The Sole of America – Cole Haan launch in the UK

Somewhat seen as a footwear institution in its native US Market. Cole Haan is finally bringing its tech-led reinterpretation of contemporary and classic men’s footwear to the UK with an installation in iconic London department store, Liberty.

Founded in 1928, in Greenland, New Hampshire, Cole Haan was the vision of two men, Trafton Cole and Eddie Haan, who set out with a commitment to craftsmanship, timeless style and design innovation to deliver fine crafted products. Fast-forward 88 years and their mantra remains true to its original beliefs. Cole Haan’s groundbreaking reinvention of the dress shoe and sneaker unites traditional craft with modern engineering. Each innovation working harmoniously with the next to create flexibility and comfort based on featherweight construction methods

Craft, style and engineering combine to create Cole Haan footwear. The Grand and the Grand.ØS family of innovative footwear delivers four main benefits: greater flexibility, reduced weight, increased cushioning and breathability.

Collections featured in the Liberty installation include GrandPrø Tennis, Øriginal Grand, ZerøGrand, and 2.ZerøGrand

GrandPrø Tennis is a ultra-light GrandPrø Tennis shoe a vintage-inspired sneaker, updated with a thoroughly modern operating system.

Utilizing proprietary Grand.ØS technology, GrandPrø Tennis delivers an innovative spin on a classic silhouette. Grand.ØS is an operating system designed to drastically reduce weight, mimic the foot’s natural flexibility, offer dynamic breathability and provide responsive cushioning for maximum comfort.

The men’s GrandPrø Tennis shoe weighs less than a third of the average leather court shoe, weighing-in at 8.8 ounces (based on a men’s leather court shoe in size 8.5 – may vary according to style, material and size).

ØriginalGrand is crafted in rich leather and completed with a premium burnished finish and baroque accents, this progressive wingtip brogue is one of the most lightweight classic-inspired shoes around. Cushioned with Cole Haan’s proprietary Grand.ØS technology for ultimate comfort, the ØriginalGrand looks as amazing with a sharply tailored suit as it does with a pair of selvedge-edge denims.

ZerøGrand features Grand.ØS, Cole Haan’s proprietary design platform which combines engineered insoles and outsoles with liners and uppers that move with each step. Grand.ØS replaces the heavy steel shanks traditionally used for support with a unique cushioning compound that is stronger, more flexible and longer lasting, reducing the overall weight and slimming down the shoe’s outsole.

2.ZerøGrand launched in July of 2016 and is an evolution of Cole Haan’s ZerøGrand technology. Designed to mimic the natural motion of the human foot, the 2.ZerøGrand delivers a level of flexibility and cushioning that rivals top-of-the-line running shoes.

An anatomically contoured Grand.ØS energy foam foot-bed cradles the foot for superior weight distribution and cushioning, while airflow channels and moisture-wicking materials assist in keeping feet comfortable.


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