The S-Lite is the latest athletic-looking golf shoe from Ecco Golf and being touted as the ideal summer and travel shoe — ready for the course, as well as the streets.
A prototype was first showcased at the PGA Merchandise Show in January. The rich, saturated color options were eye-catching, but the most interesting aspect of the S-Lite is the strong leather upper designed to have the look of a textile shoe. At first glance, the upper looks like knit mesh, but it’s actually diamond-embossed leather that gives a street-style look.
This is Ecco’s lightest leather golf shoe to date, offering golfers an extremely light and versatile performance footwear option for on and off the course. The design is so innovative that it won a prestigious, internationally-renowned Red Dot Design award, given annually since 1955, for product design excellence.
“Winning a Red Dot award is a recognition of our innovative approach to golf footwear design, and it’s something our whole team can be proud of,” said Bartie Bikowski, Ecco Golf lead designer. “We are one of the world’s top leather producers, owning our own tanneries and production. This allows us the freedom to innovate with bold new materials and finishes. Many of our leather stories in golf are influenced by our work in the fashion industry, where we continue to push the boundaries of design. For S-Lite, our Yak leather has a very strong fiber that enables us to cut it very thin without losing any natural benefits."
A multi-injection production process created a base that’s 66 percent thinner than any other TPU outsole. [Photo: Ecco Golf]
A design by reduction concept of S-Lite didn’t stem from an upgrade to — or a modification from — a shoe from a previous collection. It represented a completely new design challenge, starting totally from scratch.
The platform is based on the fundamental principles of a traditional racing flat, combined with lightweight performance not often associated with a leather shoe. To save weight in every available area, Ecco utilized the new design principle. From the outsole to the leather, designers considered where weight could be saved in every aspect, without compromising on comfort or performance.
In addition, the outsole offers outstanding grip, traction and flexibility. A multi-injection production process created a base that’s 66 percent thinner than any other TPU outsole, making it the perfect packable playing option for travel, or an after-work twilight round on a hot summer’s day.
The men's shoe retails for $160 and is available in white, marigold and wild dove color ways; the women's shoe retails for $150 and is available in white, tomato and moon rock color ways.
Janice Ferguson has covered golf apparel and accessories for more than a decade and currently contributes to GolfThreads and AGM.