ETU F. EVANS
Celebrity Shoe Designer, Philanthropist & Speaker
Celebrity Shoe Designer, Philanthropist & Speaker
Etu Evans, shoe designer to the stars, is a creator of bespoke footwear that seemingly makes clothes optional. The former behavioral therapist turned shoe therapist, indulgences his elite clientele with caviar, exotic elixirs and stimulating foot massages. Evans has been hailed by Footwear News as the prince of luxe footwear and the new media darling by FashionWindows.com. Timeout New York reports, “his sexy irreverent heels have earned him the nickname Harlem Blahnik, and the shoe fits.” Shuz Magazine has dubbed him as “the strongest contender in the Manolo Blahnik, and the Jimmy Choo arena.” The NY Post agrees; stating: Etu Evans has turned the world upside down on its stiletto heel.” Evans considers himself a life impresario, and creative scholar whose pains have been transfixed into sculptures of passion. Etu’s purple soles and immaculate style have distinguished him from his contemporaries.
The formerly learning disabled student was strongly influenced by his grandmother, Queen Esther, to do anything he put his mind to if he prayed, practiced, and believed in himself. Grandmother Queen Esther would make Etu practice his speeches with her hairbrush as his microphone, and insisted his shoes were shined regularly. As a result of her strong impact on his life, Evans also became heavily influenced by her vibrant collections of shoes, hats, and jewelry. Additionally, Evans’ mother, Rosa, is a creative force in the education field and inspired him to overcome his learning challenges; permitting him to combine creativity with academic pursuits.
Evans is 4.0 graduate of Columbia University with a degree in Applied Behavioral Science and a Cum Laude graduate of South Carolina State University. He pursued his creative studies in continuing education at The Parsons School of Design, as well as in footwear and accessories with an associate degree from The Fashion Institute of Technology; both located in NYC. He is also an adjunct professor at Berkeley College in White Plains, NY. Evans has established and implemented behavioral programs for the affluent in France and Italy. He is a highly sought after speaker and consultant throughout the Eastern seaboard. Les Brown Les Brown is quoted as stating, “ if you have a dream you want to make happen, this is the person you must listen to.”
In 1993, Etu Evans established his LLC, designing millinery and jewelry and has since expanded to included footwear and accessories. The beguiling creations of Etu Evans have captured the attention of Ducatti, Parisian fashionistas and publications such as German Vogue, Harpers Bazaar, Spanish Marie Claire, Essence, GQ, In Style (UK), Women’s Wear Daily, Ebony (30 Leaders of the Fiture), and Black Enterprise. Evans continues to leave footprints on 7th on 6th Fashion shows and his designs have adorned the soles of Hallle Berry, Beyonce, Tyra Banks, Iman, Alex McCord, Danny Glover, Queen Latifah, Erikah Badu and Andre 300, to name a few. He has been featured on the hottest on the Hottest Designer segment of The View, VH1’s The Fabulous Life of Tyra Banks, America’s Next Top Model, Good Morning America, Fox 5’s Good Day New York and Access Hollywood. Evans concedes, “Etu Evans™ is the Republic of Style…the mark of the fashion cognoscenti.” Evans uses his behavioral training to capture the character of his subjects through sensual curves and lines found in the aesthetic of his greyhound mascot. He says,” Shoes are the ultimate narrator. They tell everything about one’s spirit, sex, status and style.” Fashion writer Jennifer Cattaui declares, “Etu’s shoes posses an inexplicable aphrodisiac property much like the sweets de resistance in Chocolat. Women and men alike find lack of control when left amongst the sensuous soles of his shoes.”
The consummate entrepreneur and artistic visionary has been recognized as the Tony Shopping Award recipient from Time Out new York; Crain’s New York Small Business of the Year and Project Enterprise New York Entrepreneur of the Year. He has also been recognized as a Man of influence by the National Urban League, as the face of Martel’s Cognac’s “Rise Above” ad campaign saluting visionary men, and as a Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. He was acknowledged for design excellence in the 2008 “Catch the Designer” campaign. More recently, New York State Senator Bill Perkins presented him a proclamation for outstanding service to the world of fashion.
Evans’ philanthropic efforts were honored by Burger King’s Everyday Heroes National Campaign and by Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc, as the 2nd district Citizen of the Year. He is also a Public Service recipient by New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo. In 1998, the gifted and enigmatic intellectual founded the Solesville Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to helping people get on their feet through shoe and toy drive distributions, and pediatric AIDS prevention and awareness. Solesville is committed to its motto, “ Saving soles one step at a time.” Solesville donates shoes to Africa, South America, the Caribbean and The United States to prevent infectious diseases acquired through foot lesions. Evan’s magnificent obsession is to design a hospital specializing in HIV/AIDS and Podiatry.
Mr. Evans also founded the Etu The Purple Boot initiative, a scientifically CABAS based mentoring, fatherhood initiative, and leadership case study for boys’ ages 7-11 in Harlem and Westchester, NY, Maryland, Atlanta and South Carolina. For Etu’s next steps follow his purple footprints.