In the twenty-first century, the names of shoe designers from Jimmy Choo to Manolo Blahnik easily crop up in conversations, but shoe designers did not always enjoy such notoriety, nor did shoes always hold as much prevalence in a woman’s wardrobe. Evins (1907-1991) was the first American shoe designer to receive name recognition and managed to carve a niche in the upper-end of the market. Clients who traditionally traveled to Europe for fashionable footwear found Evins’s unique, custom made shoes right in New York. Evins, known for his quiet, elegant demeanor and discretion, found himself professionally and socially welcomed by the upper-class elite.
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