Ann Limpert
October 20, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Drew Carey playing footsie with Gwen Stefani and Matthew Perry? Not exactly, but they are all devotees of designer George Esquivel’s custom footwear. The 30-year-old Anaheim, Calif.-based ex-truck driver switched to podiatric fashion five years ago (early pairs featured Beatles-inspired pointy-toes). Now celebs like Seth Green snap up his high-end Esquivel line (from $350 for leather to $2,000 for alligator), his mid-priced Joe’s Garb, and a soon-to-be-launched women’s brand, all available on his websites (www.esquivelshoes.com and http://www.joesgarbshoes.com). Esquivel says he draws inspiration from ”American rock & roll and American movies” — in fact, that’s an Esquivel shoe Pamela Anderson spits out in Lit’s ”Miserable” video — and designs for ”the cool guy who doesn’t look like a model.” Well, almost. Earlier this year, Esquivels shod the handsome feet on the runway at Richard Tyler’s men’s fashion show.

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