I’m going to start by saying something a few of you might agree with (I’m sure these shoes are a bit like marmite). When I first came across them over a year ago, I didn’t get the hype, at all. I didn’t even like the look of them that much and I presumed they would be a trend that would come and go. Well they are more popular than ever this year and I must admit, they’ve grown on me. I’d considered a pair for a while because they just seemed to be everywhere and I completely changed my mind on them once I’d tried a pair on in the flesh. I know I’m not exactly selling them by saying I wasn’t sure at first, but I’m not trying to. This is just my own experience with this shoe style and how I’ve found them to fit, feel, etc. Of course I can’t talk about longevity at the moment since I’ve only recently purchased them, but I will happily do an updated version of this once they’ve had a year or so’s wear.
I presume if you are reading this, you are either interested in buying a pair and therefore you do like the style, or you are simply curious and want to know more. Hopefully this post is useful to you in some way. When making investment purchases, I research before I buy, so this is the kind of thing I would like to have read before I ordered mine.
Why did I choose the Jordaan style?
There are a few other Gucci versions that are similar in style to the Jordaan, including the Princetown (slip on mules) and the Brixton (with a collapsable heel). I initially considered the Princetown as they are quite popular online, however I ended up going for the full shoe of the Jordaan. I feel they are more my style and slightly more practical for A/W wear (being closed in at the back) and I didn’t want to risk them slipping off whilst I was walking. I’m also not sure how long the slip on mule style will continue being popular, so didn’t want to risk making a mistake with such a pricey purchase. I love the antique gold horsebit detail to the front, for me it’s classic Gucci.
How many pairs do I own?
I own two, one pair are Scarlett Red velvet* and the other pair are Black leather*. I purchased separately, the red pair first after being blown away by the colour of them! I then ordered the black pair the same day the red velvet arrived. The second wasn’t a planned purchase, I was just so impressed with the red pair that I wanted to try more!
What is the sizing like?
I’d never brought a pair of Gucci shoes before, so went for my usual size for my first purchase (the Red Velvet) and they fit comfortably. The website recommended taking your usual size so that’s what I did. There’s a tiny bit of give, but not enough to warrant a different size. I’d been told that the leather versions stretch out quite a bit after a few wears and the website also suggested sizing down half a size, so I did for my second purchase (the Black pair). They fitted just like the velvet pair, considering they are half a size smaller, so I’m glad I decided to size down for the leather version. I have narrow feet and slim heels, so I find a lot of shoes wide fitting, causing my feet to move around in the shoe (they aren’t weird I promise – I wrote about this before, here). I suit slim and more lightweight styles rather than chunky/weighty shoes for the same reason. Gucci Jordaan’s fit very narrow, they are literally my dream come true. If you have narrow feet you will love these. If you have wide feet you might need to size up a little, baring in mind they might stretch out over time.
Are they comfortable?
I am so happy to write this – yes they are! So comfortable!! The velvet pair are soft and dare I say it, like slippers. The black pair have the most incredibly soft leather which makes them fit like a glove. I would easily say they are my most comfortable flat shoes.
Are they worth it?
They are expensive and for me they are certainly an investment purchase rather than throw away fashion. I put off buying them for a while due to the price, but now I have them I don’t know how I ever managed without them (slight exaggeration, but I do love them). They are very well made, which you would expect for the price but that’s not always guaranteed. If you are going to wear them all the time I think they are a good investment. They work really well with my wardrobe and I feel like I chose the two best colours for me. I like the fact that I have a bright pair and a dark pair, both velvet and leather, for contrast. They are very practical and good for on-the-go days where comfort is a priority, whilst still looking stylish. I think they are a classic investment and although pricey, they have earned their place in my wardrobe already as I haven’t taken them off since!
Would I re purchase?
I so would! But with two pairs already, I think I’m more than good for a while (my debit card just took a sigh of relief). In fairness, the jacket I recently purchased (see post) is to blame for the velvet pair as I thought they would go sooo well (which they do, yay). Then I got addicted and ordered the Black pair too… I haven’t really got an excuse for that one.
I have since written an updated Gucci loafers post which follows on from this one, comparing both the Jordaan and Brixton style (and more colours). If you would like to read it please click here.
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