Equipment

Old-School Style

12 pairs of golf shoes perfect for golfers who prefer classic style

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October 28, 2021

Modern, sneaker-like golf shoes are extremely popular with golfers for their comfort and versatility, but many still revert to “old-school” golf shoe styles. Retailers are not only making these classic designs more comfortable than ever before, but they’re also adding unique contemporary touches to allow them to perform just as well as the modern-looking ones. Plus, these old-school styles align perfectly with the resurgence of vintage fashion outside the golf world.

From cap toe golf shoes and brogues to oxford silhouettes and even kitlie lace coverings, here are some men's and women's modern “old-school” golf shoe styles that will complement any golf outfit and serve all of your retro desires.

This timeless FootJoy model is the epitome of a classic and iconic golf shoe that can work for all different types of players. It comes in other simple colorways—all-black or white with patent navy details at the heel lace and toe—but you can also customize your own pair to match your look.

$200

Though G/FORE is known for its contemporary, street-style-esque golf apparel, the brand also produces quality classically-designed shoes as well—usually with a fashion-forward twist. This pair’s distinct brogue design (aka perforated patterns in the leather) is highlighted by a navy outsole for a uniquely and sleek look. The underside of the shoe displays G/FORE’s recognizable logo, adding a modern touch to the classic look of the upper.

$225

This simple, warm-toned Duca Del Cosma pair is the perfect option for a golfer who wants a sophisticated-yet-durable golf shoe. The Italian-designed shoe is waterproof and made with quality and breathable materials, while the subtle cap-toe detailing provides just the right amount of “old school” while still maintaining a modern silhouette. With 5mm square-shaped “nubs” replacing traditional spikes across the sole, this versatile shoe can easily be transitioned to off-course ensembles.

With its cleated outsoles and leather upper, this is the most traditional-looking shoe in Cuater's line. The lightweight midsole adds comfort, and the waterproof treatment to the upper will keep your feet from getting wet.

Johnston & Murphy was once the go-to for classically styled and upscale golf shoes, even Arnold Palmer wore these on tour in the brand's heyday. The 2021 version of the shoe is a classic-yet-modern golf shoe that is reminiscent of 1960s-era saddle shoe designs but with the improvement of waterproofing, memory-foam cushioning and a more lightweight build than predecessors.

If comfort is the priority but you’re also looking for a unique and retro design, these Cole Haan shoes fits the bill. Unlike traditional oxford golf shoes circa the 1900s, these waterproof shoes have a plush midsole and sockliner for increased comfort and wearabililty—without sacrificing the upscale design.

The women’s version of the Cole Haan ØriginalGrand golf shoe has a unique retro feel and the off-white colorway will pair perfectly with the on-trend neutral toned outfit look. The flexible and supporting padding at the heel and tongue provides pressure relief that will preserve your feet from getting sore, and the multi-direction rubber traction pattern adds a ton of stability.

An older model from footwear brand Ecco, you can usually find a few pairs of these modern brogues in stock. The full-grain calf leather gives the low-profile shoe an upscale feel and the soft pink midsole is packed with cushioning, shock-absorption and provides a noticeable energy return on each step.

$180

This FootJoy model also sports the kiltie design element, but in a more understated fashion. The rose-gold colorway adds a touch of femininity to the classic design, while its molded rubber outsole maintains maximum comfort.

$130

This Duca Del Cosma design is the perfect balance between modern and old-school, with the added element of variety. The kiltie lace covering on the top of the shoe is interchangeable with 10 colors and patterns to mix and match. Additionally, the shoe is made from Italian Nappa leather that is known for its balance of durability and softness, while the translucent midsole adds an athletic and modern twist to the traditionally-styled waterproof leather shoe.

Leaning into a different era of vintage footwear, these 1970s-inspired shoes are a bit more sneaker-like but have a bit of traction.

This G/FORE cap-toe design brings a fun pop of color while staying true to the retro style. A brogue outline accents the pink patent leather toe and heel for an eye-catching look that can easily be dressed up or down. Translucent cleats at the bottom of the shoe add traction without taking away from the look and the triple-density foam foot bed creates a slipper-like feel.

$225