A couple weeks ago, I mentioned the new-to-me shoe brand M. Gemi in this post. I had been obsessing over a specific pair of loafers they had, which appeared to be out of stock. Well, update time: since telling you about the company in early June, I’ve since gotten my paws on said loafers and totally fallen for this brand. I’m hooked, and wanted to share a quick M. Gemi review, along with my experiences, for anyone else who’s been thinking about purchasing from the company!
First, how did I even get the shoes when all of the Felize loafers were waitlisted? Well, apparently, that waitlist really works. I’m not sure why I hesitated (maybe because product waitlists always feel like a nice way to say, “You can have this item if you remember to order it in 4 months.”), but I did end up pulling the trigger, creating an account, and getting on the waitlist for a pair of the “orange peel” Felize loafers. Low and behold, I got an email that a pair of the shoes were available in my size the same day I signed up. Not bad, if you ask me! It’s probably not like this for all M. Gemi shoes, but good to note that it’s definitely worth signing up for waitlisted items. Read the rest of my review after the jump!
On every product page, M. Gemi has this fit finder tool that gives you a good sense of what size you should order, and each shoe lists fit tips if there’s something unique about them (scroll down here for an example). I’m nearly always a 7, so it was no surprise that a 37 was recommended to me. I placed the order, got a cute confirmation email, and awaited my shoes to arrive a few days later.
So, how did they fit and feel? Well, let’s first back up and talk about when I opened the box. How fun it was to see my name handwritten on the underside of the lid! I love little personalization details like this! Ok, ok, the shoes: first of all, these babies are butter soft, and they slid on like a glove. The fit was spot on: not too big, no sliding around, but not too tight or narrow either. I was really pleased with the craftsmanship, the hand stitching, and how high of a quality the leather was. Just as when I saw them online, the loafers reminded me a lot of the classic Tod’s Gommini driving mocs, but those are more than 2 times the price.
To be fair, I obviously haven’t had these shoes for very long, but I’ve been wearing them everyday since receiving them last Thursday — including on walk-heavy adventures like walking Lucy, grocery shopping, and wandering around the mall (note: see an update on how my loafers have worn long term, at the end of this post!). I don’t wear them with socks or stockings of any kind (I am a lucky mutant in that my feet don’t really get all that sweaty or smell very often, so I can get away with doing this in all of my flats). I haven’t experienced any rubbing or blisters or discomfort — these shoes are truly so comfortable and fit great. Maybe my mind is just blown because so often, I feel like I get a new pair of shoes and there’s a requisite and uncomfortable “breaking in” period before they’re perfect. That hasn’t been the case with my loafers!
The only thing I’ve noticed that’s a little funny/potentially embarrassing is that on polished floors, the rubber pegs on the bottom of the shoes can squeak. So if you work in a quiet environment where that kind of thing could draw attention or be embarrassing, it’s something to be aware of. I kind of wonder if that will change over time as the rubber wears down a bit, and it doesn’t really bother me all that much (in noisier places, like the grocery store, I didn’t notice the sound at all, so it’s not like it’s crazy loud).
The nice thing about M. Gemi is they do offer free returns within 14 days, so if the shoes don’t fit, you can easily send them back with an included shipping label. But hopefully you won’t have to! My experience has been so good this first time, and I truly love supporting a new, smaller company that in turn supports artisans and craftsmen from family owned workshops. It’s nice to see great quality and great service! The shoes are definitely not as cheap as other online-only shoe companies offering new styles weekly, but I think the quality makes it worth it.
The Felize loafers in orange leather are no longer online (update: however, M. Gemi has made the Felize a staple item, so you can check out all the currently available colors here). Just yesterday, M. Gemi released a similar look – the Pastoso! I love these classic penny loafers in a number of colors that will work from now through the fall. They also released two other flats — the Stellato and the Fortuna — which I think would be great flats for work if you’re in a business casual or formal environment. You can check out all the currently available flats here. Now that I’ve had such a good experience, I’m also eyeing all their summer sandals (I love these slides with the buckle detail!) and a pair of gorgeous booties for the colder months ahead. Something tells me I will be in trouble when autumn hits and they release even more boots and booties…
So those are my initial reactions — honestly, surprised and extremely pleased! I really recommend signing up to get their weekly emails. It’s kind of fun to see what styles they’ve come up with from week to week!
Have you ordered anything from M. Gemi yet? What from their collection are you eyeing?
Update: It’s been about 10 months since I ordered my first pair of shoes from M. Gemi, and since then, I’ve ordered two additional pairs of flats, as well as a pair of boots. Every single pair has been wonderfully comfortable, beautifully made, and total style staples. I really can’t recommend this company enough! They have grown quickly over the last year (and even launched a men’s line!), so here’s hoping the high quality and great customer service continue… Based on reader feedback in the comments below, it sounds like their customer service is bordering on legendary! (April 2016)
Update 2: Send help. I own four or five pair of Felize loafers, a pair of booties, and a pair of heels. A year and a half on, M. Gemi has continued to impress me with their customer service and the quality of their shoes. Even my original pair of orange Felize, pictured above, are doing great. Yay! (February 2017)