Expensive Designer Sneakers Slammed For Mocking Poverty
There have been a handful of fashion scandals in the past few years. There were purses based on cheap reusable bags and shirts stapled to shirts... Even the brand in question, Golden Goose, found itself in hot water on social media for the same issue regarding the overpriced distressed look in 2016.
We regret to now introduce to you the latest in the Golden Goose "Superstar" line of trashy sneakers. With its fine calf suede and "hot application of coloured tape", it will cost you a cool $530. Includes "laces intentionally worn" of course.
How does one sell a shoe made to look like trash? Well, Nordstrom did their best, and apparently it's working. “Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole.” It would almost sound cool if you couldn't see the shoe and the price alongside it.
The kicker? They've sold out. Yes, enough people are paying $530 to look like they can't afford a new pair of Nikes that Nordstrom is all out of garbage shoes. Don't worry though, you can still find them on the Golden Goose website.
As one would expect with a fashion-related issue, there are plenty of tweets about the shabby footwear.
The new fashion is wearing worn out looking shoes that include taped one that costs a bomb from $530 to $1340.— Kumar Manish (@kumarmanish9) September 20, 2018
Glorifying poverty or making a mockery of poverty, can't decide. #fashionstyle #GoldenGoose pic.twitter.com/k8mxvchw4n
there are people in the world wearing plastic bags as shoes because they can’t afford any but these HIDEOUS things are selling for $500 the fashion industry is truly so fucking stupid it pisses me off like what the actual hell ??????! https://t.co/8kOB37zyMJ— Christine Sydelko (@csydelko) September 19, 2018
......are ppl actually getting offended over these shoes saying it’s appropriating poor culture 😭 I would never wear these bc they’re ugly but y’all obviously don’t know that the distressed look is Golden Goose’s signature. also it’s just shoe & “poor” isnt a culture 💀 shut up pic.twitter.com/QQhZrXoqM0— claudia dayani (@claudiadayani) September 20, 2018
Poverty is real, I’ve been bullied for wearing thrifted clothes before thrifting was “cool”, and now we have high end brands capitalizing upon many people’s past and current poverty related suffering. Thank you Golden Goose. I hope the designer that came up with this is happy. https://t.co/iixNhxip7T— 1-800-ARE-YOU-DYIN (@evelyn_art_) September 20, 2018
If you have $530 to buy these, give the $ to a homeless person for their shoes instead. They got real use for that money. As someone whos been homeless twice and has traumas of buying new clothes even now, this shit is insulting and insensitive. 🖕🏽🖕🏽🖕🏽#goldengoose https://t.co/imqHkBXOjv— Brissia Jimenez (@BDoodles) September 20, 2018
Remember, kids... Polish a turd and you'll be left with nothing of great value, but if you wrap some dumpster sneakers in a shiny golden box, people will drop half a grand.