Zerogrand Shoe Review: Have you had your eyes on a pair of Cole Haan Zerogrand (or as Cole Haan writes it, ZER0GRAND) Shoes? Are the Zerogrand Shoes worth the extra price? Let’s dive into our Cole Haan Zerogrand Review!
Updated January 2021 to talk about my love for Zerogrand Chukkas and many more.
Zerogrand Review: To cut to the chase, we love the Cole Haan Zerogrand Shoes so much, they’ve made our Men’s Best Clothing Guide. We simply love Cole Haan for men, they are a great staple for any guy that needs dress shoes!
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What are Zerogrand Shoes?
It might seem odd, but Cole Haan Zerogrand shoes are shoes that have what is called “GrandOS” – a shoe operating system. All Zerogrand Shoes contain parts of the GrandOS. GrandOS simply means the shoes have a couple of the following features:
- Energy Return
This is how the Cole Haan website puts it:
Grand is our name for innovation, and the innovative approach that comes from marrying craft, style, and engineering.
Grand means putting a forward-looking, human-driven lens on everything we create – delivering more relevant and better feeling products for those unwilling to sacrifice elegance or performance.
That all sounds good, but what does it mean for you, the shoe buyer?
Zerogrand Shoe Review: What does Zerogrand mean for you?
Simply put: Zerogrand shoes are shoes that have been completely reimagined. Not partially – but fully reimagined from scratch. The best example is the Zerogrand Oxford Shoe (right) compared to a “regular” Banana Republic Oxford Shoe (left):
ZEROGRAND: What’s the big deal?
While the shoes look similar. They are very, very different. If you pick them up – you’ll notice the Zerogrand Shoes are incredibly light. In fact, they weigh about the same as Allbirds (read our Allbirds Review).
That’s incredibly light for a dress shoe. It’s really hard to explain how light they feel on your feet.
The weight, combined with the cushioning in Zerogrand Shoes makes them extremely comfortable for travel. I’ve worn them walking all across New York City without any problems.
Cole Haan Zerogrand shoes come in all shapes and colors. Ranging from the bright, but not terrible shoes shown above to the terrible, awful, “What were they thinking?” shoes below.
However, the shoes below will probably be my next pair of Cole Haan Zerogrand shoes. They are actual part of the “stitchlite” collection. That means they are made of a thread-like material and very breathable (and not to mention, light!). I tried this at the Nordstrom Annual sale and really liked them.
What clothes do Zerogrand Shoes go with? How to style Zerogrand Shoes.
It, obviously, depends on the Zerogrand shoe style, but I like to wear my Zerogrand Oxford Shoes go really well with a pair of dark jeans. I’m wearing them with Duer Jeans in the animated GIF above (our Duer Jeans Review is finally done).
The key to making the Zerogrand Oxfords look good with dark jeans or dress pants is a matching belt. You can’t use just a kinda-matching belt, you need a perfectly matching belt. We found this matching belt at Nordstrom.
Cole Haan Zerogrand Shoe Sizing
I wear a 9.5 in almost anything. I like my shoes to be a little on the loose size, but the Cole Haan Zerogran Shoes Sizing is true to size. Order what you typically order.
I like to have my shoes a little bit on the loose side, so I order a size 9.5 in everything and the Zerogrand Sizing is consistent with other brands like Allbirds and Nike.
Are Zerogrand shoes worth it?
I get it. Spending $150+ on a pair of shoes is a lot. More than you might want to spend. However, if you spend a lot of time in dress shoes, I’d say it’s 100% worth it. They are very versatile and incredibly comfortable.
I typically bought cheaper, Banana Republic Dress Shoes before and to be honest, I’m never going back. I wear these shoes (or Allbirds) almost every time I leave the home:
These Cole Haan Zerogrand Chukkas are just about perfect. The aren’t too dressy, aren’t too casual and are super, duper comfortable!
Zerogrand Review: What don’t we love about Zerogrand shoes?
Nothing is perfect. However, Zerogrand by Cole Haan is very close. Here’s what we don’t love:
- There are a dizzying array of styles. Some look very similar to others but are half as expensive. We recommend you order the shoes (with our Cole Haan promo code) and take advantage of their free returns and shipping.
- Some of the shoes are just plain hideous (like the neon green ones above).
- Why they are called “ZEROGRAND” and the whole operating system is a bit of a marketing gimmick to us. However, the shoes are still great!
ZEROGRAND Review: The Final Verdict
Mr. We Tried It has always had his eyes on a pair of Zerogrand Shoes. The Nordstrom Anniversary Sale had a couple of pairs on sale and he had to try them.
He’s glad that he did! While they can be a little on the expensive side, they are well worth it (make sure to use our Cole Haan Promo Code to make the shoes a bit more reasonable). They are comfortable, light, flexible and look great. It’s literally like wearing Allbirds that look like dress shoes. What more do you want?!
Have any questions or comments? Let us know in the comments below!