Gucci Reviews: Princetown Mule vs. Brixton Loafer + 1955 Horsebit Mini Bag

black gucci princetown mules petite fashion review
Staud dress xs, Blank NYC jacket xs, Gucci mules 35.5 ($100 less at NAP), Hermes belt
This is a super old draft I found in my archives, but since I still get questions on the Princetown mules each time I wear them I figured better late than never! When I first shared my Gucci belt size guide I had intended to also review their popular loafers and mules. I took some of these comparison pictures over 2 years ago and still find these styles to be as versatile and classic today. If you’ve been debating a pair, here are some of the different options and my thoughts!
  • Princetown mule – slip on mule with open back.
    Also at: Net-A-Porter for $100 less (last year’s pricing!), Nordstrom, or Saks in hard to find taupe
  • Brixton loafer – loafer that’s described as “convertible” from closed back loafer to open back mule. The back of the heel folds down to wear as a slip on shoe.
    Also at: Nordstrom
  • Jordaan loafer – traditional loafer with a structured back of the heel. The leather on this is similar to on the Princetown mule, and a little more stiff than on the Brixton loafer.

Gucci Princeton mule versus leather horsebit loafer comparison

FAQ
Which Style Should I Get out of the 3?

It totally depends on your personal style, but here are a few factors to consider ~ 

1. Do you prefer an open back mule or a closed loafer?

If you prefer the look of mules, I’d go with the Princetown. Even though the Brixton loafer is listed as convertible (which sounds ideal in theory!), when the back of the heel is folded down it doesn’t look polished, like it’s being unintentionally smooshed down. 

If you prefer a closed back loafer, I would go with the Brixton. I’ve read a couple reviews saying the leather on the Brixton is a little softer and more pliable than on the Jordaan, so is a little more comfortable. 

2. What type of climate do you live in? What seasons will you be wearing the shoes?

Mules cannot be worn here in Boston winters, but I also don’t usually wear loafers in the summer. 

3. Do you plan on wearing them for work?

For some business dress codes, shoes with a back are usually required (no mules). If you do a lot of walking, I find loafers to be easier to walk in for long periods of time without potentially slipping or shifting around on your feet.

gucci brixton loafer vs jordaan princetown mule review

Pic 1 Left: Brixton convertible loafer, Right: Princetown mule // Pic 2 Left: Brixton convertible loafer

What’s the Best Color to Get?

Black and mud (sometimes called “light brown”) were my top choices, and I ended up getting both over the years! Their other core color white is beautiful and fresh, but I already owned Sam Edelman mules in white.

Currently Mud is only stocked at Saks, and the white available at either Nordstrom or Saks.

Black – the most low maintenance, since the creases that appear across the top of the toe area are less visible on black, and it’s easy to get a color match to repair any scuffing down the road. 

Mud – I personally love a cool toned taupe since it’s a leg elongating and looks best against bare legs with skirts and dresses (especially if you’re petite). I also wear a ton of white and light colors, which this taupe pairs great with. But note that creases at the top of the shoe from walking will be more visible on taupe than on black.

How Does Sizing Run?

Princetown mules – run a tad short & narrow. I’m usually sz 5 to 5.5 and a 35.5 in these fit me best.

Brixton loafers – felt TTS for me.

Jordaan loafer – listed to run about a half size big, but I personally haven’t tried these on. 

Are they worth the price?

These shoes have gone through many rounds of price increases over recent years, and the current prices are pretty steep for mules and loafers even though they are well made. Personally, though, if I’m splurging on shoes these days I’d rather spend on practical flat ones like these than high heels like I used to! See the bottom of this post for a few more casual outfits I’d pair my mules with.

That being said, there are some good similar look for less options. I also own the popular Sam Edelman mules and closed back loafers and they look very similar and have held up well over time!

Gucci loafer review

1955 Horsebit Bags

While at the Gucci store, these iconic top handle bags also caught my eye. They are part of Gucci’s Horsebit 1955 collection with vintage inspired details I love. Both the mini and small have a removable adjustable shoulder strap, metal feet on the bottom, and a double zipper top closure. I’m trying on the mini size below which works well on a petite frame!

Mini 

In 8 color and material variations – beige leather is the newest addition. Available in solid colored leather ($2,200), GG logo canvas with brown or white leather trim ($1,980) or a summery straw material with leather trim ($2,100).

8″W x 8″H x 3″D

Small 

In 5 color and material variations, including black or red leather ($2,690) and GG logo canvas ($2,350)

9.8″W x 9.5″H x 3.5″D

Gucci Horsebit 1955 mini top handle bag

Gucci Horsebit top handle bag review

Gucci Horsebit 1955 mini  bag in white leather vs GG canvas

gucci 1955 horsebit top handle bag mini vs small size
The Small (Left) vs the Mini size (Right)

 

Gucci Princeton mule versus leather horsebit loafer comparison review

Left: Brixton loafers versus Right: Princetown mules

gucci horsebit leather loafer petite review

Brixton loafers worn with the back of heel flap unfolded, 1.5″ GG belt

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Gucci loafer mud everlane alpaca sweater petite spring outfit

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8 Comments

  1. miki wrote:

    I adore these shoes so much, best color, in my opinion is black!!
    Miki x

    Posted 6.21.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      A timeless classic!

      Posted 6.24.21 Reply
  2. RK wrote:

    I am a fashion conscious very petite 66 year old woman (who looks much younger!) and I love your blog! You look so tall in your pictures though! I bought the sun hat you featured last week and wore it to a graduation party this weekend. Thank you!!!!!!

    Posted 6.20.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      Thank you so much for your kind note!!

      Posted 6.24.21 Reply
  3. Sharon R wrote:

    I’m glad you finished this review/post. I have been debating on those options and you brought very good points out! Thanks Jean!

    Posted 6.19.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      So glad it could be a help to you as your make your choice!

      Posted 6.24.21 Reply
  4. Angeline wrote:

    I adore the Brixton loafers, it’s one of the best purchase I’ve ever made x

    Posted 6.19.21 Reply
    • Jean | Extra Petite wrote:

      So glad to hear that! What color do you have?

      Posted 6.24.21 Reply

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