We Tested Out Cole Haan’s Chic New 5.Zerogrand Running Shoes To See If They Feel As Good As They Look

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Cole Haan, known for its dapper-yet-comfortable high-end footwear, is getting into the running game. Although it's already got one running shoe on its lineup (the Zerogrand Outpace), the brand has given those kicks a revamp, and just introduced three additional new running-focused styles, including the all-new 5.Zerogrand Running Shoe, designed to be your classic lace-up performance running sneaker. According to the marketing materials, each is meant to be both stylish enough to wear to the office and supportive enough to propel you through your run. Considering just how chic and versatile the majority of Cole Haan’s shoes are, we knew we had to test them out firsthand to see if they feel as good as they look.

Key specs of Cole Haan's 5.Zerogrand Running Shoe

  • Heel-to-Toe Drop: Not Listed
  • Insole: Removable
  • Midsole: Shock-Absorbing Grandfoam, Superfeel NRG, and Superfeel Lite
  • Outsole: High Traction Lugged Rubber
  • Weight: Not Listed
  • Sizes: 5-11
  • Colors: 4

5.Zerogrand Running Shoe — $200.00


  • Cushioned, chunky sole
  • Stable design
  • High traction
  • Breathable
  • Runs true to size


  • Heel is very firm
  • Suede detailing gets dirty easily

What they feel like to wear

Cole Haan is somewhat new to the athletic shoe department, so they’re not yet hip with advertising heel-to-toe drops. Fortunately, having tested more than my fair share of sneakers over the years, I’ve become fairly accustomed to different drops. Based on the soles, silhouette, and overall feel of these sneakers, I’d guess that they measure about 8- to 10-millimeters, the most common range for running shoes.

While the design of these shoes, which features an uplifted toe, is intended to follow the natural progression of a foot mid-stride, I personally find that the heels are quite firm, and not necessarily something I’d be comfortable running in over long distances. That said, due to the sturdy shock-absorbing Grandfoam and cushy midsole foams, I do find them quite comfortable for walking and have enjoyed wearing them for the past week while taking my pup on his daily mile-long jaunt. The midsole of these shoes is comprised of a combination of Superfeel NRG, and Superfeel Lite midsole foams, which together make these sneakers comfortable for daily walks or errands.

One thing I love? Since they’re designed for running, exploring, and working out, the outsole is crafted with a criss-cross lug sole that feels super sturdy, even on dewy grass and wet cement.

How they fit

Ever since I was in fifth grade, I’ve worn a size 10 shoe. In the past six months, however, I’ve noticed that new shoes aren’t fitting quite as well, and I’ve often liked how a 10.5 feels better. That said, I tested these in both a 10 and a 10.5 and found that they do, indeed, run true to size, as a size 10 fits perfectly, even with chunky socks.

Who they’re best for

Considering the all-day comfort of these sneakers, paired with the more fashion-forward silhouette, I think the Cole Haan 5.Zerogrand Running Shoe is best for those looking for a sneaker that they can wear from their hot girl walks to brunch to the gym. While I don’t love them for running, I think they have a lot to offer given their trendy, chunky appeal.

One note though: These sneakers are made with durable mesh trimmed in suede, and I’ve found that it’s quite easy to disrupt the appearance of the suede. After wearing my white pair to the gym twice, stretching on the floor turned the suede toes slightly grungy. Nothing a little spot treating shouldn’t fix, though!

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