- Nov 2, 2020
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You might be right about the close channel. It’s hard to tell from the post. However, seller has a similar pair in black size 13B with better sole pics, and they look too smooth. I wonder why trouble through “hand lasted” only to get glued on soles. Maybe I’m taking their advertising gimmick too literally. And full leather lining should be expected at that level (even though there are some great 50s 60s pairs that used cloth lining too).For something that carries such lofty naming, and claims of hand lasting (which can mean different things to different shoe makers) the upper workmanship is not stellar. I’d also expect, for a top-of-the-line shoe from the late 70’s, full leather linings (something you got with Florsheim Imperials and LB Sheppard’s).
The other thing that concerns me is I can’t see the outline of a welt channel for the outsole top-stitch (though it might just be carefully channeled) and that sole doesn’t really look like it’s closed channel stitched to me.
Usually, even if it’s very faint, you can see the outline of where the feather was cut and the channel underneath:
The soles on those Cole Haan’s are just too smooth, especially given the rest of the shoe doesn’t scream George Cleverley or John Lobb from an execution standpoint.