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The story behind Rickie Fowler’s high-tops

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If you happened to see any of the photos from yesterday’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions practice round, you might have been struck by Rickie Fowler’s sartorial selections.

The 27-year-old face of Puma golf was wearing high-top golf shoes and jogger-style pants.

After you had one of two thoughts (1. “Swag king” or 2. “I miss the days of saddle shoes and metal spikes”) you likely wondered about the reasoning behind Fowler’s bold fashion decision. Well, fear not WRXers, we have the details, courtesy of an email from Cobra Puma’s communications manager.

Grant Knudson, Head of Footwear PUMA Golf explains:

“Each season we work closely with Rickie throughout the apparel and footwear development and design process to ensure we’re pushing the limits when it comes to both performance and style.

During a recent meeting, Rickie expressed interest in wearing a high-top cleated shoe that could be worn with more progressive apparel (joggers style pants). Our design team took inspiration from a prior Puma high-top lifestyle shoe and combined it with the Titan Tour Ignite outsole. 

The result is a stylish, cleated performance high-top that includes a lace + Velcro closure.  The apparel team then matched this with a version of our 6 Pocket Pant that has been custom tailored to a jogger silhouette.” 

And if you’re a fan of the not-available-for-retail kicks, you may be in luck as a giveaway is in the works. So keep an eye on the Puma social media channels.
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  1. Bezzer

    Jan 24, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    Golfers around the world-just chill-we have had high tops already the are called winter boots. I play golf with a guy who has been wearing these for thr last 2 winters, ok I think they aren’t the most attractive footwear but he doesn’t end up with trench foot. His pants have elasticated ankles, I remember wearing these in the 70’s at Ricky’s age, fortunately I grew out of the fashion as I looked ridiculous, sorry Ricky when your kids look back at this years photos they’ll no doubt ask what you were taking for you to think you looked cool, bet they still think the high tops are cool though.

  2. jerseychris

    Jan 22, 2016 at 9:18 am

    Can these worn with wife beater and short shorts?

  3. Doreen

    Jan 17, 2016 at 8:43 pm

    Ditto the clown suit, looks like a fool.

  4. Joseph Dreitler

    Jan 9, 2016 at 11:04 am

    It’s all about marketing. Puma wants to sell stuff and he is their tour spokesperson. Golf equipment and now golf fashion are like the fashion business in general. Come out with new stuff every year to try and cause a buzz and get people to toss last year’s stuff and buy new. The goal is raise sales and boast the stock price of the executives options. Not a criticism, just a fact. Most of it, like most of the silly training do dads won’t do anything for your game. If they make you happy, then do it. If you like high top shoes, buy them. If you want to wear a jock strap playing golf, do it. But, wearing a jock strap doesn’t make you a jock.

  5. KK

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Very interesting. I despise jeans-wearers on golf courses, even if the specific course allows it. This discussion is making me rethink my stance. But not too much, I still hate golf in jeans.

  6. Dan F

    Jan 8, 2016 at 8:20 pm

    Thought he looked fine and I’m old.
    They make sense on windy days – no flapping pantlegs to distract.

  7. Rich

    Jan 8, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    He seems like a nice fella but he looks absolutely ridiculous.

  8. Cubigred

    Jan 8, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    the rules of golf clubs are being re-written as we speak:
    Shirts with a collar and golf slacks/shorts are considered appropriate attire. Shorts must be of conservative tailoring no more than 3” above the knee. Tank tops, t-shirts, cut-offs, sweat pants, athletic shorts, swim trunks, tennis shorts, denim, Puuma high-tops and jogger pants are not permitted.

  9. David Bloom

    Jan 8, 2016 at 3:16 pm

    Wanted to post to free items available. Am member, bit couldn’t post. How do I do it? Thanks

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  11. joro

    Jan 8, 2016 at 2:59 pm

    Slow down fellas, this is starting to sound like some of the comments in Facebook. I mean I though the replies in here used to at least show a little class, but this krap is way out of line. Now how about starting over.

    Oh, and by the way, Rickie looks like krap, clean it up Rickie.

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  13. Greg V

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:29 pm

    I’m over 60; I like the look. I like the way he hits a golf ball even more.

    As a matter of fact, I can’t wait to wear high tops and shorts sometime soon.

    Whatever.

    • Poor

      Jan 7, 2016 at 5:06 pm

      That’s because you’re too poor to play anything but cheap munis

      • Fink

        Jan 8, 2016 at 12:39 am

        You can….maybe…get an effing grip.

      • mikey t

        Feb 28, 2016 at 7:06 pm

        this guy THINKS money can buy you CLASS….just another LOSER in the game of life !!!

      • mikey t

        Feb 28, 2016 at 7:12 pm

        this person THINKS money can BUY class….just because you can afford better courses or a country club membership don’t make you a better person….you’re just a LOSER with more money….golf is NO LONGER a GENTLEMAN’s sport…..

  14. Keith

    Jan 7, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Wow people are getting really bent out of shape over a pair of shoes and joggers kind of childish guys. You can have your own opinions I get that but they are just shoes. And whoever said get a gang tattoo and move to Compton is just an A**hole, by the way jack and Arnie love Ricky and if you haven’t noticed that when people get old and die young people replace them in a game that’s losing traction all over the world so yeah you should thank Ricky for keeping it interesting. Besides have you seen the new shoes that Nike has come out with? Knit chukkas? And everyone loves those also the air Jordan’s Keegan wears are pretty close to high tops and people would kill for them so troll along losers troll along

    • Golfgirlrobin

      Jan 8, 2016 at 6:31 pm

      You’re taking this way too seriously. Don’t get all butt hurt over shoe opinions. They’re shoes.

  15. MP-4

    Jan 7, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    “KING” on a hat is not the best way to advertise Cobra. Was watching an interview from his left side yesterday, could only see “ING” Thought he changed to PING for a sec.

  16. Sam

    Jan 7, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    The move to more athletic gear has helped the game grow and has helped golfers perform. I think the move to high tops is another positive. Think back to Rory’s recovery from the ankle injury. He had to slide the left foot out instead of posting up and letting it pronate. This is a very common adjustment golfers who keep a firm left foot have to make. The slide step is probably most prominent in Bubba or Patrick Reed’s swing. I’d be curious what teaching professionals, rather than fashion police, think the effect greater ankle support might have in helping someone who prefers to keep a stable left side.

    As for joggers, not such a far cry from knickers, which we celebrate in golf. Everybody likes to reflect fondly on Payne Stewart’s “quirkiness” because he was part of the crew. Rickie is a little bit different; he’s also the Player’s Champion and probably the most popular player among junior golfers under 12 (but see Spieth). I don’t see a problem. Grow the game or there won’t be anything to celebrate BUT the good ole days.

    • BIG STU

      Jan 7, 2016 at 7:30 pm

      Got to agree with you Sam. I like the high tops due to the fact I have ankle issues. I played in the past with Chucky Taylor Converse tennis shoes or Van’s skateboard shoes. If I wear regular golf shoes I have to wear my ankle braces. I also do the “foot slide” thing for the very reason you stated. Glad to see someone else understands ankle issues

  17. Mike

    Jan 7, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    Didnt Michelle Wie first wear high tops? so ricki is just a copy cat??

  18. Double Mocha Man

    Jan 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Golfwear checked out of “honoring the game” a long time ago when corporate logos started covering shirts and hats.

    Nevertheless, I’m okay with Rickie wearing this. Now, just keep Kevin Stadler out of this kind of satorial splendor.

    • Poor

      Jan 7, 2016 at 5:07 pm

      No, the mistake was made when they let Eldrick wear a t-shirt

  19. Mark

    Jan 7, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Dear Lord no. Get a gang tattoo and move to Compton.

    • JT

      Jan 8, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Just stop it with the stereotype. The equipment has changed allowing puny guys to hit the ball a long ways. So, let the look of the game change as well. Definitely won’t help or hurt his game.

    • Drew

      Jan 8, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      Whoa, first he’s a lady man from a comment below, and now he’s a South Central gangbanger?? LOL. Talking about stretches. It’s hilarious how far everyone is reaching to bash on the guy for wearing something a little strayed from the norm. I’d also like to know what the final form is for someone who hits the ball 300yds, wears joggers and high tops, has a model gf, has a ‘gang tatoo’, and relocates to Compton?

    • Mat

      Jan 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm

      Anyone wonder if racism is still alive and well in golf? Exhibit A: ^

  20. JR

    Jan 7, 2016 at 10:25 am

    By the way, Caitlyn is not a lady, woman or she—-more like an it!!

  21. Steve

    Jan 7, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Ricki and Caitlyn need to have a brunch. They can talk shoes and clothes it will be a blasty blast for them. Ricki desires so much attention, where a dress already

    • Steve

      Jan 7, 2016 at 9:40 am

      *wear

    • Brian

      Jan 7, 2016 at 9:58 am

      Woof. That’s a heck of a reach there. And nice job disparaging a person I’d be willing to bet you’ve put no thought into trying to understand. I’m not saying you have to like her decision, but don’t go around making generalizations without even attempting to show empathy. She is still a person, after all; one has just as much value as you and me.

    • Tom

      Jan 7, 2016 at 10:40 am

      Geez Steve, who pissed in your oatmeal?

      • On yer bike

        Jan 7, 2016 at 11:37 am

        Who’s Caitlyn?

        • Brian

          Jan 7, 2016 at 12:34 pm

          I assumed he was referring to Caitlyn Jenner. Still can’t find a good reason to spew the hate, and I’m actually really missing the connection between the two.

  22. Professor

    Jan 7, 2016 at 8:57 am

    And the USGA is worried about belly putters…

  23. Numb-E

    Jan 7, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Somebody get Arnie or Jack to call Rickie and tell him to respect the game and not bring the circus to it by dressing like a clown with them silly leggings.

    • Brian

      Jan 7, 2016 at 9:52 am

      I’d be willing to bet you’re the same type of person who’ll make this statement in one breath, and then in the next, ponder how to grow the game. Whether you like it or not, time marches on. No one’s forcing you to wear the outfit, and regardless, Rickie’s got the game to back up whatever he wants to wear.

      You also fail to realize that the only reason “circuses” ever show up is when people get all huffy about something “scary” and (in this case, marginally) different. If you just let them do it–and by all accounts this definitely isn’t hurting you or anyone else–then perhaps there would be no “circus” to speak of.

      And one more thing, this is the same kid who honored Payne Stewart by wearing knickers and high socks a few years back. If anyone respects the game, I’d wager he (Rickie) is one of them. Don’t get mad just because you don’t like a look that absolutely no one is telling you you have to wear.

      • On yer bike

        Jan 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

        Dude, he’s a dirt biker. Nuff said

        • Jerry

          Jan 8, 2016 at 3:23 am

          Not a dirtbiker anymore they’d be laughing their a**es off at him with this nonsense.

          • LOL

            Jan 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

            And then they’d realize he makes in a week what they make in a year…

      • micmac

        Jan 7, 2016 at 11:46 am

        @Brian
        Wait, huh? In the above you said “And nice job disparaging a person I’d be willing to bet you’ve put no thought into trying to understand.”

        So how different is that to you trolling around here doing the same thing to the commenters????
        You pathetic little hypocrite. Go hide behind yer mom’s skirt like you always do.

        • Brian

          Jan 7, 2016 at 12:45 pm

          Okay, man. Not a troll, to be sure. Just someone who cares about everyone (even when we disagree), and who’s willing to admit that I might have been able to word the initial response better.

          This is exactly why I almost didn’t post one in the first place. It’s a heated subject (and unrelated to the post about high tops and joggers anyway…so I’m not sure what the OP was really going for) and one that’s pretty polarizing. It doesn’t appear that either of us is going to change the other’s mind, and nothing good will come of this, so we should both walk (or roll, if you’re in an office chair) away.

    • baddomes

      Jan 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm

      Jack and Arnie have no idea where they are 50% of the time.

  24. Bobby

    Jan 7, 2016 at 12:32 am

    In the words of Donald Trump, “it’s a disaster”

    • Bernie

      Jan 8, 2016 at 1:56 pm

      Pot calling the kettle black there.

      -Feel the bern

  25. Cris

    Jan 7, 2016 at 12:28 am

    Where are those pictures that you speak of, good sir?

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