In recent memory, only Jason Dufner’s dome has been more promiscuous than Justin Rose’s tootsies on the PGA Tour. Suddenly, Rose has become the Imelda Marcos of professional golf. For the first twenty years of his professional career, Justin was involved in an incredibly monogamous relationship with adidas Golf for both his clothing and footwear. However, last January we saw him ink a deal to rep Bonobos Golf apparel. Now, over the past six months, Justin and his feet have started to “play the field,” so to speak. Recently we’ve seen him engage in footsies with Nike, FootJoy, back to adidas and their adiPure line, Skechers, and now what appears to be ECCO. What follows is a chronological listing of the footwear brands Justin Rose has been spotted dallying with on the course during his remarkable career.
Fun little fact, in 1998 and 1999 Justin Rose wore FootJoy; DryJoys, if I am not mistaken. By the way, I love looking at old pictures.
In 2000, adidas and Justin Rose teamed up for a twenty-year partnership. During this time we saw Rose don apparel that was all under the adidas umbrella: John Ashworth, adidas Golf, and adiPure. Even though he wore many different shoes from their golf collection, in my mind, Justin will always be synonymous with the Adicross Gripmore line.
In May 2019, those of us who follow golf fashion (me and Greg?) were left scratching our (bald) heads when Justin Rose showed up to his practice rounds at Bethpage wearing Nike Roshe G Tour. He went on to wear these shoes during the PGA Championship that weekend.
We also saw Rose rock the righteous “No Denim Allowed” versions of the Roshe at Pebble Beach during the US Open. He continued to wear Nike shoes until July 18. Until…
Once again, Justin Rose caught us off guard! During practice rounds for the 148th Open Championship at Royal Portrush he wore a PE version of the Nike Roshe G Tour. Then suddenly, when play officially began, he abandoned the swoosh and began wearing a prototype FootJoy model. Later it would be revealed that the shoe he wore for the next two months was the recently released FootJoy Contour Series.
Hello, old friend
In late September, when he thought no one was watching, Justin returned to the familiar embrace of an old friend. On the second day of the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth Golf Club, he slipped off his FootJoy’s one last time and laced up the adidas AdiPower 4orged Spikeless shoe.
Rose was the original ambassador for the adiPure line when it was first introduced. Wisely, he took the adiPure SP Shoes for a spin while playing with good-friend, Justin Timberlake at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in September.
Heck, Justin Rose even wore Skechers for a month while playing in three tournaments this Fall. From what I have heard, the Skechers GO GOLF Mojo-Punch Shot is ridiculously comfortable. My understanding is that all of his experiments with new shoes are an attempt to find the most comfortable golf shoes on his knees.
Latest Fling (?)
I have been unable to get confirmation of what Justin switched to in mid-November. Initially, I thought it was an unreleased version of the ECCO BIOM Hybrid. However, I have been told that is not the case. My best guess is that Rose is testing a concept shoe. (Hmmm…I wonder if his socks are any indication?) We should know more in 2020. Stay tuned.
All the shoes he’s worn are great options, however, if Mr. Rose is looking for style advice from the GolfThreads staff, we’ve found the perfect fashion fit for his whimsical footwear ways; Royal Albatross. The London-based company makes luxury golf shoes that are proudly British-designed and Italian-handmade.
The Crew Domino, Forato, and Croco are spikeless sneaker designs, in particular, I could see J-Rose lacing up on the course. They’d be a perfect fit for an English gentleman. Especially paired with his Rat-Pack-cool Bonobos apparel. Now that’s Amore!
Feature image from JustinRose.com