Social media users slam expensive taped sneakers for glorifying poverty

Marco Green
September 23, 2018

"The company.is actually proud to highlight its pioneering role in the booming of the distressed look, one of the current biggest trends in fashion", Golden Goose said at the time.

The brand chose to display these shoes on an American retail chain Nordstrom and let us warn you the shoe may look cheap but in reality these pairs are being sold for $530 which is a whopping Rs. 38,000. But purchasing new shoes with dirt and tape already on them - for more than $500 - is quite another.

But this isn't the first time people have bashed the brand for their distressed look.

Manufactured by Italian high fashion sneaker brand "Golden Goose", the sneakers with "crumply, hold-it-all-together tape" are being called out for glorifying poverty.

Barneys and Neiman Marcus also carry some of Golden Goose's designs, but the taped sneakers are now not available on their websites. They have a collection that, as it says on their website, includes footwear that combine "a refined and modern style with a vintage feeling".

Nordstrom responded to critics on Twitter. She asked, "Who's in the room when you design these?"

Duncan tweeted back: "This isn't about taste". That my embarrassment & struggle is being marketed disgusts me'.

Last year, the company created the Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans, which featured fake mud, for more than $400. "The duct tape reinforcements appearing on the [Superstar sneaker] style pay homage to the West Coast's skater culture - professional skaters, who have inspired the brand's shoe collections from the beginning, fix their shoes with the same kind of tape".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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