Cole Haan Oxford Sneaker Hybrids?

I am wondering what people think of wearing the Cole Haan Oxford/Sneaker hybrids at work when not going to client (or other important) meetings?

For those that do not know, these are oxford uppers mated to subtle sneaker soles. Here is the more subtle one: https://www.colehaan.com/mens-originalgrand-wingt…
And the more aggressively soled one: https://www.colehaan.com/mens-zerogrand-wingtip-o…

I feel like they, particularly the more conservative soled ones, would be reasonable for day to day office use when not wearing a suit. (particularly in more walking oriented cities) along with dress pants/ khakhis and a button down shirt, but I would like to know what everyone else thinks. I walk about a mile a day during my commute and wear shoes out fast. I feel like this would be a good solution to either burning through mediocre dress shoes or swapping out of sneakers daily, when nothing important is happening.

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Apr 12, 2019 - 12:03pm

I'm in the same boat - commuting is brutal on your shoes, and I hate wearing sneakers into the office.

I think they work for you - i have a pair that i wear more casually, that i really like (very comfortable to walk in). I've seen them actually quite a bit around the office and even at some meetings I've traveled to - you don't even notice them half the time unless you are specifically looking for it.

I've slaughtered so many pairs of loafers, etc. that you've reminded me i need to buy a pair of something - maybe i'll snag one of these.

Apr 27, 2019 - 5:52am
Addinator:

I'm in the same boat - commuting is brutal on your shoes, and I hate wearing sneakers into the office.

I think they work for you - i have a pair that i wear more casually, that i really like (very comfortable to walk in). I've seen them actually quite a bit around the office and even at some meetings I've traveled to - you don't even notice them half the time unless you are specifically looking for it.

I've slaughtered so many pairs of loafers, etc. that you've reminded me i need to buy a pair of something - maybe i'll snag one of these.

I'm with you and then some. My commute ends with a 1/10mi walk on polished marble, and leather shoes slipping is a given. The Cole Haans run super narrow though, and my initial 33% off mail order pair has to be returned so I can get the wide option, which doesn't appear to be discounted anywhere.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Apr 27, 2019 - 12:02pm
Pan European Monkey:

Not that this exist I am sure that we humans can create dress shoes with sneaker soles that look like dress soles.

I'm not sure that you were sober enough to post this morning. Go home, sleep it off, and try again later.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Jun 21, 2019 - 7:45am
Pan European Monkey:

are they as comfy as they pretend to be? Sounds ideal although they don't have shops in the UK.

Yes and no, in an 'as expected' kind of way.

The soles are definitely more supportive. it's not like they're the best cross-trainer, because they are constrained by having to look like a dress shoe, but it is miles better than your standard leather-soled oxford. (The 'zerogrand's may be better here, but are too aggressive looking for my workplace) The top is still a high quality oxford, with all the good and bad that that entails. It'll break in, and it'll chafe a bit as it does so. It also doesn't have the stretch of a standard sneaker. I wouldn't want to run a 5K in them, but they are miles better than your standard dress shoe for everyday use.

I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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Jun 21, 2019 - 7:51am
I generally see somebody I know on TV on Bloomberg/CNBC etc. once or twice a week. This sounds cool, until I remind myself that I see somebody I know on ESPN five days a week.
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