May 10, 2011

ECCO Golf Street Review

ECCO Golf Street Shoes

This year once again Freddie Couples strolled the fairways of Augusta sporting a pair of ECCO Golf Street shoes. The fifty-something Couples know for his silky smooth swing loves the fact he can wear his ECCOs from his house, to the practice range and onto the course. This year he signed an extension of his contract with ECCO.

"I am thrilled to be continuing my relationship with ECCO," says Couples. "They are a fabulous company making some of the world's most comfortable golf shoes. ECCO is also a leader in creating unique styles, like the Golf Street shoes that I can wear all day, on and off the golf course."

So I’m never going to play in the Masters and win a green jacket like Freddie but I can at least do a review of the golf shoes Freddie endorses. Here’s my take on these hybrid sport-casual model.


The ECCO Golf Street shoes don’t look like your average golf shoe and that’s what ECCO is trying to get across. They first do it by using some really great combinations of colours from Black/Black/Chili • Black/Blue • Concrete/White/Royal • Licorice/Coffee/Fanta • Sephia/Bison/Honey they all look great. I got to review the Concrete/White/Royal which wouldn’t be my first choice for a duel purpose shoe because I’d be worried about keeping them clean looking. 

After wearing them extensively on and off the course they held up great and now have that nice worn in look. ECCO Golf Streets aren’t available in all sizes in all colors so be flexible when ordering.

ECCO has added some classy subtle details to the shoe with colour metal rivets down the outside of the shoes and your choice of two different pairs of laces ( I immediately swapped out the white laces for the blue). I also really liked the way ECCO used a combination of distressed leather with suede to give the shoe a worked in look.

I got to test out a size 11.5-12 (Europe 46) which fit just perfect (I usually wear a size 12 in most shoes). I tend to have a more narrow foot and it fit great with just enough room in the toe to move around. For the first few weeks I wore the Golf Street shoes strictly off the course. I really liked wearing them casually with jeans. I found them very similar to wearing tennis shoes except much lighter. 

On the course they had great traction for a shoe that doesn’t have regular soft spikes. Very comfortable and kept you low to the ground for great stability during your swing. If your worried about the sole and traction bars wearing out they are made of TPU (Thermoplastic Polyurethane Plastic)a highly durable, wear-resistant material. More wear resistant than ordinary rubber.

I usually practice a few times a week with my 3 year old, the ECCO Golf Street shoes are perfect for just slipping on and heading to the local course. Not once did I ever lose any performance this obviously has something to do with the 100 molded traction bars which provides more than 800 traction angles for excellent grip. I played and practice in wet conditions and my feet stayed dry as well.

The Golf Street shoes retail for about $180 CDN at Golf Town which is higher then some similar style of golf shoes but for a shoe you can wear on and off the course that’s comfortable and fashionable. You can’t go wrong.

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