The Encinitas Wing Tip has been on my radar since I saw Rose wearing them in the December issue of Golf Digest. I got a closer look at them at the PGA Merchandise Show in January and profiled them in my PGA TOUR Style Insider column on brogue-style shoes back in March. These are the shoes I’ve been waiting for — and not just since I first laid eyes on them back in December, but since the whole spikeless street shoe craze started a few years ago. Finally, they are available and just in time for Father’s Day. (Yes, this is a very blatant hint).
Seeing a mesh version of the Cardiff ADC wasn’t a big surprise. It makes for a nice lightweight, breathable shoe for the summer — and best of all it is constructed from a waterproof mesh material.
What did catch me by surprise was the Kingston — a modern take on the preppy saddle shoe. It steals many of the contemporary details, like contrasting laces and outsole, from the Encinitas Wing Tip and the saddle has a more rounded design than typical saddles. Also, if my fading memory serves me correctly, this is the first cleated shoe from Ashworth. Previous versions of the Cardiff and the Encinitas Wing Tip have been spikeless.