Just when I thought there was nothing that could be done to a golf shoe to make it more comfortable, ECCO unveils their new Men’s Cool 18 GTX golf shoe. This shoe takes comfort to a whole new level.
In case you’re wondering, the GTX stands for Gore-Tex. The supple Dritton leather uppers of these new shoes are designed with a Gore-Tex membrane, which is 100% waterproof and keeps moisture out and moves with your foot. In fact, the Gore-Tex Surround technology (the red part, if you’re looking at a picture) acts almost like a built-in sock, and makes the shoes so comfortable that socks are now optional. It’s not only waterproof – as all Gore-Tex products are – it’s extremely breathable too. In fact, the Gore-Tex Surround technology produces a waterproof layer that keeps feet dry, and also incorporates an advanced air channeling system within the grid-shaped sole structure.
Speaking of the sole, ECCO’s new midsole grid-construction has ventilation holes on both sides of the shoe providing 360° breathability without compromising the waterproofing layer, resulting in cooler, dryer feet all day. The COOL GTX 18 shoes are only available with Slim Lock soft spikes which provide all the grip and stability any golfer will ever need. Although this is the first pair of spiked ECCO shoes I have owned, they are still the most comfortable and require no break in period at all. I have yet to wear socks in them.
OK, now that we have the technicalities out of the way, let’s talk about how these shoes look. One word: Incredible! The Cool 18 GTX is currently available in only one colorway (Red/White/Blue) but I don’t think they could have picked a better color combination. The upper is bright white and the part of the sole that is ventilated is blue. The Gore-Tex Surround and tongue are red as are the four trademark ECCO dots on the outside of each shoe.The Cool GTX model is a non-sock liner option available and is available in 3 other colorways: black, white and camel.
The ECCO Men’s Cool GTX golf shoes offer a bold and contemporary design that incorporates high quality components, technology and comfort features, making them the perfect shoe for any golfer. They are available in US sizes 5/5.5 – 13/13.5. Retail price is $280.00. For more information on these or any other ECCO products, visit their website at www.ecco.com.