5 lightweight, breathable shoes perfect for summer golf

by | Sep 12, 2021 | Golf Shoes


Jessica Marksbury

August 1, 2021

These super ventilated shoes are perfect for summer laps.

There is nothing like running 18 holes in midsummer to crave maximum breathability in your shoes. While seam-sealed waterproofing and durable leather are a very useful material for golf shoes in the colder months, our toes want ventilation in hot weather, and that’s what they want now!

Fortunately, there are many options that are both light and structured enough to provide the support you need during the swing. And as an added bonus, they look pretty stylish too.

Check out our five most popular lightweight, breathable shoes for summer below.

1. New Balance Fresh Foam Breathe

“Breathe” is the name of these shoes so you know you are getting a winner in terms of airflow.

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New Balance Fresh Foam Breathe

$ 69.95

The New Balance Fresh Foam Breathe golf shoe without spikes is equipped with a breathable mesh upper material. The upper has overlays that provide a supportive fit. The CUSH + insole and the 10 MM Drop Fresh Foam midsole offer comfort and responsive cushioning. The smart rubber outsole with printed picture colors highlighting key performance zones provides maximum durability and traction.

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2. Nike Roshe G

If you like to match your outfits from head to toe, this pretty shade of lavender is a great choice with multiple shades of pink and other pastel shades.

Nike Roshe G.

$ 79.95

Building on the popular Roshe shoes designed for everyday comfort, the Nike Roshe G spike-free golf shoe features a lightweight, breathable upper with a flexible cupsole-like design for maximum cushioning. The foam midsole is also flexible and supports you with every step. Below that, the spike-free outsole is versatile and able to handle wet or dry conditions with ease. Additional features include gussets on the tongue to keep dirt out and pull tabs on the top and back for easy on and off. It’s the kind of golf shoe you can (and should) wear all day when you feel like it.

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3. Puma Monolite Cat EM

Nothing says cool and dry like a continuous perforation. An ideal shoe for the summer.

Puma MonoLite cat EM

$ 69.99

The Puma MonoLite Cat Spikeless golf shoe is similar to a boat shoe and was developed for a similar purpose: to keep your feet dry and cool on warm summer days. The shoe features a mesh upper that provides breathability so your feet are comfortable, while the carbon rubber outsole with GripZone traction provides versatility on and off the court. It’s not the type of shoe that will keep your feet from getting wet, but it will help them dry quickly when and when they do. Comfortable, light and stylish, it is the perfect shoe for the whole day, on and next to the golf course.

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4. Adidas ClimaCool cage

If you’re looking for ventilation with ultra stability, the ClimaCool Cage features side stability welding to keep your foot in place during your swing.

Adidas ClimaCool cage

$ 79.99

The Adidas ClimaCool Cage Spikeless golf shoe offers a stylish approach for hot summer days on the golf course. The shoe features breathable mesh fabric with Climacool moisture management to keep your feet cool, comfortable and dry in heat and moisture. The ClimaCool Cage is equipped with a soft lining and a light Cloudfoam insole for comfort on the way through the course. The lateral stability welding provides additional stability in the metatarsal area and exceptional traction thanks to the Swing Plane Traction heel-to-toe zone. The Puremotion outsole offers durability so you can enjoy your ClimaCool cage on or off the golf course.

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I’ve been a long-time fan of FootJoy shoes, and not only are they stylish and super comfortable, but they come with a one-year waterproof guarantee.

FootJoy Flex XP women

$ 109.99

The consistently light performance mesh offers the necessary breathability, while a soft EVA midsole offers comfort and stability. Traction zones on the outsole ensure maximum grip on and off the track.

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Jessica Marksbury


As a four-year-old member of the first class of college female golfers in Columbia, Jessica can trump anyone on the masthead. She can also leave them behind in the office, where she is mainly responsible for the production of print and online features and oversees large special projects, such as GOLF’s first Style Issue, which debuted in February 2018. Her original interview series “A Round With” debuted in November 2015 and appeared in both magazine and video on GOLF.com.