Cole Haan has shed its ultra-conservative image and turned out some alluringly sexy shoes that transition from desk to dusk. I’m ringing in the brand’s 80th anniversary with the Penny Air High Moc, high heel penny loafers equipped with Nike Air technology. I plan to wear them on the town this weekend, paired with a fringed mini dress (consider it my own tribute to Cole Haan’s jazz-era roots).
Last night—amidst intrepid shutterbugs—I got a glimpse of the rest of the very sweet fall 2008 collection. A private dinner party was held at San Francisco’s Spruce, hosted by Cole Haan’s charming Design Director Paul Overfield and jewelry designer Anna Sheffield. Sheffield is the New York-based accessories prodigy who has ever-so-brilliantly re-imagined a series of pennies to complement Cole Haan’s fresh crop of loafers and penny keeper clutches. She’s a study in edgy-elegance (her ladylike updo and glamorous baubles belie her colorful tattoos) and proof positive that you needn’t always wear a white blouse, cardigan, blazer or pencil skirt to pull off American classic footwear.
To check out the latest confections from Cole Haan, visit www.colehaan.com