UPDATE 7.11.11: The Limited Edition Open Championship Lunar Controls are available today on nikestore.com, so you don’t have to wait until Thursday as I indicated below.
Here’s our first look at the Nike Golf Limited Edition Open Championship Lunar Controls, which we found today in these posts on uncrate.com and americangolf.co.uk. This shoe is the third installment of “Nike Golf’s Limited Edition Lunar Controls for the 2011 Majors” (our title, not theirs), which began with the limited edition Masters Lunar Control and continued with the limited edition U.S. Open Lunar Control. The Open Championship Edition incorporates some very cool UK-inspired design details, as described in the American Golf post:
“Recalling classic British leather goods, the upper of the Nike Lunar Golf Shoes – Open Championship Limited Edition features tumbled leather with patent-leather accents. Referencing the hand-finished detailing of fine tailoring, the bottom of the eyestay features a double stitch and herringbone tweed at the collar recalls suit material. Likewise, the lining was inspired by polka-dot handkerchiefs.”
Take a look at the photos in the gallery below — I really like the Union Jack design on the insole and how you can see the herringbone pattern through the clear sole material. I would have expected Nike to use a navy color somewhere in the design (as Alan mentioned in his Sneak Peek post), but the more I look at it the more I really like the classy, understated styling of this shoe.
From the photos it looks like the shoe also comes with a limited edition shoe bag that also features the herringbone pattern and custom Open Championship embroidery. Look for this shoe to go on sale at nikestore.com a week from today on Thursday of Open Championship week (Thursday July 14th). Retail price looks to be $190 in the U.S.
Let us know what you think of the Lunar Control: Open Championship Edition in the comments below, and I can’t wait to see what Nike Golf comes up with for the PGA Championship in Atlanta next month!
Gallery photos courtesy of americangolf.co.uk