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Product review: The best men’s travel shoes

by Michael on November 14, 2016

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The Best Men’s Travel Shoes

Larissa has written about the best travel shoes for women, but now it’s my turn to talk about the best mens travel shoes.

I have only two pairs of shoes with me, both by Ecco. I’ve worn Eccos almost exclusively for about 20 years. They are cut slightly wider in the toe box so they accommodate my size E foot (somewhere between wide and regular).

The pair that I wear almost daily is the Track 5 plain toe low. It’s a brown nubuck style that’s generic enough to go with anything. They were already several years old before the trip started so I thought about getting a new pair. But I figured they’d just get beat up anyway so I decided to wear them as long as they’d hold up. So far they’ve held up great.

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The Eccos were great for a steep hike up to the Tasman Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand.

They started their journey in August, 2011 at the top of the Rocky Steps in our hometown of Philadelphia. Some of their adventures so far have included: hiking along the Great Wall of China, climbing to the top of the ancient ruins at Angkor Wat, spending the night in a cave at a Bedouin camp and yet still looking stylish enough to wear on the streets of Paris.  They even survived being left outside during a torrential downpour in Bali where the next morning they were as full as bathtubs. They dried out by evening and were ready to wear to dinner.

For warmer weather I wear their Cerro yak leather sandals. I bought them at The Walking Company store in Philadelphia. The salesman explained that yak leather is soft but highly durable. The Ecco web site sounds like it is describing the latest in fighter plane gizmos with these shoes: full length Receptor Technology and side stabilizer frames. I wondered where the ripcord was. Ecco does not recommend them for water use but they’ve gotten soaked and lived to talk about it.

If you’re looking for durable, comfortable shoes that aren’t so bulky they look like you forgot to take them out of the box, I highly recommend Ecco shoes.

Please note: These shoes were my own purchases and I am not paid to endorse Ecco. (Oh how I wish.)

UPDATE: February, 2017. After a decade I am still wearing the Ecco Track 5 Plain Toe but I’ve been wearing them so long the model is now called Track 6.  The pair I’ve been wearing were made in Europe. I notice that some Ecco shoes are now made in China, so check first on the model you’re interested in. Quite frankly, I wouldn’t pay a premium price for Chinese made shoes.

28581550060_131210d7e7_mLarissa and Michael are your typical middle-aged couple from Philadelphia who’ve been traveling the world full-time since 2011, seeking off-beat, historic and tasty sights. To receive our free quarterly newsletter with updates and valuable travel tips subscribe here.

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Carter May 15, 2012 at 8:25 pm

I’ve got some eccos too and really like them. They’re really sturdy. Nice iceberg pic.

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Larissa May 15, 2012 at 8:54 pm

Thanks Carter. The glacier looked a bit different than we expected.

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Randy May 20, 2012 at 6:55 am

These shoes look pretty sturdy. Where are they made?

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Michael May 20, 2012 at 10:25 am

The sandals were made in Indonesia. I’ve had the other pair so long the sticker for where they were made wore away. I think it was in Eastern Europe.

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Alex May 29, 2012 at 2:59 am

I’ve seen these in stores. They look nice but are a bit above my budget. WHat did you wear before the eccos?

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Michael May 29, 2012 at 12:18 pm

I believe the regular shoes were about $180, they’re over 5 years old so the memory is hazy, and the sandals about $140. They aren’t the cheapest shoes but I used to buy cheaper ones that didn’t last as long. I get close to 10 years out of a pair of eccos so in the long run they’re a better value than other shoes. Hope that helps.

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