Comfort definitely has to be #1. There are many shoes with phenomenal styling, and I would love to wear them, but if they don't fit good when I first try them on in the store, I won't buy them. The course I normally play isn't quite as nice as many others, and there are several spots where the grass is thin and the ground is hard. It's not the beautiful plush fairways we normally see on TV. So when I go out for my once a week outing of walking 36 holes, I absolutely must have a pair of shoes that are comfortable and won't be killing my feet after walking the course twice.
This, of course, is why I now wear FootJoys again. I have a pair of the original Adidas Powerbands, and have been wearing them for the past 2 1/2 years and have just worn them out. As I began my search for new shoes, I tried on several pairs including all different brands and I always came back to the FootJoys. I just ordered a new pair of FootJoy Contour series and can't wait to take them to the course! Even among the various FJ models, some were more comfortable than others, and I ultimately chose the Contours over the DryJoys and even the SYNR-G. Both were extremely comfortable, but the Contours were unbeatable. In the end, the others may have better overall performance, but comfort is first, then performance, and styling.