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This review of Gucci Brixton loafers has been a long time coming. I have been thinking of posting it for a while, but somehow the idea of writing about shoes which have been reviewed hundreds of times kept it sliding to the back of the queue. Still, each review seems to add something new and original to the long discussion so in the end, I thought, why not!
What makes Gucci Brixton loafers really special is the fabulously soft and smooth leather. As far as leather goes, it is exceptionally supple so it quickly adjusts to the shape of the foot for a bespoke fit. It is almost like having your shoes made to measure, and who would not like that
Although loafers can often have a masculine edge, the shape of Gucci Brixtons is more delicate than what you would normally expect from this model. As such, they should appeal even to those who usually gravitate towards more feminine styles of flat shoes, like the ballerinas. This is something that certainly took me by surprise. While I did not expect my Gucci Brixton loafers to be particularly cool, I was worried they might look a bit frumpy and old-school. In reality, they turned out to have nice and slender cut, and are actually quite elegant (well, at least for loafers). [Back to Menu]
Of course, buying online involved the usual drama surrounding sizing. While reviews of Gucci loafers are plentiful, there is also a lot of conflicting information around on how the shoes run. To be frank, having come across comments stating that the Brixton ran large, true to size, and even small, I had little confidence in what I was ordering. Also, given that Gucci sizing is generally quite inconsistent, I could not rely on any prior knowledge of the brand in that respect either. The whole process was rather painful, to say the least.
The above measurements are practically the same as size 37.5 in other luxury brands, in a similar style of shoes. As a reference point, below I have set out the dimensions of the Flower Heel loafers from Salvatore Ferragamo and a pair of Chanel loafers, both in size 37.5:
Brixton loafers are a proof that when it comes to footwear craftsmanship, Gucci are still on top of their game. The shoes are not only beautifully made, but also exceptionally comfortable. So if you are on a lookout for a pair of classic, no-fuss loafers which can be worn all day, they are certainly a good option to consider.
To be clear, it did not lead to much pain or ripping of my skin. It was just a little annoying. Afterwards, I started applying a non-rub stick in the place where I felt the friction, and the problem went away.
The first one is the outer sole. The leather sole is incredibly smooth so when the shoes are brand new, they do not have much of a grip. The heel has a small, non-slip patch, but it is not particularly effective and so I would not advocate relying on it for safety. I nearly landed on my backside when I first tried on my Brixtons at home on a smooth carpet, so do take extra care.
To take the heat out of the situation, I would strongly advise buying a shoehorn, if you do not have one already. I always assumed (clearly erroneously!) that shoehorns were just for grannies and old-school gents, but in the case of Gucci Brixton loafers they are truly indispensable. I cannot express how much easier and quicker it is to put the shoes on when you are using one. So if you are planning to invest in a pair of Brixtons, try to pick up a shoehorn as soon as you can. Trust me, it will be a real time saver. [Back to Menu]
One of my favourite things about Gucci Brixton loafers is how study and well-made they are. The supreme quality of craftsmanship and materials is something that all Gucci shoes have in common. From my experience with the brand, and especially its footwear, Gucci quality always translates into longevity, and so I was expecting nothing less from my pair of Brixtons.
The best way to avoid the continuous stretching of the soft leather heels, is to invest in the earlier mentioned shoehorn. Again, like with the inserts, a shoehorn is not going to eliminate all the wrinkling. However, by taking the stretching and bending of leather out of the equation, it should help to preserve the original profile of the counters and contribute to their overall longevity. Without it, the only alternative is to force the foot into the shoe, which will lead to the backs collapsing, the creases becoming more prominent, and ultimately the shoes looking tatty and worn.
The practicality of Gucci Brixton loafers is another big pro, and a reason why they are worth splashing out on. The shoes are not only tremendously soft and comfortable, but also versatile so they can be worn two-ways. There are not many examples of luxury footwear, which can easily transform from an elegant slipper into an edgy mule, so in that respect these glorious Gucci loafers are also rather unique.
One of the points, which I always consider in my reviews is the potential for picking up the item at a discounted price. Unfortunately, as one of the most sought-after classic designs, Gucci Brixton loafers tend to be excluded from sales. At least, I have never come across a pair of black Brixtons, which would be marked down. This is, understandably, another downside of the shoes. Those who are after a bargain are more likely to find them on second-hand luxury websites like Vestiaire Collective. However, even there a pair of well-maintained, used Brixton Gucci loafers may not be that easy to find.
In terms of airport discounts, I do not recall seeing the black Gucci loafers at Heathrow where you can often pick up designer items duty-free, at 20% off. However, it does not necessarily mean they are not available there, I have just not seen them. If I do come across them in the future, though, I will update this post and let you know.
Overall, to those who value comfort, quality and classic designs, Gucci Brixton loafers should look like a solid, long-term investment. The minimalism of the style, combined with a modern twist of the foldable heels, will not disappoint those on a lookout for distinctive models capable of standing the test of time. If you do not mind the hassle of maintaining the somewhat delicate exteriors of Brixtons, you might have just found yourself the perfect pair of shoes! My verdict: An edgy classic with strings attached [Back to Menu]
I have not resoled my Brixtons yet, but I have resoled many other flats in my collection e.g. Chanel ballerinas, Valentino Rockstuds ankle-strap flats etc. The shoe restoration company I have been using has always advised me to resole both the sole and heel, as otherwise the shoes might not be in balance. Personally, I have never had a problem with the heel being too high as a result.
In 1921, Guccio Gucci bought his own shop on Via della Vigna Nuova in Florence, Azienda Individuale Guccio Gucci, where he sold imported leather luggage. He also opened a small workshop to have his own leather goods made by local craftsmen. Eventually, a larger workshop had to be acquired to house Gucci's sixty artisans. In 1935, the invasion of Ethiopia by Mussolini led the League of Nations to impose a trade embargo on Italy. Leather became scarce, pushing Guccio Gucci to introduce other fabrics in the composition of the products, such as raffia, wicker, wood, linen and jute. The rombi motif, a Gucci signature, was created. The Guccis developed a new tanning technique to produce \"cuoio grasso\", which became a Gucci trademark. In 1937, Gucci launched its handbags.
In 1969, Giorgio, the son of Aldo, had sparked the first family feud by launching Gucci Boutique on his own, which was finally reabsorbed by the family group in 1972. During the 1980s, the Gucci saga eroded the family-held top management of the company and fed the press headlines. Paolo Gucci, son of Aldo, tried to launch the brand Gucci Plus on his own. Aldo was criticized for developing most of the international business under Gucci America, which he owned. In 1982, to ease tensions in the family, the Gucci group was consolidated and became a publicly-traded company, Guccio Gucci SpA. In May 1983, Rodolfo died. His son Maurizio Gucci inherited his father's majority stake in the company and launched a legal war against his uncle Aldo for full control of Gucci (a prosecution led by the city prosecutor Rudolph Giuliani, and with Domenico de Sole representing the Gucci family). Maurizio Gucci took over the company's direction. In 1986, Aldo Gucci, 81, with only 16.7% of Gucci left in his possession, was sentenced to a year in prison for tax evasion (in a prison where Albert Nipon was also an inmate). The artwork of the Gucci Galleria was liquidated. In 1988, Maurizio Gucci sold almost 47.8% of Gucci to the Bahrain-based investment fund Investcorp (owner of Tiffany since 1984), and withheld the other 50%.
Dawn Mello was hired in November 1989 as Gucci's executive vice president and chief designer. She reduced the number of stores from over 1,000 to 180 in a move to rebuild the brand's exclusivity. She also reduced the number of items sold by Gucci from 22,000 to 7,000. She revived the Bamboo bag and the Gucci loafer. She moved Gucci's headquarters back from Milan to Florence, where the history of Gucci is deeply rooted.
In September 2016, Gucci inaugurated the Gucci Hub, its new Milan headquarters built in the former Caproni aeronautical factory. In July 2017, Gucci announced the launch of Gucci Décor, the first time the brand tested itself in the home decoration segment. In April 2018, Gucci inaugurated the ArtLab, a 37,000-square-metre center of innovation outside of Florence in Italy, where new leather goods, footwear, new materials, metal hardware and packaging are developed and tested. In November 2018, Gucci opened the Gucci Wooster Bookstore in New York, a 2,000-book shop curated by the founder of Dashwood Books David Strettell. In April 2019, the company launched Gucci 9, a 500-employee network of 6 call centers worldwide for high-end customer service. Gucci also revived its makeup collection and launched its first fine jewelry collection. 59ce067264