Meet Aaron Sharp the founder of a black-owned shoe brand Mandeaux

Mandeaux was founded by businessman and former model, Aaron Sharp. He created Mandeaux because he noticed there were very few minority owned luxury brands despite the immense buying power minorities possessed. He wanted to change that while giving back to people in need, and making luxury more affordable. Mr. Sharp said it’s the construction that makes Mandeaux shoes a cut above the rest.

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The world is full of companies that want to make as much money as possible without even considering its customers. Mandeaux is doing things differently by putting clients first. The shoes are handcrafted in Spain by extremely talented artisans; some of which come from a long line of shoe makers. This maximizes the quality and craftsmanship of its shoes. Goodyear welted shoes are easier and less expensive to have their soles replaced than a Blake stitched shoe. Mr. Sharp says there is a significant savings when you’re only paying a cobbler $60-$100 every 4-5 years (depending on how often you wear your shoes, of course) to repair your shoes rather than completely replacing them. Quality shoes should be considered an investment. Some Goodyear welted shoes have been known to last 20+ years because of their superior construction.

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Not only do they provide customers with a personal and thoughtful experience, but they’re not afraid to share their knowledge of shoes. With many new shoe brands popping up recently, Mandeaux strives to standout. Mandeaux contributes at least 1% of its shoe sales to charity and clients can even select their organization of choice. Mandeaux also believes education should be celebrated and rewarded, so while discounts on its luxury products are rare, Mandeaux offers discounts to recent (within 45 days) high school and college graduates with proof of completion. Mandeaux clients are never just a number, they’re family.

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