You’ve probably seen an ECCO store in city shopping centres or high streets and over the past few years the brand has made a foray into making hiking footwear.
Each successive year ECCO has become more serious about the outdoors and these new hiking boot models – the MX and EXOHIKE – are very high-quality and feature GORE-TEX and clever ECCO innovations.
We’ll start with the ECCO MX. This comes either as a trainer or a boot and is made from nubuck leather and neoprene. It features ECCO FLUIDFORM which is a material that follows and fits closely to the natural shape of the foot. It’s a very nicely styled boot, with ECCO saying the tread design was inspired by motocross. The MX has a lot of cushioning and is the kind of footwear that you can wear casually as well as for hiking. The GORE-TEX lining also means it will perform well too and we’re definitely keen to try them.
Priced at £130 and available here.
The EXOHIKE is a more substantial hiking boot than the MX and costs £170. It has a Michelin rubber outsole and a cushioned ‘Phorene’ midsole. The most striking feature though is the design of the heel cup, called ‘Prosoma’, that you can see in the photo below. It’s made from durable yak leather in ECCO’s own tanneries using water-saving ECCO DriTan™ technology. It doesn’t have a GORE-TEX lining, instead there’s an ECCO-branded water repellency called HYDROMAX and you can see this word embossed in the leather. Available in brown or black. It’s certainly the kind of boot you can wear casually this winter as well as on the fells.
See more under the OUTDOOR category on the ECCO website.