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Semi-Dress Shoes & Socks

How to Age Shoes | DIY Distressing Shoes

Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about how a lot of shoes in the stores look antiqued or worn. The toe looks darker than the rest of the shoe which gradually gets lighter to the natural shade of the shoe. Alpha aged the shoes himself.

Try this on a cheaper or beat-up pair of brown shoes, not black. You will need a piece of sandpaper or sanding sponge, black shoe polish, and a rag. When sanding, take the most off the front then gradually taper up the side. Don't take it too far up. The idea is to get the toe box.

After sanding, apply polish to the scuffed-up area all the way around. Now take off the excess polish by buffing. What you are left with is a pair of distressed shoes. You can actually go over other areas of the shoe as well. Have some fun and have some fun with an old pair of shoes. It's fashion forward and stylish.

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Killer Customer Service Is King | Daily Common Courtesy  -
September 20, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. ordered a belt from Johnson & Murphy the other day. Since then, he received a hand-written postcard from the sale associate. The point Alpha wants to make is about customer service and common courtesy. A surprise like this postcard elevates the perception of the company. These extra steps make such a difference. With day-to-day life, common courtesy needs to be extendeRead More»
Magnanni Shoe | Double Monk Strap  -
September 12, 2012
Magnanni Shoe Aaron Marino of alpha m. was shopping for wing-tip men's dress shoes at Nordstrom when he spotted this pair of Magnanni shoes. He had heard of them but never tried them on in the past. They are a Spanish company where the shoes are hand-crafted in Spain. Aaron bought a double monk strap for under $300. The pair looks amazing with jeans, khakis, and various color of suits. The double Read More»
Make Big Feet Look Smaller | Large Feet -
August 29, 2012
Are you a man with large feet? Or perhaps you are a man with small feet. Aaron Marino of alpha m. presents ideas to give the illusion of smaller or larger feet. For large feet, bulkier and whites men's shoes make the foot look bigger. To reduce the appearance of large feet, wear streamlined and slender shoes. Also don't wear white if you want your feet look smaller. Read More»
To Boot New York | Men's Shoe Company -
August 22, 2012
To Boot New York Nordstrom: To Boot New York Zappos: To Boot New York Aaron Marino of alpha m. shares with viewers one of his favorite men's shoe manufacturers. To Boot New York shoes are handmade in Italy and sell for around $295 to $395. Aaron illustrates some of the quality and sexy shoes that the company designs. They sell men's dress shoes, men's comfortable casual shoes, and men's fashion snRead More»

Hook and Albert | Shoe Laces and Cool Socks  -
August 17, 2012
Hook and Albert Are you educated in men's style and men's fashion? More specifically, do you take care of your shoes? Aaron Marino of alpha m. explains that the shoes a man wears is a chief indicator what type of person he is. The company Hook and Albert provides a colorful selection of shoelaces and fun colored dress socks to 'up your game' in men's style and fashion. Spruce up and elevate your sRead More»
Blue Shoes -
July 26, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. gives his opinion about a certain pair of men's blue shoes. This casual driving moc with perforation on the toe & side is a 'fine' shoe and 'fine' option. When wearing this men's blue shoe, think of contrasting pieces of clothing. Pick a pair of men's jeans that are lighter or darker. You could also wear these blue shoes with a tan pant or khakis.  Aaron has a pair ofRead More»
Think Versatility with Men's Shoes | Classic and Standard Color  -
July 13, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. likes to think in terms of the most matching options when choosing men's shoes. Whenever you're stuck between two different colors of men's shoes, you have to think in terms of versatility. With what are you going to match the men's shoes and which shoes can be worn with more outfits. The more classic and standard color is the most versatile for men's shoes. Read More»
Style Trend | Men's Shoe Tassels -
July 3, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. issues an alpha m. style watch.  He discusses the reinvention of the tassel on men's shoes. Don't think of the tassels that your Math teacher wore; think of a sleeker, slimmer, more luxurious, and more stylistic approach to the tassel. Just like the resurgence of wing-tips the same resurgence is approaching with tassels. If you said you would never wear a shoe with tasselRead More»
Buyer's Remorse | Shopping Regret -
June 27, 2012
Aaron Marino of alpha m. did something that he's regretful. He spent too much money on a pair of men's shoes and has buyer's remorse. Aaron grew up poor and doesn't like to spend money. He says he's 'cheap as hell' which developed his creativity with putting together great outfits. So when he's faced with spending a lot on a specific item, he gets all freaked-out with the waste of money. He's alsoRead More»

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