It’s a luxury brand that really needs no introduction but frequently causes some confusion when it comes to sizing. Gucci sneakers are no exception – that’s why we’ve put together a handy sizing guide to see you through.
It’s based on data collected from over 100 size reviews submitted by both men and women online.
Although there’s no substitute for trying on a pair of shoes in-store before buying them, the information below should be useful for those keen on buying them online.
Let’s get to it.
How Do Gucci Sneakers Fit?
Most Gucci sneakers tend to run large and it’s generally recommended that you size down either a ½ size or 1 whole size. This includes the classic Gucci Ace and Ace Platform sneakers, as well as the Rhytons and Flashtreks.
However, the Gucci Ultrapaces usually run true to size, unlike many of the other well-known Gucci sneakers.
While Gucci’s collection of sneakers is broader than this, the five popular ones referred to above should give you a good idea of the general consensus.
Most Gucci sneakers run big, much like many other designer sneaker brands.
Sizing Tips For Gucci Sneakers
While there’s no guaranteed way of knowing whether a pair of Gucci sneakers will fit when buying them online, the following tips should make things easier.
1. Know Your True Size
Before you decide to size up or down, it’s important to know what your actual shoe size is. If you don’t get this part right, you’re doomed before you even begin.
The best way of finding out your “true” US/UK/EU size would be to go to a shoe store and get them measured by a professional using a Brannock device.
If you’d prefer a more rough-and-ready (but not always entirely accurate) DIY method, try this:
- Place your foot on a piece of paper. Wearing a sock would be better.
- Use a pencil to mark the paper at the tip of your longest toe and also at the heel.
- Measure the distance between these two marks in cm and inches.
- Use a size chart such as this to convert this measurement (in cm or inches) into a US/EU/UK size.
2. Use The Gucci Size Chart
The Gucci site does have a pretty helpful size chart you can refer to before buying any pair.
To find the chart, go to the page for the specific Gucci sneakers you want on the Gucci website itself, and click on “View Size Guide” next to the dropdown size menu.
It can help you easily convert between “Gucci sizes”, UK sizes, US sizes, EU sizes, and more.
But it can be pretty confusing in itself when you’re not sure how to read it.
It’s worth noting that “Gucci sizes” are the same as UK sizes, as you can see from a screenshot of part of the chart below.
When buying the Gucci shoes online, make sure you know what the size you’re selecting from the dropdown actually refers to. Is it the “Gucci size”, UK size, US size, or EUR/IT size?
You can use the chart to convert between all of them and make sure you’re getting the size you want, regardless if you’re sizing up, down, or simply getting them true to size.
3. Know What A “Good Fit” Really Is
While it may seem obvious, a lot of people wear poorly-fitting sneakers without even knowing it.
Here are the basic things I look for:
- Plenty of room for toes to wiggle, with ideally half an inch of space between your longest toe and the shoe front.
- The feet shouldn’t feel constricted at the sides.
- There should be minimal heel slip, if any.
- You should be able to fit one finger inside the collar.
4. Check The Return Policy
Definitely check the return policy before you buy the sneakers, especially if you’re buying them online.
There’s always a risk you get half a size too small or too large and you don’t want the stress of not being able to swap the pair for a better size because of the return policy.
Sizing Guide For Specific Gucci Sneakers
You got a summary to work with earlier on, but let’s break things down one sneaker at a time. Below you’ll find a brief sizing guide for five popular Gucci sneakers.
Gucci Ace Sneakers
The Gucci Ace sneakers run big. Most people benefit from sizing down 1 full size, although those with wider feet may get away with simply going down a half size.
It can be difficult to know with certainty whether to size down a half size or 1 full size, as feet come in many different shapes and sizes.
It does take a bit of guesswork. If you tend to wear thick socks or you have pretty wide feet, size down by a half size instead of a full size.
As long as you don’t get too much heel slip, you should be fine. If they feel a little loose, consider a foam insert if you don’t want the hassle of returning them for another half size down.
The Aces are classic low-top sneakers, ideal for a streetwear aesthetic. They work great with more casual outfits such as cuffed jeans or sweatpants and no-show socks.
But being Gucci, you could pretty easily wear them in semi-formal outfits as well.
The pop of color you get from the green and red web is very eye-catching against the white leather background.
Gucci Rhyton Sneakers
The Gucci Rhyton sneakers tend to run big, with most people benefitting from sizing down 1 full size.
Once again, however, if you’ve got pretty wide-set feet, consider going down a mere half size instead.
The Rhyton shoes are pretty spacious, making it more likely that most people would need to go down a full size.
The sole is thick and the construction is pretty chunky. This, together with the reflective fabric and debossed Gucci logo does make them pretty attention-grabbing.
Overall, due to the fact that they can feel quite heavy, it’s important to make sure you get the proper size to avoid heel slippage.
Gucci Ace Platform Sneakers
The Ace Platform sneakers tend to run big, with most people choosing to size down a half size or 1 full size.
The Platforms are a variation of the classic Aces with in-your-face 45mm platform soles. If you’re looking to add some height and turn some heads, they’re definitely worth considering.
But just like the Ace sneakers, the Ace Platforms usually run big. Being heavier than the regular Aces, it’s even more important to make sure you’ve got a well-fitting pair.
Asides from the soles, there’s not a huge amount more to say about the design.
They share the same green and red web, gold embroidered bee, and metallic leather details on the backs that the regular Aces have.
Gucci Flashtrek Sneakers
The Gucci Flashtrek sneakers usually run big, with most people benefitting from sizing down 1 full size and some even preferring to size down 1.5 sizes.
The Flashtreks are a pretty unique sneaker offering by Gucci in that they fully embrace the high-end hiking aesthetic.
They’re built from both rubber and suede with a pretty flashy throwback design. While you can get them with eye-catching crystal straps, you can get them cheaper without them.
But crystal straps or no crystal straps – these shoes aren’t cheap. In fact, they’re expensive enough to make you wonder why anyone would go hiking in them in the first place.
With regards to the sizing – these shoes are bulky and heavy. While a small minority of people feel they run true to size, most people do size down significantly.
We’re talking 1 full size or even 1.5 sizes.
Gucci Ultrapace Sneakers
The Gucci Ultrapace sneakers tend to run true to size, unlike many of the other Gucci sneakers.
It’s important to include the Ultrapaces because they seem to buck the trend of Gucci sneakers running large.
Because of this, it’s important not to automatically assume you should size down no matter which Gucci sneakers you choose.
The Ultrapaces take inspiration from the classic running shoe. They’re comfortable, light, and are made from a pretty glorious printed leather with splashes of distressed suede.
They have a fantastic “worn out” and distressed look right out of the box.
Given the hefty price tag, actually using these as running shoes would be questionable. If you were looking for a pair of smart-casual sneakers to enhance your streetwear outfits, this might be the pair.
There you have it. Hopefully, that was a no-nonsense guide to sizing Gucci sneakers.
It’s worth mentioning again that there’s no guaranteed way of knowing how a pair will fit you when you buy them online.
All you can really do is take the opinions of other customers, as well as the shape of your feet specifically, and make a well-informed decision.