The style of a dress shoe meets the support of a trainer.
It's rare that a shoe can seamlessly transition from work to workout without feeling like it's far better suited for one over the other. Cole Haan's fresh drop, the Zerogrand All-day Trainer, however, is quite the contender.
Some of the brand's classic styles — like the Tali Bow Ballet Flat and the Zerogrand Oxford — are already beloved by travelers for their comfort and versatility. These are shoes you can wear for a business meeting or a casual day of gallery hopping, but the new sneaker takes the brand a step further (puns always intended) into fitness footwear territory.
And while the concept of a “dress sneaker” isn't necessarily new, the execution is near-perfect with the All-day Trainer. They'll just as easily add character to a monochromatic, cropped ankle suit as they would prop up your favorite leggings and sports bra combo. While we're at it, they're a prime contender for the dress-and-sneakers look come spring, too.
Style notes aside, let's talk technical features. Each make of the All-day Trainer is built around a super supportive insole, which incorporates a proprietary leather heel chassis for 360-degree support, a compression-molded foam footbed, and a cored-out rubber outsole to keep things lightweight. All this adds up to a bouncy step that doesn't feel bulky to walk on. They've even been tested in a multitude of interval training workouts — from weight lifting to jumping rope and more — and the silhouette has remained sharp enough for any office.
Men's Zerogrand All-day Trainer
To buy: colehaan.com, $220 (available in six colorways)
Women's Zerogrand All-day Trainer
To buy: colehaan.com, $150 (available in five colorways)
For women, there is also a slip-on, sock-boot silhouette (colehaan.com, $150), which incorporates the same performance features, but ups the trend quotient.