Rory McIlroy has been wearing a brand new pair of Nike golf shoes at the Players Championship this week - the Nike Air Zoom 90 IT.
Nike Air Max 90 Golf Shoes - The Story
Nike Golf have used a lot of sneaker inspiration for developing their footwear range this season and this latest pair is one of the most exciting yet. Making use of the Air Max 90 silhouette for the upper, which also happens to be Rory McIlroy's favourite sneaker, these spikeless golf shoes are officially named the NIKE AIR ZOOM 90 IT and are currently available in white/black or the alternate option of black/white.
Nike Golf had originally planned to unveil these retro inspired golf shoes later in the season but, with Rory McIlroy opting to wear them throughout the Players Championship this week, the announcement was brought forward by a matter of months and even caught some of the most loyal Nike fans by surprise.
However, the clues were most definitely there to be found. When Gentry Humphrey made his transition from Nike Sportswear to the Nike Golf footwear department last year, major hints were dropped by the former Jordan mastermind as to the potential for retro inspired golf shoes. True enough, these Nike Air Max 90 golf shoes follow on from the recent launch of the Lunar Force 1 G golf shoes - inspired by another icon, the Nike Air Force 1.
Nike Air Max 90 Golf Shoes - Rory McIlroy
@nikegolf is @McIlroyRory wearing your newest shoe? AN AIR MAX GOLF SHOE?! Dear god those are ???????????? @Nick_Meyers12 pic.twitter.com/3aLnIP0JHQ
— Josh Brandsdorfer (@jbbrands) May 11, 2016
It's Rory McIlroy's favourite sneaker - transformed into a golf shoe. Indeed, we have seen Rory wearing Air Max 90 trainers in magazine articles and the like before, so that was another hint that the Air Max 90 would soon be customised for hitting the links. In light of their launch, Rory said: "“I wear Air Max casually off the golf course all the time. Making it into a golf shoe really brings something new to the golf course. Not only is it different and very cool but it also performs well, giving me the comfort, traction and stability that I need.”
We first saw the golf shoe version during one of the practice days at TPC Sawgrass on Wednesday this week and we look forward to seeing Rory playing in the white/black style on all of the other four days at the Players Championship in Florida.
Nike Air Max 90 Golf Shoes - The Spec
The comfort within these golf shoes all comes down to the zoom cushioning in the mid-foot, designed to provide lightweight comfort both on and off the golf course, whilst the one-piece bootie construction provides a sock-like fit around the ankle with exceptional support in performance. The durable and robust spikeless sole has been designed to provide excellent traction whilst also offering the chance to wear them off the golf course, a design which has already proven popular with the Nike Flyknit Chukka and afore mentioned Lunar Force 1 G. The Air Zoom 90 IT golf shoes also come with a one year waterproof guarantee, for peace of mind.
Nike Air Max 90 Golf Shoes - Buy Online
Golfposer are proud to be one of the very first retailers to showcase these Nike Air Max 90 golf shoes online and you can get your hands on a pair right here.