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How are Cole Haan shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by cb_32, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. cb_32

    cb_32 Senior member

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    Are they decently made? or are they shoes you should stay away from?
     
  2. essej

    essej Well-Known Member

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    Are they decently made? or are they shoes you should stay away from?

    They are ok. I would not pay more than $100US for a pair. Check out the buy and sell sections here and look around ebay for some used shoes of better quality that can be had at the same price.
     
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    Are they decently made? or are they shoes you should stay away from?

    Not really. Yes.
     
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    They are not that well made.
    Personally, I would stay away from them.
     
  5. Butter

    Butter Senior member

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    If your budget is ~$100, I would get Johnston & Murphy's.
     
  6. Robert Hall

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    In my view they were better before Nike took them over.
     
  7. cb_32

    cb_32 Senior member

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    In my view they were better before Nike took them over.

    ahh, were they as comfortable before nike took them over, from what i gather the new cole haan line has airsoles for business people who are on their feet all the time...
     
  8. onix

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    ahh, were they as comfortable before nike took them over, from what i gather the new cole haan line has airsoles for business people who are on their feet all the time...

    That's exactly what horrible about them.
     
  9. StopPolloition

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    Before I knew any better, I bought some Cole Haan leather sneakers with the weird Nike sole. I don't ever wear them because they just don't look right. I also had friends who bought the Cole Haan dress shoes. The construction didn't look too awful, some of them appeared to be welted. However, the leather looked awful and plasticky.
     
  10. eMacPaul

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    Cole Haan has a lot of different shoes, made by different manufacturers. I have some Made in USA loafers that are pretty decent. I also have a pair of Benchmade in England (I suspect by C&J) cap toes that are quite nice.
     
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    Cole Haan has a lot of different shoes, made by different manufacturers.
    True.
     
  12. Seymour

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    I have a pair of driving shoes from Cole Haan - those work great as a casual (and less pricey) alternative to Tod's.

    I would stay away from their formal offerings.
     
  13. Twotone

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    I used to purchase CH shoes back in the good old days (pre-Nike). CH has a boutique in the Cherry Creek mall here in Denver. Most of the entry to mid-level shoes are made in India crap. There are a few higher end European-made shoes still available. AE or Alden are better bets these days.

    Twotone
     
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    Cole Haan has a lot of different shoes, made by different manufacturers. I have some Made in USA loafers that are pretty decent. I also have a pair of Benchmade in England (I suspect by C&J) cap toes that are quite nice.

    Most of the Cole Haan Benchmade in England I've seen are Cheaney, though I do know for the fact that I have seen CH by C&J somewhere here on SF.
     
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    the high end cole haan collections from my experience were great.
    made in italy, soft bologna construction leather soles.
    the regular pedestrian collection from cole haan sucks. the nike air is not a good sole imho
     
  16. HomerJ

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    the high end cole haan collections from my experience were great. made in italy, soft bologna construction leather soles. the regular pedestrian collection from cole haan sucks. the nike air is not a good sole imho
    I have an Italian pair from years back like that. Very soft (but a little too thin) leather and light, sleek construction, bit like Magli. Haven't really looked at recent Cole Haan.
     
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    TheWGP Senior member

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    WRT low-end Cole Haans:

    No, I do not know how they are called shoes, either. Foot-bags, a la Henry VIII, maybe?
     
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    I have one pair that I purchased back when I was very poor, before the new Nike sole. They still fit so I haven't thrown them out, but they do not compare to higher quality shoes, and I don't think I've worn them in over 7 or 8 years. I should probably just give them to the Salvation Army.

    I would even recommend quality used shoes to brand new Cole Haans.
     
  19. junior varsity

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    I have an Italian pair from years back like that. Very soft (but a little too thin) leather and light, sleek construction, bit like Magli. Haven't really looked at recent Cole Haan.

    yeah they almost phased out the high end cole haan collection series...
    i got mine back in 2006, and still running on original soles.
     
  20. RangerP

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    You won't find much love for Cole Haan in these forums.

    EVERYONE seems to hate them.

    I have just started buying better shoes and I can say that my personal experience is that Cole Haan has much cheaper leather and soles than other companies in slightly higher price ranges (or in the same one even).

    Check the forums and eBay for Allen Edmonds... I recommend going to the store before buying to really determine your size in the different lasts.

    They don't carry AE for reasonable price where I'm from so during a recent trip to NYC, I tried on a whole bunch of different styles and wrote down my sizes for each of them.

    Now I know in which last I need a 9E, 9.5D or 9.5E...

    Good luck!
     

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