While he may be one of the biggest trendsetters in the world of golf, Rickie also holds a strong reverence for the game and the players who came before him. At the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst, he donned custom plus-fours in honor of 1999 champion Payne Stewart. Last year at the Arnold Palmer Invitational, he laced up a bespoke pair of high-tops adorned with images of Mr. Palmer.
This year at Bay Hill, Rickie will once again pay tribute to Palmer by wearing his iconic umbrella logo on his apparel, accessories, and footwear, including a custom pair of Puma Golf high-tops. The shoes were designed, created, and hand-crafted by artist and custom footwear designer Roland Patron of Nomad Customs. Patron, a native of Miami, FL has created custom shoes for many professional athletes including the Kobe Bryant tribute shoes Tony Finau wore at the TOUR Championship last fall.
Rickie's high-tops feature a 'Dancing Umbrella' design with an all-over print on the vamp consisting of Palmer's red, yellow, and green umbrella. Printed on the left heel is "LONG LIVE AP" and "THE LEGEND LIVES ON" is printed on the right heel. Both of these messages were personally requested by Rickie. The upper of the shoe also includes a green heel, collar, and strap along with Puma's Formstripe in a green to yellow fade. Other tributes and details are less visible. The back of the strap reads, "9/10/1929 - " (Palmer's birth date and infinity sign) and the sockliner is etched with Arnie's PGA TOUR victories. The pink lining on the collar is in honor of Palmer’s famous pink shirts.