New luxury shoe and apparel line features timeless looks with modern twists
October 24, 2018
By Greg Monteforte, Style Insider, PGATOUR.COM
- FootJoy has launched the new FJ 1857 Collection luxury shoe and apparel line, which features looks inspired by the company's 160-year history. (Photos courtesy of FootJoy)
In 2009, a collective gasp was heard when FootJoy announced it would no longer produce its line of popular Classics shoes. For years, FootJoy Classics were the de facto choice for discerning golfers everywhere. Sure, the brand’s Icon models were more than acceptable replacements, but nothing could stand up to the quality and craftsmanship built into the Classics. That is, until now.
FootJoy has launched a new luxury shoe and apparel line, called the FJ 1857 Collection, with timeless looks inspired by its rich 160-year history. It is geared towards the modern, upscale golfer who appreciates a sophisticated look on and off the course. Pieces in the collection are hand-crafted with top-shelf materials like genuine Italian calfskin leather, 100% cashmere and Supima cotton.
“FootJoy has a storied history of excellence in product design and innovation, from the Classics line that was, at one point, virtually the only shoe worn on the PGA TOUR and at the top clubs around the world, to the iconic DryJoys® franchise that revolutionized all-weather footwear to the Pro/SL category that is currently the hottest shoe on Tour,” said Chris Lindner, president of FootJoy. “1857 celebrates FJ’s deep-rooted history in the game with a timeless collection of luxury footwear and apparel.”
The collection gets its name from the year FootJoy was founded by Fredrick Packard. The young man left his father’s boot workshop and created his own shoe company. From there, he fused his love of golf and shoemaking together to create a brand dedicated to crafting premium golf footwear. The FJ 1857 Collection turns back the clock to honor the heritage of the company while also pushing the bounds of modern performance and luxury.
When crafting the line of 1857 footwear, it was important to FootJoy to use the same 150-step shoemaking process as it did 160 years ago. Having closed its Brockton, Massachusetts factories, the brand turned to a family-owned factory in Europe to create this new line.
One look at the end result will certainly put a smile on the faces of golfers who wore the Classics. The timeless wing tip and saddle styles possess a similar aesthetic, quality and craftsmanship to the Classics. In fact, the 1857 footwear is built on the same Aintree that was used in the Classics and features a rounded toe character and standard fit across the forefoot, instep and heel.
FootJoy also selected the finest materials, such as premium Italian calfskin leathers, leather outsoles, full leather linings, suede heel pockets, Goodyear welts and cork-layered fit-beds that mold to the feet. Adding to the elegance is a distinctive FJ 1857 stamp on the full leather outsoles. Each of the shoes is finished with Pulsar LP cleats with metal threads to provide traction and stability.
In addition to the golf shoes is a range of off-course dress shoes with traditional straight tip, double monk strap, blucher wingtip patterns and three all-over genuine suede wingtips in contemporary reds, blues and grays.
Much like the footwear line, the 1857 apparel line combines premium fabrics with iconic looks that can be worn on or off the course. The polos are fabricated with a super soft Supima cotton-based performance blend and are available in a variety of styles, colors and patterns. With sweater weather upon us, the 1857 Collection brings a variety of knitwear pieces to the fairways this fall. Contemporary takes on traditional cardigans and V-necks are mixed with more casual crewnecks and hoodies. The common thread amongst all the sweaters is a soft and luxurious cashmere. Stretch wool blend trousers in charcoal and a subtle navy check provide the perfect complement to the 1857 footwear and apparel both on and off the course.
Rounding out the on-course pieces is a Pittards® leather glove made from an ultra-soft vanilla leather, supple binding and precision stitching. For an extra level of swagger, the glove includes an FJ 1857 ball marker and is packaged in a special collector’s edition case.
The 1857 Collection's smart looks extend beyond the course with a range of long sleeve wovens in classic ginghams, plaids and fine stripes. All are perfect for a day in the office or a night on the town. For off-course layering, grab a stylish quilted barn jacket, a full-zip quilted vest, or a hybrid jacket with a soft fleece knit.