Under Armour releases three styles of FedExCup champion's shoes at retail
March 28, 2016
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- This will be the last week that Jordan Spieth and other Under Armour staffers will be only golfers wearing the brand's shoes. Two styles will hit retail shelves next week, with the third coming a month later. (Photos courtesy of Under Armour)
More than two years have passed since Jordan Spieth laced up a prototype golf shoe from Under Armour at the 2014 Hyundai Tournament of Champions. In that time, Spieth has eight worldwide victories to his name, including two major championships and a TOUR Championship, and was No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings (OWGR) for 25 weeks.
Besides a small limited edition release prior to last year’s Masters, which sold out within hours, few people not named Jordan Spieth have had the opportunity to slip on a pair of these mystery shoes. Finally, the wait is over, though.
Last week, Under Armour revealed its long-awaited golf footwear collection with not one, but three styles of shoes -- the UA Drive One, the UA Tempo Tour, and the UA Tempo Hybrid.
UA Drive One
It is rare that a shoe has been worn for two major championship victories before hitting retail shelves, but that is the case with the UA Drive One. It was Spieth’s go-to shoe during his historic run in 2015, and he has continue to wear it in 2016.
From the ground up, the Drive One is built for performance. The extra-wide outsole possesses a skeletal-like design that is engineered to deliver a powerful, yet flexible base. It is outfitted with Champ’s Zarma Tour™ Spikes featuring the Slim-Lok® System, which provides aggressive traction and allows the shoe to sit lower to the ground.
The carbon heel counter not only looks cool, but it also helps to lock the foot in place for stability throughout the swing. From a comfort standpoint, the Drive One features Under Armour’s lightweight and responsive Micro G® foam midsole, and a dual-density sockliner that forms to the shape of the foot for a custom fit. The perforated microfiber upper is waterproof and breathable, and it provides a unique angular design.
The Drive One will be available in early May in three colorways – white/grey, white/navy, and a sleek black/white – and will be priced at $199.99.
UA Tempo Tour
Gary Woodland has been sporting the UA Tempo Tour shoe in 2016, and it is easy to see why. With one of the fastest swing speeds on TOUR, Woodland gets a high level of support from the Tempo Tour. A built-in lateral TPU wrap is designed to prevent the foot from rolling over during the swing, and a molded high-performance sockliner provides an extra level of support by cradling the foot.
‘Energy return’ has been the trend when it comes to footwear in 2016, and the Tempo Tour is outfitted with Under Armour’s super-responsive Charged Cushioning® midsole for long-lasting comfort. The outsole is equipped with the same Champ Zarma Tour Spikes and Slim-Lok System as the Drive One, but the upper receives an upgrade in the form of a waterproof and breathable full grain leather for a luxurious feel.
The Tempo Tour is set to hit retail shelves on April 4th in three fashionable colorways – a clean white/grey, a sleek black/white/blue with contrast stitching, and white/black/red with black tonal camo on the inner quarter of the shoe. The retail price is $219.99.
UA Tempo Hybrid
Rounding out Under Armour’s footwear collection is the UA Tempo Hybrid. This casual, trainer-style shoe features the same Charged Cushioning midsole and molded sockliner as the Tempo Tour. The major differences, though, are a molded outsole with zero-pressure traction pods and rubber bumper that prevents foot twist and toe drag. The soft, water-resistant leather upper is said to provide out of the box comfort, too.
Look for the Tempo Hybrid to arrive April 4th in four colorways – white, black, gravel grey and Cleveland brown. The retail price is $159.99.