The Internet has undoubtedly changed the world. And the world of men’s fashion is no exception. It is no secret that men have not made a past time of traditional brick-and-mortar shopping like their female counterparts. But, thanks to online consumerism, men’s fashion is experiencing a renaissance. Two individuals in particular were tired of the traditional retail experience. Benjamin Earley and Evan Fript first met in college and, upon realizing how few options men have in terms of luxury footwear and how very expensive those few options are, decided to venture into making and selling the world’s most stylish, comfortable, and affordable men’s shoes.
They say fashion comes at a price. But that price is now a bit more manageable and looking good more accessible thanks to Benjamin and Evan. They founded their Paul Evans brand of men’s leather italian shoes in 2012 and launched the Paul Evans NY e-commerce site in August 2013. During their journey, Benjamin and Evan were led to a factory in Naples, Italy where shoe making is a generations-old tradition. At first, they offered three different styles of men’s oxfords, soon expanding, in 2014, to include penny loafers, Martin whole-cut oxfords, and suede tassel loafers. In 2015, they began offering 16 different styles of men’s shoes and expanded their line to include men’s leather belts and briefcases as well.