|I bought ladies casual Ecco shoes with a velcro fastening in November 2011 after having trouble with disintegrating soles on Hotter shoes. The shoes cost £79.99, they appeared to be sturdy shoes. Very soon the velcro fastenings stopped working and now after owning them for 17months the soles have disintegrated and are now useless. I have quite a few other Ecco shoes in my shoe cupboard but they are quite a bit older and still in wearable candition. Having read reports of many compaints from other customers of sub-standard soles on Ecco shoes since before 2008 I do believe that Ecco is deliberately selling shoes with inferior soles to increase sales.
I have enjoyed wearing Ecco shoes for some 3 years now and have not encountered any problems with them!
A danish company founded in 1963 the sales advisors always explain that the purpose of Ecco aheks is that thy are shoes built around the shape of your foot and Not the hoer way around. I have 2 pairs of trainers from them which are AMAZINGLY comfortable and a pair of boots which I have to say for heels (which I can't wear too often as they cripple my toes) that I've had about year and when I wear them I've worn them all night with No pain! The best feature about Ecco is that their shoes are all 100% leather and so when a pair of boots are £150 I am happy to pay the price as I know I am getting quality and comfort. I have bought boots elsewhere and the upper has fallen apart and the sole has come apart and it's difficult to re-sole...AND THEY ARE NOWHERE NEAR AS COMFORTABLE!
One comment I will say about Ecco is that not all of their shoes are as comfortable as they advertise it totally depends on peoples feet; whether they are wide (as their designs have gotten a lot narrower) or if people have a high instep they may find difficulty finding an ideal pair. Also Ecco footwear comes with removable insoles Which I appreciate as I have friends who need to put in orthotics so I have recommended Ecco to them.
In store, I have found sales assistants quite pushy in regards to buying all this shoe care! Waterproofing sprays etc Which I find are a waste of money as they don't do anything special!
So many people have bought Ecco shoes, worn them only a little, and then discoveredthat the soles just disintegrate while walking. Just Google "Ecco soles fall apart", you will learn all about it.Ecco just pretend there is no problem. You are gambling indeed if you buy Ecco !
I am not that big of a sucker that I bought more Ecco shoes after my fist one disintegrated, I just had a shoe buying spree one year.
First were my City Walker Cap Toes. I only wore them ~2 times be year. After a couple of years in the box, the sole of the heel started to break off in large chunks. They had a total of MAYBE 48 hours of total ware on them! I sent them in and they were replaced.
Second was a pair of Gore-Tex Track II High. Same thing, heel started to fall apart in chunks. Sent them in and they were replaced.
Third was a pair of Life. These turned to sticky gummy goo. I really though I stepped in someones discarded gum. So I start to scrap the sole of my sole on the cement sidewalk. The gum keeps coming. Black gooey gum. It turn out to be the sole of my shoe. It DISINTEGRATED!!!!! I never wore them, and now they fell apart. I am sending them in, we'll see what happens....
THIS IS ABSOLUTELY RIDICULOUS!!! My most expensive shoes that I never wear cannot last longer than my crappy tennis shoes that I wear ALL OF THE TIME!!! WTF
ECCO has to really get their act together.
My Ecco Comfort soles disintegrated today. The material around ECCO on the sole has turned to a brownish pap with a large hole in both. I've worn them probably 30-40 times and the soles were not even worn but they were probably about 3 years old. See similar problems link below.Unfortunately, I live in the UK and bought them in the USA so haven't a hope in hell of getting anyone here to listen. I must assume that they are made to European green policy biodegradable standards that ensure you keep the economy going by buying frequently. Europe is a haven of greed hiding under such legistlation.http://honeypot.net/my-ecco-shoes-are-junk#comment-122
I am writing to tell you how disappointed I have been in the quality of Ecco and Clark shoes. The soles just fall apart. Often leaving me in a precarious and even hazardous position.Therefore I'm forced not to purchase your shoes, even though I like them. I believe it is a problem with your materials used on the rubber soles. I am sorry. I am forced to buy your competitors products even if at a higher price point. Mephistos don't have this problem.I am hoping these company's will do something to correct this problem.It's happened on every pair whether worn or not. They disintegrate. Some sooner then others. A disappointed customer
I bought a pair of Ecco boots, at a discounted price. Three months later, the soles started to fall apart. Ecco accepted that the boots were faulty. Ecco said that it would refund the purchase price, but not replace the boots, because the model was discontinued. Because I bought them at a discount, a refund would not have got me another pair of boots. So it would seem that Ecco doesn't stand by its products.
So it was last year when I bought a pair of eccos, in a sale. Now at first look they don't look like eccos, they look a lot more fashionable than all their other ranges. Freinds in the shoe know-how were amazed that they were made by ecco. So I guess I was lucky, good looking footware made by the suedes. Well ecco do make comfortable shoes and these were no exception. No blisters, no pinceing no nothing, my feet were in a comfort zone that had big squishy sofas as soles. A year on and the ecco's still look good a touch worn on the upper but the rubber soul, hardley any wear at all. It would be easy to say that I must hardley wear them. This would be wrong. They pound the miles around the north easts urban areas, have been taken to many a night out both pub and club where they've been treated to booze spillage and booze fueled dancing and prized off in one night stand desire. What more do you need. Yes I'm wearing them now.
I’m one of those chaps who have a single pair of shoes for work. I buy a pair new and will wear them until they fall apart or they get tatty enough that they aren’t fit for the office. Working in London and travelling on public transport to get there, any pair of work shoes has to be comfortable for standing on the tube/tube for 40 minutes, allow me to charge up and down stairs and keep me from getting sore feet. In the past I bought a pair of Clarks shoes with the thick rubber sole – until I discovered and became an ECCO convert. As a break from my feet, lets have a brief look at ECCO. They are a Danish company founded in 1963 by a chap called Karl Toosbury who wanted to create really good walking shoes. Details of the company, shoes they sell and retail outlets can be found on their website www.ecco.com/uk. It’s not the friendliest site I’ve visited. They use shockwave and other flash stuff, which takes an age to download and disappoints when it arrives. But don’t trust me – give it a butchers. Back to my feet ! A friend of mine introduced me to ECCO. She was into things Scandinavian and raved about the comfort of their shoes. With the coming of the ORACLE shopping centre to Reading in the autumn of 1999, along came an ECCO shop (well it’s a Shoon shop). My old shoes were getting a little worn out and off I went to Shoon. I bought a pair of black ‘Outdoor urban’ shoes with chunky soles perfectly suited to commuting. Cost £75. I wear them to this day. Other than a bit of initial rubbing on the rear of my right foot – they are extremely comfortable. There is no sign of wear and tear and I’m still on my first pair of laces (Shoon sell spare laces as well). This year I needed a new pair of leisure shoes to wear with my jeans and I hastened along to Shoon. A pair of brown ‘Trek’ shoes took my fancy. Made with water repellent leather, wax stit
ches and a Gore-Tex membrane – they are the dog’s wotsits. I can’t see myself trekking through the undergrowth in them – but its good to be able to do so. They are also very warm inside – great for cold winter mornings. The downside is that they cost £115 (sharp intake of breath!) My Wife was quite calm when I told her and remarked how nice they were – phew. However I don’t spend a great deal of money on clothes and I think I’m worth it – so there ! With a bit of looking after – they should last for years. You won’t find them making trainers, ladies evening shoes and the like. But if you want a really good pair of comfy shoes – give ECCO a whirl. I forget to mention ECCO do sell does for ladies and children. The ladies’ ones are less clompy – but you can see for yourself on the web site. If the cost puts you off – ECCO have a shop in the Mcarthur Glen outlet mall in Swindon (on the site of the old railway works – I have written about that too!) So if you’re in the market for a pair of walking shoes, consider ECCO – they come highly recommended!
Okay, I admit Ecco is not a name you'd associate with high fashion. I'm supposed to be at an age when I put style before comfort, but I personally don't see what is so stylish about tottering around on shoes which will deform your feet and ruin your back. Ecco is a shoe shop which is probably associated with middle aged horsey types. I love them though. If you are after sexy strappy numbers this is probably not the place to go. If you are after shoes that don't require you to buy ten boxes of blister plasters then get down to your nearest Ecco shop now! I discovered Ecco when looking for some walking boots. They cost me £110, but were the only pair I'd seen all day which were actually comfortable to walk in. I didn't have to break them in at all, it only took about three hours for them to lose their stiffness. I bought the boots three years ago and I am still wearing them. They are a bit faded, but otherwise as good as new. The most impressive thing is that they don't smell at all! I have since bought sandals from them and am just as pleased. You will have to look carefully to pick out the nice shoes from the terminally frumpy numbers, but they are getting more stylish. The sandals are particularly nice. You do need to make sure you ask the shop assistant for care instructions as many of their shoes are made with gore tex which requires special products. Yes, the shoes are a little expensive, but they will last if you take care of them. I personally think it's worth shelling out a few more quid for shoes which won't cripple me.
There is, in certain quarters, something of a stigma about ecco shoes; a school of thought that suggests that only the type of person with an Aga and labradors would wear them. Certainly when it comes to cutting edge fashion, ecco aren't at the front of the race. But as someone who's spent very many years, from 16inch platforms to scarey stilletos, sacrificing comfort for style, I've found one or two styles each season in this range that wouldn't get laughed off the catwalk. My first eccos I bought in a sale, largely because I really needed something I could stand in all day without almost crippling myself for the next week. They were a bit more staid than my usual style - but, heck - it was a sale! Anyway, I wore them for just one day and I was converted. That, in itself, is a minor miracle. i don't think I've ever had a pair of shoes that haven't needed at least some breaking in. Not the eccos, however. The next minor miracle I realised had happened about two years later. I'd worn my eccos once or twice a week almost every week in that time - and they were still in great condition. I'd had them heeled a few times, but the uppers, while not exactly as good as new, were still perfectly serviceable. That's when I began my ecco buying binge. I've now acquired a pair or two every year for almost ten years. That very first pair have sadly gone to that great cobblers' in the sky. The rest are doing just great. Some of the styles are certainly naff, but the good ones are well worth hunting out.
Easily my favourite brand of shoe and boot, I am delighted to say an Ecco outlet has opened in the Oracle, Reading. Mostly flatties, and nothing much under £45, these shoes are made for walking. Many sandals are adjustable (for those with toe problems) and the range of colours is always up to date. Boots are slip on, laced or zip, suede or leather, and most have tough non'slip soles. Ecco - a little piece of heaven for your feet