Size and fit

The low-top Ecco Soft 1 Sneaker is a unisex shoe that’s reportedly fitted accurately. Obtainable in medium width, the women’s sizes range from 4/4.5 to 12/12.5 US while the men’s sizes are from 5/5.5 to 13/13.5 US. It is shaped narrowly from the rear to the instep which offers a tailor-like fit, while the direct-injected, single-piece PU sole grants stability.

Ecco Soft 1 Sneaker Style

Ecco opted for a modest presentation for the Soft 1 Sneaker which is crafted with specially tanned uppers utilizing a blend of full-grain cow and Nubuck leathers in a casual lace-up format. There are several mono shades available for the ladies, from bright to subdued, such as Rosato (pink) Chili Red, Crown Jewel (purple), Ombre, White, True Navy, and Black Smooth that work well with denim, straight pants, leggings, capris, and scrubs. For the men, there are black, coffee and marine colors with contrasting white sole that are suitable with jeans, cargos, and khakis.

Notable Features

Ecco ticked all the boxes about comfort and practicality when it dropped the low-top Soft 1 Sneaker, a work shoe made of premium leather in a conservative arrangement. The soft upper is affixed to an implausibly flexible sole that bears some similarities with the Ecco Soft 1 Tie, except that this unisex version comes with a pull tab on the heel. This kick continues to garner credibility among devotees of comfortable casual leather footwear.

Ecco Soft 1 Sneaker History

Ecco Soft 1 Sneaker gives us a nostalgic transit back to Ecco’s domain in circa 1980s. This comeback style resembles the crisp and clean sneakers that hit the market at that time but constructed with a modified look. It also flaunts the Ecco logo design from 1982 on the lateral side. This revamped version is creating solid traction in today’s fashion-forward societies dressed in a luxuriously soft and buttery leather cover.

The 1980s era brought valuable changes to this Danish-born brand. It has been said that Ecco was one of the first footwear labels to adapt the concept of robotics into shoe production, particularly the use of an injection molding machine. Before this development, manufacturers would painstakingly meld the upper to the sole by hand, but thanks to companies offering bots, shoe productivity, and quality improved immensely.

Ecco initially partnered with Klockner Desma (the same company Adidas hooked up with for the creation of the Copa Mundial) back in 1984 which brought in the injection molding machine, fully equipped to mold the soles to the upper easily. Ecco welcomed other bot providers like the Bata Industrials, which helped Ecco in setting up its first robotized production line in 1990.

These advancements led the brand to develop its proprietary technology, the direct injection process (DIP), which later became the most known method credited to Ecco. The DIP is the secret behind Ecco’s instant fit feature that incorporates a molten material, typically PVC, TPR, or PU into outsole production.

These polymers are poured into the cavity of a mold and are precisely fused to the upper as it solidifies. Modern lifestyle kicks like the Ecco Soft 1 Sneaker went through this treatment with the use of polyurethane.

Additional Info

  • The detachable Ecco Comfort Fiber System inlay sole that’s lined with supple leather and micro perforations offer a cool and odor-free environment for the feet.
  • The walls inside the shoe feature a breathable textile lining.


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