Paul Evans Shoes
I was contacted several months ago by Paul Evans and asked to check their shoes out and write up my thoughts. They’re a fairly new shoe company based in New York that produces some nice high quality Goodyear welted shoes made in Italy.
The look of the shoes they sent along are quite stunning; the shape of the last is sleek and feels quite contemporary, and the high polish and burnish to the toes is a beautiful touch. The quality of the leather seems quite nice as well, but I can’t say how they would hold up to the test of time and various levels of care in the long run. Paul Evans currently offers only three models (all very nice looking), and each comes in only one color. Though I’m sure they’ll offer more models in the future, I would have liked to see one Derby amongst the initial offerings. That, however, is just my personal preference, as I prefer a slightly more casual look.
Though quite handsome, Paul Evans enters the market at a price point ($350) that places them in competition with other brands that have built up a reputation over time for quality and durability—this especially so given the vastness of the internet marketplace, full as it is with flash sales, e-auctions, gently used merchandise, and many other forms of discount off of retail prices. It’s not hard to find shoes that retail for $500 for $350 nowadays.
I hesitate to recommend a shoe at $350 without knowing how they might wear over time, but I’d say that if you’re in the market for some nice new dress shoes, $350 is within your price range, and you like the looks that Paul Evans offers, then definitely order a pair to compare with the other brands and models in your local brick and mortars that you’re weighing in your search. Shipping is free both ways, so there’s not much risk in the proposition. Also, I think one should luxuriate in the act of buying a new pair of shoes—especially an expensive pair—so awaiting the arrival of some Paul Evans can only prolong the delight of the experience.