Ecco Cage shoe review

Golf Monthly's Ecco Cage shoe review, a cleated model with a cage-like structure that locks the heel in place for extra stability during the swing

Ecco Cage shoes
Golf Monthly Verdict

The Ecco Cage shoe offers performance those who move around too much during the swing are looking for. The stability and grip on different lies out on the course was noticeable, without losing out on comfort. The premium leather just adds to the appeal and while Ecco's spikeless offerings may be more visually appealing, the Cage offers the overall performance they can't provide.

Reasons to buy
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    Excellent stability and grip as well as sufficient cushioning underfoot.

Reasons to avoid
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    The look of the cage structure in the heel area won’t be to every golfer’s taste.

Golf Monthly's Ecco Cage shoe review, a cleated model with a cage-like structure that locks the heel in place for extra stability during the swing

Ecco Cage shoe review

Key technology This shoe focuses on stability through eight cleats on the sole, as well as a new heel-wrap design which aids comfort and flexibility. This is constructed by injecting a shock-absorbent material directly into the mould, allowing the sole and the upper to be bonded directly together without the need for any glue or stitching, giving a more watertight seal.

An anatomically designed outsole also aligns and moves in unison with your foot’s key ligaments and muscles, with the snug heel combining with a roomier forefoot area. The lightweight Caldera leather is stain-resistant, easy to clean and water-repellent, thanks to Ecco’s Hydromax treatment.

Will suit Golfers who prioritise stability and traction from their shoes.

GM verdict Ecco’s focus for the Cage is stability when hitting shots, but also the need for comfort when walking between them. It is built on a completely new last and, as a result, has a different shape to the Biom models.

The cage-like structure, along with a rigid outsole in this area and what looks like a narrower fit, really do cement the heel’s position. The fit becomes roomier towards the toe area, providing relief as you stroll, while the soft leather enhances the overall experience.

The eight-cleat pattern not only offers excellent traction on different lies, but also encourages weight transfer through the ball with the way the cleats are positioned in the heel area for a right-hander.

The Caldera leather gives the shoe its matte, athletic look, and while it’s still arguably not Ecco’s best-looking shoe, the level of overall performance surpasses its more stylish spikeless designs.

 

Joel Tadman
Joel Tadman

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.


During these enjoyable years he has had some money-can't-buy experiences, like interviewing Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy one-on-one and covering the 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor. 


One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 4.7.


Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: TaylorMade SIM2, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSi3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and 58° 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x