(Feature in partnership with ECCO)
[dropcap size=small]W[/dropcap]e’ve arrived at a peak moment in the minimal sneaker game. If you’re on the search for a new pair of low-profile sneakers to add to your footwear arsenal, let me introduce you to the ECCO Soft 8.
Quick Back Story on my ECCO Soft 8 Origin
[dropcap size=big]B[/dropcap]efore getting into the editorial portion of this feature, let’s discuss how I became a fan of these sneakers. Just a few weeks back, ECCO opened a location at the King of Prussia Mall (just outside of Philly). Fortunately, I was invited to the grand opening event and had the chance to test out a few pairs of shoes first hand.
After looking through every pair of shoes from golf cleats to hiking boots, I kept coming back to a pair of black ECCO Soft 8 sneakers. It’s not a joke. Before leaving the store, I think I picked up those sneakers 10 times (even before trying them on).
The Perfect Streetwear Sneaker (with the soul of a traditional shoe)
With a beefed up outsole, the Soft 8’s are a standout in the low prolife shoe market. If you take a not-so-scientific poll by walking into a few sneaker stores or checking any menswear site, most of the minimal kicks that are featured have thin, low-profile soles. Now, those thin soles look great, but, are clearly missing some substance when put head-to-head with the Soft 8.
The chunky sole has that high-end streetwear brand look, plus the pebble grain leather in reminiscent of an Oxford lace-up. Pair them with a black suit and a this season’s patterned shirt of the moment for a swerve on the menswear game. Or, rock them with a sportswear-inspired look. Pairing them with your favorite tailored joggers & bomber jacket will make you streetwear-god in the making.
As a big time walk, a stylish sneaker that offers maximum comfort is ideal. During an average day in Philly, I walk about 8 miles bouncing from meeting to meeting and photo shoots. Tired of being the victim of uncomfortable sneakers, I dig some digging on why these kicks were so comfortable right out of the box.
Their outsoles are molded directly to the upper using a process called DIP — Direct Injection Production. This process makes these sneakers more flexible and offers an enhanced comfort.
Casual FRIDAY Pro
White Soft 8 Lace-Up Sneakers – c/o ECCO | Navy Cargo Khaki – c/o Marcel Floruss x Designow Collab | Gingham Suit Jacket – Hardy Amies | Chambray Shirt & Pocket Square – The Tie Bar | Knit Tie – Oliver Wicks | Brown Leather Folio – Hook & Albert
Oh! Casual Friday! Walking through any corporate office, it’s easy to see that people still don’t understand how to pull off a well-curated casual Friday look that’s truly work appropriate. The most agregious of offenders is that one guy wearing his gym shoes and overly washed jeans. Don’t be that guy!
- Step 1. Leave the gym shoes in your gym bag.
- Step 2. Add some casually tailored piece to your look (unlined patch pocket blazer, cargo chinos
- Step 3. Add a pair of minimal, crisp white sneakers to the look
During the warmer months, a minimal white sneaker can glide through the office, while receiving more positive thumbs up than that 9:00am presentation that you just suffered through. Pair them with a blue cotton suit or your favorite tailored chinos.
All opinions & styling are that of Men’s Style Pro.
Photography by Austin Horton