Jack Nicklaus Joins the Allen Edmonds Team

Nicklaus Will Collaborate Broadly With the American Shoe Manufacturer

Port Washington, WI  / PRBuzz.com / January 11, 2012 - - Allen Edmonds, the Great American Shoe Company, is partnering with Jack Nicklaus, the great American golf icon, to promote the Allen Edmonds brand both domestically and globally.

Allen Edmonds introduced its "Honors Collection" classic golf shoes in 2011, entering the golf market for the first time in several years. Its partnership with Mr. Nicklaus will go beyond golf to include a "Clubhouse Collection" of dress shoes focused on style and comfort.

"Jack Nicklaus is esteemed worldwide not just for his record-setting career in golf, but also for his superior sportsmanship, his personal values, his intense preparation and his attention to detail--all traits that we greatly admire and seek to emulate at Allen Edmonds,"  said Paul Grangaard, president and CEO of Allen Edmonds. "It is a great honor for us to be working with him. I know our employees and loyal customers will be proud of this important partnership."

The Golden Bear is globally recognized as the greatest golfer in the game's history, having accumulated 120 professional victories, including a record 18 major championships. His legacy on the course has extended off the course and to his businesses, which include an industry-leading course design company and an iconic brand that has been licensed to products ranging from golf equipment to apparel to wine.

Nicklaus and Allen Edmonds - American Excellence

"Allen Edmonds is an excellent partner for me and my businesses," Nicklaus said. "I have always pursued the highest standards in my game and in the people with whom I do business.  Allen Edmonds follows those same principles.  The Jack Nicklaus and Allen Edmonds teams share great American traits for the pursuit of excellence, and I am confident that this will be a successful and rewarding partnership for both of us."

It is estimated that Nicklaus has walked close to 11,000 holes of major championship golf, having crossed the 10,000-hole mark at the 1997 US Open at Congressional Country Club. Still, the Golden Bear displayed remarkable longevity and was able to play in a record 154 consecutive majors for which he was eligible.

"In amassing an unparalleled career over parts of six decades, one can only imagine the wear and tear on Jack's body, and we know that foot health has been paramount to him," Grangaard said. "Because of that, he values the 212-step craftsmanship, superior construction and comfort of Allen Edmonds' golf and street shoes. He will be a terrific advocate for our shoes and advisor in the development of future products."

"I am excited to be working with the Allen Edmonds team to design a shoe line that will focus on comfort and performance, "Nicklaus added.  "Perhaps if I had shoes built by Allen Edmonds throughout my career I may have avoided the discomfort that eventually led to my need for a hip replacement.  As we build our relationship, I am excited to help Allen Edmonds develop more shoes to fit the various needs of golfers at all skill levels and ages."

About Jack Nicklaus and the Nicklaus Companies

For more than 40 years, the mission of the Nicklaus Companies has been to enhance the golf experience, and to bring to the national and international consumer golf-related businesses and services that mirror the high standards established in the career and life of Jack Nicklaus. These services include golf-course design, the development of golf and real estate communities, and the marketing and licensing of golf products and services.

Nicklaus Design, recognized as the world leader in golf course design, has been involved with 365 courses open for play in 34 countries and 39 states.

No single person has changed the face of the sport of golf more than Jack Nicklaus--the champion, the designer, the philanthropist, and the good-will ambassador. Jack's competitive career spanned six decades, and his legend has been built with 120 professional tournament victories worldwide and a record 18 professional major-championship titles.

He is also the winner of a record eight senior major championships. The Golden Bear is the only player in history to have won each of the game's majors at least three times (six Masters, five PGA Championships, four U.S. Opens, three British Opens), and is the only player to have completed the career "Grand Slam" on both the regular and senior tours.

Jack is a five-time winner of the PGA Player of the Year Award, has been the PGA Tour's leading money-winner eight times and runner-up six times. He has played on six Ryder Cup teams, captained two other Ryder Cup teams, and served as U.S. captain for the 1998, 2003, 2005, and 2007 Presidents Cup teams. Not only was Nicklaus recognized by every national and international media outlets as "Golfer of the Century" or "Golfer of the Millennium," he was named Individual Male Athlete of the Century by Sports Illustrated, one of the 10 Greatest Athletes of the Century by ESPN, and in 2005 was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest honor given to any U.S. civilian.

For this press release and additional information on Jack Nicklaus or the Nicklaus Companies, please visit www.nicklaus.com.

About Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation

There are four new styles of golf shoes in the Allen Edmonds Honors Collectionintroduced this season. The shoes are handcrafted in the USA using their legendary 212-step 360-degree Goodyear welt construction for greater stability while maintaining flexibility. They feature the finest premium leathers and a layer of soft cork between the insole and outsole for custom-like orthotic comfort that is the hallmark of Allen Edmonds.

In addition to Golf shoes, Allen Edmonds is introducing approximately 15 dress shoes hand-picked to provide gentlemen a range of off-course styles to complement his ever changing needs.  Founded in 1922, Allen Edmonds Shoe Corporation is a privately held US based manufacturer of premium men's footwear and accessories. The largest shoe cobbler in the world, Allen Edmonds is taking shoemaking to the level of an art form. Its line of footwear is handcrafted in Port Washington, WI using a 212-step production process. The company's products are available at upscale stores worldwide, including 37 Allen Edmonds stores across the U.S., and online at www.allenedmonds.com.

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