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Shoes: The Oxblood Captoe by Paul Evans

Shoes: The Oxblood Captoe by Paul Evans

Paul Evans NY Oxblood Captoe

You’ll start to notice that the men’s footwear market in US is really starting to take off. You’ve got big-box, bespoke & boutique footwear lines not only popping up everywhere, but, they’re producing some quality pieces. This fall, a brand to really take notice of is Paul Evans. The brand was founded by two graduates from Tulane University with a goal bringing European crafted dress shoes that really catch everyone’s eye. The brand is strictly an e-commerce (at the moment), but, I am sure there are plans for a brick & mortar location if things really take off. 

One of the more exciting things about the autumn season is the reintroduction to warmer colors in the transitioning foliage and our apparel. Burnt oranges, forest greens and our favorite oxblood really take center stage in the sartorial color palette and we are especially fond of the oxblood color in regard to footwear. This post features The Brando, Leather Oxblood Captoe dress shoe by Paul Evans.  It’s not often that we really geek out about a pair of shoes, but, these oxblood captoes are beautiful crafted and extremely versatile.

The Paul Evans Brando Oxblood Captoe Review & Style Tips

  • Structurely: This shoe is constructed in the Blake Style (What Does That Mean). This means that the outsole is stitched directly to the insole (makes the shoe lighter and flexible). This style of construction is primarily used by Italian footwear makers. In a dress shoes, flexibility is ideal especially if you plan to wear them from 9 to 5. I’ve taken these shoes on several runs around town and they are surprisingly comfortable.
  • The deep oxblood color is a great complement to heavy wool and more texture fabric like denim. Easy color complements are navy blue and dark greys, however; more advance complements to the oxblood shoes are  lighter greys, khaki and olive-green.
  • The streamline structure of these shoes are the perfect complement for any suited look, but, thinking about pairing these shoes with a more casual denim or cargo pants for a bit of juxtaposition. 
  • These shoes are pretty true to size. If you’re a 10, then, get a 10. 
  • If you are pairing other “red” leathers with these shoes (ie. my red MJ jacket below), opt for a gradient slight darker or lighter than the shoes. 
  • Be aware that people will like these shoes, so do a bit of research on them so you know what you’re talking about when they ask. 
  • We really like these shoes, primarily because of the deep oxblood color, sleek silhouette, and its light-weight quality.  

Heavy Suiting

Jack Wills Suit on Sabir M. Peele

Darrock Wool Chalk Stripe Suit by Jack Wills

Jack Wills Suit on Sabir M. Peele

 Burgundy Cotton Knit Tie by Nautica | Custom Check Shirt by Ratio Clothing | Wool “Ketchup” Pocket Square by Armstrong & Wilson | Rose Gold Watch by Michael Kors

Jack Wills Suit on Sabir M. Peele


Leather Is Better


Aviator Sunglass by Joseph Marc via | Short Sleeve Henley Shirt by Barque |


Sabir Peele in Oxblood Leather Jacket from Urban Outfitters

Kill City Vegan Oxblood Leather Jacket via Urban Outfitters | Mesh Band Silver Watch by Timex | Slide Belt by J.Crew | Dark Wash 521’s by Levi’s  (now the 508’s)

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Suits & Sneakers

Sabir Peele in Oxblood Leather Jacket from Urban Outfitters


Sabir Peele in Paul Evans NY Brando Captoe in OxbloodThe Brando Oxblood Captoe Shoe by Paul Evans

Photography: Marina T. Peele @Cantwinklefty




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  • Here is my experience with PaulEvansNy for what it is worth.

    I bought two pairs of shoes from them and two belts. Unfortunately, their products, especially the shoes are of “subpar quality” and after only using Saphir Renovateur “the finish” started to strip and the color of my shoes weren’t the original color anymore. (great shoeshine care guide on The original non-dyed nude color began to show underneath the black finish. (email me if you want pictures. I even have the rude emails I received from the co-founder, Ben Earley. Ben and Evan need to hire professionals to handle their email communication as Ben’s correspondence with me has shown a lack of professionalism.) These guys are sourcing direct from Naples and clearly getting fleeced on quality. Unfortunately, they are too blind to consider it a possibility. I suggested for them to check their “quality control” on the dyeing process but their co-founder, Ben (replies in emails with his Wall street Dbag attitude) would not consider that as being possible and explained that to me through a pleasant email.

    This is a direct quote from co-founder Ben in our email communication and he says (verbatim), “There’s no reason to be using product this early in their life. This is absolutely not a problem with our shoes. That looks like Saphir Renovateur. Why are you using that at all at this point? The calf that provided the leather was literally recently killed and the shoes were produced just this year. These are as fresh and brand new, top notch, handcrafted Italian shoes as you’ll find. There’s no reason to over product them with some french cream crap for a long time. I reject the notion that because you’re using “the best” polish or wax that the problems are ours. Ben”

    Apparently, the fine leather shoes from paulevansny cannot be polished and any issues with the leather must not have to do with the crap quality of product they are selling. Instead of taking some accountability or even researching the matter, one of the co-founders got defensive and blamed this “french cream crap” that is higher in quality than a $8 shoeshine you would receive at a place that shines shoes. I mean, Saphir has only been produced since 1925 so for them to be in business for around 90 years it would strike me as odd if that were what was stripping PaulEvansNy cheap shoes of their finish. That’s the kind of “customer service” you can expect from a sham company with an inferior product such as paulevansny.

    if you want pictures or just the complete string of email communication between myself and this horrid company, please do reach out to me. (Yes this is my first post. I must have been treated quite poorly for me to sign up to share this info. Just some food for thought.)


    • Oliver, you’re putting in a lot of work just to needlessly trash us. If this continues, I’ll be emailing your place of work the racist things you said to me in your email.

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