As someone who spends a significant portion of my day on my feet, finding a pair of shoes that combines style with comfort is always a top priority. That’s why I decided to give the Cole Haan ZERØGRAND Oxford a try. Cole Haan’s Zerogrand shoes represent a fusion of traditional footwear with contemporary sneaker culture. ZeroGrand shoes maintain the aesthetics of dress shoes while delivering the comfort akin to sneakers. The Original Grand shoes feature a distinct sole that remains unbroken, unlike the segmented design of the ZeroGrand shoes. This gives the Original Grand a more formal appearance but sacrifices some flexibility.

First and foremost, let’s talk about comfort. While the shoes feel comfortable, they midsole is not a soft platform but a firm one, which is not bad. The Zerogrand technology lives up to its name, providing a lightweight and flexible feel that makes it easy to forget you’re even wearing shoes. The cushioning is exceptional, providing ample support for long days spent navigating city streets or office corridors. Whether you’re standing for hours or on the move, these shoes keep your feet feeling fresh and comfortable. The heel could use more support. The heel does not provide much protection or comfort between the sock and the leather.  The tongue lacks padding, so the pressure of the laces is felt on the top of the feet; it isn’t uncomfortable but there is pressure, so it is something to consider when making a purchase.

But comfort alone doesn’t make a great shoe – style matters too. Fortunately, the Zerogrand Wingtip Oxford delivers in this department as well. The wingtip design adds a touch of sophistication, making these shoes suitable for both professional settings and casual outings. The attention to detail is evident, from the quality of the leather to the subtle brogueing decorative stitch details along the edges. The shoes are good for active days, however if you are standing for prolonged periods I think you will prefer higher-quality alternatives. Overall, Cole Haan shoes offer a comfortable stride suitable for most occasions.

Midsole: Articulated EVA foam with a softer foam core and decorative welts
Midsole: Articulated EVA foam with a softer foam core and decorative welts

Durability is another important factor to consider when investing in a pair of shoes. The materials used are of decent but not of high quality. At $150-$190, depending on where you buy them, I believe they are way overpriced for what you get. Wait until the shoes are on sale, or use a discount code when making your purchase. The leather construction feels flimsy and cheap but the shoes are reliable. These shoes are built to stand up to the rigors of daily wear without showing immediate signs of wear and tear, but time will time for how long. I think they could have increased the thickness and quality of leather used; they are no different from lower market brands, and the quality has gone way down since they were first introduced. The shoe’s lowers are not welted to the upper with true welts. The welts are more decorative than functional; no telling how long the shoes will hold together.

EVA foam with rubber inserts under the heel and forefoot.

For those seeking comfort and versatility, Cole Haan shoes stand as a dependable choice. While they may not epitomize luxury, they are well-crafted and come in various styles. Their widespread availability in numerous stores facilitates trying them on before purchasing, making them a practical option for everyday wear. Traction on wet floors is average. The outsoles are wide and give a good amount of stability. There is no break-in period.

Cole Haan ZeroGrand shoes tend to align closely with true-to-size fittings, however they are going to be fit tight for those with wide feet. I recommend going at least one size up depending on the kind of socks that you wear with the shoes, or wearers with broader feet should get the wide instead of the standard width.

Semi-removable insole with a fabric lining. An an alternative insert will lessen the space in the toe box

One aspect that particularly stands out to me is the versatility of these shoes. They pair equally well with a tailored suit for a business meeting as they do with jeans and a sweater for a more laid-back look. This versatility makes them a valuable addition to any wardrobe, offering endless styling possibilities.

Overall, I can recommend the Cole Haan Zerogrand Wingtip Oxford to anyone in search of a stylish and comfortable shoe but I think there are better options available such as Amberjack or Wolf and Shepherd. a good shoe but not worth the $190 cost.

  • The shoes are made in Vietnam.
  • Weight: 263 gms/ 9.3 Oz for a half pair of Men’s US 9/UK 8/EUR 42.5/CM 27.

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AGILITY: Stay with shoes that have a rubber or EVA foam outsole instead of a leather outsole. Rubber or EVA foam mean comfort and they lessen the chance of you slipping; particularly on marble or high shine floors.  The best “tactical” shoe will have a cushioned rather than hard outsole that flexes in all directions the way that your foot does. This will give you freedom to move despite most obstacles. Rubber or foam outsoles put a spring in your stride and provide all day support.

COMFORT AND INSERTS: Look for shoes with good outsoles for added cushioning. Look for good memory foam insoles if possible. Good cushioning, whether foam or rubber, ensure you can stand or move for long periods of time. Good shoes reduce foot fatigue. EVA outsoles provide better shock absorption than rubber. A padded heel-collar helps prevents blisters. A good heel cup will cushion your heel. Take a look at the Superfeet brand if you get a chance. If they fit in the shoe give them a try for added comfort.

STYLE: You want to look sharp and have a professional profile. You want good leather that give the shoe a nice appearance and will take a shine. Full-grain leather is easiest to clean and maintain and it will extend the product life. If you don’t like leather, look for synthetics or a durable suede.

STABILITY and FIT: A high density collar provide a good heel lock while also being supple enough to provide all day comfort. A shoe with a shallower fit or collar, especially slip-ons can come off the heel when you run. Your heel should fit comfortably in the shoe with a minimal amount of slippage. The shoes should not ride up and down on your heel when you walk. Try to purchase shoes that use shoe-strings or shoes with a good, heel encapsulating collar. Premium materials give you a glove like fit. A padded heel-collar can prevent blisters. Slip resistant or oil resistant soles are a must.

When a load is applied to your foot by running, your foot will spread up to half an inch in length. One shoe size up is only 1/3″ inch larger. Go larger rather than smaller if you can. You can always wear thicker socks with a larger shoe but you can never make your foot smaller. Get the best fit.

WEIGHT: Go for lightweight, and check for tough material. Thin material can tear at the most inopportune moment.  Buy the best that you can afford.

DURABILTY: Look for shoes with anti-microbial linings as they help reduce foot odor and will wick moisture to help keep the foot dry. Synthetic uppers will often dry more quickly than leather but depending on the material used, some can degrade more quickly than others. A good quality leather or synthetic upper will last a long time. Strong material will protect your feet. Some shoe brands have inner toe caps or some kind of reinforced toe guard.

  1. Have your feet measured. People’s feet size and shape can change over time. Don’t rely on the fact that you have always worn a certain size.
  2. Most people have one foot that is larger than the other, so make sure you have BOTH feet measured. Fit your shoes to the larger foot.
  3. Take your time and try several shoes on, preferably at the end of the day when your feet are most flattened and swollen.
  4. Try on shoes with the type of sock that you will wear for your activity.
  5. Walk on a firm surface, not a carpeted one.
  6. Walk quickly in the shoes if you are able.
  7. Don’t plan on the shoes stretching over time; they should fit well when you buy them. Shoes won’t stretch like pants or shirts do overtime.
  8. Pivot in the shoes.
  9. Always stand and walk around in the shoes to see if they are comfortable, fit well, and don’t chafe or rub anywhere. Your heel should not slip or slide while walking.

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By Michael Kurcina

Mike credits his early military training as the one thing that kept him disciplined through the many years. He currently provides his expertise as an adviser for an agency within the DoD. Michael Kurcina subscribes to the Spotter Up way of life. “I will either find a way or I will make one”.

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