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How are Cole Haan shoes?

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

  1. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    Isn't it hard to generalize about C-H because they get shoes from a variety of vendors?

    I have one pair of C-H shoes that were made in Brazil. The lasting is kind of blobby, but otherwise they have been durable, comfortable shoes that have stood up well to a helluva lot of hard use over the past 11 years and are still in pretty decent shape.
     
  2. JonathanHemlock

    JonathanHemlock Well-Known Member

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    I like mine but haven't been here long enough to absorb the groupthink. Feel great, fit is TTS. I have a pair of these. . .

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    and a pair of these. . .

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    as well as some black dress shoes. I buy enough shoes that I think I know what is quality and what is crap, YMMV. Thumbs up!
     
  3. cb_32

    cb_32 Senior member

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    those boots don't look too bad.
     
  4. Harold falcon

    Harold falcon Senior member

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    those boots don't look too bad.

    No, they kinda do.
     
  5. Alan B.

    Alan B. Well-Known Member

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    Vintage Cole Haans are my favorite shoe. You can still find some on eBay. Just be sure that they are stamped "Made in USA." Their old Bragano line from Italy was also superb, especially if you like low vamps. As everyone else has said, stay away from the current stuff.
     
  6. jbotz05

    jbotz05 New Member

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    Vintage Cole Haans are my favorite shoe. You can still find some on eBay. Just be sure that they are stamped "Made in USA." Their old Bragano line from Italy was also superb, especially if you like low vamps. As everyone else has said, stay away from the current stuff.

    I have a couple of "Made in USA" loafers that are pretty good but if they're in the same price range as AE shoes I would definately go with the AEs.
     
  7. michael_legeek

    michael_legeek Active Member

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    I have a pair of pre-Nike Cole Haan chestnut brogues, and over the years the colour has gone very uneven, and they flex rather unattractively when I'm walking (maybe they always did that, but I really notice it now). I would not buy another pair even at a super-bargain auction price.

    I have a couple pairs of the Nike hybrids, and I consider them pretty reasonable for going on holiday with only a single pair of shoes where unknown amounts of walking, rough terrain and rain may be involved. Which is to say, I think they have uses if I look at them as something that may get used up quickly and made disposable by necessity. I wouldn't consider them an investment shoe.
     
  8. HomerJ

    HomerJ Senior member

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    Vintage Cole Haans are my favorite shoe. You can still find some on eBay. Just be sure that they are stamped "Made in USA." Their old Bragano line from Italy was also superb, especially if you like low vamps. As everyone else has said, stay away from the current stuff.
    Shot of my Bragano, not too shabby. [​IMG]
     
  9. JonathanHemlock

    JonathanHemlock Well-Known Member

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    I wouldn't consider them an investment shoe.

    Aren't all shoes a depreciating asset as soon as you walk off the carpet?

    Not being funny, I'm just trying to understand. I like the idea of an "investment shoe." When my wife asks me WTF I am doing with some new kicks, I can tell her they part of my retirement portfolio!
     
  10. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shot of my Bragano, not too shabby.

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    Look like the soles are glued. Fail.
     
  11. tjcam

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    While I didn't buy any, I did check out the Cole Rood & Haan series recently. They appear to be better made and use better quality than the typical Cole Haan shoes. I wanted to see what their "archive" offerings were like and they're not bad. Of course they have a price to match the better quality.
     
  12. Astronaut888

    Astronaut888 Senior member

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    [​IMG] 1377882-p-2x by Shoun, on Flickr[/IMG] I don't hate these. cole haan "henry" boots [​IMG] 1377883-p-2x by Shoun, on Flickr
     
  13. J0sey Wales

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    Well these are my Braganos and I can ensure you guys that they are exceptionally well made.
     
  14. mr monty

    mr monty Senior member

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    Compared to what?? :puzzled: What were you wearing before you got these?


    Those don't look like something the real Josey wales would wear?
     
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  15. Gdot

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    I've never been able to figure out how you can tell the difference between a glued shoe and a blake stitched shoe simply upon site.

    Can you share some wisdom with us?
     
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    It would be nice if the new owners of Cole Haan would bring back the quality at least to the level it was during the green label made in Italy days. Unfortunetly said owners seem to focus on discount brands.
     
  17. J0sey Wales

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    I have prosthetic feet due to an explosion from a mine in Kuwait, sooo I wore my combat boots then? Now I love to out do my prosthetic feet with nice shoes such as Vintage Boots and Shoes. And don't get hung up on my User name there Mr.Monty. Josey Wales is a fictional character anyways! [​IMG] And also what difference does it make if I was wearing boots issued by the Army or flip flops from a dollar store Monty? Bless your heart.
     
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  18. dapperdoctor

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    I rotate about 10 pairs of shoes, 2 of them being Cole Haan with the Nike Air soles. They have held up well so far (about 1 year) and seem very comfortable. They are disposable shoes basically, not something you would pay to have re-soled or anything. I actually like them a lot and people compliment them on a regular basis.
     
  19. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Nothing wrong with Cole Haan shoes at a discounted price. Some of them are even GY welted and some vintage ones are made by EG.

    Had a pair for ~$60 brand new, wore it for 3 years until a hole in the sole with cork exposed, threw away. I guess I could've just glue something to the sole to give it another year or so. It's comfortable, shines up well.
     
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  20. jt10000

    jt10000 Senior member

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    This.

    I have one pair like that. Paid a little too much for them (just over $100) but I'd buy them again if I could get them cheaper. Not at full price.
     

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