What are the best junior golf shoes and what factors should be considered when buying junior golf shoes? 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. Junior golf shoes can be stylish, they can be spiked or spikeless, but they must offer superior grip and be comfortable. The best performance based golf shoes are lightweight, offer maximum support and are at the very least water resistant.
Golf shoes range in price quite dramatically. Of course shoes made of real leather and featuring the latest in golfing shoe technology, will be very 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.
There are many golf shoe options available. The golf shoe market is quite saturated and you will probably be spoiled for choice. 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 looks of, that fits their feet well, and as they grow out of the shoe they move with the same brand. However, we recommend not closing the door on trying out new brands as the leaders in the golf shoe industry are constantly developing technologies to increase comfort, stability, durability and performance. Sketchers is a great example of a fairly new entry into the high end golf shoe market and make some really good performance golf shoes that are used by Tour players.
The best junior golf shoes will be comfortable and fit properly. Your junior golfer does not need to develop a blister on hole 3 and limp around the rest of the round. Golf shoes should, ideally, also be waterproof, particularly if they are the player’s only pair of 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, and remaining stable and in control. Golf shoes can be spiked or spikeless. Spikes provide greater grip and traction. There is less opportunity to slip while swinging through the ball. Spike free shoes are sometimes a little more comfortable but most junior golfers opt for some form of spiked golf shoes for added traction. Spikeless golf shoes are not ideal for turf that is wet or slippery.
Big brand golfing companies like Adidas, Nike, Footjoy and Puma have created golf shoes for younger junior players up to approx. 9 or 10 year old before growing into adult sizes. The best junior 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 advantages of adult golf shoes. Junior golf shoes sometimes do not have the same quality inner soles that adult golf shoes have in which case consider buying a good sports inner sole.
Kids grow out of shoes quickly. The Footjoy DNA Helix Junior is therefore not as technologically advanced as the adult sized equivalent, but it certainly has the same look, style and FootJoy design with its emphasis on comfort. 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 is on the expensive side as it is one the best junior golf shoes and is a great little sidekick to the adult size version which is also reviewed below.