Cole Haan Pinch Weekender Review

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Cole Haan brings you another great pair of shoes with the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender loafers. These great looking shoes come in a variety of colors and materials so you are sure to find something that you love. They might cost a little bit more money than you might want to spend on a pair of loafers but customers love them and say that they are well worth the little extra cash. They are going to last a long time. As long as they are taken care of properly they will not suffer from premature wear and tear so you will not have to worry about replacing them. Not only do they look great but they feel fantastic. They have a decent amount of underfoot cushioning that your feet will thank you for after a long day on your feet. No matter what you are doing or where you are going these shoes are going to fit right in. They really are a welcomed addition to any closet.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros
  • Great looking style
  • Multiple color options
  • Comfortable feeling
  • Long-lasting durability
  • Supportive and flexible
Cons
  • High price tag
  • Needs breaking in
Upper

Upper

The uppers of the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender are made out of different materials depending on the style of shoe you decide to go with. The most popular version of these loafers is made using 100% genuine leather while others are made out of nubuck leather or canvas. No matter what shoes you purchase, no matter what materials you choose, these loafers are designed to last. They are made out of great quality materials that are not going to tear or wear down quickly, ensuring your shoes are going to stay with you for the long haul. The uppers feature a classic penny keeper vamp that you might expect from a pair of loafers. Finishing off the look is a comfortable collar and a rolled moccasin toe.
Midsole

Midsole

These shoes feature a fully padded sock liner that is going to provide you with a decent amount of underfoot cushioning to ensure your feet stay happy and comfy after a long day. Not only is there a decent amount of cushioning but it is going to be durable. You will not have to worry about the midsole wearing down after only a couple of times wearing the shoes, they are going to be able to keep their squishy padding for a while so you can keep that great comfortable feel you love.

Something to note about these shoes is that they do not have a removable insole so you will not be able to remove the padded sock liner if you decide that you want to replace it for an insert or insole that will give you extra cushioning or support. That being said, many customers are pleased with what these offer right out of the box and do not require anything extra. You could always choose to go up a half size and add something on top of the included insole, but that is not recommended.
Outsole

Outsole

The outsole is made out of a durable vulcanized rubber that is not going to suffer from premature wear and tear. Vulcanized rubber is essentially a mixture of natural rubber and other additives to make sure it is more durable and flexible than just plain natural rubber. It is also going to give you more resistants to heat and other environmental conditions. They really went above and beyond when deciding what to use for the construction of the soles of these loafers.

The sticky rubber sole combined with the pattern on the bottom of the shoes is going to ensure you have a decent amount of traction while you are out and about. You are not going to have to worry about slipping and falling because your shoes could not hold their grip. As long as you stick to relatively flat and smooth surfaces you should not have any problems when it comes to traction. If you start to veer off the beaten path then you probably will not have that same reassurance.
Style

Style

When it comes to style Cole Haan does a good job at delivering a good looking pair of loafers. They are a great pair of casual shoes that customers love. They look great with a pair of jeans or slacks. Whether you are going to a party, running errands, or heading into the office, these loafers are going to fit right in.

These shoes have a traditional penny keeper located on the vamp to give the classic look of a penny loafer as well as a rolled moccasin toes. These shoes, however, do not have any kind of heel to them like most traditional loafers.

They come in a variety of colors so you are sure to be able to find something that is going to best suit your personal style. Not only are there different color options, but the materials and textures are going to vary depending on your color choices. When ordering these shoes you can choose between black leather and white; grey leather and white; java leather and white; peacoat leather and white; British tan leather; java and after dark woven emboss; black Slubby canvas; navy Slubby canvas and navy ink leather; gray pinstripe milled nubuck with buffalo plaid lining; or gray Slubby canvas and magnet leather. No matter what color you choose they will look great!
Weight

Weight

When it comes to your shoes you are going to want to make sure that you have something that will not weigh you down and hold you back, especially if you are going to be on your feet all day. You will not have to worry about that with these great loafers. They are designed to be lightweight and comfortable. They weigh in at about 11 ounces on average for a pair of size 9 medium. This is just slightly higher than some other similar shoes, but the weight difference is so minuscule it is barely noticeable. Please note that the weight is based on a single shoe, not the pair. Customers have had no complaints at all about the weight of these slippers.
Comfort

Comfort

Customers absolutely adore the high comfort level of these loafers. They have a lightly padded footbed to give you a decent amount of underfoot cushioning, keeping your feet happy all day long. They have a leather and textile lining that is soft and can add to the comfort level, especially if you opt to wear these without socks. However, customers do suggest that you wear socks when wearing these shoes, at least until they get fully broken it. They can rub uncomfortably at against your heel and foot which can lead to blisters and discomfort. After they loosen up a little and get broken in then you should not have this problem anymore. Reviewers have stated that they can take a while to get them completely broken in so you might want to keep this in mind when deciding to purchase these shoes. With the exception of the breaking in period, customers say these are exceptionally comfortable and perfect for all-day wear.

Flexibility

Flexibility is an important aspect of whatever type of footwear you prefer to wear. You want to make sure that you have the ability to move around as naturally as possible while still getting the support and stability that you need from your shoes. You do not want to feel like your feet are locked in a prison and have your movements restricted. The great thing about the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender loafers is that they give you the perfect amount of flexibility that your feet will appreciate. Regardless of what style uppers you decided to go with the materials are going to be able to move around with your feet giving you some freedom there. Most of the flex, however, comes from the vulcanized rubber outsole. The rubber will bend easily with your feet with each step you take to ensure you can move with ease.

Durability

When you are spending your hard earned money on a nice pair of shoes you are going to want to make sure that you find a pair that is going to last you a long time and not suffer from any premature wear and tear. The good quality materials that make up the uppers, whether you are getting the leather, nubuck, or canvas, are going to ensure they will not tear and rip while you are out and about. The cushioning on the sock liner is also designed to last. You will not have to worry about them losing their cushioning and becoming uncomfortable after only wearing them a couple of times. This is especially nice since you cannot remove the insole to replace it. The rubber outsole has a long life span as well, designed to take the repeated beating of your steps while you are on the go.

There are a few customers who did not have the best experience with the durability, but they seem to be the exception to the rule. One reviewer stated that after only a couple of weeks some of the letterings on the sole started to wear down but that did not seem to be that big of a deal. Other than these isolated incidents customers are happy with the longevity they get with these great quality loafers.

Support

Support is important when you are purchasing your shoes. You want to make sure you get the right amount of support for the task at hand. For example, you are going to need far more supportive features in a pair of work boots that you will be wearing for construction then you would need for a pair of running shoes. You would need even less support in a pair of casual shoes like the Cole Haan Pinch Weekender loafers. Since they are casual and you should not be doing a lot of running or hard labor while wearing these you will not need a whole lot of support but they do give you an adequate amount for what they are. The soft and comfortable collar will help ensure that your heel stays locked into the shoe and will not accidentally slip out while you are walking. Additionally, the vamp comes across your toes and so long as you the correct size it will also aid in keeping your feet where they should be, inside the loafers.

As for arch support, these shoes have a decent amount of underfoot padding that will give you a little bit of support under your arches. If you have particularly high arches then these might not be the most uncomfortable and might not give you the best support. Unfortunately, the insole of these shoes does not come out so you cannot replace the insole with one that better suits your needs. You can, however, add an insert on top of the footbed but if you are going to do that you should choose your size accordingly.

Fit

When ordering your shoes you are going to want to make sure that you order the perfect size. These shoes should fit you snugly but not too tight that they restrict your movement and cause discomfort. On the other hand, if they are too big you run the risk of walking right out of your shoes while you are out and about. Customers are stating that these are running true to size, but there are a handful of people who said they were a little on the big. If you are unsure what size you should order you can always take a look at a sizing chart to make sure you get the perfect fit for your feet.

Bottom Line

If you are in the market for a long lasting and great looking pair of loafers then you have come to the right place. Whether you need something to wear into the office or just simply to wear casually these shoes are going to have you covered. Coming in a variety of different colors and materials there is sure to be something that is going to fit your personal style and look. These are made to withstand daily use and will not wear down prematurely. They might not be the cheapest shoes on the market but customers believe that they are worth the little bit of extra money and were not disappointed with the quality of the shoes. The slip-on loafer design with a comfy collar and the moccasin toe is a great addition to any closet.