When it comes to purchasing new golf shoes most golfers seek out ‘traditional’ shoes that have a ‘traditional’ look and feel (traditional spikes) that can only be worn on the course. If you want to wear them off the course for an extended period of time you will probably have to remove the spikes and who wants to take the time and energy to do that? ECCO has come out with a line of shoes that are casual and functional enough to wear on the course, at the 19th Hole, and everywhere else. If they’re good enough for Freddy Couples to wear sockless on the course, how would they do in amateur testing? I was fortunate enough to put a pair of these to the test under all of the above conditions and came away very impressed with ECCO’s latest shoe offering.
About the Company
40 years ago in the small southern Jutland town of Bredeboro, Denmark, Karl Toosbury pioneered a revolution in footwear, choosing comfort over conformity. Following this mantra has allowed ECCO to become the 7th largest shoe company in the world.
At ECCO, form follows function. Scandanavian practicality comes through in each design complete with clean lines. Pioneering new fusions of advanced materials, new design methodologies, the foundation of Ecco is to evolve a lighter, more flexible shoe for every day and every need.
Classic. The blend of distressed leather uppers and suede accents is a perfect blend of the company’s ‘form follows function’ idea. Some of the aesthetically pleasing highlights of this shoe include some cool metal rivets, textile and microfiber lining, as well as two different pairs of colored laces (light gray/stone and green) to allow for some individual customization. The shoes have a classic and clean looking silhouette to them which should never go out of style and offers extreme versatility with what you can wear the shoes with both on and off the course. The Street Premiere line is offered in 3 distinct styles; concrete-white-cactus (pictured), licorice-coffee-fanta, and moonless-black-chili red.
ECCO’s hybrid casual shoe is a street inspired shoe that can be worn both on and off the course for everyday use. These shoes are some of the most comfortable shoes I’ve ever worn, including traditional sneakers. You don’t even know you’re wearing these shoes. The Street Premiere offers a removable Cambrelle insole which I’m not sure why you would want to do that as this is one of the key things that makes these shoes so comfortable. The distressed leather is super soft and you don’t even notice that you’re walking on rubberized ‘spikes.’ More on these later. I wore these shoes for over a week doing things like running errands, hitting balls at the range, playing golf, around the house, and ‘out and about’ and I never thought once that I was wearing golf shoes.
About those ‘spikes’ I mentioned before, they help make the shoes as perform as well as they as they feel. The rubber outsole is durable, supportive, and seems to provide good traction over all types of terrain. The rubber combines with the latex outsole to provide the wearer with natural shock absorption that is immediately noticeable. Whether I was hitting from the fairway or putting on the green, I noticed the same type of performance and feeling. Where I did notice a little performance drop off was when I hit from light to medium rough with an uneven lie where traditional spikes that are longer would have helped. The same can be said for their performance off the course as well. The styling and functionality translates well off the course and has quickly become one of my ‘go-to’ pairs of shoes that I reach for now.
Looking for something a little bit different for your golf attire? Well here it is. ECCO may only be the 7th largest shoe company in the world but thanks to Freddy Couples’ performance at this year’s Masters and his choice to wear these while playing, the company is enjoying some positive buzz around the golf industry. Currently the shoes pictured in this review are the company’s most popular model as supplies are extremely limited. Sizing seems to run true and the MSRP is $140. I think these are worth every penny as you get shoes that can be worn just about anywhere with just about anything. These shoes are both functional and stylish and would serve any golfer well on or off the course. I hope you purchase a pair of these and enjoy the same feeling I had while reviewing this shoe.
For more information on this shoe and many other golf shoes, check out the latest issue of THP: The Magazine which has a full spread on all of the latest golf footwear.