The following is a featured post for Paul Evans. All opinions and thoughts are my own, they just want to make sure their goods are seen by you. Fair?

Hey Gents,

7_22_13_PaulEvans_Shot9_0001Shoes are one of the things I encourage you to spend a bit more on, because when making a wise purchase, they tend to last longer and look great throughout the years (assuming you take proper care of them).

When you’re buying shoes at a higher ($300+) price point, you have to be somewhat of a connoisseur. You learn about the details, and you look for specific qualities.

Most likely you’re interested in top quality calfskin leather uppers, leather lining, and leather soles.

You probably shudder thinking of shoes finished in anything other than Goodyear Welt or Blake construction (although you shouldn’t, but we’ll save that for another article).

You research options that have the best craftsmanship, quality, and style… all, of course, at a (relatively) decent price point.

Though, if you’re in the market for a quality pair, you’re willing to spend a bit more.

There are a few brands to consider in this price range: Allen Edmonds, Loake 1880, Magnanni, and To Boot New York, to name a few.

But let me introduce you to one more: Paul Evans—a relative newcomer to the shoe game—founded in 2012. Paul Evans makes high-end calfskin dress shoes using Blake and Goodyear welted construction.

General thoughts and observations

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The folks at Paul Evans sent me a pair of The Cagney (on loan) to check out in closer detail. The Cagney model is actually made in Spain, while The Brando and The Grant are made in Italy.

The Cagney is Goodyear Welt constructed, while the other two are Blake constructed. (Still unsure of the differences? Read more here and here, if you are so inclined.)

The shoes come nicely packaged and include a branded burgundy shoe bag, great for storage (keeps the dust off) or traveling (keeps the scratches away).

Out of the box, it’s quite an attractive shoe. It features a clean finished cap toe with no visible stitching, which contributes to this model’s elegant, formal look. The vamp is also clean finished (good call, Paul Evans).

You know how I always preach about noticing and relishing in the little details of your clothing? This is the kind of thing I’m talking about. I love when I find little details that set a garment, shoe, or accessory apart from the rest.

Even if the lack of visible stitching isn’t your thing, your clothing should have features, hidden or otherwise, that you like about them.

The Cagney’s leather color is something else entirely. It’s listed as burgundy, though depending on how the light hits, its color shifts slightly from a dark brown, to a burgundy, to an eggplant shade.

This wouldn’t affect how you wear the shoe (and what you wear it with), it’s simply something to notice and admire. Again, the little details.

Finally

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What Paul Evans may currently lack in terms of selection (due to newness in the game), it makes up for in shape and color.

The shoes’ silhouettes are more modern, sleek, and trend-forward (in a good way), and colorways such as oxblood and burgundy provide something a bit different from your usual choices. Even the dark brown color of The Grant model has a certain richness to it, unlike the flat brown color I’ve seen in comparable cap toes.

In summary, Paul Evans is a good alternative worth exploring if you’re in the market for a nice dress shoe, and if you want something other than the typical brands at this price point.

A little something for EG readers

By the way, Paul Evans is providing $50 off to all EG readers; just use code EFFORTLESSGENT13 at checkout. They offer free shipping and free returns, so if you’re even the least bit curious, there’s no risk in checking out the shoes out for yourself.

Shop Paul Evans here.