This feature appears in Complex's February/March 2012 issue.
When Nike bought Chicago shoemaker Cole Haan in 1988, the sneaker giant made its foray into the formal footwear market. It also created an opportunity for dress shoes to try on some of the latest sneaker tech.
Since 2000, Cole Haan has been incorporating Nike Air innovations into classy silhouettes like loafers, brogues, boat shoes, and boots. This latest offering is by far their best combined effort—a wingtip that utilizes Nike’s Lunarlon technology. Invented by Nike’s running experts, the lightweight cushioning system has been celebrated for its performance and design.
Paired up with classic suede uppers, the bright, ridged soles take on a whole new life. Think of them as a small step for Cole Haan, and a giant leap for the shoe game.
The Cole Haan LunarGrand Wingtip will retail for $248, available on 2/10 at colehaan.com.