The Ecco Biom Lite provides a good compromise between comfort and style, with enough grip to keep the traveler moving despite rough surfaces. Travel to new places always seems to involve walking, much more walking than most of us do at home. Many of the world’s most interesting and historic destinations retain the charm of cobblestone paths or uneven trails, which can be an ankle turner in the wrong shoes. Many women don’t want to live in their clunky running shoes on vacation, making the Biom Lite a good choice.
The Biom Lite shoes are slip-ons so they go on and off without the fuss and bother of laces or straps. There’s a heel loop to make slipping it on even easier. The TPU outsole is light, strong and flexible, while the yak nubuck leather feels velvety and soft. The benefit of the thin material is a feeling like being barefoot but with the protection and support of a shoe.
I received a sample of black Biom Lite slip-ons for testing shortly before a month-long trip to Peru. I walked around at home and wondered if the yak leather would be too warm so I packed some no-show liners in case my feet perspired. I need not have worried though. Even in mildly humid weather the perforated leather breathed well and seemed to stay cool in hot weather and warm in cold weather. After the first few days I didn’t wear the liners and the shoes felt great. They don’t have pronounced arch support and were a bit too snug to make my orthotics fit well, but were comfortable nonetheless.
I thought they might look a little uninteresting but the swoop of the white accent on the side of the heel against the black leather gave them a bit of a fashion pop. We walked miles every day, first in the busy urban capital of Lima, then in small towns and villages with rough roads and uneven pathways, which the grippy bottom handled well. We spent a whole day walking through the Inca ruins in Machu Pichu and hiked up steep hills at Lake Titicaca. After a couple of backpacking treks I so looked forward to getting out of my muddy, heavy hiking boots and slipping on my Bioms. The slim profile of the shoes looked good with skirts or pants and was more refined than lace-up sporting footwear. The lack of bulk meant that I could easily slip them into a very over-packed bag. They were convenient on the airplane as well since they were easy to slide in and out of.
I normally wear size 9 and the EU size 40 (US 9-9.5) fit perfectly. Each shoe weighed 6 7/8 oz (13 ¾ oz for the pair).
Ecco, a Scandinavian company based in Denmark, was started in 1963 by Karl Toosby, an entrepreneurial shoemaker with a passion for footwear. He set out to make functional, comfortable shoes that supported both feet and the Scandinavian culture, which values comfort, design and style. Now operating around the world Ecco is still a medium sized family company. Its largest market is the U.S. while its biggest concentration of employees is in Indonesia, with factories there and in Thailand, Slovakia and China. Ecco Leather has their own tannery facilities in Europe, Southeast Asia and the Far East to secure a reliable supply of high quality leather.
The Ecco Biom Lite slip-on is an ideal travel shoe, with its comfort, stylish look and lean profile.
The Ecco Biom Lite slip-on shoe comes in black, gray, white and woodrose.
The Biom Lite retails for $130 at Ecco or Zappos.