Should you get your hands on a pair of Gucci loafers? Read our Review here
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Gucci is an Italian high fashion brand and they usually move very quickly with the trends, however, they produced one thing ever since 1953 and it's the Gucci horse bit loafer model 1953. Because they've been so popular over the years, there are many iterations and models, some are slippers with a soft heel, you can find them with different logos, but the original one has the classic horse bit, and no logos that are visible. You might wonder, at the end of the day, it's just a loafer, isn't it? Well, not quite.
Construction & Workmanship
First, when I looked at it on the website, I was quite disappointed because there wasn't much detail. They just said, black leather and horse bit but they didn't talk about what kind of leather, how it was tanned, how it was constructed, if it was sewn, glued, what kind of construction it was, and so I was weary because I expected that it wasn't a good shoe after all. Now when I got the shoe, the actual first impression was much better. You could see the moccasin top was sewn by hand, that was quite obvious because of the different stitch density on the side and in the front which is a hallmark of handwork. You could also see little puckering along the edges which is typical for hand-sewn moccasins. The leather is very nice, good quality, it is hand stained but that makes more of a difference with brown shoes, not really with black, however, Italians are very good with leather especially around Florence and so you can rest assured that you get a quality hide on Gucci loafers.
Another area that I was quite surprised by it was the lining of the modern 1953 version. Because it's mostly a textile, you can see at the bottom of the shoe that it's a textile, it doesn't say whether it's cotton or linen, I suspect it's one of the other or a blend, could also be a poly blend but I don't know because Gucci doesn't provide any more information about it. The good thing is, it works really well for summery weathers because when your feet sweat, no matter, if you went on bare feet, or with no-show socks, or with regular socks, the cotton or the material, will absorb more than the leather and it will be more comfortable. If you look at the older Gucci horse bit loafers, they were all leather lined in a regular tan leather. Interestingly, there seems to be no foam pad underneath that leather insole in the heel area and I wonder why they didn't add that.
– It's not a flashy shoe. It's an iconic shoe and this is an original.
– It's a comfortable shoe made in a classic last, made in the same shape since 1953.
– It's very easy to sell them and you still get quite a bit of money for them.
– Good quality
– The cost
– Soft construction
So in conclusion, is the Gucci horse bit loafer worth it?
The answer is it depends! (Watch the video for a detailed explanation.)
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