Everyone needs a pair of shoes that serve as your default. The ones that you pull on when heading out to the store, walk the dog, run some errands, or an afternoon antiquing.
ECCO makes those shoes, and they make them well. In fact, the privately held Danish company is the only major shoe manufacturer in the world that owns and manages every step of the shoe making process. As a reflection of that commitment, the company was just selected as the 2013 Best Shoe Manufacturer by the German footwear industry. The award was presented last month at the prestigious Schuhkurier & step Award event, in Düsseldorf.
What does that mean to us? For starters, it reinforces OTC’s commitment to being an ECCO brand ambassador, something we do very sparingly and only for brands with which we have a long relationship. In addition, it reminds us of the ECCO commitment to developing shoes you want to wear when you really need to go somewhere. While they have recently rolled out some very sharp business and business casual lines, we love their get-out-there-and-walk shoes.
First and foremost, ECCO’s shoes are made for walking and comfort, whether to a staff meeting or up a mountain. There is something to fit everyone’s need.
So, what’s our choice for the OTC ‘heading out’ shoes? ECCO’s Fusion Moc Toe. The combine the style of a low boat or camp shoe with the support and comfort of a serious walking shoe. Equally important is that they fit and feel great with or without socks. We have paired these with khakis, jeans, and cords and the ECCO’s functionally classic style has always worked well.
We love these shoes so much that when heading out Chicago to cover the Stella Artois Cidre launch party, they were the on shoes we took (below).