A veteran of several epic matches on the golf course, Lee Westwood is considered one of the greatest match play, and global champions of all time. Despite getting a relatively late start in the game at the age of 13, Lee showed natural ability from the very beginning and earned several important amateur titles before bringing his talent to the worldwide stage.
Westwood won his first professional tournament in 1996 at the Volvo Scandinavian Masters and has amassed 18 European Tour titles in all on every continent, something very few professional golfers can claim. Lee was named European Tour Player of the Year in 1998 and 2000 when he also claimed the Order of Merit.
Lee Westood’s perfect balance of individual and team success sets him apart as a true ICON in the sport.
Rory McIlroy has rapidly developed into one of the brightest stars in golf. Born and bred in Hollywood, Northern Ireland, the young McIlroy showed exceptional ability from the age of two when he was recorded hitting 40 yard drives. His ascension continued through junior golf as a member of Europe’s winning 2004 Junior Ryder Cup that helped cement his position as the world’s #1 ranked amateur player. Turning professional a few years later, McIlroy challenged for tournament titles right from the start. He made the cut in his first event and finished 3rd at the next stop, becoming the quickest and youngest player ever to secure a European Tour card. He became the youngest player in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings at the end of 2008 then caught the golfing world’s attention with a wire-to-wire victory at the Dubai Desert Classic.
The determination and dedication that Rory has shown to his golf game, in addition to the raw talent and unmatched success he’s realized at each level, has many anointing the young Irishman as the next great phenom. Rory McIlroy is going to be a true golfing ICON for many years to come.
From the iconic footwear brand in golf comes a new flagship product that will provide features and benefits that embody the "best of FJ" and set a new standard for luxurious, high-performance footwear.
Introducing FJ ICON.
FJ ICON embodies the very best from FootJoy's deep heritage in the game, drawing inspiration from the countless number of shoes we've developed over the last 100+ years. From this extensive inventory, many of which have been tested and proven by the best players in the world, we selected only the best features to incorporate in the FJ ICON line, such as the proprietary waterproof technology from DryJoys and comfort and stability features from the tour-proven SYNR-G category. As for the upper patterns, it was a natural progression to draw inspiration from our strong Classics heritage while also having the vision to create new looks that have a contemporary flair. The result is a new, premium, high-performance category of golf shoes that exemplifies tradition and performance.
FJ ICON has created excitement from the beginning. In fact, the first prototypes tested with Tour players featured the new FJ ICON outsole with a stock upper pattern and no discernible FootJoy branding. These were made 'under the radar' just to gather feedback on the performance aspect of the shoes. Several Tour players immediately put these prototypes into play during tournament rounds which spoke volumes about the confidence players had in the shoes' performance from the very beginning. Overall, the feedback from the tour players has been tremendous - they have expressed excitement about the performance, fit and comfort, upper designs and virtually limitless customization capabilities.
At FootJoy, we strive to make great products that will exceed the expectations of those who are most in tune with their feet and require elite performance products. Making golf shoes is our sole passion. It's who we are and what we do every day. With FJ ICON, the ultimate goal was to produce elite-level shoes for elite players. Period. No matter where you compete to be the best, whether it's a major championship, a club championship or with your weekend foursome, put yourself in the shoes trusted by modern day Tour icons such as Ian Poulter, Camilo Villegas, Hunter Mahan and Rory McIlroy.
From the #1 shoe in golf comes FJ ICON. The best of the best.