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Cole Haan Caldwell Reviews

62 reviews
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Overall Rating:

80%Rated 5 stars

20%Rated 4 stars

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Customer Fit Survey:

86% "Felt true to size"

87% "Felt true to width"

73% "Excellent arch support"

38 are "Favorable"

Most Helpful Favorable Review

Posted 12/24/11
Overall Rated:5 stars!
Comfort Rated:5 stars!
Style Rated:5 stars!

These are my go to business dress shoes. I have had about a dozen pairs over the past few years (my feet sweat, so I rotate daily wear) and while the sole and footbed will eventually wear out as with all leather-soled shoes, they are supremely comfortable, lightweight and versatile. Through Zappos, they are inexpensive enough to simply replace rather than have re-soled after a couple years, and they break in quickly. Get a good set of shoe trees and they will last for a long time.

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24 are "Critical"

Most Helpful Critical Review

Posted 12/8/11
Overall Rated:1 stars!
Comfort Rated:1 stars!
Style Rated:2 stars!

After reading lots of positive reviews, I purchased a pair of Caldwells shortly before moving to Hong Kong in July. When the shoes arrived, they were stiff and very shiny, and as I walked around in my house I noticed the leather near the toe cap did not bend very well. I assumed the shoes merely needed to be broken in, so I decided to keep them. After three months of wearing the shoes two or three days a week, the toe cap issue has gone from bad to worse. There are deep, noticeable cracks around the area where my toes bend, and pieces of the brown finish on the shoe have started to fall off. No amount of polishing will fix this problem, as the super shiny finish I noticed the day I received the shoes is nothing more than a cheap surface treatment. The leather - if it can even be called that - is absolute junk, and the shoes are still incredibly stiff. I would not recommend this shoe to anybody, and I am looking for a replacement. This review is not meant to be a negative reflection on the customer service I received from Zappos. On the contrary, I could not be happier with the ordering, delivery, and return processes. I wasn't sure of my size when I ordered the Caldwells, so I purchased two pairs and selected standard shipping. Zappos automatically bumped me up to overnight shipping, and I received the items the next day. Returning the second pair of shoes was simple and hassle free, and I got my refund within a few days.

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3 people found this review helpful  

January 27, 2012

Chris

from Norman, OK

These shoes are technically everything that was promised, but I nevertheless felt disappointed. The construction is decent but unimpressive, and the color is difficult to work with. Compared to my go-to oxfords, the leather feels thin and cheap, and it is extremely shiny. Not shiny like a pair of well-polished dress shoes, but like a coat of glossy latex paint. The color is vivid, but lacks depth. Though the shoes look good sitting on a table, they are tough to pair with clothing. They do not pair with any of my day-to-day suits, but they are too dressy to wear with khakis or jeans.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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December 13, 2011

Mike

from Omaha, Nebraska

I usually wear a D; width, but ordered a EE width because it was the only size available. I'm glad I did because they fit perfectly. Absolutely love the shoes and would recommend them. Great style and comfort.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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December 10, 2011

Brian V

from Roseville, CA

The picture does not do this shoe justice. I have spent much more on far lesser shoes. 11.5 EE was a perfect fit out of the box. Break in was null. I feel like I stole these shoes. Compliments on the first day!

Brands I'd also recommend: Bostonian

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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November 11, 2011

Andrew

from Illinois

I bought my first pair of Florsheim Lexingtons in 1987. When they wore out in 2003, I bought another pair, which lasted until 2010. Given the good luck I had with the first two pair, I bought a third in 2010 from another online vendor. After three months of wear, I noticed the leather was flaking off on the back of the shoe. I contacted the vendor about the problem and was told to send them in for "review" at my own cost. A few weeks later, I got them back with a snarky note stating "normal wear and tear" and suggested I contact the manufacturer. I did. Florsheim told me to ship them for review (I am now out almost $15 in shipping charges by this point). A few weeks later, I received another new pair. And three months later the same flaking leather problem happened. Needless to say, I was and will forever be done with Florsheims. My wife suggested I try Cole Haans, and after hemming and hawing for several months, took the plunge this week. Boy, am I glad I did. These shoes won't even need a break-in period. And once again, Zappos came through with its expedited shipping: My wife ordered this for me around 8:00 CST on a Wednesday, and they were at my door the next day.

Brands I'd also recommend: Merrill

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 21, 2011

D. A

from Austin, Texas

They look great and they fit perfectly. Very little break-in required. This was my first Zappos purchase and I wasn't sure about buying shoes on-line but this worked out great. I have narrow feet and will definitely be back.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 8, 2011

Doug

from New York City

Could not be happier with this pair of shoes. Came extremely fast, and am shocked at how comfortable they are, even on the first day after walking all over New York City. They look amazing go with anything (I have three gray suits and a dark blue, and these go great with any combination). Cannot believe I paid so little for these!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

July 19, 2011

Anonymous

from Kansas City, KS

I own both the black and brown/burgundy colors and love them. Very traditionally styled--as a captoe oxford ought. No elongated toes or other folderol. I keep the black pair well-shined and use them as my tuxedo shoes; as midrange Cole Haans these have very shiny corrected leather and with a buff are nearly as reflective but much nicer looking than patent rental tux shoes. They have leather soles so it will take some time (two wears or so) to break them in and get the sole appropriately roughed up for traction, but they are very comfortable once that happens. An added benefit is that leather soles look much more mature/formal than the rubber clodhoppers we wore in the 90s. Frankly, if they made another color I'd buy it too! Very satisfied.

Brands I'd also recommend: Johnston & Murphy

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 24, 2011

Stan L

from Greenwood SC

I wear a size 9 B, and they are getting harder to find. Ordered the "Caldwell", and they fit great! Probably a 16 to 20 hour period to break them in well, but a great fitting, and great looking shoe! And, Zappos service was perfect - I expect to order most or all of my shoes here in the future.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 9, 2011

Anonymous

 

When I first received them I didn't want to wear them; they looked so nice. First day was a little rough as the backs rubbed my heels, but by the second day they were the most comfortable and best-looking shoes I've owned. Note to complainers: if the size feels wrong, there's free shipping. So whining about it gets you nothing. Shoe sizes are not standardized so you have to be patient with such things.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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April 27, 2011

James M

from Norfolk, VA

I wear steel toes far more often than dress shoes, and these cost about as much as I was willing to spend. I tried them on when they arrived, and the fit seemed okay enough to keep. Well, I spent a whole night at the opera, and they are the most comfortable dress shoes I've ever owned. The "okay" fit turned into a remarkably great fit after about 20 minutes. I'll never spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on a pair of shoes, but the Caldwells are what I would expect to get if I did. A great value! Purchased size 12 narrow.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 28, 2011

Stuart S

from Albuquerque, NM

A very nice shoe, fit well, looks good. I was hesitant to purchase online, but it was a great fit right out of the box. Delivery was quick as I needed the shoes for an event.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

August 17, 2009

Anonymous

 

Cole Haan is an excellent value. It looks great and fits superbly for an off the rack shoe. The cap toe style is timeless and classic; I\'d buy this shoe again in a heartbeat.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

October 10, 2008

Larry

from San Francisco, CA

Simply the Best...Zappos I mean - The shoe fits great…as expected. The real story is Zappos. I refuse to buy my shoes anywhere else. I'll go to a store, try on the shoe, and then order it from here. This company is a few cuts above the rest...PERIOD!!!

Brands I'd also recommend: N/A

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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June 25, 2008

Anonymous

from SoCal

Nice shoes. These shoes look and feel great. They look very well made. I still own my first pair of Cole Haan shoes. Thirteen years and several new soles later, they are still going strong. Only recently, the uppers started developing some surface cracks in the leather. The shoes had some water exposure in the past, which may have contributed… but they still polish up nicely and look great as long as people aren't on their knees and holding a light up to the shoes. I expect these new shoes to be just as durable and comfortable.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

May 24, 2008

Anonymous

from Miami, Florida

Great shoe - Great shoe, comfortable, great looks. Very happy with this shoe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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March 31, 2008

Dan

from Naperville, IL

Classic look, modern comfort & appeal - Hard to find fault with this shoe. It has a timeless cap-toe look with a great leather. The shoes look phenomenal with dress slacks, khakis, or even nice jeans. Stiff at first, but give them a week to soften up and you will be very happy. I was skeptical that something like this could be so comfortable, but I love wearing these every day. A solid choice and a must-have for any wardrobe.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

March 5, 2008

Al B

from Boston, Massachusettes

AWESOME SERVICES AND OUTSTANDING SHOE!!!!!! An outstanding shoe overall. I love the way they fit and feel on my feet. They feel comfortable, look professional and also my first dress shoe I've purchased in a long time. For the cost of this shoe, the money is well spent. Also for the services that Zappos provided is beyond compare. Their services is outstanding, the staff I've talked to about my order were nice, courteous and professional. I've ordered through Zappos several times now and I tell you their services is number one in my book. I love you Zappos, keep up the great work and outstanding services you provide. Love the shoe and Zappos. Again, thank you Zappos!

Brands I'd also recommend: DC, VANS, CIRCA, ZAPPOS!!!!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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2 people found this review helpful  

February 24, 2008

Grant S

from small town Idaho

Excellent shoe for dress and comfort - I bought this shoe for work--I wear suits daily. It's simple but professional style and look, plus the lace-up, got my attention. The leather sole sold it--I've had bad luck with those rubber donut-hole soles before. The price was OK--more than I usually would spend, but I've been very pleased. And pleasantly surprised with the "out of the box" comfort and wearability. A plus: they arrived within just a couple of days.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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February 6, 2008

David B

from Anchorage, Alaska

Great shoe! Excellent finish and materials. The shoe fits true to size and is very comfortable after only a couple of hours of "break-in". Excellent looking traditional dress shoe goes perfectly with business attire. Zappos support is top notch!

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

Style Rated:5 stars!

 

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January 28, 2008

Anonymous

from Brooklyn, NY

Great shoe - The shoes are lovely and reasonably comfortable for dress shoes. They are on the fancy side, though, so the leather is very shiny. They are also a bit more narrow than average.

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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May 8, 2007

Sd S

from Twin Cities, Minnesota

Caldwell performs superbly - Excellent value and easily conforms to foot. I would recommend this shoe for anyone wanting to run with the big dogs, but not able to drop this much per pair.

Brands I'd also recommend: Cole Haan City

Overall Rated:5 stars!

Comfort Rated:5 stars!

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March 21, 2012

Anonymous

from Denver, CO

A fantastic dress shoe. After a break-in period of maybe 20 or 30 hours in the shoe, I found it to be supportive and very comfortable. Not to mention it's a pretty spiffy looking leather shoe! Because the sole seems to be wearing down rather quickly, I'm only giving it 4 stars overall.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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September 17, 2010

Anonymous

from Indianapolis

I bought these shoes over five years ago to go with my tuxedo (and still be versatile for work). They have held up very well, and I have resoled them once.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

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January 5, 2009

Anonymous

from CT

Beautiful shoe, runs a bit small - I was very impressed with this shoe as soon as I opened the box, but I was disappointed when I tried it on as it was too small. I'm a pretty standard 9.5M, but this shoe had the size of a 9. I compared to other shoes of 9.5 size and it was smaller. I returned this shoe, but I was very happy with the look and construction. I can't really comment on comfort.

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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November 27, 2007

Herb

from Arlington, Va

Pro: Awesome looking shoes. Well made. Con: Size runs small and narrow. Hope the shoes stretch soon or they will not be my "go to" everyday business shoes.

Brands I'd also recommend: Johnson & Murphy

Overall Rated:4 stars!

Comfort Rated:4 stars!

Style Rated:4 stars!

 

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