“Saving soles one step at a time…
Helping people get on their feet…”
Believing that footwear is the cornerstone of one’s aesthetic, Solesville- The Etu Evans Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to abetting the academic and creative endeavors of individuals, by providing them with quality footwear to help enhance their quality of life in the United States, Africa, the Caribbean, South America, and the Middle East. We are committed to “Saving soles, one step at a time…Helping people get on their feet.” Our motto is achieved through our 2 Footsteps to Change Initiative which includes International Shoe Drives, Distribution, and Training; and Pediatric AIDS Treatment, Research and Prevention.
Mr. Evans uses shoes as a catalyst to impact the world; particularly after hearing childhood stories from his grandparents on how having shoes were a luxury, having had to walk several miles to school and to town in shoes with linoleum and cardboard in the bottom to prevent their socks from getting wet or feet injured. Etu has been creating “high-heeled” success to inspire others to put their best foot forward, and to join the Sole Patrol in achieving social and economic equality around the world.
Founder and celebrity footwear designer Etu Evans concedes, “One pair of shoes changed Cinderella’s life forever.” The right footwear can affect one’s posture and instill confidence. The Solesville Foundation began in 1998 when Mr. Evans served as the Assistant Director for the Institute of Youth Entrepreneurship (IYE). One of his students observed his footwear, and exclaimed, “I wish I had shoes like that.” Mr. Evans then took off his Gucci loafers and gave them to this young man, with the promise of him demonstrating academic excellence. It was then that Evans noticed how many of his students lacked the appropriate footwear for job interviews, motivating him to collect shoes from off the streets of Harlem, repair them, and offer the upgrades to his students and the homeless in the hopes of making a difference in their lives.
Meanwhile our international initiatives combat the spread of infectious diseases among children who are susceptible to higher rates of illness due to lesions in the skin of their feet. Solesville is soliciting funds to construct a pediatric hospital in Ghana to help reduce infant mortality as well as provide AIDS/HIV treatment, research, and prevention for children ages 0-12.
We host three annual fundraisers: The Solesville Masquerade Ball and Celebrity Shoe Auction, Pediatric AIDS Walkathon, and The Solesville Golf Tournament. Occasionally, the foundation has hosted Sole Out art exhibitions upon request by various creative and educational institutions. Various groups create sculptures out of shoes as well as other unique illustrations.
For his Solesville efforts, Etu Evans received honors as one of Burger King’s “Everyday Heroes,” “Public Citizen of the Year” by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW), “Citizen of the Year” by the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and listed as a “Man of Influence” by the National Urban League (NUL). The foundation has been featured in Vibe’s “Top 10 Droppin’ Dime” column, Black Enterprise, Shuz, The Positive Community, and Harlem World magazines. Additionally, The Harlem Times, Daily News, Footwear News, Crain’s, Amsterdam News, and a plethora of television and radio venues have highlighted Etu’s strides. Evans also received citations from Eliot Spitzer, Governor of New York and Public Service Award from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
Individual and corporate donations are welcomed as they help us purchase and ship footwear and provide care to children affected by AIDS. It also helps us to purchase supplies, machinery, shoe bins, and program supplies for our apprenticeship initiatives. All donations are tax deductible. Solesville: a good cause for the soul, where every sole counts. Follow the footprints…Join the Sole Patrol!