When thinking about golf clothes, my first thought is always the great line from Rodney Dangerfield in Caddyshack where he plows through the Bushwood Country Club pro shop like the Tasmanian Devil and stops when he sees a particularly ugly pinstriped fedora and remarks, “Oh, this is the worst looking hat I ever saw. What, when you buy a hat like this I bet you get a free bowl of soup.”
Fortunately, golf attire has improved greatly over the years. Sure, John Daly still wears the atrocious and appropriately named Loudmouth pants, but as many golfers’ fitness got better so did their fits. That movement coincided with efforts to take some of the stuffiness out of the game. Usually, overt efforts to make something cool end up being decidedly uncool. But sometimes it can actually be pulled off. And Nike’s conversion of the famous Air Jordan 1 into a golf shoe is one such example.
The Jordan 1 is perhaps the most recognizable sneaker silhouette ever. The fact that sneakerheads of all ages and dispositions still revere the first Air Jordan is a testament to its timeless design. It’s also a design that has proven to be remarkably adaptable. Recently, Nike celebrated Serena Williams’s 23rd Grand Slam championship by creating a pair of her NikeCourt Flares that looked like Jordan 1s (his Airness famously wore number 23). And now Nike has made Air Jordans suitable for another country club sport with a golf version.
The Air Jordan 1 golf shoe features extra padding around the ankle so duffers can grip it and rip it. The upper is also completely waterproof so you can play through a thunderstorm like the bishop in Caddyshack. The outsole features soft spikes and is designed to flex with the foot’s natural movements.
The sneakers will come in an all-white version, but really what’s the point of getting Air Jordan golf shoes if you’re not going to get them in the “Chicago” colorway of white, black and red. The shoes will be available February 10 for $200 at nike.com.
This isn’t the first time that a pair of Jordans have been turned into kicks for the links. In 2015, Nike converted the Air Jordan 6 silhouette into fairway-appropriate footwear.