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I was happy to see a pair of "Cole Haan" shoes for a discounted price, just $50. First impression out of the box not promising, though. They smell. Like cheap vinyl. Nothing like leather. They are so light it makes you wonder "hmmm, are these not leather?" The shoes look nice. So I read the reviews. The reviews seem to confirm that this initial impression won't turn into promising long term wear.
I've had a couple of pairs of Johnston and Murphy Allister shoes. In the photo below, the Cole Haan/CH is on the left and the Johnston and Murphy/JM is at the right, about 6 mo old. The JM is a much better shoe. It seems more sturdy. The leather appears better quality. The shoes are more substantial. The interior of the JM shoes are leather lined. The interior of the CH shoes are cloth lined. The foot bed of the CH shoe is a foam piece, more like a cheap pair of sneakers. The JM foot bed is a nicer leather piece.
Perhaps the CH shoe is supposed to be "light weight" but coupled with the ultra cheap plastic smell, I'm thinking of returning them.
I would expect that CH shoes are comparable quality to JM, but maybe not. You are better off picking up some JMs new old stock on eBay if you are going for a good deal in fashion sneakers.
I had hopes that this shoe was going to be a good deal. My first impression was that the pair was very light weight, and I actually doubted that it was made of leather. The shoe is definitely stylish, and I actually received a few compliments from friends/family after trying them on. But the shoe was too tight. I’ve been a consistent 11D for most brands, but this shoe felt like a narrow 10D. It also rubbed badly on my ankle above the heel. They’re made in Vietnam, and this may be the reason for inconsistent sizing. Unfortunately I had to return them for a refund.
My wife bought me two pairs (black and brown) of these several months ago and I loved them so much I figured I would buy a back-up pair and so I jumped on Amazon and viola I found these.... Been wearing them for a little while now and they don't feel the same and have a plastic look/feel to them and they make a weird popping noise from the "leather" in the toe area and they squeak when I walk on tile type floors.
I never write reviews, but I read so many bad reviews of these sneakers I decided to chime in. I feel like these are amazing shoes at a fantastic price. The leather is super soft and the soles are as comfy as sneakers. Just remember, the shoes are made with genuine leather. Expect some creasing and keep them conditioned. Many scrapes and discoloration will rub out with proper maintenance.
My husband has received so many compliments on these shoes! They are like sneakers, but a little more classy and dressy. He states they are very comfortable and provide support for his flat feet. Very lightweight but still great quality.
Bought 3 pair for son in laws for Christmas. Box is cheesy, lightly printed, shoes are super light. Just don't feel like they are real Cole Haans. I'm going to offer the sons a chance to return them. Awkward as the giver...Lesson learned...
Received my Cole Haan Men's Grand Crosscourt II Sneaker, tan leather burnished, 11 Medium US (down one size) looking great in the box. I had been concerned about size – I also own Cole Haan Nathan Cap Toe Boot but wear an 11.5 and also own sneakers in size 12. The 11M fit great. No plans to really wear until weather breaks. They’re light weight, but comfortable. Can’t attest to durability at this stage, but plan to mix it up with other casual spring/summer casual shoes. Happy with purchase.