Choosing the Best Disc Golf Shoe for Your Game

Choosing the Best Disc Golf Shoe for Your Game

Hey Ledgestone fans! You all want that trusty grip on the tee pad. You all want the confidence to plant your feet and uncork full power on your drive. You all want to feel comfortable for an entire round of disc golf.

So what shoes should you be wearing on the course?

The disc golf world has offered different opinions over the years on where to find the best disc golf shoe. Some companies claim to offer the best grip, some the longest life, some the most comfortable feel, and some the most water resistance. But players across the planet are generally unaware of which shoe is actually the best… until now.

Whether you’re looking for verification or wondering what shoe to buy next, we’ve got you covered. We’ve done all the research for you to find the best disc golf shoe on the market. All you need to do is take our advice and watch your game rise to another level. 

What are the top disc golf shoe companies?

Merrell, Adidas Terrex, Idio Sports and Vessi currently have the most popular shoes on the market. You’ll generally see both amateurs and pros from around the world sporting one of these four companies on their feet during a round.

What sets these disc golf shoes apart from competitors?

  • Merrell: Comfort, durability, and style are the calling cards for Merrell shoes. They have a dedicated disc golf section on their website to narrow down your selection. Merrell offers a variety of colors, styles, and sizes to ensure you’re proud of the shoes on your feet. The shoes feature Vibram outsoles which keep out moisture from below while maximizing long life and grip, along with state-of-the-art Gore-tex fabric on the rest of the shoe, which is a material known specifically for combining water resistance with breathability.
  • Adidas Terrex: Found in the hiking and outdoors section at Adidas, the Terrex brand first became popular in 2017 when Paul McBeth was sponsored by the company for a brief period. Mostly coming in brown, gray, and black base colors, the Terrex hiking shoes feature Gore-tex material and boast of maximum water resistance in multiple styles.
  • Idio Sports: This company broke onto the scene through an endorsement deal with Nate Sexton in 2021, claiming to produce the first dedicated disc golf shoe on the market: the Syncrasy. It boasts of maximum comfort and the ability to hold up against disc golf movements. The Syncrasy is still the only shoe product offered by Idio Sports and is now also worn by Corey Ellis.
  • Vessi: This company is specifically marketing their new product to disc golfers through a partnership with Jomez. Vessi claims they have successfully combined “the comfort of a sneaker with the grip and coverage of an outdoor boot.” The product, named the Stormburst, advertises completely waterproof fabric and features a high ankle support design similar to that of a low-profile boot.

  • What is the best disc golf shoe?

    Even with four top brands to choose from, one company stands out from the rest: Merrell has the best disc golf shoes on the market.

    The Vibram base on all Merrell shoes ensures both comfort and durability, but equally as important, it blocks water from leaking inside the shoe, something essential for any disc golfer. Vibram is also a company with links to disc golf and knows what players in the sport need to succeed. 

    The material used for Merrell’s disc golf lineup is the signature Gore-tex fabric which is the most breathable and water-resistant material on the market. In addition, the outer shoe lining comes in a variety of colorways so players can pick their own unique look on the course. 

    Merrell’s shoe models range in price, but far outweigh the cost of similar shoes from their competitors. Especially when factoring in the discounts offered from the 2023 Ledgestone Open player pack and the Merrell website, the product and price combination is unmatchable.

    The Nova 2 features a low-profile design for increased mobility and versatility on the course. Merrell’s patented Air Cushion technology ensures shock absorption in the heel while rock plate protection within the Vibram outsole promises to keep your foot comfortable no matter the terrain.

    The MQM 3 is available in different widths and can be ordered in both mens and womens sizes. This model also offers a mid-ankle variation for a more boot-like feel. The 100% recycled mesh lining and Bellow tongue keep debris away from the inside of your shoe while the Super Rebound Compound takes shock absorption to another level. The non-marking, Vibram outsole means you can wear these anywhere for all sorts of activities.

    For well under the $100 price point, consider picking up the Women’s Antora 2. This design features Merrell’s signature Air Cushion technology for maximum heel support along with the standard rock plate protection. Specially-designed forefoot and heel cushioning pods continue to further enforce comfort with every step while the Vibram TC5+ outsoles provide the best traction on the market.

    Blog by Jacob Arvidson

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