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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!
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!