I've always wanted a pair of Tod's driving loafers ever since I saw a particularly chic classmate of mine from grad school wear them. But at $495 a pair, it seemed quite a bit for a pair of shoes I wasn't sure I could pull off (they seem a bit of a granny shoe). So when the Felize loafer kept poppin up on my radar (damn you Facebook ads and sponsored posts by other bloggers), I knew I had to try them out. At $178 a pair and Italian-made, these shoes are in my comfortable price-point range (much like Everlane's Italian made shoes). So here is my totally unsponsored review of M.Gemi's loafers.
Because I kept seeing sponsored blog posts and Facebook ads for M.Gemi, I originally felt that these shoes must be a gimmick or not that great (or why else push so hard on the marketing?). BUT I was pleasantly surprised to find these shoes to be AWESOME!
But first a note on sizing. I ordered these in a 38.5. I'm usually a size 7.5-8, and always an 8 in Everlane's narrow shoes. M.Gemi has a great fit finder link on their site that will help you find the right size, and I have to say they're pretty accurate.
Ok back to the awesomeness of the shoe! This is a really well made Italian leather loafer. I chose the bright blue color (because why not, plus I wanted to be the least granny-ish as possible). But I love that they have so many colors for this one style (which also comes in suede now). What I love most about this shoe though is that it's fairly wide especially near the front of the foot. No squeezing or rubbing since the very beginning, so that means no breaking-in period. I wore this out the door the first day I got it and haven't had a blister yet (compare this to Everlane's modern loafer which still gives my blisters a year later, which is why I'm probably going to be selling it soon).
I also love the black rubber nubs on the bottom of the shoe (which come up on the outside of the heel in a very Tod-esque way). The black grippies (as I like to call them), prevent the shoes from being too slippery (a problem with almost all of Everlane shoes, but it does cause some squeakiness on smooth concrete floors) At the heel inside the shoe there's a bit of suede to keep the shoe from slipping off (and prevents blisters).
The only negative thing about these shoes is the lack of arch support. But that can be easily remedied by hidden arch supports like these. But other than that, this shoe is wonderful. I'm excited to try out some of M.Gemi's other offerings. And if you're interested I can email you a link to get $25 off your first purchase (just drop me a line on the comment section below)!