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Nike launches Air Jordan 13 golf shoes… tired of this trend yet?

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The basketball-golf shoe concept started on the feet of Keegan Bradley and his custom, one-off “Air Keegan’s.” Those were super cool, and had golf fans and sneakerheads alike fawning over them.

Then Nike released a golf-specific version of its classic Air Jordan 6 basketball shoe; an athletic, basketball-inspired shoe was now available to the mainstream. Those were also sweet, and seemed to open the door for a trend, which is now dangerously at full steam.

Since then, Nike has released Retro 1’s — those were undeniably awesome — a Jordan Trainer ST golf shoe, and NFL star Dez Bryant publicized a golf version of the highly coveted Concord 11s, as well. While I didn’t make any of those purchases personally, I certainly appreciated what Nike was doing. “Make golf cool again,” right?

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Today, Nike announced a May 18 release of the Air Jordan 13 ($200) in two colorways: White/University Red and White/Black. The originals, designed by sneaker legend Tinker Hatfield, were released in 1997 and had outsoles inspired by a cat’s paw to celebrate “Michael Jordan’s feline quickness on the court.” Also, when Denzel Washington’s character wore a white-black-and-red colorway in the 1998 Spike Lee movie He Got Game, the shoes became legendary.

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The golf version’s have a few adjustments to provide extra stability, as well as the following technologies, as per a Nike press release.

“The full-length Lunarlon midsole provides soft yet responsive lightweight cushioning while the premium leather upper is designed with medial and lateral overlays that offer a 1-year waterproof guarantee,” Nike says. “These overlays also incorporate non-stretch synthetic leathers that assist in upper, mid-foot and heel support.”

Jordan13SpikesMy concern is not with golf’s Jordan 13’s themselves; they’re sick. And any golfer who had a pair of Jordan 13’s growing up, or just loves the movie He Got Game, these will be a must have. But the trend of turning Air Jordans into golf shoes doesn’t seem to be slowing down, leading to my fear of watering down the concept entirely.

When no one could get a pair of the Air Keegans, basketball-golf shoes were in high demand. But now that supply is becoming so high, at what point will this become tiresome? Will Nike release a golf shoe for every Air Jordan, 1-14? (Yes, I know there are more than 14 models, but anyone who thinks Jordans didn’t fall off after 14 is lying to themselves).

Like with any fashion trend, it’s cool until everyone is in on it. The Air Jordan basketball shoes are awesome until they’re not awesome anymore, and I feel as though this trend is heading toward “uncool” faster than expected.That being said, if Nike releases a golf version of the Air Jordan “White Cement” 4s I’ll be first in line regardless.

For now, you can pick up a pair of the new golf-version Air Jordan 13s on Nike’s website, or local retailers starting May 18. Just be wary, in my humble opinion, that the trend is beginning to teeter on overkill.

When fashion trends bob, sometimes it’s best to weave. Or is it? Lets put it to a vote.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Malibu

    May 9, 2017 at 9:31 pm

    Prospective members wearing such need not apply.

    Thanks,
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  2. Judge Smells

    May 9, 2017 at 7:13 pm

    It’s arthritis, you know. I got that arthritis thing happenin’. Yeah? yeah. My brother’s got the same arthritic condition

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Kevin Kisner’s new Callaway X Forged CB irons which he has in the bag at this week’s CJ Cup. WRXers have been commenting on the switch and the clubs themselves in our forums.

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

Watch the full video below, since it is quite entertaining (albeit not the type of golf that Old Tom Morris surely had in mind), but in particular, make sure to check out the first hole where Lowry and Ryder play a full hole completely blind folded. It’s amazing to watch how badly Ryder struggles, and how Lowry nearly makes par.

Cleveland-Srixon’s marketing department has been hard at work crafting these viral-esque ad campaigns; if you remember, former long-drive champion Jamie Sadlowski recently dressed as 80-year-old Grandpa Jamie to fool range-goers. That video has since gathered over 1.2 million views on YouTube.

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We hope this golfer didn’t take the ultra-premium golf equipment plunge before sending his clubs to a watery grave. Either way, this was an expensive (and strangely calm) reaction to a bad round.

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