We Tried It: Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Sneakers

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About a year ago or so, I was casually perusing Pinterest with my morning coffee (as one does) and I scrolled upon a pair of sneakers. Now, these were not just any pair of sneakers. They were beyond – refined, yet modern…all with a vintage style. I found myself thinking, could these be cooler than my Converse? Could they really??

I immediately clicked the link to purchase these fantastical shoes and…oh. Little did I know that they were a luxury lace-up brand and yep, luxury usually comes with a big, fat price tag. Well, that infatuation came to an abrupt end…

sort of. Of course, I then started to see them pop up EVERYWHERE – in every instagram share and outfit post from my favorite fashion-y people…and as much as I tried to bury my feelings and excitement over these sneakers, deep down in the depths of my fashion blogger soul…it was hard. I began stalking them – fantasizing about what I would wear them with, to what I’d wear them, blah blah. I wanted them. I wanted them in a bad way.

I just couldn’t get past the price. $200? Maybe. I could fathom spending that much on a pair of shoes that are to die for, especially if I can see myself wearing them for years to come. $300 +? hmm. That’s a lot. I didn’t quite get why so many people were willing to shell out the big bucks for them.

So. S, being well aware of our mutual obsession over these shoes, finally decided — it was time to test them out. One of us HAD TO. It just made sense, considering how popular they are and that we are a style blog. Being the self-sacrificing,  generous person that I am, I agreed to take on the task. The GGs were ordered, shipped and delivered to my casa…and I may have squealed a little when opening up the box.

It was now official. The Mom Edit was in possession of THE “IT” SHOE. It was time to give these babies a real try and possibly give them the TME stamp of approval (…or at least a nod).

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So. I’ve been wearing these puppies for the past couple of months now and I can say, without question, that this is a really. cool. shoe. They’ve beat out my Converse, for the time being, anyways…and  now, I have to say, I get why they’ve become so popular. They are just…really cool.

In order to really lay it all out there for ya, though, I put together a Golden Goose Sneaker pros and cons list…all are my own observations and honest thoughts on them.

 Pros

  • the designers (Francesca Rinaldo and Alessandro Gallo) are from Italy, so. Yeh. Legit footwear.
  • raised heel bed, which makes the shoe appear to be a bit smaller than it actually is. *this is just an observation, not 100% fact. I am 99% sure that that is how they engineered the shoe, though. I could feel it and even see it.
  • the over-all style is just the epitome of everything a street style sneaker should be — sporty (but chic), with understated details – in the star and its placement, unique colors of the soles, laces & of course, a proper amount of scuffing.
  • comfortable –  the foot bed is slightly cushioned & the laces can be worn a more loose to make it a more roomy fit
  • all-leather – never a bad thing. They smell good and I know that they will last.

Cons

  • They’re $300+.
  • I’ve noticed that they feel a bit stiff (in the sides and soles, specifically). I have been wearing them for a coupe of months now, though, and they are getting to the point where they feel like they’re getting to that perfectly worn in place…and I think that they’ll just get better with time.
  • I find that they fit a bit smaller…and I even ordered a size 41/10 (and I am usually a 9.5). It’s not a huge problem, but it’s something to be aware of. It may be the particular style that I have, but I thought it was definitely info. worth passing on to you.

Hey. I made a video, too! I can’t help myself.

Our Favorite Golden Goose Sneakers

 

So here’s my vigorous nod to Golden Goose Sneakers. Ya done good. Now, if you would just possibly consider doing a more affordable line…maybe at Target? Many of us would be really appreciative, thanks. 😉

Are there any other specific items or brands that you’ve been dying to try out, but just can’t…because $ or can’t be bothered? LET US KNOW. We want to really test things out -see them in person, wear them in our every day and share our honest thoughts with you.

Cheers,

Cams

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Photos by Christina Hussey Photography.

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13 Comments

  1. ok they’re cute, but – I just don’t get pre-distressed sneakers. Jeans I get – it DOES take years to make your jeans look the way we buy them pre-distressed. But sneaks? All it takes is a couple of walks in the city with my clumsy self, catching my toe, bumping into stuff, my kids stomping on my feet in their dirty shoes. Boom: instant scuff. I’m not sold yet on the pre-scuff.

    • Agreed. I’m all for spending a bit more for a quality item that will last, and i do love the look of these, but the price tag for this pair of sneakers, not even new but pre-distressed!, is ridiculous. My worn in pumas look the same but without the star. I get it, they look awesome. I can’t shake the feeling that people are being cheated literally hundreds of dollars for a specific look that, if desired, can easily be achieved by oneself. Sorry.

  2. You look super cute, love the entire outfit! But my husband would absolutely KILL me if I spent $495 on a pair of sneakers, any sneakers 😬. I think if I do ever spend that on shoes I will save it for some killer pair of stilletos (he is a sucker for heels 😉). Glad you guys tried the trend for the rest of us!

  3. yes, I do agree they look like they’ve already been worn. I think I would feel like I’ve been tricked if I paid hundreds of dollars on shoes that look like they’re used.

  4. I didn’t know scuffed shoes were in. I feel so out of the loop. Guess I should throw out my magic erasers! 🙂

  5. I just stumbled across your blog yesterday and I already love it because you basically crawled into my head and typed out all the words that I have been thinking about Golden Goose sneakers. I did the exact same thing – found them on Pinterest, clicked through and…..NO!!!!!! But they are on my list to buy at some point…hopefully on sale!

  6. Elizabeth Rafter on

    Ok. I’m so glad other people are commenting on the distressing! I have been seeing these shoes on other bloggers and I’ve been flabbergasted over the fact that all of these fashion-y people wear dirty sneakers (major faux pas in my household! Haha!) These might be the ONLY “it shoe” I’m not dying to own. To me, they look like dirty Stan Smiths! I do, however, love the outfit you’re wearing here! So cute, as always!

  7. I have a pair of these! So happy to see them on the blog. Full disclosure: I bought them at a sidewalk sale for 75% off so the price was a little less scary. Thanks to my giant size 10 feet and the fact that mine are bright yellow they made it to sale price. I love them, they are more comfortable than Converse, they have more support which is always my issue with my Chucks. They do start a little stiff so I had to wear little socks with them to break them in. I wear them with dresses, jeans and cutoffs, they are my new go-to shoe and always make me feel super chic. Thanks for the review Cam

  8. Love GGDB! The wedge insert gives me a little height. Even used, these go for $200+. Another European brand makes some good knock-offs. Check out Philippe Model. I’ve scored several pairs of Models (trainer style) for under $50 on eBay. Good luck! Totally worth it in my opinion. Elevates any outfit.

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