Cole Haan’s OriginalGrand Tour golf shoe delivers in a big way when it comes to its classic, traditional style, which stands out as unique in today’s marketplace. But the OriginalGrand Tour also has plenty of substance to accompany that style, impressing when it comes to comfort, stability, and traction as well.
Eye-catching, classic design
Impressive from a traction standpoint
Ample cushioning for comfort
Stable and supportive
Traditional style might not appeal to everyone
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Cole Haan OriginalGrand Tour Shoe Review
If I’m being honest, it was only recently that I discovered Cole Haan had reentered the golf shoe market after a lengthy absence. I’ve had several pairs of Cole Haan dress shoes through the years and been pleased with every pair I’ve owned, so I was definitely looking forward to testing the newest Cole Haan golf shoe, the OriginalGrand Tour.
Upon unboxing the shoes when they arrived, my first impression was … wow! Simply put, these shoes are visually stunning. The premium, leather uppers oozed quality and the detailing incorporated into the design was thorough and impressive. There are three color options available in the OriginalGrand Tour – white, black, and a white/black combo. I was sent the white version, which took me back to a time when the most popular and best golf shoes (opens in new tab) looked like classic wingtips.
Of course, anyone who decades ago wore classic, leather golf shoes like the ones I’m describing also knows how heavy they could be, with their metal spikes not helping the cause. Even the most comfortable pairs could take a toll on your feet after rounds because of their sheer weight. The OriginalGrand Tour wasn’t heavy at all, however. It looked like an old-school classic but in hand felt like a modern athletic shoe from a weight standpoint.
Upon putting the shoes on for the first time, their cushioning stood out immediately from a comfort standpoint. I would also say that if anything they ran slightly large from a size standpoint, most notably in terms of width. There was ample room in the midfoot and heel sections, making the OriginalGrand Tour an option worth exploring for players with wide feet (opens in new tab).
On the course for the first time, the shoes did feel a bit rigid out of the box, and it probably took about 27 holes for me to feel as though they had fully broken in. After that, however, the comfort I’d expect from a high-end golf shoe was present, and I had no issues with foot soreness during or after rounds.
From a performance standpoint, the OriginalGrand Tour also impressed. The TPU outsole’s traction pattern and soft spike positioning combined to provide impressive traction in wet conditions and from uneven lies, of which there are many at my club, and the shoes also offered significant stability and support during golf swings and while walking between shots.
The OriginalGrand Tour golf shoes are also waterproof, and while I didn’t have the chance to do any testing in the rain, I did play early one morning when the grass was covered in heavy dew and my feet stayed completely dry.
I also wore these shoes on a couple of very warm days and found them to breathe well. I was concerned that my feet might get hot given the leather uppers, but that wasn’t the case and they exceeded my expectations in that regard. I’d also add that the shoes cleaned up well after play, although I would advise staying on top of that task, especially in the all-white colorway.
There’s plenty to like about the OriginalGrand Tour, which retails for $200 and is a great option in the spiked golf shoe (opens in new tab) category. I loved the throwback look and believe these shoes are incredibly stylish, but I would also expect that the more traditional design won’t appeal to everyone. Beyond the aesthetics, they were comfortable after a modest break-in period, stable and supportive, and the traction they delivered was exceptional. As mentioned, I found them to run a bit wide, so that’s worth keeping in mind, but overall this is a quality offering from Cole Haan.
Chris joined Golf Monthly in February of 2022, becoming the organization’s first full-time staff writer in the United States. In his role at Golf Monthly, Chris reviews a broad spectrum of golf equipment, ranging from the latest in golf clubs to what’s new in the world of golf technology. His vast experience in the game allows him to look beyond the marketing hype to judge the merits of the latest equipment for golfers of all ability levels. As for the trend in golf equipment that Chris has been most impressed with in recent years, the Players Distance Iron category would earn that distinction, as golfers now have far better options for irons that provide the assistance that so many need in terms of distance and forgiveness without forcing them to sacrifice look and feel.
On a personal level, Chris played college golf and was a three-year letterwinner and two-year captain at Lynchburg College in Virginia and later spent two years as the assistant golf coach at the University of Virginia. The vast majority of his professional career, however, has been spent as a sports writer and editor. In the early phases of his career, he covered college football, college basketball, and golf for different newspapers and websites before turning his attention solely to golf in 2011. Over the course of the past decade, Chris managed the Instruction Blog for GolfChannel.com and more recently created equipment-related content for TGW.com and 2ndSwing.com.
An avid player, Chris currently maintains a handicap index of 2.4 and has a career-low round of 66, which he has shot on three occasions. He lives about 20 miles north of Atlanta in Roswell, Georgia, with his wife, Stacey, and is a member at Atlanta National Golf Club.
Chris is currently playing:
Driver: Callaway Epic Sub Zero, 10.5*
Fairway wood: TaylorMade M3, 17*
Hybrid: Callaway Apex UW, 19*
Irons: Mizuno JPX 921 Forged, 4-PW
Gap wedge: Cleveland RTX 4, 50*
Sand wedge: Titleist Vokey SM6, 56M
Lob wedge: Titleist Vokey SM8, 60L
Putter: SeeMore Nashville Z3C
Ball: TaylorMade TP5x
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