Whilst we’re undoubtedly impressed with the aesthetics of high end dress shoes and footwear, the comfort often leaves quite a lot to be desired, considerably when you consider the lofty price tags attached to them. That’s why we’re always delighted to come across brands like Ace Marks Italian Footwear who are dedicated to delivering first class footwear that look the part, boast unparalleled comfort and, crucially, don’t break the bank.
Ace Marks are a footwear maker that have really capitalised on the popularity of crowd funding and they first launched back in 2016 with their debut kickstarter campaign. Rapidly becoming the most funded footwear project in kickstarter history, it was clear to see there was a big market for the versatile, stylish footwear they were creating. They launched their second kickstarter campaign debuting our 2017 shoe collection a year or so later and with that second campaign they beat their previous crowdfunding record, raising an astronomical $1.25 million – testament to the quality of the wares that they produce.
The sheer abundance of footwear available from Ace Marks is second to none and whether you’re after a striking pair of dress shoes for the office, a comfortable pair of sneakers or a super cool pair of high-tops, they’ve got something that will more than fit the bill. The first thing that stands out with the Ace Marks Italian Footwear is their affordability and they are essentially $600 luxury shoe for less than $200. Each pair is handcrafted in Italy by a family of 4th generation master craftsmen and their skills for other brands typically retails north of $600, but on Kickstarter you can pick up pairs for under $200 (or $400 for less than $170 so far as their sneakers are concerned) – which is an absolute bargain for this sort of quality.
Quality abounds everywhere you look with the Ace Marks Italian Footwear and it boasts a blake flex construction which means that the footwear they produce is lightweight, flexible, and, perhaps most importantly for those sick of sore feet when wearing new shoes, don’t need any sort of break-in period. The sort of footwear that is comfortable out of the box, and which can be combined with the shoemaker’s proprietary Ace Last meaning it can be resoled. Excellent materials and skilled craftsmanship really does set this Italian made footwear apart from the competition.
Comfort is the name of the game with all the superb footwear from Ace Marks and it is designed to reduce common pressure points on the ball and heel of your foot which allows for comfortable all day wear regardless of how long you’re on your feet. First class materials are used in the crafting of this fantastic footwear including premium full grain calfskin leather upper and lining and the interior of the shoe is also fully lined with calf skin leather to maximise comfort levels and breathability.
The artisan look and feel of the footwear from Ace Marks is born from the quality Italian craftsmanship that goes into each and every pair and they use a very manual manufacturing process to ensure the impeccable quality of all the footwear that they produce. Each pair of footwear is hand dyed and hand burnished for that extra touch of tangible quality and you’ll be blown away with the aesthetic appeal and comfort of all their footwear offerings.
For any man on the hunt for new purveyors of first class footwear that is immeasurably stylish, comfortable and doesn’t break the bank, Ace Marks are undoubtedly a brand that need to be on your radar. Consistently producing excellence that regularly takes Kickstarter by storm, we’ll definitely be looking to get our hands on a few pairs of their cracking footwear over the next few months here at Coolector HQ.