Shoe Review: Gucci Marmont Pumps and Kirkwood Beya Flats

I’ve been on a bit of a shoe shopping binge, and found a a few new pairs which I love (and, they’re also incredibly comfortable). Yeah!! Today I’d like to share with you two, starting with these Gucci Marmont pumps.

Just a season or two ago, you’d find me in disbelief over the idea of paying full price for Gucci shoes. I’m probably just a lemming, easy susceptible to the hype over Alessandro Michele, but in any case, I’ve become a recent convert. When I saw these shoes, and was told by my salesperson that they were selling like hot cakes, I was surprised – the past “popular” shoes he’d brought me all featured spindly high heels and/or super high platforms. These however, were pilgrim style loafers, with golf fringe and a low block heel to boot. And, they were crazy comfortable. Shoes that I could actually walk in all day…that were actually in style (and not trainers)? This doesn’t happen very often. So I enthusiastically handed over my credit card.

Gucci Marmont

Gap shirtdress (is lined, but still a bit sheer)

The shoes arrived, and I have to say that I love them. I’ve always been a fan of loafers, and these Guccis are a great twist on the style – the little bit of height makes them more comfortable to me than flats, and also they’re more  flattering for the leg because of the block heel. What a great combination! I also love the little fringed leather detail. I’m not wild about the gold Gucci logo – but I do feel like they fit in well with the tone of the shoe, and it isn’t too obnoxious.

Here’s a side view of the shoes, via Net-A-Porter – the fringe cuts away on the side, which highlights the detail more and makes the design more feminine.


I’ve tried these shoes with everything – dresses, skirts, shorts and pants, and they really look great with everything. I’ve been wearing mine mostly with casual dresses (like above), and leggings and a light oversized knit on cooler days. I’m so enthusiastic that I had to track down another pair, in calf leather, to have as a backup. I took my true size, by the way – I didn’t go half a size larger, like I do with Louboutin heels. I’d definitely get your true size for these.

There’s also a high heeled version of the Marmont by the way – the crinkled gold are something special!

Next up? The Beya flat, by Nicholas Kirkwood.

Gucci Kirkwood

I’ve been eyeing the Beyas for quite a while (I think I’ve even written about them in a past Weekend Update), and finally pulled the trigger as my trusty old Chanel and AGL flats have both seen better days.

Nicholas Kirkwood Beya Worn

The shoes arrived, and I’m very happy with them. I’ve actually only had great experiences with Nicholas Kirkwood shoes in general – the designs are always unique, and generally flattering. These shoes have been copied by other designers, but i love the little gold accent that the Beyas have. They’re also great quality.

Kirkwood Beya

Worn with my Figue tote

For me, the pointy toe of the Beyas serve to lengthen the leg line a bit – so I’ve been wearing mine with shorts and shorter dresses/skirts. I don’t think this is a particularly great outfit above, but I snapped it the other day (when the weather was warmer!) before running out the door.

Overall, I’m very happy with both pairs of shoes – and I’m pretty sure that I’m set for flats through fall! Now if I could only find the perfect comfortable summer sandals, I’d be set…

Gucci Marmont pumps ($750) : Available at Neiman Marcus, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom in red and pink suede and gold, as well as in a high heeled black suede configuration,

Nicholas Kirkwood Beya flats ($425): Available at Nordstrom, Saks, Matches Fashion

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  • Amy
    April 11, 2016 at 8:37 am

    I’ve been anxiously awaiting this review, Katherine! I love seeing someone pull the trigger on the Marmonts! I don’t feel like I could pull those off, but I did recently spring for a pair of the Gucci driving loafers (black leather) and as a fellow shoe lover, all I can say is WOW! The hype about the comfort of these babies is legitimate. In fact, they also come in a lovely pinkish suede that I now have my eye on. Truly an “investment shoe” that I will have for a long time. 🙂 My go-to for flats has long been Tory Burch and AGL, but I’m now a Gucci shoe convert!

    I like your Kirkwood’s too! Have a lovely week!

    • Katherine
      April 11, 2016 at 10:47 am

      I think I know the pink suede you got – I love it too, I just got a pair for myself and another for a friend. Glad to hear they are so comfy!

  • Sonya
    April 11, 2016 at 2:25 pm

    I ordered the gold Marmont high heels. Love them.

    • Katherine
      April 12, 2016 at 3:34 pm

      Lucky you- the gold are so fun!

  • Yuet
    April 11, 2016 at 5:12 pm

    Hi Katherine, your Gucci loafers look great on you. It Makes for a nice all around loafer. But if you’re looking for a great pair of walkable, neutral (always my choice of color)stylish sandal, take a look at the Patience sandal by Cynthia Vincent at shopbop. I just received mine today,and I love everything about them, down to the 1 inch mini wedge heel and ankle wrap around! Hope you like them too.

    Oh and btw, baby feather is the cutest!😃

    • Katherine
      April 12, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      That sandal is so pretty and you’re right, I love the slight wedge! I’m adding them to the ever growing wishlist.

  • Anonymous
    April 12, 2016 at 9:48 am

    I pulled the trigger on the Eileen Fisher Cape. I live in the tropics so will have limited opportunities to wear it. But it looks so good, I just have to have it!

    • Katherine
      April 12, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      That cape is gorgeous! Enjoy! I think you’ll get some use, especially at night 🙂

  • Anonymous
    April 15, 2016 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for showing pictures of the Marmont; especially in wearing a warmer weather dress!
    Do you think the shoes will be harder to maintain in suede? Or would the leather be more of a solid purchase?
    How do the suede feel? The black is on back order everywhere, it seems!

    • Katherine
      April 15, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Suede is usually a bit more difficult (I think its worth it for the comfort), but the leather would be more practical for everyday, I think. That’s how I ended up with both, LOL. The suede is very soft and high quality.

      • Anonymous
        April 15, 2016 at 8:12 pm

        Thank you.:)