ORLANDO, Fla. – There have been many great tributes to Arnold Palmer so far this week at Bay Hill. Rickie Fowler’s shoes, though, might be the most creative.
Fowler’s Puma Ignite Hi-Tops will look a little different this week as Fowler pays homage to the late, great Palmer. The custom shoe features, most notably, a high-grade infused graphic of several Palmer photos printed directly into the leather.
“I feel privileged to have known Arnie and be able to call him a friend,” Fowler said. “I wanted to do something to celebrate what he did on the course and more importantly how he used his platform to benefit others through his foundation. He is the King after all.”
Other Palmer-themed features:
The Velcro strap is laser engraved with Palmer’s signature.
Behind the tongue of the left shoe is the iconic umbrella logo that has become synonymous with Palmer’s brand.
Behind the tongue of the right shoe includes a quote from Fowler in remembrance of The King. It reads: “Legends never die. You will live on forever Arnie. I will never forget the bear hug in front of the clubhouse at Augusta, watching you hit your final tee shot there, and to spending time with you in the locker room at Bay Hill. Thank you for being you and giving me the opportunity to do what I get to do everyday! I love you as did everyone! RIP The King.”
Only two pairs of the special shoe, designed and created by Dominic Chambrone, exist. Fowler is wearing one and the other, autographed by Fowler, will be auctioned off at charity, with the proceeds benefiting Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.