I am so excited to share my Chanel quilted loafers review today. I’ve had these loafers on my wishlist ever since I saw them on the gram a couple of years ago. Aside from the elevated price tag, I knew they were extremely difficult to find and constantly sold out, so I didn’t even think it would be realistic to ever get them. Prices on the pre-loved market were also through the roof – pretty much double of the retail prices – so it felt like there was no chance for me to get my hands on them.
Well, that was until a few months ago, when a new Chanel boutique opened in Berlin. I popped in for an innocent visit without any agenda whatsoever. However, when I went into the shoe section, surprise surprise. I was shocked to see they had these loafers in black and gold (the combo I was after) and of course, with only one pair in my size in stock. The rest is history because these beauties came home with me and are now one of the most treasured items in my wardrobe. Since then, I’ve worn them several times so I wanted to take a moment and share these classic Chanel quilted loafers review.
Now, let’s get the price tag out of the way. I paid around 1,600 euros, which was the retail price when I got them around April/May 2023. It is a significant sum, but I liked them so much I knew I wanted to splurge on them. Both the Mr and I loved them so much, that we both said if we ever walked into Chanel and found them in my size, we’d not be leaving without them. And well, that’s what we did! At the time when I was browsing for them on the secondary market, the prices were almost double, sitting at around 2,500 euros, which for me was a no-no. So compared to that, I am at peace with my choice.
Now, let’s start at the beginning. I have very little to say here or a whole lot. Depending on how you want to look at it. That is, that I am utterly in love with these shoes. So I could stop here, or it could keep me talking for a while. But really, they’re the perfect loafer and the CC turn lock and quilting details make them even more perfect. I love that they also have a more elegant look, instead of just being a “chunky” loafer. Thus making them truly a classic and timeless piece.
Since getting them, I’ve worn them quite a few times already and the comfort is there, but obviously, it’s not a sneaker. Thanks to the thick sole, it’s a pretty comfortable shoe. The leather is soft but still very thick and structured, meaning that it needs some breaking in, especially on the back of the foot/heel area. But it’s nothing that a couple of Compeed can’t solve for the first few wears.
Sizing wise I went for a 39. I am usually a 38 and a half or a 39, depending on the shoe, and 39 is extremely comfortable for me. As a reference and comparing to the other Chanel shoes I have, in slingbacks I am a 38 and a half, and in ballerinas a 39. By the way, I talked about the Chanel ballet flats in detail here, if you are interested.
Shoe Details & Care
The loafers are made from black lambskin leather, with quilted leather detailing at the top, and finished with yellow gold hardware to the front of the shoe. A CC turn lock on each. The turn lock is not just for show and actually works the same as on the bags. So you can actually “open” the quilted tongue part of the shoe for cleaning purposes or so. I truly think they are one of the most beautifully crafted loafers I’ve seen. They exude such elegance, I am absolutely in love. The inner sole also feels quite sturdy and made for good wear.
Since they already have a pretty thick sole, they do not need extra sole protection. I’ve actually realized that even after a few good wears you can barely see signs of wear on the sole, which is a pretty good sign. Compared to slingbacks or ballerinas, which have a leather sole there is a huge difference in the ease of maintenance and wear for these loafers. So I actually don’t do much in terms of care for this pair. I keep them in the box, stuffed with papers and in their dust bags when I don’t wear them, and that’s that.
So far I love them, and I am so happy to have added them to my collection. I still cannot believe I found them in black and gold, and in my size at retail price. Now, to the burning questions. Do I regret buying them? Not at all! Do I think they’re worth the price tag? Well, for me they are. But for you, it probably depends on what you’re looking for and what your budget looks like. I will say that compared to other shoes – such as slingbacks or ballerinas – these loafers are quite sturdy. So, I’d assume they’ll have a longer life, which should make them an investment piece.
I love wearing them and since they’re a classic, timeless, and versatile piece, they’re very easy to style. You can pair them with trousers, but they also look great with midi dresses and skirts. I’ve also recently started wearing them with socks and I love the look. Below are a couple of outfits I paired them with:
All in all, I am over the moon that I managed to add them to my wardrobe. I cannot wait to wear and enjoy them for years to come.
Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed and even found useful my Chanel quilted loafers review and first impressions post. I’m curious to know, do you have a similar story for a beloved item in your wardrobe? Something you thought would be impossible to get your hands on, but in the end, by a pure strike of luck, you got it? I’d love to know!