"Sheer simplicity is my forte." David Evins
David Evins was born in 1909 and immigrated as a teenager to the United States from England. He studied illustration at Brooklyn's Pratt Institute.
Evins worked as a patternmaker for shoes until receiving a contract from I. Miller in 1941 to produce shoes under his own name.
Evins became one of the favorite shoe designers of Hollywood stars, including Rita Hayworth, Elizabeth Taylor, Ava Gardner, Judy Garland, and Marlene Dietrich.
Evins created shoes worn by both Claudette Colbert and Elizabeth Taylor to play Cleopatra in films three decades apart. He designed the pumps Grace Kelly wore for her marriage to Prince Rainier, and shoes for every First Lady from Mamie Eisenhower to Barbara Bush (including the shoes Nancy Reagan wore at both of her husband's inaugural balls).
Evins's shoes were classic and comfortable, yet fashionable, and he was given the sobriquet "The King of Pumps". Evins won the Coty Award in 1949. Evins died in 1991, having worked until a few months before his death.