ECCO was established in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy in the small town of Bredebro in southern Denmark. Toosbuy founded the company on the philosophy that “shoes must follow the foot” and not the other way around. His idea was to produce shoes that combined innovative technology, Scandinavian design, and traditional craftsmanship with an understanding of the human foot, and how it works.
The ECCO footwear group employs nearly 20,000 people worldwide. Its products can be found in 4,000 branded sales locations in more than 90 countries. In the mid 1990s, ECCO joined the golf market, creating golf shoes specifically to build on the ethos that Toosbury started thirty years earlier.
ECCO are proud to be the only major shoe manufacturer to own and manage every step of the shoemaking process from leather production through its own shoe factories all the way to its stores.
In 2009, ECCO started a revolution that changed the way the world looks at golf shoes. Casual, fashion-forward styles designed to be worn on and off course, the Golf Street and Golf Street Lite collections, offer distinctive styling, comfort and convenience, while being trusted by many of the world’s best players. When Fred Couples wore a pair of the ECCO Golf Street shoes at the 2010 Masters, the company enjoyed a surge in interest and popularity.
Along with the Street models, ECCO developed the game’s first Natural Motion shoe. BIOM Golf showcases a patented design based on the foot’s natural system for absorbing impact. Exceptionally lightweight, featuring an ultra-low profile and the game’s most stable hitting platform, it was created by scanning the feet of 2,500 athletes.