Recently, I shot editorial footwear campaign for ECCO highlighting their HYBRID ST.1 penny loafer. Packed with technological advancements like — unique VITRUS™ shank, ultra-light PHORENE™ uses FLUIDFORM™ Technology and innovative ECCO SHOCK THRU Technology — all created to make these shoes the most comfortable and responsive for all-day wear.
After a few weeks a of wear, below are my thoughts on the shoe — stylistically and functionally.
Let starts with style. Honestly, most brands that put this style of “hybrid” shoe/sneaker, the end result is often clunky and too futuristic. It’s almost like the designers think “how can we put the most technology and weird stuff” into one shoe.
This wasn’t the case with this penny loafer. With a slightly squared-off toe on the upper, essentially this is a traditional loafer. What helps to bridge the sporty sole and traditional upper is the tan detail fusing both parts together.
Because of the sporty sole and traditional upper combo, these loafers are easy to wear casually without looking juxtaposed.
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Where these shoes have their best value is for the everyday suited guy that need footwear that offer maximum comfort without sacrificing style. The key, a sleek silhouette that pairs surprisingly well with a tailored trouser.
So What DO I Think About These Kicks
- Comfort is through the roof
- Silhouette is sleek without falling into the “fashion” shoe territory
- It’s the right type of shoe for the guy that hates wearing
- You can run in them if you really need to
- Run a full size bigger than expected
- besides the brown leather colorway, they’re limited on the options
Founder & Creative Director of Men's Style Pro, Sabir has a deep passion for menswear and all things manly. Selected as one of the "5 Best Dressed Men In America" by Esquire Magazine in 2010 & as #GQFall 2013 Best Dressed Man. As of 2014, Sabir serves as a freelance brand ambassador & executive stylist for GQ Magazine & GQ Report. Outside of that partnership, Sabir serves as an independent brand consultant as well. Reach me directly at SABIR@MENSSTYLEPRO.COM