I love shoes and I love finding a good deal – both for my clients and myself – but I would never recommend buying a pair of shoes without trying them on first. For this reason online shoe shopping has never been on my radar. So when I heard about two new men’s shoe companies that are taking a cost saving, cut-out-the middleman kind of approach, while offering high-quality stylish men’s footwear that you can try before you buy, I was intrigued and I thought you’d want to be in on the secret.
Paul Drish and Jack Erwin both recently launched showrooms in lower Manhattan where customers can try on every style of shoe available, but, because there’s no on-site inventory, you place your order online and get it delivered directly to you home or office.
Paul Drish shoes is a collection of 26 styles such as wingtips, loafers, and monkstraps, all with a contemporary flare. It's a spin off of the 25-year-old parent company, Drish Shoes, which also manufactures footwear for many of the high-end European designers. The Tribeca Showroom opened in early November with their online site launching soon after. The appointment only showroom has a speakeasy vibe and on the night of the launch (it just happens to be in the same building where I live so I had an easy commute) there was a bar with Milano Green Vodka cocktails, shoe shiners from men’s groomer John Allen and, of course, a gorgeous display of men’s shoes. Prices range from $200-$395 for shoes that are extremely high quality, stylish and would cost you closer to a grand if you were shopping at more traditional men’s stores.
Dress-shoe brand Jack Erwin opened their showroom, The Fitting Room, in Tribeca on November 13. While the showroom is more like a traditional shop with a street-level store front on a cobblestone street, as opposed to Paul Drish’ appointment only loft, the concept is similar. Handcrafted in Spain with full-grain leather from Italy and France, Jack Erwin’s styles are classic and classy. A suede driving loafer will run you $95, a streamlined Chelsea boot $210 and cap-toe oxford for $195. (Talk about a steal!) And in case you didn’t get it right when you tried it on in-person, they make the deal sweeter by offering free shipping and free returns.
Need advice on what shoes to wear with which outfit or what style to purchase next? Feel free to reach out anytime.