Paul Evans (brand)

Paul Evans is a digitally-native New York City-based menswear brand, best known for its collection of luxury footwear.[1] The company was founded by Evan Fript and Benjamin Earley in 2012.[2] It is vertically integrated and sells internationally into 100 countries around the world, directly to consumers online.[2] The shoes are handmade in Naples, Italy.[3][4]

Paul Evans
IndustryE-commerce, footwear
FoundedAugust 2013
  • Evan Fript
Area served
ProductsDesigner men's shoes


Evan Fript and Benjamin Earley began their careers working in finance in New York City.[5] The idea for the brand originated as the two realized how expensive traditional men's luxury shoes were and how few brand options existed.[6]

Fript and Earley founded the Paul Evans brand in 2012,[7] and launched the e-commerce website in August 2013.[8] The company received seed funding from a group of young investors in 2013 to fund the first few factory orders.[8]

Fript and Earley looked at different European manufacturers in Spain, Italy and Portugal, and selected a family-owned factory in Naples that produces other internationally known brands in the industry.[2]


Paul Evans is a vertically integrated menswear brand that sells its Italian luxury footwear internationally directly to the consumer. The brand first released three cap-toe oxfords, including the Brando, the Cagney and the Grant, all made from Italian calfskin.[3] In 2014, the brand introduced three additional styles including the Stewart penny loafer, the Martin whole-cut oxford and the Chaplin suede tassel loafer.[9] By 2015, the company produced 16 styles of men's shoes.[10] Paul Evans' shoes have been featured by Forbes,[11] Refinery29,[12] and Esquire Magazine.[1]


  1. ^ a b Max Berlinger (14 November 2013). "Shoe Porn: Paul Evans Semi-Brogues". Esquire Magazine. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b c Katie Chang (5 May 2014). "Rules of Shoes: Paul Evans' Founders Ben Earley and Evan Fript on How to Buy and Care For Your Kicks". Details. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  3. ^ a b Marissa Mule (1 August 2014). "Paul Evans Shoes Take a Step in the Right Direction". New York Observer. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  4. ^ "Men: When It Comes To Being Stylish, Start With Your Shoes". Huffington Post. 26 September 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  5. ^ Linette Lopez (10 June 2014). "Two Finance Guys Have Created The Ultimate Solution For Men's Shoes". Business Insider. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  6. ^ Jill Newman (21 August 2014). "Paul Evans Puts Its Best Foot Forward". Robb Report. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  7. ^ "Take A Walk in Paul Evans' Handsome Shoes". Effortless Gent. 2013. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Digital Menswear Startup Paul Evans Looks to Bring Down the Cost of Luxury Dress Shoes". Modern Fellows. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  9. ^ Sabir M Peele (3 June 2014). "Paul Evans Shoes Launches S/S '14 Collection". MSP Daily. Men's StylePro. Retrieved 23 November 2014.
  10. ^ "Start-up thinks outside the (shoe)box". CNBC. January 28, 2015. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  11. ^ Larry Olmsted (November 29, 2014). "Holiday Gift Guide For Fitness; Good Living". Forbes. Retrieved November 19, 2015.
  12. ^ "33 Gifts For Every Man In Your Life". Refinery29. Retrieved November 19, 2015.

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