I finally found my perfect backless loafers for Spring and they didn’t break the bank! Have you noticed the huge Gucci loafer trend has exploded in every fashion magazine, blog and on Instagram? I’ve been loving the look so much and really wanting to incorporate it. It’s such a cool, fresh spin on the ballet flat look, and really easy to wear. I have had such a hard time finding a good high street version that is worth the price and has the right look. Last year there where several options at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale that were really popular amongst bloggers, but when I tried them on I didn’t love them. They either looked too masculine, my foot slid around too much or they where synthetic material. I’m pretty picky about how the toe box area looks as well since some designs make your feet look super long, and I’m also picky about the shoes being leather. Nothing cuts your feet up more than synthetic faux leather. Because I’m going to this blogger conference in Dallas next month I need a pair of flat, comfortable ‘dressy’ shoes that I can pair with skirts, dresses, slacks or pants so I decided I needed to hunt for backless loafers.
These caught my eye because I could see from far away that they were super soft leather (both inside and outside). They are less of a Gucci dupe though since it doesn’t have the horse bit, and they have the more feminine crossover strap that takes away from the menswear look, and the less structured leather. I didn’t think I’d like them on my feet though. I was after these Steve Madden Kera Flats which had more of a stiff structured look and closer to the Gucci loafer but when I saw them up close I was disappointed to see that the inside material is synthetic. Synthetic lining make my feet sweat something fierce, and that makes my foot slide around and blister. That sliding makes backless shoes pretty much impossible to walk in since you have to scrunch up your toes to keep them on your feet. I was also looking for these Coal Haan Poper Loafers which are leather upper and lining, and more of a pointy toe feminine look, but unfortunately, my store doesn’t carry this shoe. I think they may have been a close contender.Tory Burch has this pair, but I didn’t want to spend that much. I grabbed all the backless loafers I could to try on and as soon as my foot slipped into these I was sold.
These are TTS for me which is a size 9. For reference, the Steve Madden shoes where a full size down on me. They are lightly padded, and the leather is so incredibly soft that they mold to your feet. These are the only mules I’ve tried on where my foot doesn’t need to grip to keep them from sliding off as I walk. I loved how they looked with my jeans, and when I tried them on at home with a variety of pants and skirts I loved each look. I also really love that they are their own take on the backless loafer shoe without being a complete Gucci knockoff. I went in looking for ‘Gucci Dupes’ but what I liked best was the least obvious dupe. I’m really impressed with these and while I wouldn’t call $149 (the high end of the high street) ‘cheap’, the price point is quite low considering the quality. They aren’t designer shoes, but they definitely feel like designer shoes. They also come in a pretty metalic color that I may consider later on. Those are what’s linked below for you.