The Top 10 Masters Golf Shoes
It’s Masters Week.
Golfers all across the world look forward to the first week in April each year. The week marks golf’s first major – The Masters. Down in Augusta, Georgia is where the Masters has been since 1931. It’s a sacred place in the golf world where the best golfers in the world compete on invitation each year to try to win the coveted green jacket.
In all those years of the Masters there have been countless memorable moments. From Jack in ’86 to Arnie in ’04. These images will forever be remembered. Let’s take a trip back in time to check out a few of the classic golf shoes that went along for the ride on the green grass of Augusta National.
Top 10 Masters Golf Shoes
Let’s check out the top ten…
10. Jose Maria Olazabal 2009
Jose Maria Olazabal is a two-time Masters Champion (1994, 1999). The gritty Spanish golfer always had a knack for appearing in contention on Sundays. His wins aren’t the highlight here. I had to go back just a couple years when Jose wore some classic brown leather golf shoes. This style is a throwback to the original days of golf in America when brown leather was really in style. You can’t beat the classics and Jose has a classic style.
9. Seve Ballesteros 1980
Before Tiger Woods there was Spaniard Seve Ballesteros. Seve won the Master in 1980 and became, at the time, the youngest champion at only 23 years old. Seve showed everyone there were a lot of ways to play the game. He’d hit it all over the lot and still find a way to get it in the hole in fewer strokes than the other guys. Seve was one of a kind and if I’m not mistaken it looks like some awesome kiltie golf shoes.
8. Gary Player 1961
The Black Knight was the little guy with the big golf game. Gary Player hailed from South Africa, but he took his golfing talent everywhere around the world including Augusta National. In 1961 Gary Player won the Masters for the first time. He’d go on to win it two more times and still holds the record (with Fred Couples) for the most consecutive cuts made at the Masters (23). Gary is a great champion and always stylish in his black attire.
7. Ben Crenshaw 1995
In 1995 Gentle Ben Crenshaw won his second Masters title. The victory was an emotional one for Crenshaw. Earlier in the week his golf mentor had passed. Ben was able to turn the emotion into positive energy and brought home the victory. This was the first Masters I remember watching and I can still feel the emotion in the room as I watched it with my Dad. I didn’t understand back then what was happening, but looking back on it today I realize what a special moment it was. Always classy Ben had on some brown on white saddle golf shoes. Pure class from the gentle champ.
6. Sam Snead 1991
Masters legend Sam Snead turned back the clock a bit in 1991 when he shot 3 under par during Wednesday traditional Par 3 tournament. At the age of 78 it was like a time machine had taken the Masters back to the early days when Sam was the best player in the tournament each year. It was a great moment in Masters history and Sam was still stylish in his old age wearing some classic red on white saddle shoes. The shoes matched his outfit well with black pants, white shirt and wrap around straw hat. Still styling at 78. Not bad Mr. Snead.
5. Greg Norman 1987
In a modern day tragedy, Greg Norman failed to capitalize countless times at Augusta. The Shark was world famous for his aggressive style of play. He was the best player in the world for a lot of years in the ’80s and ’90s, but the Masters always stayed just out of his reach. He was in position to win about five times, but could never seal the deal including 1987 when he missed a putt on the final hole that would have won him the tournament. He joined a three-way playoff eventually won by Larry Mize. Norman made golf cool and his line of golf apparel and shoes have always been favorites including the black and white saddle shoe.
4. Arnold Palmer 2004
It was Arnie’s final Masters and I’ll always remember seeing grown men come to tears at the final site of their hero taking the final stroll up the 18th fairway. It was an emotional moment for so many fans. Arnold was immensely responsible for bringing golf into the mainstream throughout the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. He was a blue collar guy with first class attitude and respect for everyone and everything. He’s made golf famous for over fifty years and was a main influence on what golfers have worn on the course.
3. Jack Nicklaus 1986
Every golf fan loves talking about the ’86 Masters. Jack Nicklaus turned back the clock one more time at the age of 46 to win his sixth green jacket. Everyone remembers the back nine he had that day. Earlier in the week Jack had read an article about how nobody should expect him to win. He went no to play possibly the best nine holes in golf making putt after putt. Everybody remembers the oversize putter he used. You also have to love the crisp white shoes he had on.
2. Tiger Woods 1997
Tiger Woods was 21 years old in 1997 when he won the Masters by a record 12 shots. Tiger broke countless records that day and officially made his entrance as the biggest superstar in golf. Tiger also made famous his classic look for Sundays – Red shirt, black pants, and black shoes. Tiger wasn’t the first to wear black shoes on the golf course, but he certainly made them hugely popular. He and Nike have collaborated on some of the most popular black golf shoes in the industry over the last 15 years. Tiger and Nike made golf cool to an entire new audience of young athletes some of which are now stars on the PGA tour.
1. Fred Couples 2010
The story in 2010 was Fred Couples taking the lead on opening day. What may have been an even bigger story after Fred’s opening round 66 was his shoes. Fred donned a casual sneaker golf shoe with yellow (bright blue on Sunday) bottoms and no spikes. The shoes turned out to be Ecco Streets. Fred wore them with no socks and the sticky nubs on the sole kept his feet firmly anchored all weekend. For someone known to have back issues, Fred looked to Ecco for the ultimate comfort shoe and they delivered with the Ecco Street.