Rickie Fowler’s custom Arnold Palmer-laden hi-tops have been the talk of Bay Hill all week. And as you may have heard, Puma made a second pair of the one-off kicks to auction off for charity.
Bidding for the auction, which benefits Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation, has already hit $10,000. And there are still four days to go.
Does this seem low to you? There’s only one pair of these shoes in the world outside of the ones Rickie wore. Surely the winning bidder will be purchasing an appreciating asset! And with all proceeds from the auction going to charity we say, “Bid, you deep pocketed golf fans!”
Dominic Chambrone, the renowned “Shoe Surgeon” and custom footwear creator, designed the kicks. He is known for taking completely taking apart shoes and making them into pieces of art for your feet.
Here’s what Fowler had to say about the shoes.
“I feel privileged to have known Arnie and be able to call him a friend. 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.”
Per Puma, the Shoe Surgeon “utilized a high-grade infused graphic printed directly into the leather, resulting in a vibrant, high-quality finish. He then hand-cut each piece to fit the exact specs of the PUMA Golf Hi-Top.”
In addition, the velcro strap is laser engraved with Palmer’s signature. The iconic Arnold Palmer umbrella is etched inside the tongue of the left shoe. The right tongue features Rickie Fowler’s memorial tweet upon Palmer’s passing.
“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.”
Speaking of footwear auctions and the King, Palmer’s own 1958 Masters-winning shoes were auctioned off by Heritage Auctions last month for an incredible $66,000.
So that’s where the bar is set in Palmer-related footwear at the moment. Let’s hope the hi-top auction (hi-)tops it.