ECCO Sko A/S is a Danish shoe manufacturer. The company was
founded in 1963 by Karl Toosbuy in Bredebro, and now
operates more than 3,000 shops worldwide, selling an extensive
range of men's, women's, and children's shoes, and manufactures 12
million pairs of shoes each year.
The company is owned by
Hanni Toosbuy Kasprzak
daughter of Karl Toosbuy
who died in
tanneries in the Netherlands, Thailand, Indonesia, and China, and has engaged in a research program to reduce
the environmental impact of the tanning process.
shoes are produced in factories, either under its own ownership or
under license, in a number of countries including Slovakia, Japan, Cyprus, Thailand, Indonesia, Portugal and most recently, China and India.
projects a brand image of a combination of comfort and style,
generally operating at prices that are a little above average for
the mass market while remaining within reach for a wide range of
consumers. Many of ECCO's dressier shoes now use fiberglass shanks
instead of the more popular metal shank, making them airport
friendly, however, with new shoe removal procedures at airports
worldwide, this value is not as significant as it once was. ECCO
began making golf shoes
and unveiled a running shoe
The company has expanded its operations into markets in Asia
and in Eastern and Central Europe
. ECCO has also expanded to Canada and the
States, through other independent retailers and online
sales, although there are limited number of mono-brand stores
operated by the company. The largest ECCO store in the United States
is located in the Kierland Commons in Scottsdale, Arizona.