If you’re look­ing for some new footwear, there is a lot to con­sider. Here, we’ve com­pared 12 of 2016’s best de­signs…

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he au­tumn leaves falling sig­ni­fies that it’s the time of year to start look­ing ahead to win­ter golf, and one of the most im­por­tant as­pects to get right is your footwear.

The last thing you want is wet feet and poor grip, but that doesn’t mean you have to turn to bulky leather shoes with cleats, as you’ll see when tak­ing a closer look at some of the op­tions in this show­case.

Nowa­days, there are a plethora of de­signs – from colour­ful sporty mod­els to clas­sic sub­tler styles – and nearly all of them have a value-adding wa­ter­proof guar­an­tee.

Grip and trac­tion are equally im­por­tant dur­ing the win­ter, so you might be sur­prised to see a few spike­less op­tions.

While we wouldn’t rec­om­mend don­ning a pair in the midst of a down­pour on a slop­ing park­land course, the range of clever sole de­signs means they can cer­tainly han­dle your av­er­age win­ter weather, giv­ing you the sum­mer com­fort you’ve come to love all year round.

TLightweight shoes in very sta­ble frames also came to the fore­front in 2016, with mod­els like the Ecco Cage Evo and FootJoy Hyper­flex both mak­ing the most of weight­sav­ing up­pers that work to­gether with heel wraps to lock your feet in place se­curely.

It’s this blend of per­for­mance and com­fort that all brands are striv­ing for. Across these 12 shoe mod­els, you should hope­fully find some­thing that ticks all the boxes on your wish list.

Un­less you only play links golf or plan on own­ing a sum­mer and a win­ter pair, you may want to lean to­wards the extra grip of cleated shoes.

This will de­pend on your ac­tion. Typ­i­cally, pow­er­ful swings can ben­e­fit from extra sta­bil­ity, while more dy­namic, flex­i­ble shoes aid slower swingers.

With so many op­tions, you can now choose some­thing to match the ma­jor­ity of your wardrobe, or some­thing brighter that stands out.

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