The eyes may be the windows to the soul, but ask anyone with even a passing interest in style, and they’ll tell you it’s the shoes where you get the real measure of a man.
So, of course, it stands to reason not to want to get off on the wrong foot when building a solid rotation of footwear. But quality shoes can be surprisingly hard to come by. Even more so when you’re aiming to buy a pair without having to remortgage the family home.
This is where New York-based Paul Evans enters the arena. Founded in 2012, the brand is the creation of two former Big Apple investment bankers who saw the need for high-end footwear without the fuss. Equipped with plane tickets and a vision, these menswear mavericks set out in search of the perfect partners to bring their idea to life. After collaborating with factories in six different countries, their journey led them to Italy – a country synonymous with crafting fine footwear.
It’s here, a stone’s throw away from Mount Vesuvius, in the Gulf of Naples, inside a factory of highly accomplished artisans, that Paul Evans shoes are crafted using traditional techniques passed down from generation to generation. What followed was nothing short of a footwear revolution, which would soon spread to more than 100 countries around the world.
And now you can join them, saving a further $50 (£35) off any pair of its masterful shoes or boots by using the code FASHIONBEANS50 at the checkout.
Why Paul Evans?
From day one, the Paul Evans goal was simple: create superior quality shoes using only the best hand-picked leather, by the skilled hands of the finest shoemakers, and then deliver them direct to door, eliminating the middleman. For the consumer, this unique approach means a more personal experience as well as savings of up to 65 per cent compared with traditional heritage brands selling through retailers.
Price isn’t the only box the brand is ticking. Every shoe produced is Blake stitched, a superior construction method that ensures numerous benefits, including increased sole flexibility for exceptional comfort, a sleeker aesthetic, and ease of resoling for years of wear. Look after them well, and they’ll likely still be kicking about long after you.
What really sets this sartorial disruptor apart from the rest, however, is the breathtaking finish. From its whole-cut Oxfords to its double monk-straps, each expertly crafted pair of Paul Evans shoes is hand-painted by experienced workers, resulting in a patina that is truly unlike any other. If you’re a guy who likes to get noticed for all the right reasons – which obviously, you are – there is no better option out there to meet your footwear needs.
Put simply, this is high-end footwear, without the hassle or the high-end cost. Plus, with free shipping and a 365-day returns policy, you can try a pair in the comfort of your own home before you commit.
Paul Evans has achieved in bringing together elements of two equally stylish, yet utterly different parts of the world, to glorious effect. The slick, polished New York aesthetic, coupled with the heritage and refinement of Italy’s shoemaking industry is a match made in style heaven. So treat yourself to a pair, and you can be sure you won’t put a foot out of place, anywhere in the world.
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