A pair of high quality, handcrafted Italian leather shoes will run you upwards of $600, and that’s not what we’d call affordable for most guys. By cutting out the middlemen and the advertising costs, a company called Ace Marks is able to offer luxury Artisan Dress Shoes ($180), at a fraction of the price you’d pay in a high-end store.
After 3 years of touring factories, developing styles, and choosing materials, Ace Marks has teamed up with a small Italian manufacturer – owned and operated by a family of 4th generation artisans – to create bold and beautiful shoes that use the finest leathers and craftsmanship. Each pair boasts a traditional construction, combined with a daring attitude and a comfort-focused design which uses a lightweight & flexible leather outsole, a cushioned leather insole, and a supple calfskin padding to keep your feet dry and cool. Available in four different styles the shoes are made for the modern gentlemen, sending out a bold, powerful statement.
It’s also worth mentioning that buyers can send back their worn Ace Marks shoes and receive $60 in return, and the gratifying feeling of changing someone’s life, as the company donates them to help men in poverty enter the workforce, and become stronger contributors to their families and communities (via Career Gear). Kudos for the noble attitude!