The Paul Evans brand recently proved that a simple pair of fashionable dress shoes can change a person’s entire life. During the week of November 16th, the company gave eight New York City homeless men new lace-style dress italian shoes handcrafted with high-end Italian leather.
The men were in need of new clothing and accessories: They were chosen to have their photographs displayed in a non-profit gallery exhibit called “Through the Eyes of the Homeless.” The exhibit was part of a larger project designed by the New York City Department of Homeless Services in partnership with The Heart Gallery to raise awareness about the lives of the more than three thousand homeless people who live in the city. It was also designed to empower the men chosen for the program.
Each man was given a special mentor-ship by a professional photographer and a digital camera. After their lessons, the men were told to take photos of interesting and engaging aspects of their lives in the city that are not usually seen by most non-homeless people. They were then aided by their mentors in picking photographs for the exhibit that showed off these hidden areas, their abilities and their new skills.
Ben Earley and Evan Fript, the founders of Paul Evans, decided to give the men Paul Evans dress shoes as a gift because they believed it would help the men “look their best” on the opening day of the exhibit. They also believed that the shoes would serve as an important job search aid. As noted in the original press release on PR Newswire, one of the men, Reggie, stated that the Paul Evans’ donation helped build his confidence. He also believed that the dress shoes would help any potential employers he planned to interview with in the future have a similar confidence in him.
Paul Evans is a New York City brand. All Paul Evans shoes are designed in the city and then produced in Naples in a family-operated facility. The shoes are well-known for being crafted by hand. Paul Evans then sells to customers via an online portal.