Yesterday, Vaughn launched MVP Collections online, a line of men’s big-and-tall apparel, from casual wear to dress-up looks, retailing from $59 to $218. After struggling for years to find clothes to fit his bigger frame, Vaughn decided to start his own line with fashion executive and managing partner Diane Cutuli.
Vaughn’s fashion quest includes his hard-to-fit size-14 foot. Once his clothing line is up and running, the former first baseman may add footwear.
Here, Vaughn offers a glimpse into his personal shoe wardrobe and the footwear challenges he faces.
PAIRS OWNED: 400
BRANDS: “I’m a Donald J. Pliner guy. He’s a family friend, and I wear a lot of his shoes. Being in athletics, we’re always traveling, so I’d order 40 or 50 suits for a travel season, along with [a range of] shoes. I’m also a Nike Air Max guy and have a lot of custom-made alligator sneakers. At home, I wear sandals, [since] I never walk barefoot.”
PRICIEST PAIR: “Alligator sneakers that cost $800 to $1,000.”
SHOPPING DESTINATIONS: “I buy most of my shoes online due to the size 14 [selection].”
COMFORT FACTOR: “Comfort’s the most important [element]. I won’t sacrifice comfort for looks.”
BUYING CYCLES: “I buy in volume. I don’t know when my size will come back in stock, so I get 10 pairs and store them in a warehouse in New Jersey that’s mostly shoes. I also have storage units in Ohio and Florida with lots of shoes.”
DREAM SHOE: “I like how sneakers [can be worn] with suits, and [I especially] like high-tops.”