The ECCO Street is actually the more premium of shoes compared to the ECCO Street Premiere, with the extra cost buying you an upgraded insole, camel leather uppers, and a more breathable lining. It’s on the high side in price within our test, but those who are looking for a street shoe that brings comfort and quality to the course will want to check these out. Maybe you can’t play like Freddy, but you can look like him, right?
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The ECCO Street is a step up from the ECCO Street Premiere (confusing, yes), and is considered a “luxury” golf sneaker. The main design difference between the Street and Street Premiere is the Street features a camel leather upper – think of the leather that will scuff if you run a fingernail lightly across it. At a glance, it isn’t that obvious that the ECCO Street is made for the links – if it had a dark colored midsole (all three color options come with a white midsole and orange sole), one would never think it was a golf shoe. It’s a stylish shoe, and Mrs. Critical Golf has declared it one of the “best looking of the bunch.” Since she’s a veteran of working in the men’s shoe section of a department store, she’s a tough critic. Remind us to tell you about her meltdown at REI when we tried to find her a hiking shoe and everything was deemed “too ugly to purchase.”
CONSTRUCTION AND DURABILITY
Like the ECCO Street Premiere, the Street isn’t waterproof, and while the camel leather doesn’t wear as well as the Street Premieres in the rain, we haven’t spent time in downpours. One of the selling points of the shoe is the insole, so we expect that most purchasers will keep the original as opposed to swapping in a third party insole. The Street insole provides additional cushion toward the back of the foot through the heel, is perforated at the front of the foot (and around the edges toward the heel) to provide additional breathability, and has a lining underneath that is moisture absorbing and anti-bacterial. We had problems with a lingering “aroma” in the ECCO Street Premieres, but are hopeful that the lining of the Streets will keep this from becoming a problem. So far, so good.
Both ECCO models have a standard width throughout and feature the same rubber sole (including the same pattern with rows of circular “spikes” that have additional rubber extending from them at 12, 3, 6 and 9 o’clock to provide additional traction). While we assume that wearing these shoes on pavement or other hard surfaces will result in faster wear, we have kept these on for a reasonable amount of time off the course (although we don’t go so far as to use these as a replacement street shoe or sneaker) and haven’t noticed any troublesome wear to the soles. Both models were well-made and passed ECCO and Critical Golf quality controls.
COMFORT AND ON-COURSE USE
The ECCO Street was our first spikeless golf shoe tested. We were initially hesitant about purchasing a pair of spikeless golf shoes, worrying that we would slip while playing (on both dry and wet days). We can honestly say that over the course of the entire season we can’t recall any shot where we slipped as a result of wearing the ECCO Streets. The caveat is that, as mentioned above, we play primarily in Northern California and don’t venture out in the pouring rain. We do, however, play on mornings with dew or frost on the ground, and more than one of our local courses overwaters to the point of having extremely soggy sections of turf. We do try to be mindful of keeping the soles clean, just as we would with spiked shoes.
The Streets weighed 1.7 lbs. for the pair (as tested), a bit lighter than the ECCO Street Premier, and about average in our tests.
The ECCO Streets are “street inspired”, and having a standard width throughout results in a bit more pressure across the width in the toe box late in the day. While the overall shape of the shoe didn’t fit our feet perfectly, we’ve never regretted the purchase of the ECCO Street Premieres. The Street Premieres were very stable, and we never found ourselves missing spiked shoes. We found the ECCO Streets to be a bit more comfortable than the Street Premieres, which we attribute mostly to the improved insole providing a softer and more comfortable fit, though perhaps the uppers do make a difference as well.
At $170, the ECCO Street is a step from the ECCO Street Premieres, which are priced at $150 (yes, we agree that this is not intuitive), with the extra $20 buying you an upgraded insole, camel leather uppers, and a more breathable lining. We couldn’t feel any difference in midsoles between the ECCO models, nor could we see a benefit of the lining, though we haven’t played in them in 90+ degree conditions. Many people will buy these shoes just for their ability to blend in while worn off the course, but they offer more than just their looks. The questions is, though, as the highest priced shoe in our tests, is it worth the relatively steep price?