Glossary

 

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Biom
Biom is the result of the ECCO Biom project into the natural motion of walking and running. The human foot has evolved as a natural shock absorber, with its 26 bones, 32 muscles and tendons and 107 ligaments; the pronating motion of the foot as been tuned by nature for walking and running. ECCO Biom is designed to enable the foot to move in the most natural way possible, allowing the foot to get stronger. ECCO Biom shoes combine the results of the Biom Project with ECCOs philosophy of "Following the Foot," they have all the hallmarks of ECCO shoes - lightness, flexibility, durability and outstanding quality.

CFS - Comfort Fibre System
CFS is the bottom layer of ECCO's removable insoles. The top layer can be made of leather, Poliyou®, or a combination of leather and textile. A material specially developed by ECCO to promote improved foot comfort.  It has good air circulation. The material is open-celled, i.e. a pump effect is produced during walking that increases the supply of fresh air to the feet, enabling them to stay fresh. It also has an anti-bacterial effect. The material neutralises the bacteria occurring in moisture and sweat, reducing any possible odour. The shock-absorbing effect protects the lumbar region, coccyx and spinal column. The material is also soft and follows the contours of the foot when walking. It is a durable material so that it does not lose its shape or special effect as a result of use. It is also recyclable.

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Direct Injection Moulding
This method of sole attachment is used on the majority of shoes in the ECCO range either as single or double density polyurethane. It can be injected in various densities and combinations e.g. PU/PU or TPU/PU. Direct injection moulding creates a water tight and secure to uppers bonding.

ECCO
The world's most comfortable brand of shoe! Characterised by footwear design that always embodies product advantages to make walking a sheer pleasure.ECCO was founded in 1963 by entrepreneur Karl Toosbuy and is one of the largest produces of casual shoes in the world. ECCO controls the entire process of shoe manufacture, from sourcing of materials through to finial production. ECCO is still a family owned company and is moving forward with technical, material and style innovation to bring you the world's most comfortable shoes.

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Hydromax™
A form of leather treatment specially developed by ECCO. HydromaxTM leathers have long lasting water resistance, whilst allowing the feet to breathe. After becoming wet, allow HydromaxTM leather boots and shoes to dry out fully and naturally at room temperature to maintain there water resistance. The HydromaxTM process also helps leather retain its smooth appearance and soft feel.

Insole
The inside of the shoe on which the sole of the foot rests. Both Comfort Fibre System and Poliyou® insoles can be ordered separately. ECCO recommends that you have at least one extra pair of insoles so that you can change them every day, thereby allowing the pair just used to ‘rest' for 24 hours. During that time they will give off any moisture and be completely ready for re-use.


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Last
The form around which the shoe or boot is shaped. The last is one of the most important tools in shoe manufacture since it is crucial to the final fit.

Leather
ECCO produces its own leather and we operate our own tanneries, thus ensuring the highest quality of leather is used in our shoes. Leather is an ideal upper material being light, strong and breathable.

Lining
The inside of the upper can be lined in a verity of materials, the most common ones being leather, or textile. Other materials used by ECCO include, felt and neoprene.

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Midsole
The midsole is the area between the insole and the outsole. It is typically made of very light, soft material, such as PU and has a very good shock absorbing effect.

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PU - Polyurethane
This is used on the majority of shoes in the ECCO range and results in a watertight sole, which is very durable and abrasion resistant or a Midsole, which is soft, shock absorbing and cradles the feet. PU has a memory so it will never loose its shape.

Poliyou®
A material that is used in the special ECCO Poliyou® insoles. The sole can be washed, is antibacterial and quick drying. It allows air to circulate, keeping the feet at a pleasant temperature.

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Shank
The shank helps to stiffen the sole and arch, providing the foot with good stability and support.

TPU - Thermo Polyurethane
TPU is a sole material which can be injected as a clear, transparent or coloured unit without yellowing. TPU is flexible and 20% harder wearing that standard PU and can be moulded thinner than PU. This unique material combines lightness, strength and flexibility.

Uppers
The stitched upper part of the shoe. In the Biom range of ECCO shoes the uppers are either Yak leather, leather, or textile.

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Yak
Used as uppers on some of the ECCO Biom range of shoes. Yak leathers are supple and strong, up to three times stronger than normal leather. Yak leather has a natural, rugged appearance and as such many show markings. ECCO Yak leather is supplied only from farmed Yaks and its production is strictly controlled.
 

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