear on family outings and casual trips to the park. And it makes you look younger. Now is that cool or what?
“Retro Chic and a Solid Performer”
The Allen Edmonds shoe company is deeply rooted in Midwestern values, and it shows in their shoe designs. Instead of urban chic, they offer “Marlboro Man” vibes, a sort of quiet toughness that’s hard to ignore. It’s no wonder that this brand has been worn by presidents from Reagan to Dubya.
While all those presidents were fans of Allen Edmonds formal leather shoes, it’s not hard to imagine that they’d like the Desert Mountain Golf Shoe as well. These mostly brown golf shoes were designed in partnership with the immortal Jack Nicklaus himself. And Jack didn’t just help design this, he wears it too.
So these are undeniably cool golf shoes, because no one is cooler than Jack Nicklaus. That’s like part of the laws of physics.
It has a very long list of features, but it all translates to superb stability and support, excellent spikeless grip on the turf, and uncompromising comfort. But because of its pedigree and superb features, you may have to part with a serious amount of money so you can be as cool as Jack.
“Old Skool Cool”
Now we’re back to the city streets again for inspiration, and the ECCO version is much more subdued. The Street EVO One doesn’t scream coolness. It just is.
It offers a low profile, which gives the impression of quiet confidence even while it also boosts stability. The EVO refers to its continuously evolving technology, exemplified by Hydromax special tanning process they use which makes their leather both breathable and water-resistant.
Overall, it’s very comfortable to wear and easy to use, much like your favorite golf putters. Just about everyone who’s ever worn them acknowledges the comfort level. That should offer some solace when you consider the rather high cost.
“Expensive but Impressive”
You Need Cool Golf Shoes!
How do you define the indefinable qualities of a pair of cool golf shoes? You can’t. You just know it when you see it. You’ll know because you will look good and you will play well wearing them, and at the end of a round of golf you can wear the same shoes to a bar or coffee shop to relax. And every time you wear them you feel confident about yourself and your game. That’s the essence of coolness, whether or not you’re on a golf course.