Ecco Evo One

Ecco Evo One

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Ecco Evo One

Ecco Evo One

The skinny: Made with one-piece direct-inject construction and is strategically wider toward the rear of the shoe. Has a specialized shank piece in the mid-sole. Comes with Hydromax, Ecco’s proprietary weatherresistant treatment. Six colors, comes with two sets of laces.

Cost: $159.99 Availability: Immediate

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Golf shoes designed to be worn both on and off the course go by various descriptions, including spikeless, hybrid, minimalist and modern.

These shoes often reflect new construction techniques and new materials. They are lightweight, comfortable and durable.

Stylish golf shoes from the 20th century sometimes weighed 24 ounces. Many of today’s 21st-century shoes weigh less than 10 ounces. Translation: No more bricks tied to golfers’ feet.

“What we call hybrid or spikeless shoes have set the world of golf shoes on fire,” said Grant Knudson, footwear manager for Cobra Puma Golf. “In our world, it seemed to happen overnight, these shoes going from 5 percent of the (U.S.) market to almost 40 percent.”

And golfers really are wearing these shoes in nongolf environments.

“Bars, restaurants, airports – you see them all over the place,” Knudson said. “They have become a staple in the wardrobe of a golfer.”

This wave of popularity started with Fred Couples at the 2010 Masters. His Ecco shoes without cleats attracted worldwide attention.

Ever since, the playability of spikeless golf shoes has edged closer to that of cleated shoes.

“We’re there,” said Masun Denison, director of global product marketing for footwear at Adidas. “Our Gripmore cleat is directly injected to the bottom of the shoe. It’s the best of both worlds: the shoes are comfortable and flexible, with superior traction.”

Traditional-looking shoes – albeit in a lightweight package – still have an enthusiastic following. FootJoy is about to introduce 10 styles and colors in the FJ Professional Spikeless line, and these shoes harken back to the glory days of the FootJoy teaching shoe.

“This is a move back to the traditions of FootJoy, but with a flare,” said Doug Robinson, FootJoy’s vice president of product design and development worldwide. “We’re at a more fashionable, more stylish level.”

Editor’s note: This feature first ran in Golfweek magazine that hit doorsteps on March 28, 2014. If you’d like to subscribe, click here.

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