Right now, is a marvelous time to be a woman because right now is an incredible time to be a man, at least when it comes to fashion. Gone are the grungy days of watching your boyfriend crawl out of the bed with only ten minutes for a shower and out the door, thereby precipitating the action of throwing on whatever is found piled on the floor that hasn’t been worn for three days in a row and may or may not smell like stale Axe body spray. No ma’am, these days men are starting to realize it’s fun to play dress up, to be a gentleman, and to take pride in their appearance. They are starting to realize how good it feels to wear nice things and to actually look the part of that “mad man” they aspire to be. A revival in traditional men’s grooming habits, like going to the barber on a weekly basis for a hot shave and a well maintained coiffure is also bringing about a welcomed revival in men’s fashion and the processes used to create that fashion. After all, who wants to have a caviar and Champaign head when it’s been set on a body of ramen noodles?
There’s something to be said for being timeless and being the embodiment of a true gentleman. But, just because your man is legit, doesn’t mean he can’t also have casual days. The right pair of italian shoes can make or break your wardrobe. This is why doing your research and choosing versatile and classic pieces that will stay with your man for the long haul is important. I’d rather buy my husband one incredible pair of Paul Evans “Martin Wholecuts” so that every time he puts them on he remembers who gave him that feeling of looking like a million bucks, than have to replace a worn out pair of kicks every couple of months. This simple, elegant, Italian calfskin shoe is his favorite pair. He tells me he feels like James Bond every time he puts them on. For the days when my husband isn’t pretending to be 007, I purchased the Paul Evans High-Top Sneaker, which is totally on trend this year.
Why Paul Evans for both pairs? The short answer, quality. Yes, buying a pair of grown-up shoes is an investment in yourself or your significant other, but it’s also an investment in the global community. I know that I am paying for the finest materials available, I’m assuring the continued production of well-crafted products, and the livelihood of centuries old family businesses. I love this company: charge a fair price, produce an incredible product, and cut out the greedy middleman.