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Ferragamo vs. Gucci

Todd

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Hello,

I am considering investing in a new pair of horesbit loafers from either Gucci or Ferragamo.

Unfortunately, there are no retailers within an hour or so of my place that carry Gucci so it is hard for me to compare quality.

Any thoughts? The price point on the Gucci loafers seams a little higher but I don't know if I am really getting that much more quality?
 

hossoso

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You can find *much* better shoes for a much better price. What city or area are you in? That information will facilitate more advice on this forum. As you might want advice, please hold off on buying the Gucci loafers...
 

Todd

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Originally Posted by hossoso
You can find *much* better shoes for a much better price. What city or area are you in? That information will facilitate more advice on this forum. As you might want advice, please hold off on buying the Gucci loafers...

I am in Columbus, Ohio... Yeah.... Not much but blue jeans here (and farmland)....
 

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I owned 2 pair of Gucci loafers.

They were the same model - the half-bit. The first pair, I had shined for the first time and the dye in the leather started coming off... to somewhat of a reddish tone. I exchanged them, only to experience the second time, the bit breaking. Needless to say, they were my first 200+ dollar (450) shoes and I knew even then I should be expecting a little more.

Do not buy Gucci loafers.

(Fortunately, my Saks SA is fantastic and this was remedied without issue, and translated into a credit towards one of my pairs of Barker Blacks.)
 

Todd

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Originally Posted by kronik
I owned 2 pair of Gucci loafers.

They were the same model - the half-bit. The first pair, I had shined for the first time and the dye in the leather started coming off... to somewhat of a reddish tone. I exchanged them, only to experience the second time, the bit broke. Needless to say, they were my first 200+ dollar (450) shoes and I knew even then I should be expecting a little more.

Do not buy Gucci loafers.

(Fortunately, my Saks SA is fantastic and this was remedied without issue, and translated into a credit towards one of my pairs of Barker Blacks.)


Maybe I should stick with Moreschi or (higher end) Cole Haan - both have lasted years for me.
 

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i have opposite experience that of kronik.

i own two ferragamo bit loafers that i get heavy use out of and they have done well so far.

i own 2 gucci loafers. one is a guccissima bit loafer. both have worn well too ( however i dont wear them that often as the ferragamo)

the guccissima may be a bit garish but i dont mind flamboyance and garishness in shoes.

this pair i wear with jeans or dressed down casual or dressy casual.
it looks tacky with suits or more dressed up business wear.

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i like them alot and enjoy wearing them.
our fellow nighttrain may like them
 

norcaltransplant

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Originally Posted by Todd
Maybe I should stick with Moreschi or (higher end) Cole Haan - both have lasted years for me.

If Moreschi works for you, why change? The leather in the lower line Ferragamos and definitely the Guccis will be of lower quality than the uppers on the Moreschi. The soles will probably be a bit thicker since Moreschi tends to favor the paper thin variety... does it ever rain in Italy?
 

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Originally Posted by Bergdorf Goodwill
I'm pretty confident that Saks at Polaris stocks both Gucci and Ferragamo.

They actually do stock Ferragamo, but not Gucci. Actually they had a great sale on Ferragamo and Bruno Magli (sp?) recently.
 

Todd

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Originally Posted by norcaltransplant
If Moreschi works for you, why change? The leather in the lower line Ferragamos and definitely the Guccis will be of lower quality than the uppers on the Moreschi. The soles will probably be a bit thicker since Moreschi tends to favor the paper thin variety... does it ever rain in Italy?

Thanks I appreciate the detailed comparison of the two. Before I invest a few hundred in another pair of shoes I just wanted to review a few other brands.
 

Mr. Checks

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I'm sure there's a Nordstrom there, why don't you check Nordstrom Rack as they stock Ferragamo and you can usually find them for under $175 or so.

FWIW, I have a pair of black Ferragamo loafers that I never seem to wear.
 

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Much better than Gucci
 

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I have three pairs of Gucci loafers--the black traditional horsebit, the slimmer sole moc horsebit, and some black velvet loafers--as long as you take care of them, they seem to last.
 

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It astounds me sometimes that while the rest of the world lusts after the wonderful shoes made in the good 'ol US of A by Alden and A&E, advertising has convinced the American buyer that the overpriced rubbish from gaudy Italian 'designer' brands are worth paying money for.

I own considerably more pairs of American shoes than Italian ones.
 

ShoeDogg11

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Don't do the Gucci, we have both available in VA, and I'd still buy the 'gamos. Check out Saks or Nordstrom for some better options. If you don't do Collection then I'd stay away from the Cole Haan's as well...
 

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