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ECCO Golf Footwear unveils 2003 product line

LONDONDERRY, N.H. - ECCO Golf Footwear, a division of worldwide footwear leader ECCO Sko A/S, today announces the 2003 golf collection is now available. The collection includes 23 men's and women's styles, all fashion trend-setting, ranging from classic to neo-classic, casual and sport models. Some styles contain European flair and some mirror Friday-casual shoes.

For a more detailed look at the 2003 line, see the representative product descriptions for a men's and women's footwear model pasted below this release.

The collection's release couldn't come at a better time, says Per Aagren, Manager of ECCO Golf Footwear based in ECCO's worldwide headquarters in Denmark.

"ECCO Golf Footwear is enjoying tremendous momentum and buzz in the golf industry, thanks to a substantial number of Tour professionals wearing ECCO, being in a majority of golf shops at the better golf clubs and resorts, and the outstanding rating we earned through Rankmark from consumers who tested ECCO," Aagren says.

Rankmark, the independent golf-product testing and consumer-feedback company, earlier this month announced ECCO Golf Footwear was preferred by more than 90 percent of golfers over their current brands. Testers' overwhelming preference of ECCO Golf Footwear represented the most lopsided victory of any golf product surveyed in Rankmark history, according to Charles Mandel, Rankmark CEO.

The ECCO Golf Footwear division was established by ECCO to offer golfers and retailers access to ECCO's worldwide leadership in "brown shoe" (casual, dress, adventure) comfort and style through its high-performance models in several styles. Technology features in ECCO golf shoes include extra cushion provided by the anatomical design of the uppers, midsoles and outsoles to insure maximum comfort when walking.

ECCO Golf Footwear contains other properties that promote shock absorption, durability, lateral stability and breathability, and use Gore-Tex membranes for moisture control. All ECCO Golf Footwear optimizes traction from SoftSpikes plastic cleats. ECCO golf shoes MSRP start at $120.

Unlike virtually all its footwear competitors, ECCO creates and manufactures all of its products "from cow to shoe." ECCO Golf Footwear is the only major golf footwear line on the market featuring ultra-soft, high-grade leather, extra cushion, and a direct-injected, anatomically-correct PU mid-sole. The results: ECCO golf shoes are flexible in concert with movements of the golf swing, they do not crack, and are soft on the feet.

About ECCO

ECCO Sko A/S is an international group founded in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy in Denmark. Today, ECCO is a global player in the footwear industry, with direct subsidiaries in Europe, the Far East and North America, and partners all over the world. ECCO has 9,000 employees worldwide. ECCO USA, Inc. is based in Londonderry, New Hampshire. For more information, visit www.ecco.com or call 800.886.ECCO (3226).

Men's Casual Saddle GTX

A true beauty and a wonderful update to the traditional golf silhouette, while possessing all the technology and comfort ECCO has become world-famous for. This model, with its dynamic saddle design and contrast stitching detail and unique shape is an update to the traditional saddle while still maintaining its ECCO golf heritage.

The choice of materials and colors available in this model is as dynamic and refreshing as the shoe itself.

A full waterproof product with a Gore-Tex XCRä membrane combined with ECCO's patented Hydromaxä water-resistant leather and a gusseted tongue construction, this model is the perfect choice for foul weather or bright sun play - a completely versatile product.

Upper

• Available in a variety of upper materials - from smooth leather to crocodile and snake print - the materials mold to the shape of the foot to fit just like a glove for the ultimate in footwear comfort.
• ECCO's own patented tanning process has rendered the leather used in this model water-resistant plus the addition of a Gore-Tex XCRä waterproof membrane makes this shoe watertight and cool and comfortable.
• The most important aspect of the shoe is keeping the heel locked in place to provide a non-slip perfect fit. ECCO's perfectly anatomical heel counter provides an almost customized fit right from the beginning to allow 36-hole comfort.
• Semi-waxed natural and synthetic blend laces stay tightly tied.
• Cambrelleâ lined top layer inlay sole combined with the ultimate moisture wicking and fast-drying Interactive Comfort Management System provides a healthy, comfortable and cool environment.

Midsole/Outsole

• Modern design direct injected PU midsole provides firmness yet high flexibility and molds to the contours of the bottom of your feet and incorporates an external shock point at the heel for added comfort.
• Enhanced internal and distinct external shankpiece and stabilizer give the ultimate in support and stability for all the motions encountered during the game.
• The outsole has been specifically designed with additional strategically placed "teeth" to allow additional traction and grip during all phases of the swing so you are certain of a sure-footed hitting platform at all times.
• Fitted with Eclipseä cleat from SoftSpikesâ for greens friendly traction and comfort.

Women's Hydromax Apron

Top of the range women's golf shoe featuring ECCO's world famous direct injected PU midsole for all day comfort right out of the box. The timeless elongated apron design and color combinations offered provide this model with as much tradition and class as the game itself.

A classic in the making, the extended mudguard design line enhances an artfully designed upper crafted from ECCO's very own beautiful and luxurious drummed Hydromaxä water-resistant leather providing the ultimate in supple texture and "hand".

Upper

• Featuring ECCO's exclusive drummed HydroMaxä water-resistant full-grain smooth leather upper is masterfully crafted on an anatomically correct last that molds to the shape of the foot to fit just like a glove for the ultimate in footwear comfort.
• Extended one-piece mudguard design offers a remarkable color blocking opportunity in addition to added protection to the upper and providing enhanced lateral support.
• Specially formulated textile lining material is moisture wicking to transport moisture up and away from the foot.
• The most important aspect of a shoe is keeping the heel locked in place to provide a non-slip perfect fit. ECCO's perfectly anatomical heel counter featuring a microfibre lining provides an almost customized fit and comfort right from the beginning.
• Padded collar provides a soft oasis of ankle protection.
• Semi-waxed natural and synthetic blend laces stay tightly tied.
• Cambrelleâ lined top layer inlay sole combined with the ultimate moisture wicking and fast-drying Interactive Comfort Management System provides a healthy, comfortable and cool environment.

Midsole/Outsole

• Direct injected PU midsole provides firmness yet high flexibility and molds to the contours of the bottoms of your feet.
• Internal shank and stabilizer give the ultimate in support and stability for all the motions encountered during the game.
• The outsole has been specifically designed to allow additional traction and grip during all phases of the swing so you are certain of a sure-footed platform at all times.
• Fitted with the Eclipseä cleat from SoftSpikesâ for greens friendly comfort and traction.

 
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