There was a time recently I forgot to pack my trainers for a quick three-day business trip to Los Angeles. The only shoes I had were the ones on my feet: Cole Haan ZeroGrand Laser Wingtips ($120, Buy It Here).
I always wear these when I travel because they’re so versatile. I can wear them with shorts on weekends or a suit for work, which means I don’t have to load down my suitcase with any other shoes but the ones I wear to the gym. Side note, they’re comfortable AF.
I’d written about the ZeroGrand when Cole Haan introduced them a few years back and had been briefed by the brand on all its many technical wonders. There was the performance sole that rivals the best running shoes, the dynamic energy foam for extra comfort, and all the moisture-wicking capabilities found in my workout gear. I immediately went out and bought a pair for myself. All the built-in details were great, but I was just happy to have a shoe that I could wear to work that was as comfortable as my favorite running shoes. (Here are five signs your old kicks need to be replaced.)
But there I was in L.A. I’d just powered down a cheeseburger and fries knowing I’d run it off. That’s when I realized I’d left my Nikes behind.
Faced with either not working out for a few days or putting this shoe to the test, I hopped on the treadmill at my hotel gym and took off. Three miles later and I was totally surprised. They stacked up to the running shoes sitting in my closet back home and because they have a sporty sole and solid upper. They didn’t even look out of place.
Because the upper is and laser-perforated suede, it’s more flexible than standard leather, which means your feet aren’t constricted. There’s padding where you need it for support and grip on the rubber outsole, which allowed me to run without worrying about flying off the treadmill. (I don’t really fun fast enough to fly anywhere, but you get my drift.) Emboldened, I moved to squats and lunges. Again, success.
As a fashion editor, you get fed a lot of marketing speak from brands touting their new products. There’s usually a kernel of truth amid all the hyperbole, but these shoes are exactly what was promised.[“Source-menshealth”]