Rickie Fowler’s custom Pumas from the Arnold Palmer Invitational raised more than $25,000 for charity.
The sneakers, which were designed by Dominic “The Shoe Surgeon” Chambrone, use the Puma Golf “Ignite” high-top as their canvas and feature a pattern with images of the late golf legend Palmer, who died in September. Puma commissioned two pairs of The Shoe Surgeon’s design — one for Fowler, and one to be auctioned off with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation.
“I wanted to do something to celebrate what [Palmer] did on the course and, more importantly, how he used his platform to benefit others through his Foundation,” Fowler said.
The eBay auction for the unworn pair came to a close yesterday with 93 bids, raising a grand total of $25,300.
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Arnie’s Army Charitable Foundation’s mission is to “invest in the well-being of children and youth to ensure and create opportunities for them to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.”
“The response to these shoes has truly been phenomenal, fueled by a love for Arnold Palmer and Rickie’s fondness and respect for The King,” Grant Knudson, global head of footwear and accessories for Puma Golf, said in a release. “We are honored to have been a part of this touching tribute to Arnold’s legacy along with Rickie and Dominic, and to have helped raise more than $25,000 for Arnie’s Foundation.”