Cole Han Air Madison
Or AE McAllister in merlot
Edited by blue123 - 9/30/12 at 5:11pm
I have a fair amount of experience with each brand and can say that, at least under its current ownership, I will not make the mistake of spending any money on Cole Haan going forward. They are a far cry from the green label made in Italy days. I talked myself into buying a pair recently and after 5 wears the sole started separating from the shoe. It then became quite clear that the stitching detail was entirely for looks. I knew when I bought them I was probably making a mistake but I did it anyway. Fortunately I got them at Nordstrom and they graciously took them back. The exasperation on the department managers face told me this was becoming far too regular of an event for them. Pay for the AE's they will deliver decades of satisfaction if properly cared for.
I actually ordered a pair of fifth ave's on the AE sale too. Never saw them IRL prior but had seen other AE's I liked. They are nice (I received them 4 days after ordering!) but I feel like the cap is "snubby" looking. Otherwise, great shoe.
And if someone were so inclined to break style rules and wear the 5th ave's with jeans it might look something like this: