Golf shoes are an important piece of golfing equipment, and like any sporting equipment it is important to proper care of them. Golf shoes not only protect golfers’ feet, they also provide support and stability while taking a shot. The metal spikes, are essential for providing traction on rough, hilly terrain. When the golf shoes are not properly taken care, they will not be able to perform up to their high standards.
Proper Care and Cleaning
Most golfers expect their golf shoes to last for several years, and with proper care and cleaning it is possible to wear the same shoes for more than one season. The majority of all the best golf shoes are made from high quality leather, and to keep the leather supple and waterproof it is important to keep the shoes clean. Other important areas on the show also include the metal spikes. While most spikes can be replaced, it can be expensive and time consuming. With proper care, the shoes and the metal spikes can last for several years to come.
There are different methods that will all clean the golf shoes, but this is one of the more common examples.
- Clean rags or old cloths
- Shoe trees, preferably cedar
- Foot powder
- Toothbrush and sponge
- Dishwashing liquid
- Leather shoe polish
- Paper towels
After wiping out the insides of the shoes, liberally sprinkle some of the foot powder inside. This will additionally help absorb sweat and moisture from the feet. With the toothbrush, scrub all the embedded dirt from between the cleats, and use a soapy cloth to wipe the outside of the shoes. Be careful not to immerse the entire shoe in the water, it can harm the leather over time. After drying off the shoes, evenly rub the leather polish across the outside of the shoes. Be sure to match the shoe polish with the color of the shoes, white shoe polish should not be used on a darker colored golf shoe.
The shoe trees can be used to help keep the golf shoes original shape, and let the shoes air out in between outings.
Golf shoes can be an expensive, and they are constructed to last. With proper care and cleaning, it is possible to wear the same pair of golf shoes for more than one year. It is also important to remember to never use any type of direct heat to dry the shoe, the leather will dry and crack ruining the shoes.