Track stripes pick up speed, Justin Thomas' shoe switch, and the return of ‘90s wrap-around shades
Justin Thomas (Ralph Lauren | FootJoy)
The golf fashion story of the week was Justin Thomas’ move to FootJoy’s new Premiere Series shoes. Since arriving on Tour, JT has always laced up the brand’s timeless Icons, usually the Shield Tip model in a variety of bespoke colorways. Naturally, any deviation from his normal setup is newsworthy and his new kicks had social media buzzing.
Thomas opted for the Packard, one of three classically-inspired models in FJ’s new Premiere Series. The modern saddle style possesses a clean look with a pebbled upper and an exotic print on the saddle. An interesting twist is the fact that Justin’s shoes have a darker midsole than the retail versions.
Joining the Packard in the Premiere series is the Tarlow, a cap-toed brogue, and the Flint, a sophisticated oxford. Look for the series to drop in February. We were lucky enough to receive an early Christmas present from FootJoy (Thank you, FJ!), so stay tuned for more on these.
Rickie Fowler (Puma Golf)
While the questions have been answered about JT’s shoes, Rickie’s kicks remain a mystery. Fowler has been known to slip on high-tops in the past, but this model seems to be more of a 3/4-top with an adjustable strap around the heel, presumably to lock the foot in place. Puma typically launches new footwear during the first few months of the year, so we shouldn’t be in the dark for much longer.
Matt Wallace (J.Lindeberg | FootJoy)
Matt Wallace is another FJ player to make the move to the Premiere Series footwear, but what really caught our attention were the side stripes on his J.Lindeberg pants. While joggers dominated the chatter in 2020, look for track pants to bust out of the blocks and be the controversial style of 2021. Who knows; maybe we’ll even see joggers with track stripes.
Francesco Laporta (Hydrogen North America)
A roll neck collar surrounded by lightning bolts, a skull logo, track pants, massive ‘90s retro wrap-around shades, and pops of neon. Francesco Laporta has his own vibe going on and it is bold and rebellious. Hydrogen may have started on the tennis courts, but it is bringing a brash attitude the course with fashion-forward looks that remind me of J.Lindeberg from the early 2000s.
Rory Sabbatini (J-Sadock)
A large graphical pattern combined an ombre print and a high-contrast red logo. Wow! There is a lot going on here. I think I need Francesco Laporta’s sunglasses for this. Remember, less is more.
Patrick Rodgers (Oakley | G/FORE)
Patrick Rodgers knows how golf clothing should fit. Shirts that are trim through the body and arms with sleeves that hit mid-bicep. Tapered trousers that just sweep the tops of the shoes. When you’re stuntin’ this hard, go ahead and leave an extra button undone.
Abraham Ancer (Black Quail)
Small details make a big difference. The splash of color on the inner collar brings a modern look to this traditional striped polo while adding a touch of depth.
Johnson Wagner (Peter Millar | FootJoy)
There is a disturbing trend on Tour of players pairing brown belts with black shoes. I thought most of us learned this was a no-go in kindergarten. Besides, the dark shoes weigh down the entire look. Even the Budweiser rope hat can’t save this fit.
Andy Ogletree (Peter Millar)
Andy Ogletree put the other amateurs to shame in the style department at the Masters and U.S. Open while wearing smooth threads from Peter Millar. Now that he has turned pro, it is great to see him sticking with what earned him some Fashion Dimes at the majors. If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it.
Harris English (Peter Millar)
Leave the khakis to your dad. Instead, grab a pair of modern, 5-pocket trousers in a darker brown and wear them with a navy blue shirt, brown or navy blue woven belt, and white shoes.
This column originally appeared on Golf-Threads.com, our content partner for golf fashion and trends.
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