2014 Buyer’s Guide Shoes

A highlight of this year's new shoes

ADIDAS adizero one Last year's yellow adizero–the premier edition–didn't exactly wow golfers. This year may be another story, as the company made improvements where needed (such as with comfort). This sub-10-ounce, cleated shoe offers plenty of stability. Its ultralight, one-piece fused upper bonds together five layers for a glove-like fit on the foot. Tour pros have been wearing it in competition, which speaks volumes. adidasgolf.com | $180

TRUE linkswear lyt/dry This company has been around for, what, three or so years? Yet its styles are already maturing without losing homage to the original, wonderful natural curvature of the shoes and the low-profile fit. This latest model has more of an athletic shoe look than the products did in the past, but it doesn't overshadow the trademark TRUE look. And like all of its predecessors, it's amazingly comfortable. Don't confine its use to just the course–wear it everywhere. Trust us, people will offer complements. truelinkswear.com | $149

ECCO Men's Golf Street EVO One Credit this brand–and its spokesman Fred Couples–with starting the movement toward casual-looking, comfort-able, cleatless golf shoes that can be worn on and off the course. The latest model has a similar look to its predecessors, with some nice, new colors and luxurious camel leathers. Plus, there's a moisture-wicking lining. Upgrades include construction that wraps the outside of your heel for more stability. ecco.com | $160

NEW BALANCE Minimus Sport With all of the amazing running shoes this brand has produced for decades, it was only a matter of time before it infiltrated golf. That time has arrived, with several models for 2014. This cleated shoe weighs just 11.4 ounces and features a premium microfiber, waterproof upper. It has a 10mm drop midsole, plus removable and incredibly comfy Ortholite moisture-wicking insoles–your feet just kind of sink in. newbalance.com | $119

NIKE GOLF Lunar Control The company line: This lightweight shoe is in contact with the ground as much as possible during the swing. It features full-grain leather uppers, a full-length lightweight cushioning system and a wrap from the mid-foot to the heel for targeted support. Our take: It's a solid golf shoe with as much stability as any model out there. Feels great right out of the box. nikegolf.com | $160

OAKLEY Cipher 3 At just 8.7 ounces, this is one of the world's lightest golf shoes. It's made of breathable micro-fiber, and its sole has integrated nanospikes–but a much more sophisticated, permanent version of the old sandpaper-like traction from earlier models. The best part of this traction is that you won't slip one iota at the critical point of impact. That stability will let you confidently swing away. We love that.A oakley.com | $140

PUMA BIOFUSION Spikeless Mash Puma has done an especially outstanding job the past two years of bringing to market very comfortable, lightweight and stable golf shoes. This new model may be its finest to date. It's truly like wearing a slipper–but even more comfortable, and with arch support. You'll love them on the course, and maybe even more off of it. cobragolf.com | $180

FOOTJOY D.N.A. In our opinion, this low-profile shoe is great. Slip it on, and you'll immediately feel the difference. It features state-of-the-art components and construction. What that means to you is it's a lightweight, stable shoe with awesome fit, comfort and performance. A foam collar molds snugly to your ankle to secure it in place. The thin, soft and breathable tongue also conforms to the top of your foot. footjoy.com | $220/standard lacing, $240/BOA

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