Kids Golf Shoes Overview
What are the best kids golf shoes and what factors should be considered when buying golf shoes for boys and girls? A golfer walks anywhere from 3 to 6 miles during a golf round. Whether the junior golfer is a beginner or advanced tournament player there are many more parts of the game to focus on, both physical and mental, than worrying about how their feet feel traipsing from tee box, across fairways, over hazards and on to the greens.
Kids golf shoes can be stylish, they can be spiked or spikeless, but they must offer superior grip and be comfortable. The best performance based junior golf shoes are lightweight, have good traction, offer excellent foot support, are comfortable to walk in, and are waterproof or at least water resistant. There are many relatively cheap kids golf shoes on the market that are still a good quality.
For wet weather or winter golf it is imperative that golf shoes are waterproof.
Kids golf shoes can range in price quite dramatically, from $30 to well over $200. Shoes made of real leather and featuring the latest in junior golf shoe technology will be more expensive and until your junior golfer stops growing and levels out at a steady shoe size, it is probably better to keep it real and middle of the price range - unless, of course, money is no object.
We do find that kids golf shoes are frequently on sale and cheap kids golf shoes can be bought at significantly less than the suggested retail price. Many prior season kids golf shoes are heavily discounted.
There are many kids golf shoe options available thanks to a recent surge in big name brands making golf shoes specifically for boys and girls. The thing about shoe shopping (particularly performance based shoe shopping) is that it is such a subjective exercise. Many juniors like to find a brand that they like the look of, that fits their feet well, and as they grow out of their golf shoe they move with the same brand into the next size.
However, we recommend not closing the door on trying out new brands and models of junior golf shoes since the leaders in the golf shoe industry are constantly developing technologies to increase comfort, stability, durability and performance. Skechers is a great example of a relatively new entry into the high end golf shoe market and make some really good performance golf shoes that are used by many Tour players, most notably Matt Kuchar.
The best kids golf shoes will be comfortable and fit properly. Your junior golfer should not develop a blister on hole 3 and limp around the rest of the round. Boys and girls golf shoes should, ideally, also be waterproof, especially if they are your junior's only pair of golf shoes.
It is a good idea to have more than one pair of golf shoes for multi-day tournament play, as you never know when they will get drenched or muddied. Some of the more expensive golf shoe options have up to a 2 year waterproof warranty.
From a performance point of view the junior golfer needs to feel confident in executing their shots whether its on tee box, fairway, sand or rough. Golf shoes can be spiked or spikeless. Spikes (or cleats) provide greater grip and traction and there is less chance of a foot slipping during the swing.
Spike free golf shoes are sometimes a little more comfortable and well suited for younger juniors. Older juniors generally opt for some form of spiked golf shoes for added traction. The downside of spikes is that you will need to replace them every few months (depending on how often your junior plays and if they tend to wear them after golf - e.g. for running around with friend or going to the golf clubhouse.
Big brand golfing companies like Adidas, Nike, Footjoy and Puma desing and manufacture golf shoes for younger junior players up to approx. 9 or 10 years old before kids grow into adult sizes.
The best kids golf shoes are often designed to be similar to the brand's adult golf shoes and include sophisticated technology to give younger golfers some of the look, feel and technological advantages of adult golf shoes.
One of the most significant differences between adult and kids golf shoes is that kids golf shoes sometimes do not have the same quality inner soles. If this is the case we recommend buying a good sports insole for your junior's golf shoes. This can make a huge difference in comfort when walking 18 holes. The are many kids sports insoles on the market. We have tried a few and like the Dr. Scholl’s Athletic Series (the women's sizes will fit most kids and can be trimmed if need be). These offer good comfort without the "squishiness" and movement of a gel insert.
Top 5 Kids Golf Shoes
FootJoy DNA Helix Junior Golf Shoes
The Footjoy DNA Helix Junior is has the same look, style and FootJoy design as the adult shoes, with its emphasis on comfort and performance.
Pulsar cleats by Softspikes are the top selling cleat in golf and provides superior traction for the young junior who wears this shoe. A cushioned Duramax outsole provides comfort and flexibility and the synthetic leather body is water resistant and easy to clean.
This shoe has come down in price recently and is available on Amazon for less than 1/2 the retail price of $100. The cheapest we found this junior golf shoe is at Worldwide Golf Shops for $39.
The Footjoy Fury Junior golf shoes picture below are a newer model and also a great option at only $70.
These unisex junior golf shoes have been designed with practicality and performance in mind for the young golfer. Responsive Bounce foam in the forefoot was introduced (as in the adult size version) to provide more power at swing impact.
Climastorm material makes for a lightweight, breathable shoe which is still durable and water resistant. The typical Adidas 6 cleat Thintech outsole provides a low profile, anti-clogging cleat design that brings the junior golfer closer to the ground for better balance, footwork and power transfer through the swing.
The Boa closure system is very popular with juniors and allows for micro-adjustment and a consistent hold. No annoying loose shoe laces in our rounds! The Adidas fit is slightly wider in the forefoot for overall feel, comfort and stability.
These are available on both Amazon and at Worldwide Golf Shops for $69 and up. These are one of the best junior golf shoes and worth the price.
Puma Junior's Ignite PWRAdapt Golf Shoes
These stylish on-course kicks come in white or black and are great looking, great performing junior golf shoes. The Puma Junior PWRAdapt Golf Shoes have 6 spikes for maximum traction and Puma's ultra-responsive IGNITE cushioning foam in the sole with a performance microfiber upper.
Priced at approx. $70 these kids Puma golf shoes are very good value.
The UA Jordan Spieth One Junior Golf Shoes is based on the adult golf shoe that was designed for Jordan Spieth and promises to deliver professional-level performance. The evolutionary spike technology is built to rotate with a junior's swing. The shoe is waterproof and the lightweight upper provides a great fit and feel. The lightweight cushioned mid sole is very comfortable. This is a great junior shoe at a great price.
The UA Spieth One golf shoes is a prior year model but is still one of the best golf shoes for juniors. Being a prior year model it can be found on sale for $59 on Amazon. The downside is that there is not a full range of sizes available given that they are no longer being manufactured.
The Under Armor Spieth 2 Golf Shoe is only slightly more expensive (MSRP of $85) and is also a great shoe for the price. We found these on sale at Worldwide Golf Shops for only $65 which is an excellent price for a stylish, high quality kids golf shoe!
These mid-priced, unisex Adidas kids golf shoes are the go-to junior golf shoes for young golfers. They are available in three different color styles (black/white/blue and black/white/signal green). They feature the BOA fit system for maximum comfort and a snug fit and are made from a breathable synthetic upper with a 3D EVA midsole and Adiwear outsole. The shoe resists wind and repels rain. They are the ideal Spring/Summer/Fall golf shoe.
Traction and stability for the swing motion come from the 6 cleat durable Adiwear outsole. The shoe closes snugly around the foot but does not feel restrictive. Water resistance appears to be good.
These are relatively inexpensive kids golf shoes and for approx. $50 they are a great deal.
Other Notable Mentions in Kids Golf Shoes
adidas Junior Adicross Golf Shoes
These classic design adidas junior golf shoes are available in black, white or gray/blue. They are very comfortable, light weight spikeless kids golf shoes. They are extremely durable and will last many seasons. One benefit of these is that kids can run around in them after golf without worrying about wearing out the cleats. With prices starting at only $35 these cheap kids golf shoes are excellent value for money.
PUMA Golf Kids' Titantour HI-Top SE JR. Golf Shoe
If your junior is looking for Rickie's latest stylish shoes then these Puma Hi-Top junior golf shoes are the way to go. These stylish kicks provide good traction and excellent foot support. The leather material is waterproof and they have a 1 year waterproof warranty.
These are a prior year model and are being replaced by the Puma Juniors' Ignite PWRAdapt Hi-Top Golf Shoes (which are priced at $90 and up). The Titantour Hi-Top range in price from approx. $50 to $90 which is a decent price for good kids golf shoes.
Top 6 Golf Shoes for Older Juniors - in Adult Sizes
True Linkswear Golf Shoes
Our younger junior player swears he will not wear any other golf shoe going forward. He says he's found the Holy Grail of golf shoes!! The people at True Linkswear set out to create the most comfortable walking golf shoe and we think they have perfected their mission. TRUEs are designed for the ultimate comfort, foot strength, balance and traction. They are built to have a natural platform, with no raised heels, healthy and comfortable on the body, and increasing balance in your stride and swing. The Original has been updated with a sock liner for comfort, full grain leather, and a waterproof liner to keep your feet ready for the elements. The shoe has a 2 year waterproof guarantee and is engineered to feel as close to walking barefoot as you can get. They are also designed to transition seamlessly off the golf course and will look good anywhere you find yourself after your round.
These are very good looking shoes in a variety of color combinations which is to be expected from Puma and Rickie Fowler! The Titantour Ignite is a seriously technological piece of equipment. The PWRCOOL insole is comfortable and regulates temperature by utilizing phase change materials that absorb, store and then release heat for optimal thermal comfort.
Duoflex interiors combine hard and soft materials to support natural foot movement and IGNITE foam provides energy return and response cushioning. This leather shoe is crafted for epic performance and unparalleled comfort with a 2 year waterproof warranty. You can't ask for much more from a golf shoe!
The MSRP on the Titantour Ignite is $180. We found some on sale starting at $65 but they generally sell for around $120.
FootJoy Freestyle Golf Shoes
Footjoy Freestyles look really good and juniors will love the various colors and designs! The tabs on the heel and tongue add to the athletic look. However, the Freestyles are about more than just the looks having been developed based on computer aided analysis of what the golfer's foot does during the swing.
The FJ Freestyle is very light weight which will appeal to juniors and has a one year waterproof guarantee. Grips is excellent thanks to the FROGS (FootJoy Revolutionary Outsole Grip System) technology and the 6 soft-spikes. The shoes is very comfortable thanks to silicone inserts and a very well cushioned sole, especially in the heel area.
One thing to note is that the Freestyle shoe is very flexible as it does not have a metal or carbon fiber piece running through the mid-sole. This is by design as many golfers can benefit from a more flexible shoe. That said, there are certain golfers that prefer a shoe that does not flex as much. For most junior golfers a flexible shoe is a good thing.
Adidas Powerband Boa Boost Golf Shoes
This is the shoe of choice of many junior golfers. They love the Boa closure system which tightens the shoe securely and comfortably around the foot with the exact consistency on both feet. This golf shoe is all about comfort and stability, with Boost midsole cushioning for energy return and comfort and a little Bounce foam technology in the forefoot for a power boost.
The shoe is roomy yet stable thanks to the Fitfoam PU sock liner that provides added cushioning, support and comfort. Low profile Thintech EXP cleats give great traction and allow you to "feel' your positioning on setup. Although not as flashy as the Footjoys, the color combinations are easy on the eye and the shoe comes with a 2 year waterproof warranty. Overall an excellent shoe for juniors.
Under Armour Spieth Golf Shoes
UA Spieth One Golf Shoe
This shoe was designed to meet the exact needs of Jordan Spieth. Under Armour Rotational Resistance Spikes were designed to lock down traction and on course flexibility and to rotate perfectly with your swing motion. 100% waterproof, UA Storm technology repels water without sacrificing breathability and maintaining a zero distraction fit and feel.
Premium underfoot comfort is achieved with a removable EVA footbed. The adjustable Boa system is where the future is headed and makes life easier for the golfer out there on the course. This shoe is, like its namesake, destined to be extremely popular with the new generation of junior golfers whose parents don't mind the rather high price tag.
Under Armour Spieth 2 Golf Shoes
Note that the UA Spieth 2 Golf Shoes are even better technologically than the Spieth One and look great. UA added Goretex for 100% waterproof construction as well as softer leather for the uppers. They also currently cost $200 which is likely more than most people want to spend on shoes for juniors that will probably grow out of them after one season.
Under Armour Spieth 3 Golf Shoes
The Spieth 3 is even more technologically advanced and comfortable than the 2. The main change is in the introduction of new, lower profile Rotational Resistance Softspike Silver Tornado spikes for lockdown horizontal traction and all round comfort.
Skechers Men's Go Golf Line of Shoes
Skechers Go Golf Focus Shoes
Skechers is still a relatively new name in golf shoes, but they are making big inroads into the sport and if Matt Kuchar is on board they have got to be doing something right! They also come at a reasonable price for a great quality shoe. These shoes are not as cool looking as some other (e.g. the Footjoys) but Skechers' emphasis here is on comfort and performance.
The Skechers Go Golf Focus 2 is used on the PGA Tour and is a very good looking, stable shoe with replaceable Softspikes. The patented "Outdry" protection is both waterproof and breathable. The inners have a lightweight sole with excellent cushioning. The S on the side is a nice touch and adds to the stylish look.
Skechers Men's Go Golf Pro Shoes
For juniors who prefer cleats, we like the Sketchers Performance Go Golf Pro line of shoes. Both the version 2 and version 3 are wonderful golf shoes. They are extremely comfortable and look great. It doesn't hurt having the affable Matt Kuchar promoting them constantly on golf TV programs!
Top 5 Golf Shoes for Girls in Junior Sizes
Puma junior golf shoes are always stylish and cool for kids to wear. The PUMA Kids Ignite Pwradapt Golf Shoes are no exception.
In addition to being stylish these are highly functional shoes light weight junior golf shoes with a breathable mesh upper, comfortable and supportive foam soles, and Puma's GripZone Traction cleats.
They are available in stylish black or white and in kids sizes from 1 through 7. Priced from $65 these are great girls golf shoes for a reasonable price.
adidas Kids Adicross Golf Shoes
These classic adidas design junior golf shoes are available in white/pink, white/green, gray or black. They are very comfortable, light weight spikeless kids golf shoes. They are extremely durable and will last many seasons. One benefit of these is that kids can run around in them after golf without worrying about wearing out the cleats. At less than $50 they are excellent value for money.
Nike Juniors' Roshe G Golf Shoes
The Nike Roshe G Junior Girls Golf Shoe features specially located traction in key zones on the sole. The mesh upper offers breathability and the comfortable foam midsole provides excellent cushioning.
Nike kids golf shoes are designed to appeal to juniors and girls will love the look of these shoes. At just $60 these are very reasonably priced for quality girls golf shoes. They are available in Green, Pink, Black and Red.
FootJoy Juniors' Enjoy Golf Shoes
Footjoy youth golf shoes are some of the best available. The materials, design and construction are excellent quality. These girls golf shoes are cool looking and functional.
The FootJoy Juniors Enjoy golf shoes are available in "lime/sapphire" and "gray/mist". While these are certainly not discount golf shoes, at less than $70 they are excellent value for money. We found these priced from $40 on Amazon and from $50 at Worldwide Golf Shops.
Footjoy Junior Empower Girls Golf Shoes
These FootJoy Junior Empower Girls Golf Shoes offer young golfers excellent comfort and performance with foam cushioning and lightweight mesh materials. The molded rubber traction inserts provide good grip for junior golfers. The purple may not be for everyone but we think that many girls will like it and it is definitely a little different.
Top 5 Golf Shoes for Girls in Adult Sizes
FootJoy Womens Casual Collection
The FJ Ladies Casual Collection golf shoes have a wonderfully classy yet simply look. The are available in deep blue, tan, black and chablis (dark red/rose).
The FJ Casual Collection golf shoes are made from a plush NappaLuxe leather upper and have durable rubber soles. They can be worn on or off the course thanks to the rubber spikeless outsole. The extremely soft linings result in excellent comfort. They are water resistant and good golf shoes for all year round use.
These are excellent girls golf shoes for cart golf (they do not have all of the support that some other shoes have so may not be ideal for walking 18 holes). Overall user ratings for these shoes is excellent.
The MSRP on these shoes is $120 but most are priced between $65 and $90 which is a very good price for quality shoes.
Adidas Women's W Adipower Boost Boa Golf Shoes
While the Adidas Climacool II women's golf shoe (reviewed above) is a great, light, fair weather golf shoe, the Adidas Women's W Adipower Boost Boa is a serious shoe for the serious golfer in all kinds of weather. These are leather shoes which are durable, attractive and waterproof. The Boa closure system is very popular and super effective for a consistent hold.
Adidas Thintech technology on the outsole gives enhanced grip, stability and performance allowing for better transfer of balance through the swing. Bounce foam in the forefoot provides a power boost and the Fitfoam Slow Recovery PU sockliner contours to the foot for a custom fit and feel.
This is a more expensive shoe but probably one of the best out there. The MSRP on these is $180 but we found certain models and sizes on sale starting at only $72.
Skechers Women's Go Golf Birdie Golf Shoe
Skechers bring great style and performance in this line of women's golf shoes. The breathable uppers are made from a mesh fabric that circulates air and provides a comfortable fit. Midsole cushioning provides great shock absorption and stability. The Spikeless TPU grip outsoles provide great traction. Some reviews note that the shoes can be a little tight especially for those with wider feet and toes.
Note that these shoes are not recommended for playing in wet environments or even in heavy early morning dew that is found in some locations.
These are functionally stylish (multiple great designs), well priced golf shoes. Exactly what you would expect from Skechers. Prices for various colors and sizes range from $40 to $100.
Nike Women's Lunar Empress 2 Golf Shoes
These gorgeous looking golf shoes come in a wide range of colors and are very pleasing to the eye. Nike's vision with this women's golf shoe was to blend modern craftsmanship and unique no-sew textile uppers with flexible Phylon midsoles for lightweight comfort and reliable stability.
A waterproof treatment (1 year waterproof warranty) delivers an optimized blend of ventilation and weather protection for all weather golf style and performance. Solid rubber integrated traction outsoles provide premium grip and traction in all conditions.
Even though these shoes are a bit on the expensive side (generally in the $100 to $120 range), many women golfers regard these as an investment in personal comfort and their game in general.
ECCO Women's Biom Golf Shoe
Ecco is one of the largest producers of high quality women's golf shoes. The Ecco Biom line has a huge selection of great looking models and styles. Ecco is renowned for making superbly comfortable women's golf shoes.
These shoes have great stability while still being comfortable and flexible when walking. Uppers are made from super soft yak leather that also has excellent breathability and durability. The Gore-tex line is 100% waterproof and is a great golf shoe for wet weather and winter conditions.
If you prefer more traction while still having great style, we recommend that you look at the Ecco Biom G2 Free.
Golf shoes are an essential part of a junior golfer's equipment and one of the only items that are used during every practice and every round. Therefore it is very important that juniors enjoy the look and feel of their shoes. They will walk many miles in their golf shoes and quality support and comfort is worth the price. The price differential can be large but remember a good golf shoe can be a solid investment in a junior golfer's performance on the golf course.