If you are following me on Instagram, you know I couldn’t help but share my excitement for the new to me Gucci loafers I received in the mail last week! Loafers have been on the top of my list for a while now because they are such a classic shoe that can pull together and prep up any outfit. When I came across these on Poshmark, I put an offer in right away! Ultimately, the seller and I came to an agreement at $49. With shipping I only paid $55 for a $500+ pair of shoes! I got super lucky with these because they are still in very good condition and the small wear that was off putting to other buyers were really just quick fixes (i.e. DIY suede cleaner and a lint roller). Like I always mention, you do have to be smart about buying secondhand designer items online. This could have been $55 wasted if you don’t do your research. For this post I wanted to put together a help post for buying Gucci loafers secondhand, but I think these tips can also be very helpful for any other high end purchase. Keep scrolling for tips!
1. serial number
Whenever you buy any sort of designer item (shoes, bags, pants, whatever) there is going to be a unique serial number printed on the label or somewhere on the item. It is really important to confirm that these numbers are present, and give them a quick google search to make sure it matches the item you are wanting to purchase. One of the first red flags of a designer secondhand purchase is no serial number. Don't be afraid to ask the seller for a picture of this!
Gucci loafers are well known for the buckles on their loafers, and they are consistent across all models. Make sure the ends are circles, and they connect together in the middle in a sort of clasp. Some knock off brands get away with a similar design of this, but Gucci's is very specific.
When you look at the sole of any designer shoe, it should be sturdy and well made. As well, ou can see that "Gucci" is engraved into the bottom, along with "made in Italy". Knockoffs will typically not be this crafted, or may even say that they are made in another country other than Italy. If they say "made in China" DO NOT BUY.
4. Small details + Overall Quality
Aside from that, be smart about your secondhand designer purchase. Look at the craftsmanship and small detailing. Gucci shoes will have "Gucci made in Italy" printed inside the shoe, similar to the sole. As far as the detailing goes, the stitching should be perfect, and any printing should be in a straight line. If you think something is too cheap for Gucci to make, you are probably right.
Thanks so much for reading! If you have your own tips, or want help shopping secondhand for another designer item, let me know in the comments below!
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