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We create footwear that doesn't compromise on style or comfort. We believe you should NEVER SETTLE for anything less.
We create footwear that doesn't compromise on style or comfort. We believe you should NEVER SETTLE for anything less.
We create footwear that doesn't compromise on style or comfort. We believe you should NEVER SETTLE for anything less.
82 backers pledged $15,600 to help bring this project to life.

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Luxury Footwear for Performance Focused Professionals

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Paul Hardt Shoes Are: 

The world's first luxury footwear brand that seamlessly blends form and function. Comfort-tested for the grueling job of bartending - if they can hold up 12-15 hours in the service industry they will hold up for your day.

  • Versatile: Supportive for 12 hours on your feet. Stylish for casual and professional settings. 
  • Instant Comfort: Virtually no break in period, soft lining on your feet, athletic insole for support, flexible outsole. 
  • Luxury: Made in a factory that makes some of the world's top luxury brands. Quality that will last for years. 

Have your feet ever hurt in your dress shoes or boots? Please support us in bridging the gap between style and comfort with footwear that NEVER SETTLES.

Why Wear Paul Hardt Foowear?

WHY BACK THIS PROJECT?

  • Because you want to feel like you're wearing athletic shoes, all the time.
  • Because you're tired of paying for shoes that talk about comfort but have little to no actual support.
  • Because you believe that hard-working people deserve a shoe that supports them at their very foundation and does not compromise.
  • Because you want to support passionate entrepreneurs making a positive impact.

DESIGNED TO BE DIFFERENT 

THE MENU

This unisex boot is our flagship. Tested on the street, behind the bar and behind a desk - This boot has you covered. 

 A low-profile, unisex oxford that meets the performance and comfort standard of Paul Hardt. The Sazerac is old-school craftsmanship that values substance over flash. 

Equal parts sweet and strong, the Jack Rose is a modern twist on a wedge and an oxford. Whether you're running with the bulls or heading for a night out, the Jack Rose embodies the essence of form and function.  

An elegant, modern ankle bootie with classic craftsmanship and unique comfort technology. Blending European sophistication with an American punch, the French 75 is a modern classic. 

STRETCH GOALS:

$30K 

Upon reaching $30,000 in total backing we will unlock the ability for anyone who has committed to backing the Manhattan Boot to convert to a Brooklyn Chelsea Boot.

This slip-on unisex chelsea boot is versatile enough to wear with pants, leggings, rolled up jeans or skirts. The Brooklyn offers the ultimate blend of style and uncompromising performance. 

$50K

We will offer the Manhattan Boot and the Brooklyn Chelsea boots in brown. We will send a survey out after the campaign with two options and you, our supporters, will get to decide on the leather color. 

SEE THE BENEFITS

OUR PROMISE

PRESS KIT

 LIVE THE LIFESTYLE 

From the city streets to on the clock we've got your back. Keeping modern day aesthetics in mind, we create timeless shoes to suit you for any situation. Never Settle for anything less.

REVIEWS:

Don't take our word for it, hear what early adopters are saying about Paul Hardt:

@PCH580 Team
@PCH580 Team

"Best shoe I have ever worn for comfort at work. I feel like I still have fresh legs after an 8 - 10 hour shift." - Mike, Bartender - 5/10/2018 12:47 PM

"Comfortable from Day 1. Lightweight, fit like a glove." - Lee - Doctor 5/10/2018 11:51 AM

"Super comfortable, no break in period!" - Chuck, Waiter - 5/10/2018 11:51 AM

"Shoes definitely hold up. I am standing on my feet 3-4 hours a day and walking intermittently in between. The leather quality is absolutely great and love how the shoes do not crease as easily. The life span on the shoes seems like it can go forever." - Dave, Office Manager - 4/27/2018 3:58 PM

"The shoes have been great so far!" - Doug, Bartender - 4/6/2018 10:55 AM

"Shoes hold up very well. Stylish, yet have a heavy duty feel." - Rhys, Bartender - 4/3/2018 9:58 AM

"I love my boots." - Mike, Salesman - 5/10/2018 12:47 PM

"As someone who has worn loafers for years it has taken me a while to adjust to boots and laces but am appreciating the ankle support." - Larry, Chiropractor -  5/10/2018 11:51 AM

"If these come out in different colors, I am definitely purchasing. I usually wear cheap work shoes just cause I do not want to break the bank, but after feeling what quality leather looks and feels like, I can't go back." - Due, Analyst - 4/27/2018 3:58 PM

"The non-slip quality is much better than other non slips I have worn in the past" - Tu, Bartender - 4/21/2018 9:53 PM

"The product is probably the most stylish, high quality and durable shoe I’ve seen in the service industry. Good job!" - Rhys, Bartender - 4/3/2018 9:58 AM

"The shoes have done a great job taking more stress off my knees at work. They’re pretty great." - Brian, Bartender - 4/2/2018 8:22 PM

@PCH580
@PCH580

HOW TO GET THESE SHOES 

Click Back this Project. Choose your pledge level that corresponds with your desired Style: 

  • $125 - Jack Rose Sneakers or French 75 Wedges
  • $179 - Sazerac Oxfords
  • $220 - Manhattan Boots

You are essentially pre-ordering the shoes which helps us order our inventory. You will be the first to wear Paul Hardt footwear and you're getting a special discount only available on this Kickstarter campaign.

Want a Chelsea boot or brown boots? Let us know in the comments section and help us spread the word so we can reach those stretch goals. Or even better, get friends to order with you on the 10 pair reward!

REWARDS

HOW THEY'RE MADE

Visit our Factory in Portugal:

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Each pair of Paul Hardts are made by hand with soft, waterproof, Portuguese leather. Built like a running shoe, they have a technical fabric lining with 3mm of cushioning which, when combined with the supple leather, results in virtually no break in period. You are comfortable from Day 1!

SEE THEM UP CLOSE

 WHO ELSE NEEDS TO KNOW?

@thepaulhardt
@thepaulhardt

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS

Dress them Up
Dress them Up
Performance from the ground up
Performance from the ground up

ABOUT US 

Austin Paul Degenhardt, our founder and CEO
Austin Paul Degenhardt, our founder and CEO

 Working with renowned designers in London, the Paul Hardt team designed a high concept dress shoe that blends the best aspects of handcrafted European footwear with the performance of an elite athletic shoe.

Our next step was taking our designs from paper and developing an actual product, so Austin jumped on a plane to Europe. When he touched down in Portugal, the first factory he visited was a well-established family owned shoe factory open since 1935. They welcomed Austin in and treated him like family.

Our factory partners embody the art of shoemaking and from the first moment Austin stepped on the floor he knew this was the place Paul Hardt would come to life.

After two years of design, development, numerous trips to Portugal, and countless iterations we've created what we believe is an outstanding product. And we promise to deliver outstanding service to match. From San Francisco, to London, to Portugal; wherever we are, we will Never Settle.

OUR BUSINESS FAMILY

Our Partners in Portugal
Our Partners in Portugal

SIZING 

Fit is similar to running shoe size.  If you don't see your size, don't worry, we will make it! All sizing will be confirmed prior to shipment.

The Manhattan, Brooklyn, and Sazerac are all available in ladies sizes down to 6/6.5. We will expand to wide widths. For now all shoes are M width.

Risks and challenges

We've spent two years designing, prototyping, testing and refining our product. We've run production orders and refined the tiniest details. We're wearing Paul Hardt's right now.

However, at the end of the day we are producing a luxury shoe that blends the latest performance technology with old world craftsmanship. When coupled with our commitment to Never Settle, this painstaking production process means that shipping times are the biggest risk we face.

We have allowed 16 weeks for the production and delivery of all footwear. It should be done in less time, but we believe this is a reasonable estimate.

WHY SUPPORT US?

Because you want to feel like you're wearing athletic shoes, all the time.

Because you're tired of paying for shoes that talk about comfort but have little to no actual support.

Because you believe that hard-working people deserve a shoe that supports them at their very foundation and does not compromise.

Because you want to support passionate entrepreneurs making a positive impact on the world.

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