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68 of 76 people found the following review helpful
on December 5, 2011
Great comfortable shoes. CAVEAT EMPTOR the soles wear poorly. I unfortunately have had these soles fail a year later on 3 or 4 pair of Ecco's. You can't get this resoled with the polyurethane soles, for a $100 you get a Vibram sole complete different dynamic to the polyurethane sole.

Query one of the following and you will see my Ecco's are not alone.
Ecco Shoes - Shoe soles disintegrating
Ecco Shoes - Terrible experience
Ecco Shoes - shoes (sole) falling apart
Ecco Shoes - great uppers rotting soles
Ecco Shoes - soles disentergrating
Ecco Shoes - SOLES DESINTEGRATE - ON BRAND NEW SHOES
Ecco Shoes - Cracks in Soles
Ecco Shoes - Disintegrating Soles
Ecco Shoes - Soles falling apart
Ecco Shoes - Fall Apart

Ecco is totally unresponsive to this problem they are aware of.

Good fit, extremely comfortable, and uppers are durable, the soles are horrible deteriorating prematurely and creates mess. So if you are willing to pay the price for a sole which will last a year they are great otherwise they are a mistake. Good luck.

Revised 12/15/13
There is a Youtube video which unfortunately represents the sole problem: [...]
or if the hyperlink doesn't work the title is 'Ecco Track II - Boots Sole Disintegration'.

I have purchased other Ecco shoes with different sole compositions and have had better success. During additional research while Ecco denies the problem they stated they have re-compounded the soles composition. GOOD LUCK IF THE SOLES LAST YOU HAVE GREAT SHOES, IF NOT JOIN OUR 'SAD SOUL SOLE CLUB'.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 15, 2008
I pretty much only wear Ecco footwear, with the exception of odd items like western boots and pacs. My daily wear is Ecco's cap toe dress shoes, which I gave a glowing revew: ECCO Men's Austin Cap Toe Oxford

I've had two pairs of the Track shoes, and like them a lot for all-around casual wear. You get the same rugged construction, premium oil-impregnated leather, leather lining, etc. Like all Eccos, these wear like iron and last for years.

I give them 5 stars, but note that the sole doesn't last quite as long on these as some of Ecco's other shoes. The problem is that the outer polyurethane layer of the sole is just that - a layer over an inner, softer sponge rubber of some sort. The sole has a lot of give - it is VERY comfortable for city walking in spite of the aggressive tread pattern. Unfortunately, walking on hard surfaces will accelerate wearing through that outer sole layer, and you find yourself with little flaps of sole material sticking out here and there. Still, my last pair took about 3 years to get to that point with frequent wear. It broke my heart to toss them - the uppers still looked like new!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on January 27, 2009
My first pair of ECCO shoes were the Track IIs. I wore them almost every day, they were the most comfortable shoes I had. The sole did come apart after 3 or 4 years. They are expensive, but they lasted a long time. I've now got 3 other pair of ECCO shoes, I love that the sizing is very consistent and they are all comfortable and look good.

I recently found that [...] can resole, repair stiching and refinish ECCO shoes. I still had my old Track II's in the bottom of a closet and sent them in. Looking forward to getting them back. The resoled shoe is a vibram rubber sole, not the poly original sole. So we'll see how that works. They claim they will have the same comfort as the original.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on January 4, 2007
I am on my 3rd pair. I wear them every day in every weather. They are comfortable, waterproof and - if polished - look very respectable. A pair usually lasts me two years before the stitching round the top of the front starts to fray and break and/or the sole begins to wear thin: then it is time to order a new pair. They are always the same so you can re-order them with confidence that they will fit just like the prior ones. You may hesitate because of the price, but they are worth every penny from a quality perspective, and given their durability they are in fact very cost effective.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on January 12, 2007
I've bought this show 3 or 4 times over many years--best shoe I've ever worn. Very comfortable, long-lasting, waterproof. They've gotten considerably more expensive, though.

Most recent pair is first time I've bought them on the web. Correct size sent and quick delivery.
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29 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on December 24, 2008
Many others have the exact same experience. The soles literally disintegrate off the bottom of the shoe! Ecco does not care. They have a one year policy. Do a search on these and most of the other Ecco brand shoes and you will then learn the awful truth about this company. These soles are now made in China and the quality reflects that.

Stay away!!!!
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28 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2008
I've had two pair of these over the years. Unfortunately after about a year or so you begin to feel like Hansel and Gretel leaving pieces of the sole wherever you go. On both pairs the soles literally disintegrate. Since I only wear them in the winter months it really cuts short their life expetency. This is not a new problem since my first pair was purchased 10 years ago and like a sucker I tried them again recently and got burned again. I like the shoes and they are comfortable but for this to happen twice is totally unacceptable especially given their price. Try something else.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on September 24, 2014
I just bought another pair of the ECCO Track IIs — my fifth pair in about ten years. They're an approved uniform shoe where I work, so the company keeps paying for them and I keep getting them because they look good and are comfortable (while they last).

That said, if it were me instead of my employer paying for them, I'd never buy them. Like other have said, the soles basically just disintegrate and crumble. All the Track IIs I've worn over the last decade have behaved exactly the same — good looking and comfortable, but within a year, the soles start falling apart and become unwearable within two years. The leather uppers stay in perfect condition and would likely last for many years, but the soles always decay, disintegrate and crumble off in chunks.

I dug my first pair out of the closet, took a photo of the soles and linked to them below. As you can see, they totally fell apart in a way I've never experienced with other shoes. Remember that this pair is about ten years old, was worn for about two years and that each pair my employer has subsequently purchased for me has ended up looking pretty much the same after a couple of years of office duty. In all this time ECCO has still not corrected the problem, and I have no expectation that they care to do so or that my just-purchased pair will wear any differently.

Here's the link to the photo: http://sanpitch.com/ECCO_soles.jpg
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2013
This was to be my third pair of ECCO Track II shoes. I used to go through a pair of shoes in 6 - 8 months. My ECCOS last more than two years so they were worth the price. They also felt comfortable from day one, like putting on an old familiar pair even though they were new.
Well, the shoes have been changed. The uppers are made of lower quality leather, the soles are also a different material and the worst change is they are way narrower that previous versions. Instead of feeling like a familiar friend my new pair was like foot torture. I had to open up the laces to the point I could barely tie them and the shoes were still extremely uncomfortable. Needless to say I had to return the shoes. I wore them indoors for about four hours and simply could not bear to keep them on. Even with that short wear time the soles showed signs of deterioration. The base material was peeling off in several spots.
It really is a shame that ECCO took a phenomenal product and cheapened it to the point that they are no longer worth the extra cost.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2010
This shoe is great in every regard-comfort,fit,style, waterproofing, appearance except one thing. The soles will self destruct after short wear especially if exposed to wet conditions. I know the uppers are Goretex lined but the soles are junk and break down under wet conditions. Not sure? Just do a search for Ecco shoe problems. It is a known problem with the manufacturer not providing a fix. A cottage industry has now started for shoe repair companies specializing in replacing the factory soles with Vibram soles that are reliable.
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