Let us start by saying we generally don't like to highlight products still in the crowdsourcing phase, but for upstart luxury shoe company, Ace Marks we thought we would make an exception.
First, the entire line is hand-made by Italian craftsman out of luxury full grain leather, and (currently) puts a modern spring into the step of four classic dress shoe styles like penny loafers and cap toes. Secondly, Ace Marks impressively made its Kickstarter goal in less than 24 hours (which is obviously a great sign). And, finally, after sporting your wingtips around town awhile, Ace Marks will buy back your old shoes for a $60 credit toward your new pair and, through a program with the charity Career Gear, donate them to men in need who are trying to enter the workforce.
Our favorite, though: the Wingtip Vincent, available in six sumptuous color combinations like brown/blue suede or bordo/natural. One pair, ordered now, costs $195 with free shipping anywhere in the continental U.S. expected in July. (The post-crowdfunding retail price on the shoes will be $349). Get complete details at the Ace Marks Kickstarter page.