ORLANDO, FLORIDA | Remember the old commercial tagline, “It’s gotta be the shoes?”
For Rickie Fowler, it’s definitely about the shoes this week at the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
Fowler, who introduced joggers and high-top golf shoes to the PGA Tour last year, is wearing specially made high-tops this week at Bay Hill to celebrate the life of Arnold Palmer.
How best to describe the shoes?
Well, they’re distinctive. No one else is wearing anything like them.
The Puma shoes feature a photo collage of Palmer moments through the years with Palmer’s autograph and familiar umbrella logo on an ankle strap. Fowler shared them with his fans on Twitter:
— Rickie Fowler (@RickieFowler) March 14, 2017
Fowler had nothing to do with the design of the shoes.
“This was a surprise,” Fowler said. “Another case where Puma kind of stepped up and did something special to go out and do a collaboration. I had only heard that there was something in the works, I didn’t know really what it was. Just being able to wear the logo and hat, clothing and stuff is fun and something different for the week and it is a cool logo.
“Everyone knows what the umbrella is and what it stands for. But to have the shoes … something different, it’s kind of a collage of Arnie through his years of golf. So it’s pretty cool.
“I told some people I’m not sure if I’m going to take them off. I had to put them on last night to lace them up properly and make sure they were good to go for this morning. It’s going to be a special week and I’m glad I was able to put a couple of things together and as well as my sponsors stepping up as well.”
Fowler said there are only two pairs of the Palmer shoes. One pair will be auctioned off for charity, one of the shoes Fowler wears in the tournament will be given to Bay Hill and he intends to keep one shoe for himself.