Friday 21 September 2018
Can you believe you'll have to part with US$530 for this pair of ratty looking shoes? Photo: Golden Goose

High-end Italian clothing retailer Golden Goose is selling a pair of banged up looking sneakers, complete with adhesive tape, scuffed outsole, worn laces and general grubby exterior.

Newsflash, Golden Goose – give me a couple months and I could do this myself. Organically, and for free.

Understandably, Golden Goose has copped quite a bit of flack for selling these shoes for an exorbitant US$530, with many saying that Golden Goose (and Nordstrom) are ‘glorifying’ and making a mockery of poverty.


We don’t have an issue with high price tags if the price tag is justified, but we don’t want to be parting with our hard-earned cash for something that we could conceivably pick up from the side of the road.

So what does $530 buy you when it comes to these shoes, anyway?

You’ll get a calf-suede upper, ‘hot application of coloured tape’ (whatever that means), ‘laces intentionally worn’ and an openwork star.

Why couldn’t they have just stopped at ‘calf-suede upper’?

For some though, all this hubbub around these shoes wasn’t a big deal, and paying $530 for a pair of beat up sneaks was nothing to get in a tizzy over.

And others were able to see the humour in the situation, even if they couldn’t afford the shoes.

What do you think about these shoes?

Source: Huffington Post

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