Who should buy the Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot

The Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot is a sturdy hiking boot best recommended for:

  • anyone who is looking for a fashionable and waterproof boot for casual wear and outdoor adventures
  • day hiking and urban hiking

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Offers versatility: for casual and trail adventures

If you are into exemplary hiking boots, particularly those that blur the line between casual shoes and trail kicks—then this footgear is for you.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot Offers versatility

While that may sound enticing enough to encourage you to buy one, there is more to the Zerogrand Hiker Boot than meets the eye.

The Zerogrand Hiker Boot offers water protection

Membrane-free water protection – The shoe relies on its treated leather upper to do the heavy lifting waterproofing-wise. This means that you get dry feet minus the added weight of a liner.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot offers water protection

Reinforced rear – With its stitched-on back part overlay, your heel will have sufficient support on rugged paths.

Insufficient traction on wet surfaces 

"I do not recommend this hiking boot" is how one critic feels about this shoe in terms of surface traction (particularly on wet grass and rocky terrain).

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot Insufficient traction on wet surfaces 

It could be more scratch-resistant, says an expert. Trail-goers find the Zerogrand Hiker Boot too restrictive around the forefoot. 

Easier forward momentum

This design choice provides an extra-flexible forefoot for easier forward momentum, which puts a burst in your stride when needed.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot Easier forward momentum

A feature normally seen in approach shoes, the Zerogrand Hiker Boot’s smooth yet rubberized toe zone allows for more smearing control.

Ineffective deep grooves design

Smearing is a climbing maneuver that requires the front end of the outsole to press and “smear” on a slab or low-grade boulder.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot Ineffective deep grooves

Possible causes for concern: The outsole’s deep grooves can get caked with mud or trapped in rocky debris, lessening the shoe's sticking performance as a result.

Short tongue gusset

The tongue gusset is quite short, which can lead to seepage if the water level is an inch higher than the ankle.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot Short tongue gusset

Gear pundits agree that the Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot is exceptionally comfortable. When it comes to waterproofing capability, critics are impressed with the boot’s watertight confines.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot is a comfortable boot

This Cole Haan hiker will not weigh you down, based on a professional review. The cushy gel flooring underneath its lightly padded footbed provides remarkable cushioning underfoot, a vlogger says.

Cole Haan Zerogrand Hiker Boot a comfortable boot

The Zerogrand Hiker Boot being true-to-size is a definite plus for a seasoned tester. The boot’s women’s version is more affordable than the men’s, with or without a discount.

Facts / Specs

Weight: Men 709g / Women 680g
Use: Day Hiking, Urban hiking
Cut: Mid cut
Features: Orthotic friendly / Removable insole
Waterproofing: Waterproof
Width: Normal, Wide / Normal
BRAND Brand: Cole Haan

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Author
Paul Ronto
Paul Ronto

Over the past 20 years, Paul has climbed, hiked, and run all over the world. He has summited peaks throughout the Americas, trekked through Africa, and tested his endurance in 24-hour trail races as well as 6 marathons. On average, he runs 30-50 miles a week in the foothills of Northern Colorado. His research is regularly cited in The New York Times, Washington Post, National Geographic, etc. On top of this, Paul is leading the running shoe lab where he cuts shoes apart and analyzes every detail of the shoes that you might buy.