Cole Haan Shoe Review – Grand O.S and Beyond

Cole haan shoes review

Intro: Cole Haan Shoe Review

Cole Haan is a Native America company that produces footwear and accessories for both men and women. The company’s history dates back to 1928 when it was founded in Chicago, Illinois. Currently, the brand has headquarters in both New York and Greenland. We try, successfully, to review what has made the brand what it is today. Their innovative approach, craftsmanship, shoe design and features of some of the most popular pairs in online stores today.

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4 Cute looking Cole Haan Chukka Boots

Cole haan chukka boots reivewCole Haan Men’s Zerogrand Stitchout Chukkas

Cole Haan Men's Zerogrand Stitchout ChukkasHonestly, you will want to buy a second pair once you get hooked on the Zerogrand shoes by Cole Haan. Don’t take my word for it, the all 5-star positive reviews say it all. They all can’t be wrong. The cushioned Grand O.S technology has been a game-changer for the brand.  Super comfortable might just be an understatement. The Zerogrand shoes are a must buy if comfort in a shoe is your watchword. The leather is soft and supple and the sole is incredibly comfortable and supportive.

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Grand Tour Grandexplore Grandexplore Hiker

Cole Haan Men’s Zerogrand Chukka Boot

Cole Haan Men's Zerogrand Chukka Boot

Another Zerogrand Chukka, it features a supportive rubber sole, leather upper, Eva midsole with rubber outsole and is cushioned with the popular Zerogrand technology. Nice casual boots that will fit perfectly with a denim or chinos.  Regarding comfort, on a scale of 1-10, I would place the zerogrand shoes at 8.6. Yea right, they are that good.

SaleBestseller No. 1
Cole Haan Men's Adams Grand Demiboot, Java Tumbled, 9 Medium US
  • Tumbled leather upper material.
  • Lace-up construction.
  • Rounded toe.
  • Back pull-tab offers easy entry.
Bestseller No. 2
Cole Haan Men's Kennedy Wingtip II Fashion Boot, Woodbury, 10 Medium US
  • Classic wingtip lace up boot in casual leather uppers. Soft leather and synthetic lining
  • Innovative rubber unit bottom, cored out and filled with our proprietary Grand OS cushioning foam for comfort, lightness or weight and flexibility
  • Veneered on the heel and sole edge for a classic and timeless look.
SaleBestseller No. 3
Cole Haan Men's Keaton Hiker WP II,Black,11 Medium US
  • Waterproof Leather Upper, Textile Lining, Rubber Outsole
  • Lace Up Front Closure For Personal Fit
  • Cushioned With Grand.OS Sole Technology For Ultimate Comfort
  • Shaft Height Measures Approximately 5 1/2" From Heel
  • Heel Height Measures Approximately 1 1/4"

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Stitchout Zerogrand Cloudburst

Cole Haan Men’s Lunargrand Chukka Boot

Cole Haan Men's Lunargrand Chukka BootThese boots are quite stylish. It gets its name from the Nike Lunargrand technology used in crafting the boots. A pretty nice leather upper and a supportive sole with rubber insert at areas of maximum stress. These shoes are good for all-day walk unlike other brand shoes were your foot starts taking a hit after long hours. The Lunargrand is a nice fit for a business casual outfit making you stand out from the regular wingtip shoes.

Woodbury Grand tour 2.ZeroGrand

Cole Haan Men’s Original Grand Chukka Boot

Cole Haan Men's Original Grand Chukka BootThis Cole Haan Grand Chukka boots features, rubber sole, Vachetta upper, Eva midsole with a rubber outsole, Grand O.S technology, and 100% leather. Pay attention to customer review regarding the size differences just in-case you have to order a size up or down.  I have known Cole Haan to be true to size tho.

Adams Grand Kennedy Grand Harvest Chukka

3 Stylish Cole Haan Wingtip Oxfords Shoes

Cole Haan Wingtip shoesCole Haan Men’s Zerogrand Wing Oxford

Cole Haan Men's Zerogrand Wing Oxford

Perforated wingtip design for breathability. These are classic fitting shoes crafted for comfort using the Zerogrand technology.  Comfort, comfort, comfort is all you will ever hear about these shoes. If you don’t own a Cole Haan Grand O.S shoe, you are doing your foot a big disservice. For formal attires try out this perforated wingtip variant that features a smooth leather lining, closed lacing, rubber insole, and rubber outsole.

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Watson Shortwing Winterized Oxford

Cole Haan Men’s 2.Zerogrand Laser Perforated Wingtip Oxfords

Cole Haan Men's 2.0 Zerogrand Laser Wing Oxford

I think the 2 in  2.Zerogrand indicates the grade of the technology used (newer). They come in a little narrower than is required, so you should take that into consideration. Cole Haan stepped up the game with the newer 2.0 Zerogrand technology, producing shoes that are lighter than shoes with the Zerogrand tech.

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Original Grand Stitchlite Ox Outlet

Cole Haan Men’s Zerogrand No Stitch Oxford

Cole Haan Men's Zerogrand No Stitch Oxford

Perforated for extra breath-ability these no stitch oxford are very comfortable as well as durable. If it wasn’t so I would have said so. The large perforation tho does mean you might have to match your socks with the shoe so you don’t appear odd. These shoes are your go-to during the day and stylish enough for a night out. The leather, like a glove, molds itself around your foot taking the shape of your foot.

Cole Haan Oxford

Briscoe Oxford O. Original Wing Oxford

2 Quality Cole Haan Fashion Sneakers

Cole Haan Men’s 2.Zerogrand Packable Saddle-Knit Fashion Sneaker

This pair is highly breathable, for those who love sneakers with high breathability. The saddle knitted design is made up of 80% knit and 20% leather. Features rubber sole, smooth leather side panels, rubber outsole with Grand O.S technology and a padded sock lining. This traditional running shoe is as innovative as they get.

Low Top Sneakers

Trafton Grandpro tennis Grandpro

Cole Haan Men’s Zerogrand Sport High Top Sneakers

A high top sneaker that speaks volume for itself. Its construction is based on a lightweight nylon and luxe suede lining. Features an insole cushioned with Grand O.S technology, contrast rubber sole, waxed laces and full leather sock liner. They are true to size and weigh just 14 ounces. Any sneaker or boot lover will like this pair.

High Top Sneakers

Grandpro Hi Lux Crosscourt Sport Chukka

2 Really cool Cole Haan Men’s Combat  Boots

Cole Haan Men’s LunarGrand Wing Combat Boot

The Nike’s LunarGrand wingtip combat boots top’s my list not because it’s fashionable but because of the intricate detailing that went into this pair. They hide the fact that they are boots under your pants. They could almost pass for a normal wingtip oxford shoe and only when you seat down will the true high rise boots show up. So yes, you can pair this bad boy with a suit. The boot features an enclosed lace up with metal eyelets, leather lining and insole, rubber outsole and smooth leather detailing.

Combat Boots

Lunargrand Boot Waterproof Moc Wayne Combat

Cole Haan Men’s Zerogrand Tall Snow Boot

A snow boot built to keep your foot warm. Features a rubber and leather sole,50-50 leather and canvas materials, Zerogrand technology, injected spine outsole, a unique Eva cushioning foam and a host of other features. This storm welt engineered boot ensures that your foot remains dry even on rainy days.

Snow Boots

Millbridge Men’s Bryce Bryce

Cole Haan Yacht Shoes

Cole Haan Men’s Air Yacht Club Boat Shoe

Cole Haan Brand History 

The name Cole Haan was derived from the names of the establishing partners, Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan. In 1928 when it was first founded, the company was known as Cole, Rood & Haan and at that time it exclusively cratered for men’s footwear. The company has since branched out into other areas of business including footwear and accessories for women, sunglasses, belts, handbags and a whole lot of outerwear.

In 1975, the company was sold to a conglomerate headed by George Denney. They were responsible for the explosion of the brand in the States in the 70’s and 80’s. The retail version of the brand was launched in 1982 and by 1996 it had grown so much that it grossed $70 million in sales.

Cole Haan Shoe Company Details

Founded: 1982

Founders: Trafton Cole AND Eddie Haan

Locations: 80+ Worldwide

Head Office: Greenland, New Hampshire.

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Cole Haan Shoe Models

Cole Haan currently has over 7 collections of shoes for men. Most notable modern collections include Grandrevolution, Zerogrand, 2.Zerogrand, Originalgrand, Grandpro, Pinch and Work Classics

Cole Haan’s ZeroGrand Shoes

Cole Haan ZerograndThe Cole Haan ZeroGrand is one of the newest models of Cole Haan collections to hit the market. Although, most of the footwear by Cole Haan tends to be slightly towards the dressier look, the introduction of the ZeroGrand shoes brought with it the versatility needed by the stylish shopper.

The name ZeroGrand come from the technology used in designing the sole of the shoes. They come in Oxfords, Chukka, boots, loafers, and moccasins.

The ZeroGrand shoes are super tight. They are actually tighter and fit in more properly than your average sneakers. This is brought about by the ZeroGrand sole with special holes in the upper region. The design of the sole has not only added the needed comfort required by most modern shoes but adds a unique style to the shoes. When you see a ZeroGrand shoe you will know it, you can’t miss it.

They come in different colorways and materials to suit your needs.

Dress Combinations with a ZeroGrand Shoe: The wingtip shoes form ZG can literally be worn with a variety of outfits. Think denim jeans, Khaki shorts, joggers and even three-piece suits.

How much does a ZeroGrand Shoe Cost?

Ideally, you can find them ranging from $120 – $250. The best bet for your money will be to get them at Amazon as they are cheaper to find there. Very Gent who loves modern fashion should at least have a pair of these shoes in the closet. They are extremely nice and well worth every penny.


Cole Haan Shoes Vs Johnston Murphy

Generally, I would place Johnston and Murphy shoes slightly above Cole Haan shoes in terms of material quality and durability. However, when it comes to comfort I would pick Cole Haan shoes over J & M, the reason is that of the revolutionary Grand O.S technology that seems to be getting a lot of positive reviews online.

Material Quality: J &M = 6/10, Cole Haan 5/10

Durability: J & M = 5/10, Cole Haan = 5/10

Comfort:   J&M = 6.1/10, Cole Haan = 6.6/10

Design features:  Cole Haan 6/10, J&M = 6/10

Cole Haan Shoes Vs Allen Edmonds

Like seriously, a review of Cole Haan Vs Allen Edmonds. Should I be doing this? Well, people still look for information on the two brands, so it’s good that I do it. For information on Allen Edmond shoes check here.

Material Quality: Allen Edmonds 8.4/10, Cole Haan 6/10. How Allen are able to craft leather shoes with little to no break in time yet durable, remains a topic for debate.

Durability: Allen Edmonds 8.9/10, Cole Haan 5/10. Look around in online stores, the customer reviews on Allen shoes says it all.

Comfort: Allen Edmonds 8/10, Cole Haan 7.5/10, the leather materials from Allen are out of this world. They are not as stiff as other higher brands like Magnanni shoes and yet manage to be extra soft and comfortable. Cole Haan still holding up strong as regards comfort.

Design features: A no brainier…. Allen Edmonds  9/10 , Cole Haan 6/10

Cole Haan Vs Ecco

Coming soon!! After a review of Ecco shoes

Cole Haan Vs Coach

Coming soon!! After a review of Coach

Cole Haan Vs Rockport

Coming soon!! After a review of Rockport

FAQ around the World

Are Cole Haan Shoes any Good?

Of course, there are good pairs to own. The test of a quality shoe starts showing up in about 1-2 years of use and most Cole Haan Shoes have performed above expectations. You should expect a multi-million dollar company to invest heavily in sustaining brand reputation via quality products.

What is the quality of a Cole Haan shoe?

Most are of moderate quality. In general, they represent good value for money. Of course, there are few cases here and there where the quality is questionable.

How comfortable are Cole Haan Shoes?

They are above the industry average in terms of comfort and with the new Grand OS technology used for the ZeroGrand shoes, we can safely conclude that newer models are super comfortable.

Why are Cole Haan Shoes looked down upon?

The only reason Cole Haan shoes are looked down upon might be because they aren’t a high-end brand. That notwithstanding they have proved with innovative technology (Grand OS) that they are a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. The sooner they are taken seriously, the better.

What are Cole Haan Brogues?

Brogues are unique lines typically found in wingtip dress shoes and other types of shoes. They represent class and can add sophistication to shoes. To enhance breathability Cole Haan has successfully replaced the broguing with sleek laser cut outs. The newest models all carry the perforation that has been shown to enhance breathability and flexibility.

Is Cole Haan Shoes Still Made by Nike?

Nike did have a stake in the Cole Haan brand and they announced on May 31, 2012, that they will be selling off their stakes to focus on their own brand. On November 16, 2012, Nike was successful at selling their stake in the brand. Nike no longer has a hand in making Cole Haan shoes.

What kind of brand is Cole Haan?

Cole Haan originally started as a brand that focused on men’s footwear only. They have since diversified into other areas of eCommerce producing footwear and accessories for both male and female genders.

When did Nike buy Cole Haan?

Still unclear. Research shows Nike had a stake in the Cole Haan Company but had since sold off their assets over. Will update when I can verify the date Nike bought a stake at Cole Haan.

Where can I find Cole Haan shoes to buy?

Cole Haan Operates a chain of retail shops and stores across the United States where their products are available for sale. You can also get Cole Haan products in online stores such as Zappos, Amazon, Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Shoe Carnival etc

What is Grand OS?

The Grand OS is an innovative platform where the ZeroGrand Shoes are constructed. The platform allows Cole Haan to Zero in on flexibility, lighter weight and increased cushioning. The result: super comfortable shoes that are dressier, versatile and unique.


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