Summary

We spent 9.9 hours reading reviews from experts and users. In summary, this is what sneaker fanatics think:

10 reasons to buy

  • Valued at a budget-friendly cost, lots of fanatics consider this leopard-printed Steve Madden Gills-L slip-on a must-have in their sneaker closet.
  • Lots of purchasers consider this a steal due to its less than $80 price tag.
  • Many users admired this kick’s supple lining since it didn’t cause any blisters.
  • Most of those who left reviews about this leopard kick by Steve Madden said such creeper easily attracted positive comments.
  • Delighted buyers said that the fairly padded sole makes this shoe comfy to use all throughout the day.
  • Those who adored the style of the Steve Madden Gills fell in love with the design of the Gills-L Leopard as it goes with several outfits, from casual office attire to dressy ensembles fit for special occasions.
  • Buyers loved that they can immediately flaunt this sneaker as it only required a short break-in time.
  • Some style-savvy shoppers traded their heel shoes with this platform kicks on casual days.
  • The boost in height appealed to many users.
  • It gives the legs an elongated look, highlighted by some.

1 reasons not to buy

  • Some reviewers observed that the Steve Madden Gills-L is somewhat tight width wise.

Bottom line

Steve Madden puts out a luxe style without whipping out your credit card. The Steve Madden Gills-L, a leopard-printed slip-on, strikingly stops traffic with its head-turning aesthetic which is even more adored for its slight boost in height.

Some traded their stilettos in place of this kick as it offers comfort with its smooth interior and lightly padded sole. Shoppers suggested going half a size bigger than one’s natural size as this platform charmer tends to be tight and snug.

Facts

Top: Low
Inspired from: Casual
Collection: Steve Madden Casual Shoes
Price: $80
Size
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Rankings

A top rated sneaker

The low-top Steve Madden Gills-L is wrapped with a velvety leopard printed top that needs a bit of breaking in to appreciate its pliable form. This slip-on with dual side goring offers a lockdown fit is exclusively made for the women’s feet. The sizes for this pair are from 5 to 11 US in medium width.

Put a dash of personality to your usual daily look with the leopard printed slip-on Steve Madden Gills-L. This timeless pattern looks strikingly fab with a black dress or skirt. If you find this quite a drab and prefer a much lighter tone, you can mix this Gills-L by Steve Madden with white, grey, cream, or beige. If you’re aiming for a head-turning appeal, you may contrast this with a bright red dress or with clothes sparingly accented with orange or yellow. But if you want to play it safe, go for solid neutral shades or with ever-dependable slim-fitting denim pants which are said to be the leopard print’s ideal mate.

What’s interesting about the Gills-L Leopard by Steve Madden that’s causing shoppers to include it in their sneaker rotation is its use of boldly printed leopard skin that’s supple and velvety. Another winning feature of this platform kick is the fairly padded collar and moderately cushioned sole that offer all-day comfort.   

From leopard, cheetah, and zebra fur embellishments to elephant and snakeskin patterns, faux animal prints are abounding these days, gracing the runways, and getting the attention of those who actively bid for bold and wild sneaker designs.

The Steve Madden brand has long been an advocate of furry animal prints, particularly the black and gold dappled coat of the leopard cat. In fact, Steve Madden’s ardor for such fur motif is seen in a number of lace-up sneakers using the said theme under an aptly titled collection, Leopard Love. These ravishing pumps include the Belle, Belle-F, Cliff, and Zova.

The brand got even wilder and madder by adding platform kicks into the mold, particularly the Steve Madden Gills-L, a slip-on creeper fully covered with velvety leopard pattern. This sassy platform came after the successful launch of the superbly economical core model, the Steve Madden Gills.

Steve Madden Ltd. is a purveyor of extremely fashionable footwear, handbags, and accessories that are known worldwide for its innovative, on-trend, and hip designs that are generally low- and average cost. It made its entry into the American fashion scene in 1990 through self-produced footwear designs from its factory in Long Island NYC. From its initial lineup of 500 pairs of shoes peddled across the stores in New York, Steve Madden grew to become one of today’s favorite lifestyle labels.

  • Steve Madden Gills-L Leopard is structured with a rubber platform that’s approximately 1.5-inches thick.
  • It consists of dual goring panels on the sides for easy slip on and off.
  • It comes with a round toe.
  • A hardware detailing is displayed at the back which has the Steve Madden inscription.
  • Steve Madden came out with various shades and textures of this style such as the Steve Madden Gills Black Leather, Steve Madden Gills Blush Glitter, Steve Madden Gills Rose Gold, Steve Madden Gills Natural Snake, Steve Madden Gills Camouflage, plus a lot more.

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Danny McLoughlin

Danny is a sneakerhead turned sneaker industry expert that believes a good outfit begins from the feet up. His aunt currently isn't speaking to him for wearing a pair of kicks at his cousin's wedding. He spends most of his time trying to keep on top of the latest releases, hitting up his contacts and doing what needs to be done to secure his next pickup. Danny has been featured in prestigious publications such as The Washington Post, The Irish Times, Footwear News and the like.

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