We use the same Italian factories and leather as brands that sell for $600.
We wanted that quality for a fairer price, so we created
We spent a year with our shoemakers in Italy creating the perfect pair.
We made our business simple to keep prices low.
We think you should know exactly what you're paying for. Here are our actual costs:
LEATHER & STITCHING
Three square feet of full-grain Italian calfskin, plus the stacked leather heel, laces and stitching for the sole.
10 artisans and the technical coordinator working under the supervision of our Master shoe-maker, Gianluca.
Bulk freight, freight insurance, customs duties, warehouse costs, credit card fees and other overhead.
I started Owen Edward because I needed to feed an unsustainable habit of buying top shelf dress shoes. It began reasonably enough—my first pair was $120, at the start of college—but I went from there to $250 (internship), to $400 (first real job), finally peaking at over $600 (first promotion).
Problem is, $600 is an insane amount of money to spend every time you need new dress shoes – but once you've had a taste of the good stuff, it's hard to go back to those corrected-grain, paper-thin, glued-together sweatshop nightmares.
So we went to Italy, found a high-end shoemaker, and spent a year creating our ultimate, simple, black dress shoe. The result is Owen Edward: an elaborate scheme to get a lifetime supply of affordable, high quality, Italian-made dress shoes for me and my friends. You are also welcome to purchase them.