Cole Haan platform oxford: A favourite thing

I am a huge fan of the Cole Haan oxfords, both the regular and platform versions. In my experience, the platform version is a bit stiffer and requires a few wears to fully break in, but once it does, it's spectacular. I have the knit version and it is lightweight and extremely easy to wear. Like a dressed up sneaker. It was my shoe of choice in London. I sprayed it with waterproofing and despite being knit, it kept me dry enough in a complete downpour. I say "dry enough" because I would not have trusted it for longer than the 15 or 20 minutes that I was out -- the tips of my socks felt slightly damp when I took them off that night. But the shoe dried out immediately with no damage. 

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20 Comments

  • Mirjana replied 1 month ago

    Beautiful shoes and great outfit. Enjoy your trip.

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    KILLER look, Suz! These love you right back! That scarf is a perfect complement to these oxfords faves, and I'm glad they worked well on your London trip :)

    I'm another HUGE Cole Haan oxford fan. My weatherproof Golfing oxfords are Spring workhorses! Dressier than a sneaker. My feet are HAPPY. 

  • Angie replied 1 month ago

    Soooooo, I have these on the way, because like you, I'm a Cole Haan oxfords fan:

  • Star replied 1 month ago

    Those shoes totally suit you and your style Suz.  What a great outfit.

  • Irina replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, Suz, for the sharing your experience with these in the rain. I have a knitted top ones with regular soles and consider taking them on a trip in the fall because they are so comfortable. Although I had mine a few years, I didn’t get caught in a rain in them. So, good to know it might be ok. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Irina, I think they would be fine. Not for all-day tromping in serious, serious rain, if you know what I mean, but definitely okay if you spray them first and then get caught, like I did. I do think the platform sole helps a bit because it lifts you out of puddles, but I have been in some rain in my regular sole ones and they were not too bad either. I consider them the perfect travel shoe, really. It is very, very rare for me to find a shoe that never gives me blisters. This shoe is that! 

    Angie, I love the two-tone version!!! 

  • slim cat replied 1 month ago

    Great look- very pretty scarf and all silver jewelry!

  • Firecracker (Sharan) replied 1 month ago

    What a sharp-looking outfit, Suz. It's good to know those shoes survived the wet without damage.

  • Karie replied 1 month ago

    Looks like you can dress them up or down, which makes them perfect for traveling.

  • ChristelJ replied 1 month ago

    They look so refined and classy while still casual.  "Perfect travel shoe" is high praise, it is usually so elusive. Really sharp outfit, too.

  • Vicki replied 1 month ago

    I really like the dressier nature of these oxfords and your experiences with them in inclement weather.  Hope your stay in London was wonderful!

  • BlueJay replied 1 month ago

    Great shoes, Suz! Also great outfit. I love your blazer and I am looking for something similar. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Thanks, Blue Jay. This blazer is one of my best consignment finds. Paul Smith!!! It cost about what a Banana Republic jacket would cost. It's unfashionably short and fitted but that is what I actually like about it. It's an unusual linen-wool blend and is mostly unlined (except for sleeves and back placket) which. makes it comfortable in all summer temperature. 

  • Mary Beth (formerly LBD) replied 1 month ago

    Those are so cute!  What did you use for waterproofing?  I’ve had great luck with the Danier spray I stockpiled a decade ago after a trip to Canada, but I’ve no idea whether they still make it.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Mary Beth, that is exactly what I used! We still have some from ages ago as well! But we also have a couple of other, similar sprays. I think they are all silicone based. Again, they won't make a fabric shoe entirely waterproof but they definitely add some resistance. 

  • Jaime replied 1 month ago

    Another fabulous outfit! Glad the shoes feel as good as they look.

  • cat2 replied 1 month ago

    Not sure what is in your summer shoe collection, but I found the Cole Haan woven espadrilles to be an all day shoe for light touristy days. Mine are a couple of years old, and still look really fresh.

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    Cat2, thank you for that tip! I have not tried those -- might have to look them up! I am in search of summer shoes/ sandals right this minute. 

    Thanks, Jaime!

  • RobinF replied 1 month ago

    Those look so good! I have seen some Cole Haan at Nordstrom Rack, need to look at them more seriously. 

  • Suz replied 1 month ago

    The Cole Haans likely won't work for a very wide foot but medium is fine. Especially with the knit versions. 

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