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Royal Albartross makes luxury Atlantic crossing
November 23, 2011

Luxury golf shoe manufacturer Royal Albartross has moved to establish a presence in America with the appointment of Jon Linton as US brand manager.

Golf is a family business for Linton, having followed his father into the Illinois PGA in 1988 and has gone on to work with numerous high-profile companies and helped fashion brands Ralph Lauren and Ian Poulter Design establish themselves in the US golf market.

Now he is aiming to do the same for Royal Albartross, the world’s most luxurious golf shoes, which have become synonymous with high-quality performance and a contemporary twist on classic styling.

The men's Royal Albartross Black Jack Nero golf shoe
The men's Royal Albartross Black Jack Nero golf shoe

Linton said: “In more than 30 years of wearing golf shoes I have never played in a more stylish or comfortable piece of footwear which also performs so well.

“I’m very excited to be working with Royal Albartross and with my passion for fashion and contacts within the golf industry I’m confident I can help open American golfers’ eyes to what their feet are missing out on.”

Linton’s initial focus will be to establish a network of retailers in the US with a combination of high-end country clubs and High-Street outlets as well as recruiting various discerning golfers as brand ambassadors.

Royal Albartross ladies' shoes: Betsy Ballagio, Barcelo Blue, Candy Rousso and Diamond Lotte
From top to bottom:
Betsy Ballagio, Barcelo Blue, Candy Rousso and Diamond Lotte

The move into the American market comes hot on the heels of the launch of Royal Albartross’ first range of ladies’ shoes, and founder Alex Bartholomew feels it is the ideal time for the company to be branching out.

She explained: “As a British brand our marketing focus to date has largely been in the UK but through the beauty of the internet we’ve found we have product which appeals to golfers across the world.

“Following the launch of the ladies’ range, we are now fully equipped to move into new territories and with Jon’s help and expertise I’m certain Royal Albartross will be a big success in America.”

Royal Albartross set out to create the most luxurious golf shoe ever made and achieves this goal through a marriage of classic and contemporary European design and leathers with Italian craftsmanship and American cleat technology. Every Royal Albartross golf shoe is crafted using traditional hand tools and carefully preserved techniques and requires more than 250 tasks including stitching the leather, moulding and compressing the upper on to the last and attaching the cleated sole. The secret lies in the choice of superior materials and secret combinations.

This unique combination has created a shoe of international design status with out-of-this-world comfort and fit.

The brand offers men’s and women’s ranges with six styles in each, all of which showcase Royal Albartross’ love of impressive design touches and intricate detailing, such as a subtly branded stainless steel ball marker and polished lace tips.

In addition, a limited range of Mooka shoes were launched, with just 20 pairs created, retailing at £1,000 per pair – including a £200 charitable donation – making them the world’s most exclusive golf shoes.

With the finest Italian materials, exquisite finishing and the technical expertise to update classic golf shoes Royal Albartross has created the perfect line to appeal to today’s discerning golfer.

Royal Albartross shoes can be purchased through, or at the pro shop at Wentworth, Surrey, the first of the brand’s premier stockists.

To find out more about working with Royal Albartross in America contact Jon Linton on You can also follow Royal Albartross on Twitter @royalalbartross.

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