Review Of Gucci Ace Sneakers And How To Keep Them Clean

I bought my Gucci Ace Sneakers last spring, and they are easily my most worn luxury shoes. Throughout last spring, summer, and fall, I wore them at least three times a week. I haven’t used them very much this winter because I live in a snow-ridden climate, but I’m working on my spring wardrobe, so I brought them out for a clean (see below for the results).

I’ll give you a quick overview of the shoe (style, sizing), then walk you through the pros and cons, and I’ll end with how I keep them clean. Bottom line, if you’re looking to add the Gucci Ace Sneakers to your wardrobe, just do it!

Here I am wearing my sneakers, chilling on a bench with Dobby.

Style:

There are a few different styles of this shoe, and Gucci comes out with new styles each year. I have the blue and red versions without the bee. I’m scared of bees, and I just can’t bring myself to buy any of the Gucci bee designs.

If you’re looking for something a little more adventurous, you can go with the bee, supreme, pearl, star, loved, or even strawberry version. So many options!

Sizing:

I bought a size 38. For reference, I wear a size 39 in Gucci Loafers, 38.5 in Prada pumps, and a 39.5 in Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik. In US brands, I am a pretty standard 8 1/2, including Sam Edelman and Vince Camuto. So, that’s all to say, I think they run a little large, maybe even a full size large. It likely depends on the shape of your foot. Now, for the life of me, I cannot figure out what “shape” my feet are. Sometimes I feel like they are wide, but sometimes I feel like they are long. Whatever. I think they are on the wider side, which is why the Gucci Ace Sneakers run large for me–they are a pretty wide sneaker, so there’s plenty of room for my foot.

Pros:

They are comfortable. I can wear them all day, and I’m never in pain. There is a cushy footbed, and the profile of the ankle opening is low enough that it doesn’t rub on your ankle. And like I mentioned above, they are wide, so there is plenty of room for your instep. I wear mine with my trusty Smartwool no-show socks.

They are easy to style. There really is nothing easier to style than a pair of white sneakers. I went with the red and blue because they’re pretty neutral and go with a lot of different colors.

They are easy to clean. I have a whole section on this below, but I definitely had to include it as a pro.

They are durable. So far, the wear has been minimal. There is some creasing where I bend for my toes, but that is to be expected on a leather shoe. The leather seems to be holding up nicely, especially at the front of the toe box, which is always the first place I normally see wear and tear on my shoes.

Cons:

The laces: These are my least favorite part of the shoes. Not only did they not include an extra pair, but I couldn’t get the laces totally clean. I could probably get them close to perfect with a little more elbow grease, but I might just buy a new pair of white laces at this point.

The “snake” pattern on the back of the shoe can show some wear. It’s hard to see in the pictures, but my shoes have the snake-skin style leather on the heel. I’ve noticed that a few of the small pieces are starting to lift up. I’m not too worried, and if it ever started to bug me, I think I could actually just do some minimal shoe TLC.

How To Clean Gucci Ace Sneakers:

I was initially scared of owning white sneakers, but these are very easy to keep clean. Here’s a brief overview of what I do.

Day to day: I use baby wipes to clean them off after each wear. They easily wipe off the dirt that can appear after wearing them all day.

Deep clean: I just did my first deep clean of my Gucci Ace Sneakers, and I think it went really well. I took them out for spring, and I realized that they could use a good clean. Here’s what I did:

First, I took out the laces and soaked them in warm water with laundry detergent.

Second, I used an eraser–yes, an eraser–on the soles and the leather. This was amazing. I just used it like you would erase pencil from paper. It easily scrubbed off all the grime from wearing them over the last year:

Third, there were some stains that the eraser couldn’t get off. If you look in the before picture side view, you can see a black smudge. When the eraser didn’t work, I dipped a white cloth in the soapy water my laces were soaking in, rubbed it on the stain, and it came right off.

Fourth, I scrubbed the laces between my hands once they were all soaked, I rinsed them with cold water, and I laid them out to dry.

Fifth, I put the laces back in, and here’s what the shoes looked after I put them all back together:

I’m pretty impressed, if I do say so myself. I’ve probably worn these shoes 75 times, and they look close to new. Yay!

Conclusion:

If you feel like spending the money, these are a great sneaker option. Your cost-per-wear should be really good, and given that they clean up easily, you should be able to use them for years to come.

Happy shopping!

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