Etu Evans Lowers Cost, Upgrades Quality
By// Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
According to Etu Evans, low prices often translate to poor quality when it comes to footwear. “A lot of the shoes that are less expensive have bottoms that aren’t leather, so when it rains that material cracks,” explains the designer whose handiworks have graced the feet of Beyoncé, Queen Latifah, Steve Harvey and Andre 3000.
Just as committed to keeping Average Joes and Janes well-heeled, Evans has been refurbishing and gifting shoes through his Solesville foundation since 1998 — splitting donations between those in general need and global efforts to assist people living with AIDS.
JET: In addition to your signature purple bottoms, what’s special about an Etu Evans shoe?
ETU EVANS: I hand carve my heels myself before taking them to the factory. I paint, I silk-screen… A lot of personal touches and love go into it.
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