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Only wore these shoes 5 times. Here are my thoughts so far.
Pros: *Light and portable.
*These are off white. Pure white can be overpowering bright and glaring. Ever try to dirty your brand new white sneakers a little before wearing them? These goes with everything the same way.
*Minimal, simple and elegant design.
*Very comfortable cushion for my feet.
*Feels resistant to getting dirty compared to my other white sneakers. Have not wiped them at all and they still look clean.
Cons: *Big deal here. I used long to low cut thicker socks (standard low cut that show a bit) during my initial wears and had no issues. One day, I used thin low cut socks to work and the minute I stepped out of my vehicle, it dug into my Achilles badly. I barely could walk a few feet and was in total agony from the parking lot to my office. Luckily, I brought extra heel pads out of caution from other reviews. I was pretty doubtful of those at first. The heel pads do help, but a little bothersome. This is a let down given the price.
*A big concern is the durability of the leather. It is light and soft, but crease very easily and awkwardly around the shoe. I was walking and staring at them at first, but decided to stop being a maniac. It is less visible to see creasing with the white color. Think carefully getting a darker color. Use a shoe tree or stuff them to maintain its shape. That seems to help.
I tried a half size down, but it was a bit too tight and snug. I got my true size and noticed the length did not differ substantially, but it was a little wider and a lot more comfortable for my feet. Perhaps size down if you are between half sizes.
These basic white sneakers were exactly what I wanted. Light weight and quality materials. In this review I'll cover three things that I think are notable. Fit, quality and comfort.
I normally wear 11M (US) for dress shoes and for casual shoes. But often for athletic shoes, I have to size up, particularly for brands like Nike and Adidas. I wasn't sure about what size I should with these since I have other casual style Cole Haan in 11M that fit fine, but these are an athletic style. So I went with my normal size, and they fit great.
I am also impressed with the quality of the shoes. The leather has a soft feel, but the shoe itself has a solid structure (not floppy). Though a very plain style, the stitching and workmanship makes it appear very high quality. Also, the color is not bright white, but rather it has a very slight gray hue so it appears muted, which is gives it a premium look.
Lastly, these are very comfortable. They are light weight and provide reasonable support for casual wear, though not for actual sporting activity. The arch support is less than average (ie. flatter).
I am very happy with this purchase. Though there are a number of options for basic white leather sneakers, I personally chose these base a lot on my satisfaction with previous Cole Haan purchases. These did not disappoint.
These are a stylish, clean looking shoe (especially in white) but they have SHREDDED my heels every time I've worn them. Even after breaking them in with taller socks, I still can't wear them for more than a light walk. I'd avoid and get something else.
I bought these based on the reputation of Cole Haan as a brand and I was not disappointed. The shoes are probably some of the most comfortable shoes I've ever owned, lightweight, and look great. I would suggest ordering a half size down from your typical Nike size, as I had to return mine but other than that, great shoe.