In my last post, I briefly discussed the importance of incorporating quality footwear into your wardrobe. Fortunately, I have been lucky enough to find some quality shoes from local thrift stores. However, I am well aware that this good fortune does not happen often. Also, I know others might not be as comfortable purchasing their shoes secondhand. Therefore, I scoured the Internet in search of some quality footwear. After browsing various menswear related sites, I came across a relatively new line of luxury men’s footwear by the name of Paul Evans.
After reading the company’s story, I decided to reach out to the owners and request an interview. They graciously accepted my offer and provided me a pair of Brando’s to test drive. The Brando is a semi-brogue oxford shoe comprised of Italian calfskin leather uppers, matching leather soles, and leather lining. They are also Blake constructed, which means that they can get resoled once the original sole wears down. This of course is an important aspect to consider when purchasing shoes, because no matter how cautious one is with their shoes, the soles will eventually wear down and need replacing. Paul Evans currently offers only three models in one color each. The Cagney, The Grant, and The Brando (pictured below). However, during our conversation I learned that they have more styles coming up in the near future. Check out their Fall/Winter 2014 collection here. I am particularly fond of the Chelsea boots and suede tassel loafers.
For the quality of the leather, the sleek design, the overall comfort, as well as the high polish and burnish, it is no surprise that these shoes are priced at $350. However, Speaking as a former “Sneaker Head”, I would definitely consider these as an investment, and a much smarter investment than my once coveted pair of OG Royal Blue Air Foamposite One’s. Also, once you consider the fact that they are produced in the same factory as Louis Vuitton and A. Testoni shoes, their price point is actually quite reasonable.
Coat by Pendleton (thrift), Blazer by Stafford, Tie by Ralph Lauren, Shirt by H&M, Pants by Ralph Lauren, Shoes by Courtesy of Paul Evans, Shoe Covers by Totes
Lastly, just in case you thought I would actually wear these beauties in the snow without protection, you thought wrong. These are a pair of black rubber shoe covers. They protect your shoes from snow, salt and the inevitable heel drag.