Purchasing luxury/designer footwear can be daunting. Deciding on colours, styles, sizes etc can take time and you don’t want to make a mistake. I’d like to think this post might be useful for you (if you are looking to own a pair of Gucci Ace sneakers) as I’m going to cover things I looked into before buying my own pair, some of which I didn’t particularly find answers to until buying my own. It goes without saying (but I’m saying it anyway so here we go), everything in this post is my own opinion, how I have found ordering online, fit and sizing of the sneakers. You might fair differently, but I wanted to share my experience incase you find it useful.
Why Gucci Ace and how did I decide on the style?
I am the first to admit that I don’t make a habit of wearing trainers. I own a few pairs of Nike and one pair of Adidas, but I would only wear them for exercising (lol) or running errands. I wanted a pair that I could wear shopping, out and about and with casual looks, still feeling put together. Over the last few months I have purchased a few pairs of Gucci loafers (see posts here and here) so I’ve spent more time looking at Gucci footwear recently than I’d care to admit. I almost ordered a pair around the middle of last year but didn’t, panicking last minute that they wouldn’t suit my style. I decided a few weeks ago that I would order a pair online, with the intention of getting them out of my head one way or another. I’d either fall in love and keep them or send them straight back and never give them a second thought again.
There are quite a few different designs to choose from but there was only one for me. I love the red hearts, they are so cute and I’ve adored them ever since I first saw them. I did consider the version without the hearts (I think the ones with a bee design are really nice), but my heart (get it?) was set on these beauties! There are quite a few options though, so make sure you have a good look around when choosing your own. I have linked mine below along with a few other styles and variations and I purchased mine here*. I wouldn’t think too much into it, just go for the style you are most drawn to as you are a lot less likely to get bored of them that way. I did wonder whether the hearts would be too distracting or busy with my clothes, but they look great with everything I’ve tried with them so far.
As you can see from the below image, the backs are odd (one red, one green) which I quite like as it’s different. They also have a style with white, softer backs which can be worn folded down (a bit like a pair of slippers). They have the usual Gucci stripe down the side of both shoes and plain white laces.
How do they fit?
This was the part that stressed me out because I was ordering online and therefore guessing my size. I’d never tried on a pair in store which I don’t really recommend (as I essentially guessed), so if you get chance to please try some sizes on in a store! Even if you have no intention of buying that day, it’s still best to know what size you will need. This way if you see a pair online, that dream pair that you have been lusting over and today is the day, then you know what size to pop into your basket.
I didn’t do that (because I’m an idiot), which led me to placing two separate orders. I guessed at my size, choosing the same size as I am in most of my Gucci leather Jordaan and Brixton loafers. They arrived and I couldn’t understand why they were so roomy, I could have easily made do with that size but making do is not ideal when you are spending this amount of money on them. I ordered half a size smaller that day (arriving the following day) and they are perfect! So to recap, I’m half a size smaller in these than I am in Gucci loafers (these are one full size smaller than any other pair of trainers I own and my usual UK shoe size). The Gucci Ace sneakers are fairly wide fitting, so if you have a wider foot I think these will be great. My feet are quite narrow, but I’m still really comfortable in them as you can lace them as tight as you need to (although I don’t mind wearing them more relaxed).
If you are ordering online I would recommend checking out Gucci’s website (even if you place your order elsewhere). They have a size guide which suggests going half a size smaller than your usual Gucci shoe size, which worked for me (once I re-ordered that is as I didn’t consult this first time around). I have spoken to a few women who have varied in their Gucci sneaker sizes (compared to their usual non Gucci shoe size). Some stayed at their true size, some half a size down and some a full size down (like me) or more! So unfortunately it might not be as straight forward as guessing your size. One thing to bare in mind is that leather in theory will stretch over time, so if you think a pair you try on are roomy, you might want to take a smaller size. Mine are the smallest pair of shoes I own (by half a size), so I would say Gucci sneakers definitely run big.
If you are really looking to personalise your Gucci Ace Sneakers, you can order patches from the Gucci website (they clip on and off, attaching at the laces I believe, although I don’t have any myself). Of course this comes at an extra cost, but it’s one way of making yours unique to your style should you want to.
I think that’s everything! As I have only recently purchased mine, I will do an updated post in a few months if I feel like anything else needs mentioning. If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for reading!
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