I bought my first pair of Gucci Princetown loafers in the spring of 2016. I’d been wanting a pair for months and when I saw the limited edition navy and white gingham print, I had to have them and decided to splurge after a big work milestone! I’m pretty sure they were ‘only’ $650 back then, but the prices have slowly crept up over the last few years. They’ll currently run you $750 + tax for a fabric pair, and $790 for a leather pair.
I’ve really, really wanted a leather pair ever since, but could never justify buying another pair that I can’t wear year round in Chicago. Sure, I could go for the Jordan loafers with a back instead, but the Princetowns slides have always had my heart.
This past spring, I came across a pair of slides with a horsebit on Amazon that looked incredibly similar to the real Gucci pair so I decided to grab a few pairs to compare. At just $50, you don’t have to choose just one!
In person, you can see that they are almost identical. The bit is a bit thicker on the Amazon pair, but you have to be looking at them side by side to tell. I’ve never been one for ‘dupes’ or fakes so I grappled with the idea of keeping them or even sharing this blog post. I ended up just keeping the white pair, as I would never have the guts to buy a white pair of $800 leather loafers.
I appreciate that they don’t actually say Gucci so they feel more like an “inspired by” style, versus a true counterfeit product.
I’m a true size 8.5, but for whatever reason I wear a 40 in Gucci loafers. Maybe it’s because my foot is on the wider side? In these dupes, I ordered a size 9 and they fit perfectly.
I will say, my authentic Gucci pair is much more comfortable! Never once have they given me a blister, or even come close to being uncomfortable. But if I’m walking a while in the white Amazon pair, they do start to rub on the top part of my foot a bit.
Over on Instagram, a few people asked about regular loafers with a back. Although I have not tried these myself, the same brand does carry a pair of horsebit loafers. They’re available in a ton of colors, too!