Two heads are better than one. Could it be therefore that two highly regarded companies each known for quality and innovation together beat just one?
The new ECCO Cool men’s golf shoe is a collaboration between Denmark’s famed luxury shoemaker/leather producer ECCO, and Delaware-based Gore which was founded in 1958, invented GORE-TEX in the early 1970s, and made its first sale of GORE-TEX fabric to an outerwear maker in 1976. The shoe they have made together checks just about every box you can think of.
ECCO and Gore’s partnership goes back many years, and it was Gore that approached ECCO to discuss using GORE-TEX Surround technology in a future ECCO golf shoe. “We worked very closely with Gore,” says Tom Dixon, Product Manager Golf & Sport – ECCO Americas. “It was a true collaboration. GORE-TEX Surround was obviously something we wanted to incorporate into one of our shoes.”
GORE-TEX Surround combines the usual waterproof effectiveness of GORE-TEX with an air-channeling system within the grid-shaped sole that ECCO and Gore claim provides complete breathability around the entire shoe. “Excess moisture and heat is able to escape through the upper GORE-TEX membrane, as well as laterally through the midsole,” says Dixon.
But all-round waterproofing and breathability would be next to useless were the shoe uncomfortable. Enter ECCO, whose street, casual, and sport shoes are well-known for their extraordinary level of comfort. The midsole is direct-injected with Polyurethane to provide exceptional cushioning, stability, and flexibility, and the uppers are made with ECCO’s supple, comfortable, and hard-wearing Dritton leather.
Seven Champ Zarma spikes on each shoe give you the traction you need, and the removable inlay sole enables you to customize width.
Though the new CAGE PRO deserves a mention, Tom Dixon describes the ECCO Cool as the “pinnacle of innovation in our collection this year.” He adds, “It is a spiked shoe and, with our reputation for creating hybrid models, the ECCO Cool adds to our technical spiked category.”
None of ECCO’s stable of players, which includes Fred Couples and Graeme McDowell, are currently wearing the Cool, but Dixon believes that will soon change. “We have had numerous Tours players test ECCO Cool, and we expect some will wear it in competition this year,” he says.
Available in White (with blue and red trim), Grey (with red trim), Black (with lime-green trim), tan (with grey trim), and White (with black trim).
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