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The Modern Urbanista: The ECCO SOFT 8 Sneaker

I’ve always been a sucker a cool pair of classic white high tops, so I obviously nabbed these ECCO SOFT 8 Sneakers the minute I could.  Just ask my Mum about my hightop obsession. I remember in grade 3, I begged my Mum for a pair of white Rainbow Brite high tops and whined incessantly until I got them. This was frankly, a miracle as my mum does not suffer bad behaviour, but I guess she understood that they were a must-have in an 8-yr-old’s wardrobe.

Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers
Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers

Fast-forward a few years and here I am reliving my third grade dreams with these incredibly comfortable ECCO SOFT 8 sneakers in white.

Everything about them is “white hot”: the soft, supple white leather, the fact that they are so comfortable and their cool factor.

Let’s talk about how comfy these shoes are for a minute. They are made with premium white leather that feels like butter. Like all ECCO shoes, they are “anatomically correct” – fitting securely and providing a ton of support. They are also flexible and not stiff in the least. They are like wearing cool, urban slippers!

Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers
Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers

My friend and I decided to explore Hintonburg, a vibrant neighbourhood just west of Ottawa’s downtown core. Hintonburg is home to some of my favourite cafés and restaurants such as Bar Laurel, Hintonburger (stellar, gigantic burgers) and Ministry of Coffee. An afternoon taking in the energy of the neighbourhood couldn’t have come at a better time. I had just wrapped up possibly the busiest week of my life, where I walked in and hosted several fashion shows and attended a weekend of Juno Award festivities.

While I was thrilled at these opportunities, I was also exhausted. A little “self-care/me time” was definitely in order. I strapped on my ECCO SOFT 8 sneaks and my feet simultaneously sung and thanked me at the same time. You see, they have been strapped into four-inch heels for way too long and they were not happy. It was nice to slip on shoes that didn’t make me question my will to live.

Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers
Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers

We met up at Ministry of Coffee, grabbed some delicious Marrakesh mint teas and took to the streets. Taking in the sunshine, we marvelled at the colourful homes nestled away on the side streets. Sticking out like a tower of colourful Legos, we found a condo building accentuated with bright squares in primary colours. This is what I love about Ottawa. There is an eclectic vibe to so many of the little neighbourhoods that make up my vibrant city.

Ecco Soft 8 Sneakers

So, I have found the perfect, most comfortable shoe in my ECCO SOFT 8 Sneakers, and plan to wear them all spring and summer. With all of the Canada 150 festivities that are planned and upcoming musical festivals, they’ll add just the right amount of urban cool to my outfits.

The ECCO SOFT 8 Sneakers are available online here and at stores nationwide. Happy shopping!

*Thank you to Ecco Canada for providing these comfy shoes in exchange for my honest opinion. Photography courtesy of @streetlifeottawa (Instagram).

Dominique Baker
Dominique Baker

Dominique is a Canadian-based fashion and beauty influencer with a strong voice in Ottawa’s black community. Since launching her blog Style Domination in 2015, she has amassed a global fanbase. Dominique shares her life through beautiful imagery and compelling story-telling that speaks to her fans on a personal level. She’s been featured in The Guardian, Flare, The Kit and Cityline. She also hosts events for Dress for Success, the Gem Conference, and has been named a United Way Person 2 Know for the past three years.

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  1. Kevin
    April 7, 2017 / 8:48 am

    Hello Dom,

    I had a great time photographing you on Sunday . You definitely made it an easy shoot!

    • Dominique
      April 7, 2017 / 10:06 am

      Ahhh Kevin! Thank you so much for this! These are some of my favourite pics ever!

  2. April 7, 2017 / 11:18 am

    HOW do you make everything you wear look so flawless!? I swear you could wear a paper bag and look like a queen! I love this mix of old school and modern trendy on you! Those hi-tops look amazing!

  3. Kay
    April 7, 2017 / 11:53 am

    Dom loving those ECO Sneakers! You are killing that whole look!

    I really need to get myself a pair 🙂

    • Dominique
      April 7, 2017 / 1:14 pm

      Awww! Thank you, Kay. I really enjoyed our meetup up yesterday! I hope we can do so again soon. And as for those shoes – I mean it…they are like hugs for the feet!

  4. April 7, 2017 / 1:10 pm

    I love how simple and cool these sneakers are. I’m sure you’ll have no problem keeping them white. Great overall styling too, hun!

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