Ecco’s Next Step
FedEx just delivered a pair of Ecco’s new S-Drive cleatless golf shoes ($160) bearing a design inspired by running shoes – a look that’s, well, interesting. The widely spaced lace in each shoe resides toward the innermost side of each kick, above the arch. The company calls this “asymmetrical closure” and claims it results in excellent support and stability. The soft mesh upper – bonded with microfiber – has an unusual, almost-hypnotic raised pattern.
But as soon as I put on the shoes, I feel its comfort and breathability. By the way, the shoe is treated for weather- and perspiration-resistance so that feet stay dry inside. Speaking of inside, there’s a removable, antimicrobial inlay sole for cushioning. On the outside, there’s a wrap up the side of the midsole, enhancing support during the swing. And the nubbed and durable TPU outsole gives great traction and flexibility. Although not for a full golf round, I wore them around the house and then to hit golf balls. First thing I noticed was how comfortable they are. The second is just how good the grip is on the turf. The footing was solid all throughout my swings. No slipping on cement, either. Forget my initial hesitation on the looks. I now find these very attractive.
Veteran golf writer Scott Kramer has covered the golf equipment market full-time since 1990. His career has spanned senior editor positions at both Golf Pro Magazine and GOLF Magazine. He now works on a freelance basis for many consumer and trade publications, including the SCGA’s FORE magazine.