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The ECCO Speed Hybrid golf shoe aims to be a cross between casual looks, comfort, and performance in order to be a well-rounded casual golf shoe for the spikeless enthusiast.
At Plugged In Golf, we’ve written about a handful of ECCO’s “casual” spikeless golf shoes that Fred Couples blazed the trail with a few years ago at The Masters. Following the success of the initial Street shoe Couples wore, ECCO really committed itself to taking the lead in the spikeless market and released quite a few different variations since. The latest effort is the ECCO Speed Hybrid which is clearly inspired by a casual looking gym shoe but still has characteristics needed to be a functional golf shoe.
Comfort is going to be relative to expectations when it comes to the ECCO Speed Hybrid golf shoes. A quick glance leaves you thinking they look pretty plush and will be soft and pillow-y. This isn’t necessarily the case, but it doesn’t mean the shoe isn’t comfortable. ECCO clearly designed this shoe to maintain comfort but to be functional as well. The leather in the upper portion of the shoe is firm enough to hold its shape and stay solid for you, but soft enough that it isn’t rigid and pokey. The footbed itself is very firm and supportive due to the E-DTS technology used in the outsole to provide better performance. As much as these shoes are designed to look like a sneaker, the actual comfort level is much more in line with a traditional feeling golf shoe.
At first glance, the ECCO Speed Hybrid shoe looks just like any other casual sneaker/walking shoe made for comfort and long-term wearability. At a closer glance, you’ll find the nubby bottom for gripping the turf better and realize the upper has been treated with something so they have more of a “sheen” and aren’t as soft and supple as they look from afar. This “something” is ECCO’s “HYDROMAX” treatment which is designed to keep moisture out of the shoe in order to keep your feet drier while maintaining breathability. All three colorways of the Speed Hybrid have a neutral upper combined with a vibrant sole and accenting to add just a bit of character to the shoe.
Spikeless golf shoes tend to “be what they are.” They’re only going to have so much grip and so many attributes similar to regular traditional golf shoes. That said, I was very impressed with how stable the ECCO Speed Hybrid was during the golf swing. As mentioned before, ECCO uses their E-DTS technology, as well as molded traction bars, to provide greater stability and I think it’s definitely noticeable if you have strong familiarity with other spikeless golf shoes. Most spikeless shoes, including the Speed Hybrid’s predecessors, tend to only be able to take so much torque and inevitably will twist across the sole. The Speed Hybrid has that firmer, more solid base which holds up nicely and prevents that twist, therefore making for a better foundation during the swing.
If you have been a big fan of ECCO’s lineage of spikeless casual golf shoes, you’ll be just as pumped about the Speed Hybrid shoe this season. The sole provides the same grip as previous ECCO spikeless shoes and ECCO’s E-DTS hybrid technology definitely makes the shoe firmer and more stable during the swing. While the Speed Hybrid isn’t a pillowy bed of clouds, it’s a good middle ground between the feel of a traditional solid golf shoe and the cool casual street feel that have you walking down the fairways just like Boom Boom Couples…ok, you still won’t be as cool.