Happy Monday! M. Gemi asked me to partner with them to help celebrate their 2-year anniversary this week. I'm excited to do so, since I have a rather personal connection with the brand! As some of you may know, I was part of the startup team at the company when it launched, and got to see a lot of what goes into each product. While I'm no longer there, I’m working with them in a different capacity today to share some of my personal favorite shoes since launch! In celebration of their anniversary, you can use code EP50 for $50 off your first purchase (ends 4/3), and shipping and returns are always free.
at Cafe Madeleine, one of our favorite neighborhood spots
For those who aren’t familiar, M.Gemi brings luxury shoes direct-to-consumer from Italian artisans, with new styles arriving online each Monday. Each style is handmade in limited quantities, but there's a few core styles that are more regularly available. Even though I'm an avid heels wearer, my favorite shoes from the brand are actually their flats! The Felize and Pastoso are two classics that were best-sellers from the start, and are made at a small, family-run Tuscany workshop specializing in moccasins. The leather outer and lining on these are soft and supple, making them some of my most comfortable shoes ever with no breaking-in needed.
I'm wearing a seasonal color here which sold out quickly, but I also love the new cream, gray, and soft pastel options for spring (also check out the Felize in beautiful "dusty rose")! True to the driving loafer style, there's small beads of rubber traction cushioning on the bottom which extend to the lower back side, and serve as a guard of sorts when you're stepping on the pedals while driving. Because I do wear heels so often, it's a treat to slip my feet into these for travel or for running around town. I typically wear between a US 5 and 5.5 in other brands, and take a EUR 35.5 in the Felize and Pastoso loafers.
If you're looking for something a little more sleek, the Stellato is a pointed slip-on flat with leather outers, lining, and soles. These are also comfortable for everyday wear, and look sharp and professional paired with business outfits. Compared to the driving moccasins, these have a smooth, harder leather sole (typical of higher-end designer flats), versus a flexible leather and rubber sole. I took a half size down in these compared to the mocs.
For my fellow heel lovers - the Cammeo pumps were my first pair of M.Gemi shoes, so you may have spotted them in outfits here and there over the years! They have a gorgeous, leg-lengthening silhouette, and are also fully leather in construction. At 4.25" high with a pointed toe, note these are not shoes for walking around in all day. With pointed toe silhouettes, I find that going half a size up can help with comfort. For a lower-heeled alternative, the Esatto is a 3.5" pump with a similar silhouette.
Thank you to M.Gemi for partnering on this post. I'd love to hear what your favorite styles are, and if you own any shoes from the brand!