When I walked out that night my pockets were swollen with tips...but my back, knees and feet took a beating. My Shoes for Crews shoes couldn’t keep up with my ambitions. I wanted more. That night, while tending to my poor feet, I began a relentless pursuit for the perfect shoe. In order to meet my demands it had to feel like a running shoe, perform like a work shoe and look like a dress shoe.
After battle testing 8 different brands and 3 different insoles, I had my answer. The shoe I wanted didn’t exist. If I wanted a shoe that was the perfect marriage between support, safety and style I would have to create it. That meant I needed a designer and a shoemaker.
As I walked up to a factory that had been built in 1935, tucked away in the serene Portugal countryside, I had no idea what to expect. I was greeted by a 3rd generation shoemaker in a family owned factory that was about to breathe life into my idea and become the birthplace of Paul Hardt.
What started as a meeting amongst business associates ended with a hug and an embrace as if I was a member of the family. What followed was 2 years of return trips to Portugal along with rigorous product development, design and testing.
Since then, serious service professionals have decided to never settle, and instead pull on a pair of Paul Hardts and step into the career that can only be created by taking care of your personal brand first.
- Austin Degenhardt, CEO