Who are you?
My name is Ben Edgerton.  I am married to acclaimed interior decorator Ann Lowe Edgerton.  I am also the co-owner of Contigo Austin and Gardner, two local restaurants, with Chef Andrew Wiseheart.

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What’s you favorite pair of shoes?
My favorite pair of shoes that I have ever owned are a pair of HELM Ray Ray’s.  I became the owner of these shoes in the fall of 2009.  I wore them faithfully through 3 soles.  They are stained, worn, scuffed, and lovely.

I love my Ray Ray’s because they are the first “real” pair of shoes I have ever owned.  I was 29 years old when I first started wearing them, and I wore them throughout all of the planning for Contigo.  They are hands down the most complimented shoe I have ever owned, and they simply made me feel grown up.  In the same way that I feel about my first truck, these boots have a very special place in my heart.

Where did you get them?
I got them from a house in East Austin, back in the early days of HELM.

Share something that’s happened to you while wearing those shoes?
I opened my first restaurant with these shoes.  They have walked the floor of Contigo more times than perhaps any other shoe out there.

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