Most leather dress shoes aren’t comfortable to wear. The soles are thin and the leather is rigid and hard so your feet take a beating throughout the day. This is the problem that most dress shoes that Cole Haan offers solves. Nothing exemplifies this more than their Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford.
Comfort and Dapper Style Combined
Of all the dress shoes that I have in my collection (I have over 20), the Cole Haan Washington Grand Laser Wingtop Oxford is my favorite because it’s extremely comfortable for a dress shoe without sacrificing any style. In fact, it’s one of the most complimented pair of brown shoes I own because of the unique design.
There are several features and technology that makes the shoe better for your feet. Let’s start with what’s inside of the shoe.
The running shoe-inspired energy foam that they use which cushions and aids each step. On top of that, the footbed is anatomically engineered to cradle each step. Moving to the back, the the tongue and achilles padding provides additional support and comfort for your heel.
Moving to the upper, the laser-cut perforations are not just for design and style. They deliver flexibility, breathability, and moisture control. Add to that the synchronized motion outsole and flex welt, you have a flexible and responsive (not rigid but still durable) pair of leather shoes.
In short — the Cole Haan Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford deliver unparalleled style and comfort for leather dress shoes. It’s no Ultra Boost but when it comes to dress shoes it really is at the top of the heap when it comes to comfort.
The Cons: Price and they Scuff Easily
It’s not 100% perfect. There are 2 main issues with the shoes. First is the price as this retails locally for over Php20,000 at the Cole Haan stores. The great news is that I got this pair on 50% sale which knocked the price down to Php10,000. Given the comfort and style, that was already a steal price in my head.
Secondly, the shoes scuff easily. Make sure you don’t bang them around because it will leave marks on the leather. It’s also advisable you regularly (once a month at least) apply leather conditioning cream on it.
Verdict: A Must Have for the Urban Warrior
Taking everything into consideration, the Cole Haan Washington Grand Laser Wingtip Oxford is a must have for the modern day Urban Warrior. The unique style will make you stand out and allows it to be used in formal and smart casual situations. The comfort it gives is a few notches below sneakers. Combine that and you have the ideal work shoe.
As someone who wears leather dress shoes a lot, let me just personally say that if you can find a good deal for this either in Cole Haan stores or online, go get it. Your feet will thank you.