I’ve become more of a fan of casual golf shoes the past couple of years, but after I saw the new Allen Edmonds line of golf shoes at the PGA Merchandise Show, I’m making room in my closet for a new pair of classic shoes.
The company’s Spring Honors Collection each feature as fine a looking line of classic golf shoes as you’ll find today. The shoes come with a big price tag, but what price can you put on style?
The newest golf shoe styles in the Honors Collection feature two-toned, wingtip patterns, crocodile printed leathers and a style based on the company’s popular Rough Collection of dress shoes. Each of the new styles incorporate such as the traditional 11-spike configuration, Rubber Tap Water-lock outer sole and Goodyear welting for a stable and flexible swing platform.
The four new styles in the Honors Collection:
Medalist — a traditional wingtip style with brogue details and a traditional 11-spike system. It features six-eyelet balmoral with perfing and pinking detail, full-leather Mocha-Milled linings, Rubber Tap Waterlock sole and 360-degree Goodyear-welt construction. $345
Legend – crocodile-print leather on the saddle and a short wingtip style. The 11-spike Legend honors highly fashionable golf legends like Bobby Jones, Ben Hogan and Sam Snead. $345.
First Cut — classic, plain-toe, saddle golf shoe married with the rugged, distressed leather characteristic of the new Allen Edmonds’ Rough Collection of casual shoes. It features: five-eyelet balmoral with pinking detail, fullleather Mocha-Milled linings, Rubber Tap Waterlock sole and 360º Goodyear-welt construction. $345
Haskell – a cleated blucher shoe outfitted with roc-embossed leather. Named to honor Coburn Haskell, father of the modern golf ball. $345
A classic name in footwear since 1922, Allen Edmonds has teamed with another classic name – Jack Ncklaus. The Golden Bear has been working with the Allen Edmonds design team focusing on performance and comfort.
“First, we started with how a golf shoe must be constructed to aid the golfer with his specific needs,” Nicklaus said. “I was always taught and still believe that the golf swing starts from the ground up. Therefore, your golf shoes play a very important role. We have taken the golf shoe apart piece by piece and have addressed what needs to be engineered for each component from a performance standpoint—what does the shoe need to do at address for balance; what features should the sole have in spike and non-spike configurations; what needs to happen at the top of the swing and when the club starts down; what needs to happen for support at impact and when your foot rolls; etc.
“Then we focused on comfort as it relates to weight, and customizing the sole or orthotic. I have found the entire process a lot of fun. They have the right team, and they have proved that for years. Now we’re taking that same expertise in shoes and applying the fundamentals of golf performance. It’s not just me working on this. I’m just one guy in his 70s, but I do have a great deal of experience to offer.”