Every Celebrity I Have a Style Crush on Owns This One Pair of Shoes

With fashion moving at an exponentially increasing pace, it's hard to know what items are truly worth the splurge. Well, since they've graced the feet of the world's best dressed celebrities for over 65 years and are even convincing savvy shoppers to invest, it's clear that Gucci loafers are most certainly a winner.

If you saw the movie House of Gucci, it should be easy for you to imagine the scenario in which Aldo Gucci, played by Al Pacino, dreamed up these fabulous shoes. New York was no mystery to him, as he was a frequent visitor in the 1950s, yet one particular trip inspired him to introduce these shoes to Gucci's lineup of leather goods. 

When Aldo arrived in New York, he did what all visitors and city dwellers alike must do: He people-watched. The men of that era would pass him by in a variety of ensembles, from a well-tailored suit topped off by a trench coat to a good pair of jeans and a leather jacket. The one accessory most of them happened to have in common was as simple as could be, slip-on loafers.

Upon his return to Italy, Aldo went to work on having loafers added to Gucci's roster of pristine leather goods, but he included an update that made them better than all the rest—the equestrian-inspired detail that had been at the forefront of the brand's discovery long ago. This simple detail made Gucci loafers stand out among the others on the market and is what led to them being such a successful and recognizable fashion item. 

While the shoes were originally seen on stars like Brigitte Bardot after their initial launch, we are still seeing them on our favorite stars many years later, including Rihanna and Hailey Baldwin. And that's all I need to know to convince me they're worth the splurge. Take a quick scroll to see the loafers I'm currently shopping along with the celebrities who convinced me that I need to give them a try.



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Rihanna's style holds something that I feel can't even be put into words. It's never boring yet always feels timeless, just like her Gucci loafers of choice.


Brigitte Bardot:


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If you're always looking to the French for fashion advice, just know that this concept kinda originated with everyone's favorite 1950s actress, Brigitte Bardot. The fact that she, too, wore Gucci loafers is all I need to know to press add to cart.


Katie Holmes:


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Katie Holmes is currently the queen of New York City street style, so you can trust her to tell you what to wear. In this case, she sports white Gucci loafers that make me want in on these shoes.


Hailey Bieber:


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How do I know these out-of-the-house slippers make for a good buy? Hailey Bieber has had them for years and still keeps wearing them.


Bella Hadid:


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Looking like a Y2K Brit rock star, Bella Hadid rolls up to the function in none other than the expected lug-sole loafers. If you're looking for a trendy pair that will still look timeless, here she is.


Queen Elizabeth II:


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If seeing these shoes on Queen Elizabeth II isn't enough to convince you, then I don't know what could be. She looks so elegant yet comfortable in the heeled Gucci loafers.


Alessandra Ambrosio:


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The supermodel and businesswoman has been seen in the convertible loafers, in mule form, too many times to count. I love how effortless these look when pushed down, so I'm in.


Jane Birkin:


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Jane Birkin is my style icon. Effortless French fashion starts with her, and I can't imagine what the '70s would be without her. That's why I'm trusting her when her elegantly pointed toe suggests I shop for Gucci loafers.


Dakota Johnson:


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Seeing Dakota Johnson run errands in her jacquard Gucci loafers is how I know they're comfortable. If she can carry grocery bags in them, then so can I.


Sienna Miller:


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I've lately been leaning on red accessories to make an easy statement, and apparently, so has Sienna Miller. Her look is one that truly will never go out of style.


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Associate Editor

Sierra Mayhew was always destined to work in fashion, but she didn't know it at first. Growing up with no choice but to wear a rotation of school uniforms and activewear, her love for fashion really blossomed when she moved away for college and was able to finally define her very own personal style. Shortly thereafter, she interned at Elle magazine and instantly knew that editorial was for her. After graduating from the University of Notre Dame, she worked for ShopBazaar, contributing regularly to Bazaar.com, and finally made her way to Who What Wear, where she is an associate editor. When she’s not working, you can catch her always trying to catch a flight, rollerblading through New York City traffic, or exploring the latest luxury vintage boutique.