The making of Ecco shoes as a style icon
Ecco shoes have grown over the last few decades to become a highly-regarded, fine purveyor of gentlemen’s shoes. Karl Toosbuy originally started the business in Denmark as he was unsatisfied with ill-fitting shoes made by other manufacturers. Still family-owned and based in its country of origin, Ecco shoes are a viable choice for quality footwear. It’s worth looking into what makes them special, as Eccos have a few different aspects to them.
All of Ecco’s factories, tanneries, and material sources are owned by the company itself, which gives them an impressive degree of control over every stage of the production process to create a unified design, styling and finish that can be hard to achieve if production and materials are split across alternate areas and under different subsidiary groups.
This is particularly useful given a key aspect of the production of the shoes pioneered by Ecco, known as ‘direct injection’. What happens here is that the sole components are bonded to the upper leather section of the shoe by injecting a molten constituent (which is usually Polyurethane) into the mid-sole. This has a few advantages-the shoes tens to be more durable and strongly-joined at the important sections, so the shoe as a whole should hold together well. Also, as fewer materials are used the weight of the shoe will be lower overall than if other methods were used. Pressure-steaming is also used in the production process, to ensure uniformity.
Shoes made by Ecco tend to have several key features regardless of the specific make. Comfort is essential; this is the primary goal of the brand and their hallmark. To accomplish this, the “freedom fit” concept is used. A wider area is allowed in the forefoot with some narrowing in the heel and instep area in order to let the feet move more smoothly and naturally. Should the individual wish to have a different width, choosing an alternate mould and corrections to the volume of the insole should yield the desired results.
Other more recent developments in the production process include hydromax waterproof leather for giving the shoes more ability to deal with tough weather, yak leather as an alternative to cow leather, and the Biom project (an innovative process involving the production of shoes purely along bio-mechanically researched lines with no other goals but the development of shoes highly conducive to foot health)
Quite a lot of effort and care goes into the making of ecco shoes and they certainly have a wide range of users-from professional golfers on the courses as well to the fashion-savvy man on the street , you can be pretty confident that they won’t let you down.