ECCO Introduces 2007 U.S. Men’s Golf Collection


September 8, 2006. Unequaled Performance, Comfort and Style in Eye-Catching New Designs

(Londonderry, N.H.) – Renowned Danish shoemaker ECCO introduces its Spring/Summer 2007 U.S. collection of classic and casual men’s golf shoes featuring four completely new styles alongside seven returning favorites in a variety of exciting new color combinations.

Highlighting the unprecedented attention to detail that has distinguished ECCO for more than 40 years, the diverse new collection brings cutting-edge technology and out-of-the-box comfort together with innovative designs to create the ideal platform for the perfect swing.

Superior performance is built-in via a network of performance technologies that includes:

• Ultra-soft, high-grade leathers with hydrophobic treatments to provide superb water-resistance
• A direct-injection process unique to ECCO in the golf industry that ensures durability, comfort and shock-absorption
• Internal stabilizer that reduces torque and provides a stable swing platform
• Double-layer insole that provides extra cushion and absorbs heel force to reduce stress on the knees, hip and back
• Internal Air-Circulation System that ensures a fresh, dry and cool foot environment
• Dynamic Energy Return System that provides a trampoline effect during foot-strike and follow-through to reduce fatigue during the course of a round
• Advanced grip systems including Eclipse cleat with Fast Twist insert system, Stinger cleat with Q-Lok insert system and molded traction bars

“Our 2007 men’s golf collection is designed to appeal to the most discerning golfers,” says Per Aagren, Head of Global Sales, ECCO Golf. “Unique product development and manufacturing processes allow us to create the world’s best-performing golf shoes in styles that are preferred by Tour pros worldwide, including golf legends like Fred Couples and Colin Montgomerie.”

In addition to Couples and Montgomerie, the ECCO men’s golf collection is endorsed by international Tour stars Aaron Baddeley, Thomas Bjorn, Thongchai Jaidee and John Bickerton, among others.

Highlights for 2007 include:

Casual Cool
Retail price: $160. Available colors: white/orange; white/kiwi; white/Baja blue; espresso/safari; ascot/titanium-pink; ascot/titanium-kiwi

The newest update of the extremely popular Casual Cool series, this daring style features a series of color-matched textile straps that interlock with the lace system to provide an enhanced instep fit. Designed to appeal to golfers seeking a less formal look, this shoe is made of high-grade ECCO Lexi leather with a soft, natural, tumbled texture for a “distressed” look.

Casual Cool Hydromax
Retail price: $180. Available colors: Baja blue/white; rocket/white; espresso/safari; black/ice white; white/black

One of the most talked about shoes of 2006 now features the striking new color combinations Baja blue/white and rocket (green)/white. This inspired design draws clear influence from modern street shoe fashions and features wider lacing for an athletic fit and feel. Superior comfort is ensured through a shock point in the heel, and a direct-injected PU midsole combined with a hard-wearing TPU outsole.

Flexor GTX
Retail price: $200. Available colors: coffee/coffee; white/black; white/bison

Built atop a completely new ECCO outsole featuring two-colored Stinger cleats with the Q-Lok insert system for ideal traction, this striking performance shoe is fully waterproof via premium Gore-Tex technology, making it ideal for all playing conditions. Features crossing bands of patterned ECCO Lizzard and Croco leathers atop smooth Manhattan leather for a smart-yet-natural look and feel.

Flexor Hydromax
Retail price: $180. Available colors: white/cognac/bison; white/titanium/silver; white/titanium/black

A smooth ECCO Manhattan leather base offset by patterned Lizzard leathers running from toe to tongue and along each side combine to create a sharp aesthetic that appeals to golfers of all ages and abilities. ECCO’s exclusive Hydromax treatment provides the ultimate in non-Gore-Tex water and perspiration resistance while a two-component leather and microfiber top layer inlay sole on 3mm comfort fiber foam provides extra-soft cushion in the heel area.

Flexor
Retail price: $160. Available colors: white/white; white/cognac/bison; white/titanium/black; black/bison/bison

Rich detailing and fine stitching highlight this undeniably attractive style which sits atop the new Flexor outsole. Patterned Lizzard leather wrapping across the heel and middle of the upper offset a smooth Manhattan leather base to create an attractive updated saddle design. Features a hard-wearing TPU outsole with multi-colored TPU foil inserts.

Classic Crossfire
Retail price: $160. Available colors: white/rustic brown; coffee/coffee; black/black; white/cognac; white/black

Featured prominently on the feet of Fred Couples during his stirring performance during the 2006 Masters Tournament, this bold saddle design is now available in three new color combinations – black, coffee and white/rustic brown – with striking contrast drawn by the combination of smooth Manhattan leather and interlocking bands of Croco patterned leather.

About ECCO

ECCO Sko A/S is an international group founded in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy in Denmark. Today, ECCO is a global player in the dress and casual footwear industry, with direct subsidiaries in Europe, the Far East and North America, and partners worldwide. ECCO has more than 10,500 employees worldwide. ECCO USA, Inc. is based in Londonderry, N.H. For more information, visit www.eccousa.com or call 800/886-3226.     

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