Paul Mäkinen

Paul Mäkinen

Certified Pedorthist

Paul Mäkinen is a Certified Pedorthist. With 17 years of experience helping patients with foot-related issues.

He lives and works in Nova Scotia, Canada but loves to assist patients with issues around the world.
Got a question? Send him a DM on Instagram or email and he is happy to help.

Finding the Perfect Fitting Golf Shoes

Finding the perfect fitting golf shoe can be very challenging.

But, if you find the perfect fit, I am confident that it can help improve your golf game.

This is because you won’t spend time during your round thinking about how terrible your feet feel. Golf shoes today come in many different shapes, sizes, and styles. Almost all the top tier footwear companies have taken a step into manufacturing golf shoes.

This means there should be a golf shoe out there to fit every foot.

For many people, the task of selecting the proper golf shoe can be frustrating. It can also be a painful process.

This article is designed to give you some general tips to keep in mind when you go shopping for new golf shoes.

My first critical thing that I say to all my patients is “Just because you were a size 6 ten years ago, doesn’t mean you are now.”

  • As we get older our feet continue to get longer due to lowering arches. The lowering of the arches results in longer and wider feet.
  • Be sure to have your feet measured every time you try on new golf shoes.
  • Every golf shoe fits differently. There are hundreds of golf shoe manufacturers out there today. And there is no standardized fitting system. For this reason, two golf shoes that are both a size 8 could differ from one brand to another.
  • Keep in mind that there are many brands today that have both length and width sizing available. If you have a wider foot, it is better to find a golf shoe in a wider width than it is to get a longer shoe.
  • The rule of thumb, literally, is to have approximately a thumb’s width between your toes and the end of the golf shoe when you are standing.
  • Hard to fit feet? Seek advice. If the structure of your foot makes it difficult for you to find proper fitting golf shoes. You should get advice from a professional pedorthist. One who can recommend brands and styles that may work better for you.
  • A Certified Pedorthist can make recommendations based on foot mechanics and structure.
  • A good golf shoe retailer will take the time to measure your feet. Help select the best shoe for your foot type, and ensure the proper fit.
  • Sometimes, no matter how many golf shoes you try on, you still have pain and discomfort on the course. This may mean that you have some mechanical/structural deficiencies. Deficiencies that cause too much strain on your feet. An assessment with a Certified Pedorthist may help. They determine if an off the shelf or custom insole could provide you with relief.

These are just a few important tips to keep in mind when you are selecting the best fitting golf shoes. If you have tried many different brands and still can’t seem to find a comfortable fi. Feel free to reach out to me on Instagram and Facebook at or via email.