Well, here we are. I’m back again with another Gucci loafer post. Yes I did it, I caved and ordered a pair of Princetown’s, in white! Am I a genius, or really stupid? I don’t know, but no matter how practical they may or may not be, I love them.
I should start by mentioning the two previous Gucci loafers blog posts I have written in the last year. The first, here, focuses on the Jordaan style and the second, here, compares both the Jordaan and Brixton styles. I do recommend reading those too because I go into a lot more detail about those styles there than I will in this post. I also wrote a post on my Gucci Ace sneakers, here, which again you might be interested in (just thought I’d throw that one in as we are talking Gucci footwear).
Anyway, lets get to the point. If you follow me on Instagram you will already know I wanted my next pair of Gucci loafers to be white. I don’t buy white shoes very often because they are possibly the least practical colour you could ever buy, but there was something about this pair that drew me in. The white aren’t available in the Jordaan style, so they were ruled out, but you can get them in the Brixton and Princetown styles. I had planned to go for the Brixton style (like my pink pair, linked here *) but I thought I’d throw caution to the wind and try a pair of Princetown’s. Perfect for spring/summer, the Princetown style are open at the back, but not so great in autumn/winter (I’m basing this on UK weather).
I ordered them online (as I did will all of my Gucci shoes), so I fully intended on returning them and opting for the Brixton’s instead if the Princetowns flew off my feet every few steps. The site I ordered them from (here *) suggested taking half a size up (from my usual UK shoe size), but I ignored that as I knew there would be no way that would be right for me. I have narrow feet so would prefer the smallest size I could get away with. I opted for the same size as four of my Gucci loafers (half a size smaller than my usual UK shoe size). I find Gucci shoes to run large, so I didn’t see how these could be so different. Luckily it paid off, because they fit me perfectly. My heel is close to the edge but does not hang over (it can look like they fit small in photos as my foot slips back slightly as I walk around, but there is enough room inside for me to push my foot in more). As I have narrow feet, I know a bigger size would cause my foot to slip out. If you have other Gucci loafers I would suggest trying the same size as those as that worked for me (if you have a few in different sizes, perhaps try the largest and go from there). I did not try a pair in my usual UK shoe size. I’m sure they would have fit, but I wanted to size down as much as I can because leather stretches. Don’t wear anything that pinches or feels uncomfortable though – mine are all very comfortable to wear. It might be a case of trial and error and as I have said before, the best thing to do would be to try them in store (if possible). But otherwise you can order online and send back anything that isn’t suitable. I do have to hold them on a little as I walk (as I would in any flip flop, sandal or open shoe), but they aren’t difficult to keep on at all.
Something minor to mention, if you would like some comparisons between the Brixton/Jordaan’s and the Princetown styles, the Princetown’s have a slightly longer toe box at the front, presumably to help with keeping them on, but it doesn’t alter the way they feel when wearing them. I have included an image below which will show you better than I can explain.
Also, regarding the White colour (as far as I am aware this is the same with the Brixton style too), they are called ‘White’ online (on my shoe box it says Mystic White), but when compared with the Gucci Ace sneakers (which I would say are a true, bright white) they look slightly more of a stone colour (see photo below to compare). I like this as it matches a jacket that I have and I already knew they wouldn’t be bright white before ordering, but I thought I’d mention it just in case anyone else isn’t aware. Whether the colour will be practical I’m not sure, but so far so good and I won’t be wearing them in bad weather or if I’m walking long distances, anywhere muddy, etc. I’ve already surprised myself with how much I’ve worn them, the colour is really easy to style and they are comfortable to wear.
I’m glad I finally have the colour I’ve been lusting for and that I’ve tried the Princetown style. I’ve included a photo below of my full Gucci loafer collection. Will I add to it in future? I’m not sure, for now I think I’ve got a nice mixture of different styles and colours. If you’d like to see more examples of me wearing them please follow me on Instagram @emilyjanehardy.
I hope you have found this post useful! As always sizing and fit information included in this post is my own personal ordering experience (you might fair differently). I’ve linked a few of pairs of Princetown’s at the bottom of this post in various colours, should you like to browse some options.
If you have a question or would like to leave a comment feel free to do so below and I will get back to you as soon as I can. Thank you for reading!
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