OAKMONT, Pa. -- Because you've probably been told this 10,000 times, you are surely aware that Johnny Miller shot 63 in the final round of the 1973 U.S. Open. What you probably don't know is these are the shoes he wore.
Look pretty comfortable, right?
Yes, it's fair to say golf footwear has come a long way in the last four decades, and the latest proof was these shoes sported by Bubba Watson on Tuesday at Oakmont.
As with Keegan Bradley and Rickie Fowler before him, Watson has gone the high-top route thanks to this new pair of G/Fore Crusaders (and he actually had a hand in designing them). The timing seems right: if ever there was a place you needed proper ankle support, it would be while trampling around in the Oakmont rough.
But how do they look? We asked Golf Digest contributing style editor Alex Holmes for his take, and here's what he said:
"Like everything G/Fore does, these feel like an elevated interpretation of an old school classic. The beefy rounded toe and perforated upper feel like a clear homage to the iconic Air Force 1 and the quilted ankle section adds a cool new edge. This is a serious set of spikes. Literally, the size and shape of these kicks are so strong that they could be a challenge to pull off the right way if you're a smaller-footed fellow. Both swag and shoe size required to rock these well."