I’ve been stalking the M. Gemi Felize loafers for awhile now, and when I saw that they offered them in a beautiful color called “Taupe Shimmer”, I finally decided to go for it. Their everyday policy of free shipping and free returns didn’t hurt either!
First, a little background: I’ve always wanted a pair of Tod’s driving shoes. They just remind me of walking around the charming streets of Rome or Florence, eating gelato and visiting museums. Plus, they are super chic and comfortable, a fabulous combination in shoes!
However, I can’t justify paying hundreds of dollars for a pair of shoes. I know that the price reflects the materials and quality, but still, $425 for a pair of shoes is pretty steep for me. Enter M. Gemi’s The Felize, which in my opinion is an even better driving shoe than Tod’s Gommino loafers!
How do they compare to Tod’s loafers? Not only do they both have the iconic pebble sole, they are both hand-made in Italy using luxurious and soft leather and suede. While Tod’s is offered in different materials, only M. Gemi’s Felize is available in tons of colors! I’m also partial to the Felize in the color Forest, which is a dark green.
While the shoes themselves are luxurious and they have a generous free shipping and free returns policy, unboxing the shoes elevated my whole experience with the M. Gemi company.
First, their shoes are very thoughtfully packaged in a beautiful box with copper (or rose gold!) accents. They even included a pre-paid return label in the envelope below.
The shoes are carefully wrapped in layers of tissue paper, ensuring that the suede doesn’t get scratched. Even though the Taupe Shimmer color looked beautiful on the computer screen, seeing it in person was another story. It is truly a unique and gorgeous color for a loafer, giving a classic shoe shape a modern twist.
Second, the shoes come with a pretty shoe bag! I’m also partial to this logo because my name starts with a “G” 😉
Next, the inside cover of the shoe box is personalized with my name handwritten on a card. It was a small gesture that added to the specialness of receiving an order from M. Gemi.
It’s difficult to see in this picture, but the color is so stunning in person! It closely matches what the color looked like on my computer, which is always a good thing.
While my favorite part about these shoes is the color, my second favorite thing are these rubber pegs in the sole! Walking on them is so comfortable, like I have clouds on my feet.
I ordered them in a size 37, which is my usual size (size 7 in the US), and they fit perfectly. Usually shoes need some breaking in, but these I wore straight out of the box. The leather was very soft and the shoes really did mold to my feet. It really was like these were bespoke shoes made especially for me!
Plus, it’s like wearing jewelry for your feet that’s also extremely comfortable!
The light color means they will probably get dirty easily, but I’ll make sure to treat them carefully. It’s also probably why I should get another pair in the gorgeous Forest color since it’s much darker than the Taupe Shimmer! We’ll see…
Another pair I’ve been loving is The Lustro in the color Chianti and Copper. This is a stunning but subtle ombre shade that’s so unique! It has a 3.5″ block heel that the website states is “completely walkable”. I’m seriously thinking of buying them! Should I??
The Felize comes in so many colors and leather finishes there’s ANOTHER color I love: this rich purplish-blue color called Royal in their tumbled leather:
If you’ve been thinking about buying a pair, now is the time! Here’s a link for $50 off any M. Gemi order! That makes The Felize under $150! Happy shopping!
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