Toronto – Nike Golf has introduced the Nike Lunar Clayton, a shoe celebrating the heritage and history of golf while providing athletes with exceptional comfort, supportive fit and an aesthetic appeal that’s just right both on and off the course.
The inspiration for the Clayton came to Nike Golf Footwear Product Line Manager Ryan Bucci while he was window-shopping in Florence, Italy.
“Handmade, Italian leather shoes are the essence of premium footwear,” Bucci says. “We saw that there was an opening in the marketplace for a high-quality, handcrafted golf shoe that we could marry with Nike technology to make it lighter, more comfortable and more wearable.”
To achieve the ultimate combination of craftsmanship and comfort, Nike Golf footwear designers combined a handcrafted, waterproof leather upper with lightweight Nike Lunarlon technology in the outsole for maximum responsive cushioning. A leather welt, often used in traditional methods of making shoes, joins the upper to the outsole while protecting from the elements.
“In the past, wearing a high-end leather golf shoe meant you had to take the time to break it in,” Bucci says. “The Nike Lunar Clayton is a handcrafted leather shoe built to last but ready to wear. We obsessed the details, from the leather upper to the contrast stitching to stability and fit.”
A new Internal Dynamic Fit System provides a secure fit and stability in the midfoot through a lacing system that Nike Golf designers moved to the inside of the upper. A molded rubber outsole (Integrated Traction) makes the Nike Lunar Clayton a versatile, wearable shoe on and off the golf course.
Additional design features include a Nike-crafted Swoosh on the upper, premium sock liner, contrast stitch details and two sets of laces with each pair of shoes.
The shoes – expected to retail for around $250 – will be available in stores February 1, 2014. They’ll be available in Black/Black-Sail; White/White-Venom Green-Cool Grey.