Top critical review
Quality good - Fit not so much.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 5 June 2020
I bought these in replacement of my beloved Merrell Kahuna III, the comfiest sandals I've ever owned. What I don't like about the Kahuna's is that for the price they wear out far too quickly (they lasted two seasons) but I do like to cover a lot of miles. I expect more for a sandal of this price point, especially a vibram sole.
So bought the ECCOs to see if they would last longer.
The things I like: Look okay (not as good as the Merrells IMHO). Seem well made and sturdy, with good quality materials throughout. The sole is thick, cushioned and seems like it could last a good while - can't comment on long-term longevity because I haven't had them long enough. The straps retain your feet well and I would recommend going one size up from normal shoe size. The width is quite narrow.
Stuff I don't like: The fit... I don't find these particularly comfortable. The stitching on the inside of the toe strap has caused sore abrasion on my little toe. The sole has caused a blister on the ball of my feet - not an awful one but a blister nonetheless. Due to the thickness of the soles I feel like the foot sits too high up (they feel like platform shoes for me, not that I've ever worn any!), especially after coming from the Merrells. I've stumbled over sideways for instance on uneven pavements. I like to be closer to the ground and feel more (not so close that it's uncomfortable), which I got in the Merrells. The drop from heel to toe also feels too high, I feel like my toes are angled downwards slightly too much (again compared with the Merrells, which are pretty flat). I can't comment at this stage whether these comfort issues will resolve themselves as they break-in.
Bottom line: Would I buy these again? It's a resounding "No" from me! In fact I've actually just bought another pair of Merrells (stick with what you know), which despite the relatively fast wear, were supremely comfortable out of the box and continued to be. Like a cherished pair of comfy slippers, they disappear on the feet, and I look forward to many more happy miles.