By John Strege
Jack Nicklaus hails from an era when golf shoes resembled dress shoes with spikes, which is to say they were heavy and not particularly comfortable.
Golf shoes have evolved into something more athletic -- lightweight, comfortable and often with nubs, instead of spikes.
Nicklaus, in partnership with Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation, is attempting to combine the two -- honoring the traditions of the game, while providing the advantages of the contemporary golf shoe, "a line that included both a current, comfortable athletic shoe, as well as a more classic design for this Signature shoe, combining performance, comfort and stability," he said in a news release.
The result is the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Line by Allen Edmonds, featuring three series of shoes, each named for one of his course designs. The saddle shoe shown here is from the Muirfield Village line that comes in five models.
The shoes all come with what is called a Stability Rim sole to provide greater traction and footwork stability. The shoes feature leather uppers, are waterproof and are spikeless, allowing for wearing on and off the course.
The shoes will retail for $195. Belts, hats, gloves and socks are also available in the Nicklaus Signature Line.