About this project
The Italian craftsmen at Ace Marks are the same men and women who work for some of the most renowned luxury brands in the world. Their craftsmanship is deeply rooted in tradition and they have been thriving for four generations. Together, we created an attainable, handcrafted, ultra-luxury dress shoe that comes packed with features and is designed for comfort.
Our factory's traditional construction is combined with our innovative design and bold attitude. Ace Marks shoes are built for the modern gentleman. Help us make our SECOND production!
Whether you’re heading a startup or running a Fortune 500 company, Ace Marks shoes make a bold, powerful statement.
Ace Marks is the first and only luxury brand that will buy back its shoes. Kickstarter supporters will be able to send back their old Ace Marks for a $60 credit towards a new full priced pair purchased from our website. We partnered with Career Gear, a leading national organization helping men in need, to donate your old shoes and help men get back on their feet and re-enter the work force. Last year, we donated over $15,000 in luxury dress shoes to Career Gear!
The Luke is a versatile dress shoe that can be worn for your Monday morning meeting, a casual night out and anything in-between. Decorative perforation and broguing details preserve tradition, and novel design curves bring this classic into today. These wingtips strike the perfect balance between traditional and modern.
The Kendrik can carry you through your daily office grind or accentuate your look at the local speakeasy. Whether you choose an understated color block or beautiful monocolor look, these full brogue cap toes scream confidence with every step.
The Aron's contrasting materials and vibrant leather tones make a statement no matter how you pair them. Dressed up or dress down, it won't matter what you wear because all eyes will be on the monks.
The Greg is your best friend. Whether you're grabbing some drinks at a Hamptons soiree or getting better acquainted with your top producers, there's almost no look Greg can't enhance. The leather color combinations are just eccentric enough to be interesting, but not overpowering, and the suedes can make a pair of chinos look fancy.
The Amit goes great with khakis, jeans, and with the right attitude, even a casual suit. Rendered in richly oiled leathers and furnished with a traditional tassel, the Amit fuses a classic preppy style with modern colors and materials.
On the Lorenzo, the beautiful hand antiquing and burnishing of the calf skin leathers truly stand out. The Lorenzo can smoothly transition from a day shoe paired with a suit to a powerful accent shoe worn with jeans.
The Kevin is a Kickstarter Exclusive! They will not be available again! Pair them with khakis, jeans, and a crazy pair of socks and get a bit wild with your look!
ADD A MATCHING BRIEFCASE TO YOUR PLEDGE +$295. IT IS HAND DYED AT OUR FACTORY TO MATCH YOUR SHOES & BELT.
ADD A MATCHING BELT TO YOUR PLEDGE +$70. Belts are all one length and can be cut to size. This can be done at home, or at a local shoe repair shop for a nominal fee.
Each pair of Ace Marks dress shoes is made with full grain calf skin leather and is crafted, dyed, and burnished by hand. The manual process gives each pair its unique characteristics. Each pair goes through a rigorous inspection to ensure that every shoe is of the highest quality.
Our manufacturing process is done completely in-house. Each shoe takes great precision and skill to ensure the outcome is impeccable.
No middlemen. No crazy markup. Just magnificent shoes at a magnificent price that we will buy back when you're ready for a new pair.
Our disruptive business model goes beyond cutting out the middle man to give our supporters direct to consumer pricing.
We created the Leave Your Marks program to activate the Ace Marks family and incentivize giving back. By sending back your worn Ace Marks Italian Luxury Statement shoes every time you buy a new full priced Italian luxury Statement shoe from www.acemarks.com, you, our Kickstarter supporters, not only get a $60 credit and a great reason to keep your shoe game fresh, you also participate in changing someone's life.
To make sure that our shoe donations are put to good use, we partnered with Career Gear to donate them to help men in need enter the workforce, stay employed and become role models and mentors to their families and communities.
Ace Marks is the first and only luxury shoe company to do this!
Since our first campaign we have donated over $15,000 in luxury shoes to CareerGear and we're excited to see how many more men we can help get back on their feet!
When it comes to luxury, no matter how good your shoe looks, comfort is just as important. Ace Marks shoes are bold, flexible, and light.
We spent 3 years in development to make sure that we get it right, and we spared no expense. Each pair is superbly handcrafted, hand burnished, and packed with features.
That's why Ace Marks shoes:
- Are made from hand-selected full-grain calf skin leather.
- Use a lightweight Blake Flex construction and leather outsole that allows for easy, effortless movement.
- Reduce common pressure points around the heel and mid-foot with our carefully constructed Ace last (a.k.a. forma).
- Relieve stress as you walk with a cushioned leather insole, which molds to your foot over time for added comfort.
- Are lined with supple calfskin leather to keep your feet dry and cool.
Ace Marks was designed for the modern gentleman looking to step up his style and add a bit of swagger. The Ace Marks man is not afraid to be bold in his success.
Becoming one of our backers means much more than just buying a world class shoe at an amazing price. Each backer at any pledge level:
- Will be Added to our Ace Marks Elite to get exclusive access to limited run shoes and colors.
- Will be able to sell their old Ace Marks Italian Luxury Statement shoes back to us for $60.
Our shoes go well beyond comfort and style. By cutting out the middlemen, we’re able to deliver the highest quality product at a market disruptive price. Luxury doesn't have to cost a small fortune.
Ace Marks shoes are statement shoes. They are well-made, attractive and eye-catching shoes that reflects your personality
Our designs are modern classics in unique color and material combinations, and packed with features
Ace Marks is for the modern gentleman that appreciates craftsmanship and style.
Ace Marks Shoes are available from US size 5 to 14, including half sizes. They are available in 2 width options:
1) "D", medium/standard width cut generously around the midfoot and heel to prevent unnecessary pressure on the foot.
2) "E", wider than a "D" width, cut generously around the midfoot and heel to prevent unnecessary pressure on the foot.
Our shoes fit true to US Brannock sizing. Still, it will be VERY important that you follow our fitting & sizing instructions that we will send at the end of the campaign to get the best fit.
If the size you order happens to not be the best fit, we will exchange it for you (please see DELIVERY section below for shipping charges on exchanges).
Once the campaign is funded, we expect that it will take 2-3 weeks for us to send the survey and receive back the style, color, and size surveys from all backers. The faster we get them back the less likely any delays!
Production typically takes 8-10 weeks, and shipping approximately 3 weeks.
By September 2017, or sooner, we expect to be shipping to you from our facilities in the US and EU.
We are very experienced in delivering shoes on time! We will do everything in our power to make sure we meet the timeline.
If you order it, you will receive it! Every backer will receive his reward.
Shipping is included for all shipments in the continental United States.
However, if the need for an exchange arises, we will need to charge for the exchange shipping both ways as we are a startup and work with very small margins on Kickstarter. This is true for domestic & international orders.
All exchange requests must be submitted within 30 days of receiving your reward.
The cost of international shipping & VAT (if applicable) will be charged at the time of the survey once the campaign is over and will vary based on the destination country. You can see international shipping rates here. If applicable, duties and local taxes will be charged by the appropriate authority at the destination country. Please determine these charges locally.
Continental US & Canadian orders will ship from our facility in Miami, FL.
All other orders will ship from our fulfillment center in the EU. Orders shipped within the EU will not incur customs duty charges, but will be subject to VAT.
Ace Marks wasn't created on a whim. It is the product of a lifetime of research and experience in the luxury footwear business.
Our founder, Paul, grew up traveling with his parents to Italy & Spain's shoe factories. Formally educated in International Finance & Marketing at the University of Miami, he and his brother Daniel, as their parents before them, have dedicated their lives to designing and producing luxury footwear of the highest quality. Their footwear experience ranges from designing & manufacturing to marketing, warehousing and logistics. They have done it all.
To assure that our supporters receive top notch service, we put together a team with extensive experience in footwear logistics and distribution.
This is our second Kickstarter campaign, and we are more prepared than ever to continue surpassing our backer's expectations. We are excited to share our new products and vision with the world!
Quality. We spent a lot of time finding the best artisans in Italy that have the materials, the facilities, the pedigree and, most importantly, the experience to create a world-class luxury shoe. We spared no expense to make sure that you will get only the best.
Affordability. By implementing a disruptive business model that delivers your shoes straight from the artisan's hands to your doorsteps, we eliminate the need for retailers, wholesalers, and other middlemen. The workmanship and luxury you will experience with our shoes is incomparable, at a price that is unparalleled. Less than $200 for a $600-$1,000+ shoe. We did it for YOU.
Communication. Your commitment to us is the start of a long, beautiful relationship. We are committed to you. We will keep our relationship strong by delivering amazing products and communicate with you every step of the way. You will get regular updates as we fund, produce, and ship out your one-of-a-kind shoes. If you have an itch to talk to us, just get in touch any time!
Consistency. Every Ace Marks shoe is hand crafted and hand dyed, meaning that no two pairs are identical. However, each pair goes through a thorough inspection process to assure the quality you expect from a world-class luxury brand.
Experience & Reliability. Ace Marks was founded by a team with a lifetime of experience in the luxury footwear industry. We don't make commitments that we can't honor. We have the infrastructure to assure a smooth process from taking your order thru delivery. We want to be your go-to brand for all things men's luxury, and we will earn your confidence.
We are building more than a shoe, we are building a family. The Ace Marks Family!
We spent 3 years, pouring our heart and soul into bringing Ace Marks to life. Last year, we launched our first Kickstarter campaign and the love we felt from the Kickstarter community was overwhelming. We are super excited to share our latest shoes with you first!
Making our second collection was no easy task, and we spent many weeks at our factory designing and developing shoes that will make you look good and feel powerful every time you put them on. When you receive your first pair of Ace Marks shoes, it will be clear to you that we accomplished our goal. Now we just need you to help us bring our second collection to life.
From the start, it was also very important to us that Ace Marks makes a strong impact on our community. With so many men and women struggling to support their families, we want to do our part to help them overcome at least one of the obstacles that they are facing, which is to find meaningful employment. That is why we partnered with Career Gear and implemented our buy back program. This past year, we were proud to donate over $15,000 in shoes to help men make an impact on their communities. We hope that our shoe donations will help thousands of men take their first steps into a brighter future.
With your help, we will continue to grow Ace Marks into a luxury lifestyle brand driven by a commitment to fine craftsmanship, beautiful aesthetics, and your happiness. It is for you, that we will continue to innovate and create.
Through our journey, we have learned that Ace Marks is ultimately about empowerment. We are empowering you with confidence and direct access to luxury statement shoes, and we are empowering men across the country to get back on their feet.
Thank you for allowing us to do what we love and for spreading the word. Share our campaign with the world.
YOU are key to the success of our campaign, and ultimately our company. Without you, we don't have a reason to exist!
We need your support to get our second collection off the ground and to assure that modern gentleman everywhere have access to luxury Italian statement shoes!
As you become part of our inner circle, help us by sharing our campaign with YOUR inner circle. Thank you!
Risks and challenges
We have a lifetime of experience in luxury footwear manufacturing and logistics. We are well organized and prepared to confront any situation that may arise. We have seen it all.
The most common risk in manufacturing is production delays. The manufacturing process relies on multiple components coming together at the same time. While we are very well versed in managing production and delivering on-time, there is always the possibility of a slight delay. However, we will be providing updates every step of the way to keep you fully informed.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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