Ecco Biom Hybrid Golf Shoes
Posted at March 7, 2014
We review the Ecco Biom Hybrid Golf Shoes, as worn by many tour professionals including Graeme McDowell!
Ecco Biom Hybrid Golf Shoes
There has been an unprecedented buzz around spikeless golf shoes in the last couple of years and almost every golf brand now features a spikeless shoe in their footwear range. Danish family brand Ecco were one of the first to successfully bring spikeless golf shoes to market with brand ambassador Freddie Couples credited with capturing the imagination of both professional and amateur golfers across the world. At the 2010 Masters, Couples chose to wear a pair of spikeless Ecco Street golf shoes, thus generating worldwide media attention with many questioning the decision to wear such a casual golf shoe to arguably the most important event on the golfing calendar. Four years on and look where we are now; Ecco are one of the most sought after golf shoe brands around and the rise in popularity of spikeless footwear is like nothing we have ever seen before.
The Ecco Test
With 30 years of collective experience in golf, we tested the Ecco Biom Hybrid range to see how different (or indifferent) they were to a regular pair of plastic-cleated golf shoes. Before we begin though, let us educate you on Ecco as a brand. With a rich shoemaking heritage - they have been making shoes since 1963 - the family-owned business continue to operate from their Danish headquarters and even produce their premium leathers themselves. In fact, 210 pairs of Ecco hands touch every shoe during the manufacturing process - a feature which outlines their passion, dedication and investment into each and every shoe they make.
Features of Ecco Hybrids
The shoe construction is top-class (as we have come to expect from Ecco); fine materials including the Yak leather upper was incredibly soft to the touch, as well as being three times stronger than traditional leather. The sole uses Ecco’s Dynamic Traction System, which makes the biggest difference when comparing to cleated golf shoes. This is because the hybrids have over 800 traction angles - providing stability and grip on the course, with no loss of footing on the tee-box or in the rough.
Ecco are renowned for their pioneering technology and the Biom Natural Motion Technology really did impress us. Superior levels of comfort make the Biom Hybrid shoes so easy to wear around town, driving to the range or even to work. After 18 holes, we all agreed that the comfort and support was one of the main reasons our feet didn’t feel sore or tired and we could have easily walked around the course again. In our opinion, one of the stand-out features is their convenience; you really don’t have to change shoes before or after your round.
In conclusion, you will definitely see team GP wearing these hybrids to and from our shop on most days of the week. It is so clear to see why Ecco have a growing list of professional ambassadors with the recent acquisition of Ernie Els adding to a team already comprised of Graeme McDowell, Thongchai Jaidee and Thomas Bjorn. Furthermore, we spoke with various club pros and teaching professionals who have all been equally impressed with Ecco’s golf range and the models on offer, commenting that more and more amateur golfers are turning up to the driving range without changing their shoes: “they walk in with hybrids, hit a hundred balls and walk out with hybrids".
So, if golf is part of your lifestyle, a pair of hybrid shoes could be just up your Ecco street.