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How Long Do Golf Shoes Last

By Teddy

November 18, 2022


A question we get a lot at the golf shop is “How long do golf shoes last?” And similar to a fine wine, it really depends. In this blog post, we will touch on different factors that affect the lifespan of your golf shoes as well as give our best estimate on how many rounds you can get out of a pair of golf shoes. 

1. The Quality of the Shoe 

This one is pretty straightforward–the higher the quality, the longer it will last. If you plan on playing a ton of golf or walking the course, we recommend investing in a good pair of golf shoes. They may be a little more expensive upfront but in the long run, you’ll be happy you made the investment. We’ve seen people get 3-4 seasons out of one pair of high-quality golf shoes. 

2. How Much You Play 

The more you play, the faster your shoes will start to show wear and tear. If you’re playing 2-3 times per week, a pair of golf shoes should last you around 2-3 seasons or roughly 24-36 months. If you’re someone who only plays occasionally or mostly uses a golf cart, your shoes could potentially last 4-5 seasons. 

3. The Care You Give Them (Or Lack Thereof) 

We see people all the time come into the shop with what look to be new shoes but they’re caked in mud and grass stains. Just like anything else, if you don’t take care of your possessions, they won’t last as long. Be sure to clean your shoes after each round and store them in a cool, dry place when you’re not wearing them. This will help prolong their life significantly. 

4. Your Walking Style 

Your walking style plays a role in how long your golf shoes will last but it’s tough to change something that’s so ingrained in us–i.e., how we walk. However, if you find yourself constantly scuffing the toe or heel of your shoe, that’s an indication that you need to be more mindful of your step or perhaps buy a shoe with more durable materials in those areas. 

5. Proper Size and Fit 

This may seem like common sense but making sure your shoe is properly sized and fits snugly will prevent any discomfort while playing as well as blisters and callouses (ouch!). A loose shoe can also lead to ruined laces and even water damage if it’s particularly wet out (remember those puddles from earlier?). And no one wants soggy shoes. Most importantly, make sure your heels don’t slip–this discrepancy can lead to all sorts of problems down the road including ankle instability and unwanted shin splints.. oof! The moral of this story is to take care of your feet so they can take care of you!

Here are a few tips for making your golf shoes last:

1. Don’t Wear Them Every Day

This might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s worth repeating: don’t wear your golf shoes every day. Reserve them for the golf course (or the driving range) and nothing else. The more you wear them, the quicker they’ll become worn out.

2. Keep Them Clean

Always clean your golf shoes after playing a round of golf. This will help remove any dirt, debris, or grass that could potentially damage the shoes. A simple brush or cloth will do the trick. You can also use a shoehorn to help prevent the back of the shoe from becoming creased or damaged.

3. Let Them Dry Completely Before Storing Them Away

After cleaning your shoes, be sure to let them dry completely before putting them away. Storing wet or damp shoes in a closet or drawer can cause mold or mildew to form, which will ruin them. Always store your shoes in a cool, dry place.

4. Use Shoe Trees When Possible

If you want your shoes to keep their shape and last as long as possible, consider using shoe trees when you’re not wearing them. Shoe trees help absorb moisture and preserve the shape of the shoe while they’re being stored. They’re especially helpful if you live in an area with high humidity levels. Just be sure to choose shoe trees that are the right size for your shoes; too big or too small and they won’t be effective.

Conclusion:

There’s no golden rule for how often to replace your golf shoes but hopefully, this blog post gave you some guidance based on different factors affecting their lifespan. Generally speaking, if you’re an avid golfer who plays 2-3 times per week, plan on replacing your golf shoes every 2-3 season or years. If you don’t play as often or exclusively ride in a cart, every 36 months should suffice just fine. However, regardless of how often you play or what type of player you are, taking care of your golf shoes by cleaning them regularly and storing them properly will help them last longer so definitely keep that in mind! Happy golfing!

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