This review has been in my drafts for quite some time. Today, I want to share my Gucci Princetown Mules review. These shoes were on my wish list for a long time before purchasing them for my birthday present a couple years ago.
I want to start off by saying that these are very expensive shoes, and I know they won’t suit everyone’s taste and budget. These were on my wish list for a very long time and I bought them with the sole purpose of replace my worn out black mules. Previously, I had gone through many pairs of black mules; so, I already knew that this style would fit into my wardrobe.
One thing that I always want to do is to add value to my wardrobe, and that doesn’t always mean money. Sometimes that means high quality clothing that really stands the test of time. These shoes really are a staple in my wardrobe, and not only for work but for casual outfits as well. They mix and match with so many pieces, so I knew they would fit into my wardrobe.
These shoes are a little under $800 and that is the only reason I ever hesitated to write this review. However, I wanted to share my input in regards to fit, size, and quality. I do have some thoughts on fit and size that might help someone wanting to buy a pair of designer shoes.
For reference, I typically wear a size US 8. I rarely size up to US 8.5, but I have done so in a few of my Nisolo shoes. In my experience, high quality leather shoes are more comfortable in half a size up. I purchased these in a size EU 38.5 after reading many reviews. When I ordered them, I got them straight from the Gucci website. You can purchases these a few other places, but I wanted to purchase them directly from the designer website.
I’m not sure if purchasing them directly from Gucci is different than other places, but my shoes did come with a Gucci tote and wrapped with a beautiful ribbon. They also emailed me a beautiful background for my phone that looks similar to some of their wallpaper I’ve seen online. Inside the box, the shoes were wrapped very nicely with tissue paper and satin bags.
As far as fit and size, I do feel like 38.5 is right for me. However, it took a long time to break these in. I’ve come to the conclusion that designer leather is just simply different than more ‘affordable’ leather. For a good six months, these were not comfortable. The fronts of my feet are wide and it took a while for leather to stretch and mold to my foot shape.
I did two things that helped. First, I stuffed them with the tissue and shoe bags every time I wasn’t wear them. I would push the shoes bags, stuffed with the tissue, into the toe of shoe as far as I could. Second, I would wear these around the house with very thick socks as long as I could. That really helped stretch them out. There is a third thing I did, but I’m not entirely sure how much it helped — I rarely wore these during the first winter I had them. Honestly, it seemed like the cold made the leather feel even more stiff.
They fit perfectly now, and I even walked 5 miles around Charleston in January in these mules! They are incredibly comfortable and I love them.
Now, for the last aspect of these shoes and that is price. These are absolutely not something I would purchase for any other reason than they were a birthday present. Every year, for my birthday, I buy myself a designer bag. The year I bought these, I split what I’d saved in half and spent it on these shoes and my Senreve Mini Maestra. They are a complete splurge item, and I love having them in my wardrobe. These are worn several times a week. In fact, my Cladwell app calculates cost per wear on every time in my wardrobe, and these mules are down to $13.62 per wear.
Here are just a very few outfits with these mules:
Thanks for checking out my Gucci Princetown mules review! If you have any questions, let me know.