Golf Shoes Care

Golf shoes can last you a lot longer if you take a few steps to take proper care of them - especially if they are leather golf shoes.


Cedar Shoe Trees - The single most important thing you can do to keep your golf shoes lasting their longest is to use shoe trees in them.


Putting cedar shoe trees in your golf shoes helps them in a couple of ways.  Cedar shoe trees draw the moisture (sweat) out of your golf shoes, and also maintain the shape of the shoes, especially if they are leather.  By drawing the sweat out of your golf shoes, the leather will dry out quicker and therefore prolong it's life.  If you let damp leather golf shoes just sitting around, the leather can get mold spots and begin to deteriorate rapidly.  So before you whip your golf shoes in your trunk after your round - put some cedar shoe trees in them first!


Simple Cleaning - You can keep your golf shoes relatively clean by simply wiping them down with your golf towel after your round.  Obviously, this helps in a couple of ways.


First of all, it will get the golf course chemicals off of your shoes.  Imagine what those herbicides and pesticides can do to your golf shoes.  Secondly, simply wiping down your golf shoes will take off any excess water and dirt that you accumulated while trying to hit your sixth shot from that greenside water hazard!


OK, so leaving mud on your golf shoes is a bad thing.  Not just because the mud will probably stain your golf shoes, but also because what's in the mud will begin to break down the leather in the golf shoes.  That's a bad thing - and will lead to premature leather cracking - which will lead to your golf shoes leaking.


Professional Cleaning - Once in a while, you should break down and have your golf shoes professionally cleaned.


These golf shoe jockeys will have your golf shoes looking brand spanking new.  They will also apply leather lotions and protectants to prolong the life of the golf shoe leather.  Keeping the leather soft and supple on your golf shoes, is a key factor in how long they'll last.  If the leather breaks down, then the golf shoes will start to leak and literally fall apart.


So having them cleaned by a locker room attendant every 5-10 rounds, should do the trick.  We also have the same products they use for sale on our website, such as golf shoe leather conditioner, shoe polish and more, if you want to polish your golf shoes yourself.


Replace the spikes - Make sure your golf shoes spikes are all there and also not worn down to the nub.


OK, so this seems to be common sense, but if you look at the bottom of your golf shoes right now, you may find that you're missing at least one spike, and the ones that are there look like poker chips because they are so worn down.


Here's why you need to keep your golf shoes spiked up.  If you're missing spikes on your golf shoes, or if they're worn down too far, the actual sole of the golf shoes will start to wear out after the spikes are gone.  This means that the golf shoes will start to leak, and when they start to leak, you're in big trouble.  So replace your golf spikes!


Replacing your golf spikes has become quite simple.  With the new FastTwist and Q-Lok systems, you no longer have to grind your knuckles to the bone trying to get the spikes out.  Usually one quarter turn of the golf spike will pop it right out of the sole.


If you follow these simple guidelines for golf shoes care, you'll greatly extend the life of your golf shoes, plus they'll look great to boot.  As we always say here at Golf Locker, "If you can't play good, you at least gotta look good trying."


If you ever have any questions about these factors or any other aspect of making your golf shoe purchase decision, please don’t hesitate to email us.  We’re here to help you!


Bart Patterson

PGA Professional

Founder & President


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