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Casual Shoes & Socks

Sperry Topsiders | Men's Shoes

Aaron Marino of alpha m. provides a bit of history about the boat shoe by Sperry as well as explores different options.

An avid boater in 1935 Connecticut, Sperry designed the non-slip sloe modeled after his Cocker Spaniel's paw. The white sole is standard with an upper leather.

Aaron visits a retail store to display options. Besides the traditional leather topsider, canvas is another option for summer and spring. Sperry has also designed some more traditional shoes to reach men who don't want to wear boat shoes: driving mocs, flip flops, penny loafers, and semi dress shoes.

Other companies have made their version of them as well, such as Polo and Steve Madden. Topsiders have become increasingly popular with the younger guys. Men can wear with jeans, khakis, and shorts.


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Replacing Running Shoes -
May 11, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses signs that running shoes need to be replaced and features to look for or avoid when selecting. Alpha used to wear shoes that weren't designed for running when doing cardio. They had no arch support and had hard Styrofoam bottoms but they were 'cute' (he was a sneaker diva). His body was in pain, so he purchased the most comfortable pair of New Balance. He was in Read More»
Shine On! Polished Shoes -
May 10, 2012
Polished shoes say so much about a man.  Seriously.  When I see a great looking pair of shoes or boots that aren’t new, yet are clean and shiny, I can tell they belong to someone who truly cares about his appearance.  Like a clean and neatly pressed outfit, polished leather shoes reflect volumes about the wearer’s sense of style and his commitment to looking his best. However, there’s morRead More»
Put Your Best Foot Forward | Shoe Styles and Classifications -
April 30, 2012
I’m often asked about shoes and find many of us don’t know the different types of shoes by name; making it difficult to identify them when shopping or coordinating an outfit.  Now a day, it’s not always easy to label shoes because so many styles have been blended together; confusing us with hybrids. Still, most shoes are distinct enough to recognize without too much guessing involved.  HopRead More»
Fun Men's Socks -
April 11, 2012
The majority of men are matching socks to their pants or shoes, but a big style opportunity is being missed. Aaron Marino of alpha m. suggests fun socks for a big style opportunity. Wear something a little different and outside of the box, and people take notice. Aaron has been experimenting and obsessed with argyle socks.  He likes the lively colors and patterns, and he gets many compliments. GoRead More»

Men's Summer Footwear | Flip Flops, Fashion Sneakers, Driving Mocs, Boat Shoes -
April 4, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses different men's shoe options to wear with shorts without resorting to tennis shoes. It's summer, it's hot, and you are wearing shorts- make sure your footwear is appropriate: The first option is the flip flop or thong. It's a great option to slip on and hang out. Aaron buys women's flip flops because of the sleeker design and the bottom is not so big and bulky. ARead More»
Men's Fashion Sneakers | Addidas and Puma -
March 29, 2012
Zappos Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses fashion sneakers, including must have colors for this summer. A great option for shorts is fashion sneakers when you don't want to wear driving mocs or flip flops. Fashion sneakers are everywhere this summer, and even on your feet. Aaron is in love with the new Addidas and Puma. A lot of the styles are modern spins on the retro classics. Aaron gives some Read More»
Foot Care 101 -
February 6, 2012
Feet: something our entire body depends on, yet, are too often taken for granted.  Men, especially, tend to ignore these invaluable body parts that are the foundation of which we stand.  Think about it… your feet carry and support every pound of your body weight.  That’s a big job! It’s not until there’s a problem that most men pay attention and take care of their feet the way they deseRead More»
Semi-Dress Shoes  -
December 30, 2011
Nothing pulls an outfit together like a great pair of shoes!  Shoes can make or break an outfit, and are key in reflecting our sense of style.  Shoes say so much about the man and his identity that wearing the right shoes at the right time is crucial. Whether you’re on a dinner date or hiking the trail, there is shoe etiquette that should be acknowledged and followed.  That being said, this aRead More»
Men's Shoes | What Summer Footwear Is Worn with Shorts? -
May 13, 2011
Driving Moccasins | Perfect Men's Casual Shoe Warm weather is when we break out the shorts and frolic in the sunshine. What shoes do you wear with those shorts? For this video, flat-front  khaki short are going to be used for the examples. Summer Footwear Options Flip flop - ultra casual vs. dress, which Alpha displays and discusses each. Make sure you toenails! Fashion sneakers - these aren't uRead More»

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