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WRX Spotlight: FootJoy 1857 Collection golf shoes



Product: FootJoy 1857 golf shoes

Pitch: From FootJoy: “The 1857 Collection is carefully crafted by the finest shoemakers in the world, painstakingly executing over 150 steps to produce the highest quality footwear for the most discerning golf enthusiast. A tried and tested method used for over 100 years. Hand-selecting premium calfskin leathers, utilizing classic goodyear welt construction and ensuring detailed, impeccable finishes are just a few steps in our unique manufacturing process.”

Our take on FootJoy’s 1857 golf shoes

When it comes to premium, high-end golf shoes, FootJoy 1857 goes all out. The company’s shoes carry with them a whopping price-tag of $750, enough to scare away most golfers on the lookout for a pair of kicks. But it’s only when you examine the detail and craftsmanship of the shoes that it all makes sense.

Right off the bat, the throwback style of the shoes is eye-catching. The 1857 shoes are designed with history in mind, with an exquisite look.

The shoes come in two different styles – Shield Tip and Plain Toe Saddle. Both styles have a European influence behind them, with designers from the U.S. and Italy creating the look of the shoes by incorporating premium Italian calfskin leathers, full leather linings, suede heel pockets, and cork-layered fit beds. The cork-layered fit beds are said to mold into the shape of your feet over time, and every shoe is hand-crafted using over 150 steps to produce each shoe.

Each shoe’s premium calf leather is double stitched to provide for an extremely durable and waterproof shoe, while an FJ 1857 stamp on the outsole adds to the distinguished look.

The exhausting creation process is displayed in the FootJoy 1857 golf shoes in stunning detail, to create a golf shoe which is not just undoubtedly stylish but offers premium comfort too. Though the price tag of $750 may be hard to ignore for many, even when admiring the hand-craftsmanship of the 1857 shoes, just like a dress shoe, investing in one of these premium shoes may give you the benefit of not needing to do so again.

The sizing for the FootJoy 1857 shoe comes with an alpha system, which aims to provide a more detailed and accurate sizing, while the shoes arrive in a variety of colors. With the style, elegance, comfort and incredible hand-craftsmanship of FootJoy’s 1857 shoes, the companies boldness in entering the high-end golf shoe market looks to be more than validated.

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  1. Tom

    Mar 11, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Return of the heel blisters!

  2. Gunter Eisenberg

    Mar 8, 2019 at 7:30 am

    No thanks. I’d rather buy their ICON shoes instead for about half the price.

  3. dat

    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    Should charge $7500 for these! What a comfortable deal!

  4. flyingwedges

    Mar 7, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    what is the difference between these and the FootJoy Premiere line which has been discontinues?

  5. JP

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:56 pm

    They look great, but even if I can afford them, no thanks at $750/pair.
    I’d rather wear DNA’s with the BOA system.

    • Tom

      Mar 7, 2019 at 8:04 pm

      DNA line is really good, modern look, great lateral support and maximum spike benefit.
      I do have 2 pairs of those….

  6. Turkish

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:26 pm

    Do they come with a lifetime warranty? I mean, if I spend $750 on a pair of golf shoes, I want a lifetime warranty that covers any blemish they occur. For instance, after awhile the laces start to mark my shoes. I would like to submit a warranty claim for full replacement. Do they come with shoe trees or awell made leather carrying case? If I’m paying $750 for shoes I would like my money’s worth.

  7. Jose Pinatas

    Mar 7, 2019 at 7:08 pm

    $750 a pair?? Is that a joke? If not it should be.

    • Thomas A

      Mar 8, 2019 at 10:19 am

      When your shoes aren’t made in Asia, this is the going rate.

      • Max

        Mar 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

        Hard to believe that FJ would have these made anywhere else other than where they currently have their shoes being made.

  8. Tom

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    At $750 a pair, I’m all in!!!!!

    • Jose Pinatas

      Mar 7, 2019 at 7:12 pm

      Yeah. I’ll take 10 pair. Give me the whole collection in a 12w. Ok sir, you bill is $7500 for 10 pair, or would you rather buy your 16yr old a car??

  9. Tom

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:53 pm

    Only $750 a pair to walk around and step in coot poop at La Costa, I’m in!!!

  10. real recognize real

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:51 pm

    how are you going to walk 18 with these lol?

    • Jose Pinatas

      Mar 7, 2019 at 7:10 pm

      Like literally, or because their $750 a pair?

    • geohogan

      Mar 7, 2019 at 8:56 pm

      I treasured the red, white and blue FJ saddle shoe back in the day…it took half a season , playing 4 times a week, to break them in.

  11. Chip2win

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:39 pm

    They look really uncomfortable.

  12. Mark

    Mar 7, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    To be blunt I think this statement is a lie – “our unique manufacturing process”. It is my understanding, that with the closure of the Classics factory, FootJoy no longer has the manufacturing ability to produce this type of shoe.

    This is what really irks me about GolfWRX’s journalists. They never question any part of a company’s press release. They just simply pass on the falsehoods.

  13. flyingwedges

    Mar 7, 2019 at 5:32 pm

    What is the difference between these shoes and the discontinued FootJoy Premiere, other than price?

  14. Billable Hour

    Mar 7, 2019 at 4:33 pm

    These look great, can’t wait to pick up a few pairs once the weather turns.

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WRX Spotlight: Puma polos



Product: Puma polos

Pitch:  From Puma “A world leader in high-performance sports clothing, Puma launched their first golf collection in 2004 complete with Puma golf shoes and clothing. The collection has gone from strength to strength ever since its creation, with tour pro golfers wearing the range out on the course. With bold colorful clothing to classically sporty and smart pieces, Puma golf is a versatile collection certain to appeal to golfers of all preferences.”

Our take on Puma’s polos

It’s difficult to look past Puma’s 2019 polo collection without seeing its Paradise golf shirt. Showcased by Rickie Fowler during the Island stretch of golf to begin the new year, the unconventional all button up shirt may not be to everyone’s taste, but anyone who pulls the shirt on will likely agree on its comfort. The shirt will channel your inner Ned Flanders, “feels like I’m wearing nothing at all,” and the ultra-lightweight feel combined with the looseness makes it an ideal summer shirt for swinging the club freely on the golf course.

Puma has a lot more polos on offer in 2019 than its Paradise shirt though, and one of the most visually striking shirts of theirs is the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo. The shirt comes in three vibrant colors (blue, white and green), and its camo inspired pattern is subtle and discreet which gives the shirt a cool look without being distracting. Also a lightweight polo, the Aletknit Radius Golf Polo features a clean three button look, as well as a very comfortable fit, and its dryCell technology means you won’t be drenched in sweat this summer.

Then there’s the Rotation Golf Polo which comes in both solid and stripes styles. The shirts offer a very modern feel and look, and you certainly won’t be disappointed with the selection of colors which the shirts come in, with an abundance on offer.

On the throwback front, Puma has you covered with their Nineties Golf Polo, with a striped shirt style and color. There are five different color blocks to choose from which are about as representative of spring/summer as I’ve seen, and the shirts also come with Ultraviolet Protection Factor, which is a nice summer touch.

The Faraday Polo is according to the company itself “one of our best”. Lightweight and one of the softest shirts they provide, it’s hard to disagree with them in terms of comfort level. The only off-putting feature of this shirt for me is the odd unfinished lining around the pocket.

The exhaustive selection of golf polos provided by Puma is impressive, and they’ve covered everything you’d want in a golf shirt in each of their styles. Prices range from $50-$70, and no matter what your taste, you’re bound to find a great summer golf shirt to add to your collection from their 2019 lineup.


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WRX Spotlight: 2UNDR performance underwear



Product: 2UNDR performance underwear

Pitch: From 2UNDR: “Inspired by the kangaroo-pouch, we set out to create a high performance men’s athletic underwear, with the versatility of everyday use. Using the most advanced construction techniques and materials, we were able to separate your equipment from your body to reduce unwanted skin-on-skin contact. With more support than a standard brief and improved airflow to keep you cool, the 2UNDR™ products provide the best fit, comfort and style a man could ever need.”

Our take on 2UNDR underwear

There was a lot of big news made this year when Rickie, you know THE Rickie on tour, changed balls, switching to the all-new TaylorMade TP5, and winning only a few events later. BUT another switch for Rickie this year flew way under the radar…and under his fitted Puma pants. It had everything to do with balls, but nothing to with urethane or five layers: I’m talking his 2UNDR Performance Underwear.

From desk jockeys to runners, and everything in between (including golfers) we all want down there comfort. With 2UNDR you get exactly that, thanks to their JoeyPouch technology, which keeps everything together yet spaciously separated for comfort and moisture wicking. I know it seems silly, but speaking from experience: after switching to 2UNDR over six years ago, I have never looked back to the days of plain old cotton, for both day to day and especially on course.

There is a lot of technology packed into each pair of 2UNDR. That, along with some serious attention to detail, make sure you are comfy all day long. The tech in each pair of 2UNDRs includes a reinforced and roll-resistant waistband, precisely placed seems around the garment to prevent any “rub zones,” and, of course, the patented JoeyPouch to keep the precious goods (OK, fine I’ll just say it, we’re all adults: testicles) right where they should be.

For the sake of argument I think having used a product for more than 6 years puts this into the category of “long-term review,” and from this 2UNDR loyalist I have nothing but glowing things to say. The durability I have experienced from the many pairs I have has been excellent, and I take ZERO special care of these; washer and dryer every time and they are the same fit and comfort wear after wear, including a nice fit around the thigh where undies usually lose shape the quickest. The only complaint I could have had was tweaked a few years ago from their first iteration which had the tag on the front sewn on in a little patch. It it now built right into the waistband so it has zero chance of ever falling off.

On the course for me is where these stand out. I’m a Swing Shift user and can’t begin to tell you how many times on a hot summer day my 2UNDRs make that last walk up the 18th hole just a comfy as walking off the first tee four hours earlier. To be real frank they hold everything in place and eliminate the need for that layer of baby powder that you may be used to applying with traditional boxers. The waistband never bunches, even with a shirt tucked in with a belt, which might seem like a small thing but with all the twisting and bending we do as golfers around our midsection, even if you are a cart rider, gives you one less thing to worry about.

Speaking of worrying, just like with so many things with not just golf, but in life, its often the small details that can make or break any product — the expensive shoes that just rub your heel the wrong way, the hat that doesn’t sit “just right,” the location of the second button on a dress shirt (please do yourself a favor and watch Seinfeld if you don’t get that reference). It’s only the things we never think about that are really the most comfortable; like your favorite pair of jeans, or in my case wearing anything but 2UNDR Swing Shifts. The only thing you’ll have to think about is which colors or patterns to choose — there are A LOT!!!

I don’t really say this about too many products, but if aren’t wearing 2UNDR undies, you might need to seriously take a look in the mirror and evaluate your underpants situation. You can find 2UNDR available at most golf shops that know what’s up, or online through their website.



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WRX Spotlight: Malbon Golf headwear



Product: Malbon Golf headwear

Pitch: Via Malbon: “Malbon Golf is a lifestyle brand inspired by the game of golf. We provide quality products, tell stories, and invite customers to take part in the community of like-minded thinkers that we have created.”

Our take on Malbon Golf’s headwear

Mixing streetwear with traditional golf themes, this LA-based golf culture company is putting out some pretty awesome pieces.

I’m usually not one to review headwear but in this case, I felt compelled to comment on a few things surrounding Malbon Headwear.

First and foremost, the quality is second to none, the hats are well constructed, comfortable, malleable and come in multiple styles. That’s simple enough.

Secondly, the designs of each offering are fresh, conversation inspiring, clever and bring with it the feeling of being in a cool little club. Much like having a hat from a favorite course or tournament (excluding THE MASTERS, sorry nothing touches those hats), Malbon headwear is meant to carry with it a bit of real-time nostalgia.

The third and most important aspect of The Malbon culture, in general, is golf conversation. I have one Malbon hat that I wear allllll the time. I live in Toronto, thousands of Miles from Fairfax Avenue. The amount of people that have come up to me in the street, at the airport or anywhere else for that matter to comment on my hat is nothing short of hilarious. They aren’t necessarily coming up to me to ask where I got it either…they know where it came from. These folks want to talk golf, and if you listen to any interview Steve Malbon has given…..that was the whole point to the ever-growing Malbon machine: get people talking.

Mission accomplished.

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