Gucci was established in Florence, Italy, as a modest family saddlery and leather-goods manufacturer in 1921. Since then it has developed almost out of all recognition to become one of the world’s premier and most recognisable brand names. From the relatively humble beginnings of its iconic luxury goods sector in the 1940s and 1950s to its current ranking as a world leader in innovative fashion design, the Gucci name has come to encompass style, elegance, exclusivity and, more often than not, great expense.
Gucci manufactures many different styles of clothes and accessories, from belts, hats, scarves, ties and stationery to men’s, women’s and children’s ranges of clothing and footwear.
On the men’s side, Gucci manufactures everything from beautifully crafted black patent leather moccasins and lace-ups to coloured suede moccasins with the signature Gucci horsebit ornament, from rubber-soled lace-up boots to stylish sandals, flip flops, and suede sneakers. The company also does an impressive range in classic styles, often involving such Gucci trademarks as the metal horsebit ornamental bar – a reminder of the company’s early beginnings as a saddlery – and fine leather craftsmanship. Prices for Gucci men’s shoes range from around £100 to around £250, depending on style and ornamentation.
For women, Gucci make a spectacular array of shoes. The look is classic yet original, with the traditional Gucci horsebit ornament occasionally translated to a more innovative bamboo bar for women’s shoes. Colours are usually elegantly understated, with beige and camel tones mixing with off-white and gold. From mules and moccasins to sandals and sneakers, there are so many shoes to choose from, and it is clear that Gucci designers have beauty, comfort and exquisite class in mind. Heeled Gucci shoes tend to come with thin but not impractical three-inch heels. The classic range of women’s shoes is generally more sedate, but still very distinctive and beautifully designed, with pointed toes and exquisite leather uppers. Prices for women’s shoes are comparable to men’s prices.
All Gucci shoes carry the world-famous Gucci logo, and many – especially the sneakers – have the distinctive triple-stripe web pattern.
Gucci shoes are available in any of the flagship Gucci stores around the globe, as well as online. The Gucci online shop requires you to know your shoe size according to the European sizing system (i.e. 40, 41, 42), so make sure you are sure about your size before confirming your order. It is of course possible to arrange returns and exchanges for faulty or ill-fitting shoes, within reason, but this can take time.