Paul Evans was founded in 2012 by two young entrepreneurs from Tulane University. Evan Fript and Ben Earley, both finance majors, had recently graduated from college and were working in New York City.
As an investment banker, Evan understood the importance of dressing for success but soon discovered how difficult it was to find quality work shoes for a reasonable price. All of the traditional luxury shoes sold by larger companies were out of Evan’s price range.
Still determined to look fashionable, Evan realized the great need for a direct-to-consumer business model that offered stylish, traditional designs and quality leather. He wanted a brand geared toward millennials that provided them with convenience and value.
Evan succeeded in convincing Ben to help with his new business venture. The two obtained funding from a private investor and launched an e-commerce site for selling their shoes in 2013.
The pair traveled to Europe in search of the ideal shoe manufacturer. After visiting several countries, they discovered a family business in Naples, Italy that was a perfect fit. The chosen company specialized in creating high-quality shoes constructed of Italian calfskin leather.
Initially, Paul Evans offered only Oxford shoes in three styles. The Grant, the Brando and the Cagney were the first designs to hit the market. Their great reception resulted in the launch of additional styles including the Chaplin Loafer, the Stewart Penny Loafer and the Martin Oxford.
Paul Evans continues to grow as their brand gains popularity among young men worldwide. The company’s success is due to their unique approach in the leather shoes industry. Paul Evans offers fine-quality styles, convenience, comfort and competitive price points. Their footwear is shipped directly to the customer and comes with a free shipping, free return policy. In addition to their stylish shoes, Paul Evans now offers leather belts and designer briefcases.