Imagine trying to match footwear to Ian Poulter’s wardrobe. He's a dandy, as well as a designer, and the colors he wears present certain challenges. Having parting ways with FootJoy, which had made lots of custom options for him including snakeskin prints and pink footwear, Poulter now gets color-coordinated, statement-making footwear from Puma.
Poulter recently received a shipment of Puma’s Neo Classic Pro-Type golf shoes in five colors. The prototype shoes have brogue detailing (perforations) on the signature Puma stripe and use the company’s proprietary directional quill spiking system. While this style is not yet available to consumers, a limited release of the style will be available to purchase in mid-summer.
Poulter has long played Cobra golf clubs. Since Cobra and Puma have combined, it brings his sponsorships under one roof.
FootJoy, meanwhile, is still making the best-selling golf shoes in the world and has numerous players under contract who take advantage of the company's full-customization options. Luke Donald, who has worn FJ Icons for a long time, prefers the “shield tip” pattern—or wingtips—that comes in many color combinations. At the Masters, he wore a pair with base white patent leather and contrast navy patent leather saddle. And Bubba Watson wore custom FJ Icons—in fuscia, to coordinate with his pink outfits—while winning the Masters.
Something about the way Graham DeLaet looks out there, did you notice? The cool sherbet colors? The Canadian who finished tied for fourth in the Zurich Classic looked light and airy in a buff-colored golf shirt and light blue pants on Sunday. The previous day he wore an interesting graphic pattern golf shirt, with wavy stripes punctuated by repearing red bars, and raspberry trousers. His clothes are made by Sligo, an Ontario-based company that makes very interesting golf clothes (for example, trousers patterned in 'digitile,’ based on Moroccan tile designs). In addition to DeLaet’s game, the young man from Weyburn and Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is someone to watch.