New in my Wardrobe: Gucci Jordaan Loafers

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I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve gone to buy a pair of Gucci loafers over the years.  Every time I went to buy them, I’d overthink and analyse, and ultimately chicken out – paralysis by analysis – it’s a thing!  In fact, when I look back at all the big ticket items in my wardrobe, in most cases it takes several attempts for me to bite the bullet!  It probably boils down to the hefty price tags.  As soon as I do mental calculations in my head of the hours of work taken to earn that kind of money, I cast the idea aside. That said, when I do have the guts to finally buy, there are rarely any regrets (and chipping down at the CPW is one of the most satisfying things!).

Within a mere 30 minutes of posting about my chronic paralysis with buying a pair of Gucci loafers, I was very quickly encouraged by a few of you to just. do. it.  And so I did! 🙈 Order placed Sunday morning via Net-A-Porter. DHL shipping notification on Sunday arvo. Loafers on doorstep on Wednesday afternoon.  Wham! Bam! Thank you ma’am!

It was a cathartic experience to unbox them for the first time. (I’ve got the highlight saved over on my Instagram if you wanted to relive my experience).  And the loafers are everything that I thought they would be and more! 

I purchased from Net-A-Porter for the safety of free returns (not that I’ll be taking that up!) and while I’m usually a size 37, I sized down half a size to a 36.5 in light of what I’ve read about the generous sizing of the Jordaan style in particular.  I stuck with classic black as I ultimately want these to last me forever.  I can picture a 60+ me wearing these and it’s a goooood image! 

Gucci Jordaan Loafers via Net-A-Porter (Also available here via Gucci Online)

My first impressions after getting these on? Pleasantly surprised, if anything.  I was half expecting the loafers to be really stiff and I was bracing myself for a break-in period because of the apparent rigidity of the leather, but I don’t find this to be the case at all.  Hooray!

I’m getting a heap of DMs that I will answer in due course in upcoming blog posts, including why I chose this style over the Brixton (the softer leather version with a collapsible heel), whether I think they’re worth the money, whether they’re comfortable, sizing, dupes etc. I’m planning on paying a visit to the Gucci store post-lockdown to try on the Brixton so I can share a comparison between the two styles, as well as share a comprehensive review once I’ve had an opportunity to wear them properly.  

Another thing that I will be doing is getting the loafers re-soled with a vibram rubber sole.  As fun as they are to shuffle dance on carpet (yes, I actually did this), I don’t want to slip and slide when I’m in the real world.  It’s also a preservation measure to protect the soles as I can see myself relying on these heavily! 

As always, thanks for stopping by!

P.S. My comprehensive review of my Gucci belt and the five best handbag styles for work.

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4 Comments

  1. DawninNorCal
    October 2, 2021 / 1:15 am

    I think you are going to love them. At the risk of dating myself, I have a pair of gucci loafers from 1993 and I still wear them, yes if taken care of they will last FOREVER. I clean and resole every couple years. I also have both the brixton and the jordan and love them both for different reasons. I highly recommend putting the rubber soles on the bottoms or you are likely to break a body part as they are insanely slippery on a variety of surfaces. I have had my pairs resoled as they are in frequent rotation and have six years of wear they still look and feel great. There is something about a gucci loafer if you get the right style in that they never go out of style as evidenced by my vintage soon to be 30 year old pair.

    • October 3, 2021 / 2:07 pm

      I’m so pleased to hear that your almost 30-year old pair are still going strong! I’m certain I will enjoy mine for many years to come 🙂 From all the feedback I’ve received, getting them re-soled is a must!

  2. Kate
    October 18, 2021 / 4:06 am

    Hello V: Need to ask about your experience with this shoe. I just bought a pair – love the look! And the size was just right But when trying them on with different pants, taking them off and on between pants, the suction (yes, a bit of suction) of taking them off caused part of the interior padding to lift off. Literally, the insole was lifting off and peeling away!

    Are yours holding steady? I’m afraid to order a 2nd pair – if they’re going to do this, I don’t need this problem.

    • October 22, 2021 / 10:11 am

      Hi Kate – oh dear! That’s certainly not been my experience with them and they’re not the easiest shoe to put on when you first get them either. I’d definitely look into taking these back and swapping them for a new pair.

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