ECCO approaches design a little differently. We design from the inside out: inside every comfortable shoe is a foot. Outside, you'll find inspiration from nature and fashion trends, the simplicity of Scandinavian design, environmental circumstances, and all the ways you run through the day. That's all important. We respond with shoes that take you from work to play, from casual Friday to tee time on Saturday and back through that great hiking trail on Sunday. We design our shoes to live up to all your functional needs. And inside it all is a comfortable foot.
ECCO began as a response to uncompromising footwear. More than 40 years ago in the small southern Jutland town of Bredebro, Denmark, Karl Toosbuy pioneered a revolution in footwear, choosing comfort over conformity. Tired of having his feet mold to his shoes, he charged that the foot should lead the shoe. A new type of footwear was born, crafted both by hand and "by heart".
At ECCO, we don't compromise. Comfort, flexibility, Scandinavian design, and thriving innovation lead the way—shaping how we build our shoes and grow our company.
We constantly strive to reduce the environmental impact of our operations while increasing the positive impact we have in our global communities. We have a responsibility to be an environmentally responsible neighbor and conserve resources for future generations through sustainable development.
Our ECCO Environmental Management System (EEMS) and our Lean production methods foster a continual improvement, waste-elimination culture that involves all employees. Together, we work to increase our energy efficiency, decrease water use and waste, prevent pollution, reduce and reuse materials, and recycle waste from our tanneries and shoe factories.
ECCO are shoemakers. In fact, we are one of the few genuine shoe manufacturers that has survived and prospered in an ever-changing world. For 48 years, it has been ECCO's aim to produce high quality, casual comfort shoes with a perfect fit. No wonder that our customers are as passionate about wearing our shoes as we are about making them.
A family owned, financially robust company, ECCO has no need to make short-term decisions, save on material or compromise on quality. Ever. Because we know that to deliver perfect quality we need to control every single aspect of our business. So, ECCO shoes designers develop our collections, ECCO owned tanneries produce the leather and ECCO shoes owned factories make the shoes sold in ECCO shops across the world and at the world's leading retailers. All of which makes ECCO unique in the global shoe industry.
To better build for comfort, we reinvented how shoes should fit. Conventional shoes fit across your feet at the toes, restricting the way your toes spread as you walk. ECCO shoes "Freedom Fit" fits from heel to instep, allowing toes to spread naturally to better support your weight and foster a more comfortable walking experience.
In this manner, ECCO shoes design philosophy embraces innovation—and tradition. European design is all about advanced materials, high performance, and beautiful styling. We explore and create at the nexus of these goals. Our award-winning designers draw inspiration from life around us, our heritage, and new materials to make every shoe a work of art that puts technology at the service of nature.
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