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They come in a plethora of different fabrics and patterns but the underlining details are always the same.
Let’s dive into an overview and review of the timeless Gucci Princetown Fur Mules.
Eternally Stylish Gucci Princetown Fur Slippers
I have 4 different pairs of these and they are some of my most worn shoes. Horsebit mules instantly elevate a simple outfit. Gucci is one of those fashion houses that have a blend of elegant items alongside contemporary “trendy” designs.
Copied and emulated, this style has been seen everywhere but it is still a classic favorite. After all, imitation is the biggest form of flattery. Sometimes designer shoes are uncomfortable but these are seriously comfortable! I have put many miles on my Princetown mules and they have never let me down.
History of the Gucci Horsebit Detail
Since 1953, the horsebit detail has been incorporated into Gucci’s designs. The inspiration came to Guccio Gucci from years of working at The Savoy in London. Gucci was introduced to the aesthetic of the English racing set in London.
The horsebit is a distinctive interlocking metal detail across the vamp of the shoe. It resembles the horsebit snaffle, the part of the bridle that sits on the horse’s mouth during riding.
2023 marked the 70th anniversary of the Gucci Horsebit Loafer. It’s so iconic that one pair has been in the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art since 1984.
Countless celebrities, politicians, and notable business people have been wearing these for decades. The style is forever classic and hasn’t changed over the years.
History of the Gucci Princetown Mules
In the Fall/Winter 2015 collection, Creative Director Alessandro Michele, introduced the mule version of the famed loafer. The new design was named the Gucci Princetown Slipper. It was heavily inspired by the 1950s classic horsebit Jordaan loafer. Perhaps “Slipper” is a bit of a misnomer as the shoe is more of a slip-on mule.
This reimagining of the loafer to mule included an elongated toe, leather sole, and the coveted horsebit detail.
Through the years the Classic Gucci Princetown Mules have evolved to include prints and logos, leathers and fabrics, and the addition of fur trim. The Pricetown loafers have been handcrafted in Italy for decades. One thing has remained the same – the famed horsebit detail.
The Many Styles of Gucci Princetown Slides
The most popular style of the Gucci Princetown Slipper is created from calfskin leather. This timeless style comes in many colors including neutrals like black and ivory as well as vibrant colors like pink and green. Many styles are created from exotic leather such as alligator, lizard, and ostrich.
If you’re extra adventurous with your footwear, try the bejeweled Princetown mules!
In an effort to become more sustainable and provide animal-free products, Gucci developed a proprietary vegan leather in-house. This faux leather is called Demetra and you can read a bit more about it here. In 2021 Gucci launched a few styles of handbags and footwear using Demetra.
Gucci Princetown Fur Mules Exterior Features
The calfskin leather has a slight pebbled texture but for the most part, it is pretty smooth. The leather is slightly stiff therefore when it breaks in, you will see some creasing in the front. Even though the leather is a bit more structured, these are truly comfortable out of the box. The interior leather is more supple and soft for extra comfort when worn barefoot.
As of 2015, Gucci uses only metal-free tanned leather in all their products. What does it mean when the leather is metal-free? Metal-free signifies that the leather was finished without using heavy metals such as aluminum, chrome, iron, zirconium, or titanium. All of those can be harmful to humans, animals, and the environment.
The exposed stitching is dyed the same color as the leather giving it a streamlined, clean look.
An elongated, rounded toebox gives the shoe a modern yet classic look that can be dressed up or down. These are definitely on the narrow side. The insole is relatively slender around the heel and then gets slightly wider around the toes.
Iconic Horsebit Detail
Two leather loops hold the horsebit accent in place. The gold tone on the metal is a true, deep yellow color. It also has a slightly aged look to it, it’s not pristine gold but more of an antique, distressed tone.
The horsebit detail is created from a few pieces of metal and molded into the shape synonymous with Gucci. Here is an amazing article detailing the iconic Gucci hosebit and just how invaluable it is.
No Heel on the Furry Princetown Slipper
It is absolutely flat. There is a small strip of rubber near the heel to help with loud flip-flopping as you walk.
The leather sole can be slippery on some surfaces. There is a small, rubber “heel” to help give traction and reduce the click-clack sound.
Benefits of Leather Outsoles
Leather outsoles have many benefits. They are more comfortable than synthetic alternatives as they conform to your foot and adapt to the way you walk. They are playable and breathable which is great for foot health.
Leather is also sturdy which keeps your feet better supported. Leather is a natural material that is not created with synthetics, non-renewable resources, or chemicals which makes it sustainable.
Typically leather soled shoes are an investment and should be re-soled by a professional cobbler to extend their life. Leather soles are easily replaceable so you can enjoy your investment shoes for many years.
And, finally, leather soles add elegance to a shoe, making them future-proof as they are always in style.
Read this more in-depth article about why you should always choose shoes with leather soles.
Gucci Princetown Fur Mules Interior Features
Gucci Princetown Slipper Fur Trim
This version of the Gucci Princetown Fur Slipper has fur surrounding the insole, inside the closed portion of the shoe as well as the interior top of the toe box.
Kangaroo fur was used in the Princetown slippers between 2015 and 2017. In 2018 Gucci stopped using kangaroo fur and replaced it with lambswool. In fact, Gucci pledged in 2017 that they would ban the use of fur in their pieces starting in 2018.
The Princetown fur mules in this overview are from 2019 and therefore have the lamb’s wool. The wool is extremely durable and soft. These will keep your feet warm and cozy, even without socks.
Gucci has kept its “fur-free” pledge although some say that the use of lamb’s wool is not entirely cruelty-free.
Gucci Princetown Insoles
The insole is stitched all the way to the outsole. This makes the shoes durable and comfortable. The fur-lined Princetown slippers are mostly fur but have a leather insole underneath. There is a patch of calfskin leather with the GUCCI logo and “Made in Italy” text at the interior heel. This tag is visible when the shoes are off.
Gucci Shoe Dust Bags and Packaging
There’s been talk about the change in the Gucci dustbags all over the Internet. Honestly, many of the luxury brands have changed their packaging and dustbags.
The controversy is that older Gucci dustbags were made in Italy. The fabric was natural such as cotton, flannel, and silk. Many of the older dustbags were satin silk on the exterior and soft cotton or flannel on the inside.
Nowadays dustbags are a synthetic satin made in China. When the change first happened many people who bought Gucci off the second-hand market thought it was a sign of a fake item but that wasn’t the case, Gucci just stealthily changed the way they produced their dustbags.
The fabric and where the dustbags are made wasn’t the only change. Older dustbags had printed or embroidered GUCCI logos on them but now it’s just a tag that is haphazardly sewn on but only attached at the 4 corners.
Cutting costs is important to companies but luxury brands should keep their packaging luxurious to warrant the rising prices of luxury footwear.
How to Style the Gucci Princetown Fur Mules
Honestly, the loafer or mule NEVER goes out of style. It may be popular on and off but it is always a classic and always an eye-catching shoe that is synonymous with “expensive” and “exclusive”. Quiet luxury at its best!
In my humble opinion and this is a pet peeve of mine, the LEAST stylish thing about wearing mules is when they are TOO SMALL! So many times I see people wearing mules with their heels almost dragging the ground. Let’s all agree, mules typically run small so go ahead and size up 1/2 a size or maybe even a full size.
These Gucci mules DO run small, I typically wear a 36.5 and opted for the 37 (but honestly I could have even gone up to 37.5). This is especially true because the inside is full of fur, making the shoe slightly more snug-fitting.
Shorts, Minis, Maxies, and Jeans
In the summer, I love wearing mules with cut-off shorts (my favorite are linked here) and a dressier top or lightweight cardigan. This balances out the casual look of cut-off shorts with the more classic and elegant mule and dressy top or sweater. For the summer I typically opt for lighter-colored mules such as a neutral shade of pink, beige, or ivory.
Mules and short skirts also elevate the outfit. Both, tight mini skirts and more flowy flowery skirts will look amazing with a pair of slides!
Long skirts and dresses can also work with a mule but for me personally, a long dress in the summer should be paired with a shoe that shows off your toes for a more flattering look. Something about long flowy dresses and close-toe shoes just doesn’t feel elegant. I typically reach for my Hermes Oran sandals when wearing a maxi dress or long, silk skirt in the summer. Here is a beautiful, high-quality Hermes Oran sandal dupe from French Sole that I also own and wear all the time!
If you want to wear mules with trousers or jeans, choose something that is a skinny jeans / legging fit for the most flattering look. Wide-leg trousers and jeans with very flat loafers are just not a good vibe.
Find Fashion Inspiration on Pinterest
For more ideas, hit up Pinterest and do a quick “Gucci Mule” search and you will be inundated with hundreds of style options for all occasions.
Where to Buy Pre-Loved and Brand New
Trusted Re-Sale Sites for Pre-Loved Gucci Princetown Mules
Fashionphile has an amazing selection of pre-loved (and sometimes brand-new) Gucci Fur Slippers (as well as other Princetown styles). They are the most reputable re-sale site out there. Their authenticators are the best in the business, no doubt. Furthermore, many of the items they sell are actually new with tags or never worn!
Another great resale site is Vestaire Collective. This global website connects you to individual sellers from all over the world! It’s another trusted site as all of the purchases go through Vestaire Collective’s authentication process. Their authenticators also check item conditions against the listing so you know you’re getting an authentic item that’s as described.
The Real Real is honestly NOT my favorite but they DO have a huge selection of Gucci Princetown Loafers and Mules to choose from. They stock a wide variety of items at some really good prices.
Other websites that you can also try are Poshmark, Mercari, and eBay. Since you are buying directly from another user and not a business, definitely get your luxury purchases authenticated. If the items are found to be knockoffs, these sites will give you your money back. Some of these online marketplaces also offer authentication for a small fee.
Want a Pair of Brand-New Gucci Princetown Fur Mules?
Saks Fifth Avenue: For buying new, I really like Saks Fifth Avenue because they oftentimes offer cashback via Rakuten so if you’re purchasing expensive Gucci shoes you can get 2-5% cashback using the free Rakuten plug-in. They also run frequent sales and discount codes. Just a great website to shop for luxury items from any brand! Plus they have FREE return shipping (within 14 days) and you can also go into the store to make a return or try items on before buying on their website (where the selection is so much better).
Department Stores & Online Retailers: There are many brick-and-mortar and online retailers that have a great selection of Princetown mules and loafers including Net-a-Porter, Bloomingdale’s, My Theresa, Neiman Marcus, and Nordstrom.
Offical Gucci Website: Of course, there is also the Gucci website but they rarely offer discounts or perks so in my opinion it’s best to get these from a department store to take advantage of discounts, cash-back, and other perks.
Try Them Before You Splurge
Not everyone has an extra $1100 to spend on some furry slippers so I found some pretty good lookalike furry mules and loafers. I suggest buying something more affordable and if you find yourself LOVING those and wearing them all the time then maybe it is time to splurge on the real deal!
These are not really “dupes”, “knock-offs”, or “super fakes” just similar styles at a much more affordable price.
Re-Selling Your Princetown Fur Slippers
Okay, let’s get one thing out of the way before we dive into re-selling – Re-Selling Luxury Items SUCKS!
Your items will sit on the re-sale site for months, you will get low-ball offers constantly and you will not get even CLOSE to what you pay for many items even if you wore them once or twice and they look brand new. Such is the lifecycle of luxury fashion. That is why I always always always say: Buy with the intention of wearing and keeping the item for many seasons to come. Now, I should actually follow my own advice.
Recommended Re-sale Websites
Personally, I’ve had the BEST of luck re-selling on Vestaire Collective. It might be because of three things: 1. It is a global marketplace where you can sell to buyers all over the world. 2. Buyers feel safer purchasing on Vestire Collective. Each item is sent to their headquarters for authentication and condition/description check before being sent to the buyer. 3. Most items on the website are luxury items so the buyers KNOW the worth of the items and are specifically looking for high-end brands.
Rebag has also been a re-sale site that has been somewhat successful for me because they offer direct buyouts so you don’t have to wait for your item to sell. You get your funds right away but the amount will be far less than what it would be if you consign or sell directly. So if you need the cash soon, opt for a buy out but if you can wait, just wait. Re-selling on Rebag has been hit-or-miss for me. Sometimes they give me less claiming the condition wasn’t as good as I described. Maybe it was or maybe it wasn’t, it’s all subjective and therefore makes re-selling a tricky business.
Fashionphile also offers buyouts, they are reputable and will give you the buyout price and honor it every time. Again, the payout is lower but the cash is in your hand right away. My experience with buyouts at Fashionphile has been beyond positive. They pay out very fast via direct deposit or check and they have always honored their estimates to the penny. They do, however, have some of the lower buy-out prices so shop around when you are selling your items.
The Real Real
The Real Real has a consignment model. I sold to them a couple of times and ended up with very little profit because they marked the items down so much! So I can’t recommend them except if you have a high-demand item that’s popular or an item you bought many years ago and will re-sell for much more because of the price hikes (such as classic flaps from Chanel). Selling the Princetown mules or loafers would not be worth it on The Real Real, their fees plus their price cuts would leave you with just a fraction of what you can make if you re-sold by yourself.
Direct to Buyer
I feel like the “direct to buyer” sites such as eBay, Stock X, Mercari, and Poshmark are very difficult to re-sell on. Some buyers don’t understand the value of luxury items and will lowball you to no end. Out of those websites, Mercari is the best but you need to price accordingly and take into account all the fees and shipping costs.
Resale Value of the Gucci Princetown Fur Mules
As of 2023, these shoes retail for about $1100 in the United States. Reputable resale sites show prices between $350 to $850 depending on the condition. Of course the lower you price them the faster they will sell. Selling used shoes is always quite a hassle.
Unworn Princetown loafers and mules are easier to re-sell but you will lose money on them just because the market is oversaturated with them and they are easy to buy.
If shoes are harder to come by such as the Chanel sneakers and Chanel dad sandals then in some cases you can sell them for what you paid for them or even a bit more if it’s a style that has sold out or can only be purchased at the fashion house’s boutique.
So if you list your Princetowns on various re-sale websites, of course, they want their cut which can be as little as 20% or as high as 40%. So if you list your item for 1/2 price of the brand new version, $500, expect to pocket between $300 to $400. Yeah, not great.
I just sold these Gucci Princetown Fur Slippers in Mauve / Pink on Mercari. I listed them for $475 and had an offer of $347 and I ended up taking it because I just never wear these. But remember – I purchased them from Mytheresa for over $1100 and NEVER wore them – they came with ALL the goodies, the dustbags, the tags, the booklets, the works! After Mercari’s cut, I ended up pocketing $301.38, and I had the buyer pay for the shipping out of pocket which was about $13. Which means Mercari took about 14% commission. At the end of the day, I lost about $1100-$300=$800. $800!! OUCH!!
Of course, I could have waited for a better offer or listed them higher and waited but I just wanted to sell as I knew I wasn’t going to wear them and I was also thinking if they were in brand new condition I would get more for them. Also, the mauve may not be a popular color, if they were black perhaps I could get more money for them.
At the end of the day, these would have been “worth” more if I wore and enjoyed them season after season then keeping them in brand new condition and re-selling at an $800 loss!
Last Words and Advice on the Eternally Classic Gucci Princetown Fur Mules
In conclusion, the Gucci Princetown Fur Slippers are a classic, here to stay. They are BEYOND comfortable and can jazz up an outfit. You will enjoy the Princetown mules season after season without losing any “cool”.
Because of the exceptional, Italian craftsmanship and high-quality materials, these are worth taking to the cobbler. A professional can re-sole, fix up, and clean luxury footwear so it can stay looking its best for years.
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