Jul 24th, 2016
G/Fore Crusader High Top Golf Shoes
Bringing Street to the Course
Words: Daniel Owen Photography: Video & editing Tim Southwell
As a self certified golf pervert I love all the gear that surrounds golf. Shiny irons, custom wedges, fancy graphite shafts that change colour. This year however I seem to be writing about golf shoes constantly - and that's a good thing. Golf shoes have moved away from the traditional, and are embracing the real world. You don't have to wear the same shoes as Bing Crosby anymore. Gone are the days where you're forced to wear wing tips and brogues. Golf has moved on. And this year seems to be the official year of the high top.
Nike have the Flyknit Chukka, very much a sporty design. Puma have the Ignite High Top being worn by Rickie Fowler, which is very much a fashion lead design. G/Fore have got the Crusader. This is street wear finally hitting the golf course. The golf shoe for the sneaker head.
We first saw these back at the PGA Merchandise show, and the finished article looks even better. Worn by Bubba Watson on the PGA Tour, they are inspired by old school basketball boots like the Nike Air Jordan 1's, G/Fore's main man Mossimo Giannulli has pimped them out with luxe leathers, but more importantly he's made them into a functional, usable, wearable golf shoe. Don't be surprised to see them worn on tour this year either. He's taken his disruptive approach to golf gloves and apparel, and put that in to these golf shoes.
We love the black and white shoe with it's faux croc panels. The'yre also waterproofed in the tanning process to keep the water out. A super lightweight EVA sole provides great traction, while an anti-bacterial lining helps keep them breathable. And they're light. Much lighter than they look.
We understand that these aren't the golf shoes for everyone. They aren't even the golf shoes for the rest of us. But we know we can't be the only ones frothing at the bits to wear these on the course.
The G/Fore Crusader is hitting stores anytime now, and is already available in the US.