Published: Fri, September 21, 2018
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Massive Backlash Against Expensive 'Taped Up' Sneakers For Glorifying Poverty

Massive Backlash Against Expensive 'Taped Up' Sneakers For Glorifying Poverty

Whatever the rationale, at $775, it may be more sensible to not waste any more time ruminating on such trivial questions and simply take your favourite sneakers, head to Bunnings via the local footy field (after a rain shower) and, presto, you have your own, truly indiviualised, artisan sneaker.

According to Golden Goose's website, the "Superstar", as the shoe is called, consists of a "calf suede upper" featuring a "hot application of coloured tape" and intentionally worn laces.

If the idea of spending over $500 on shoes that are seemingly held together by tape confounds you, you're not alone. However, going by the reactions on Twitter, people are not exactly queuing up to buy them.

Among the angry messages were criticisms calling the sale of the shoes "peak capitalism" and "distasteful".


Some other Twitter users also reiterated that the brand had been designing shoes like this for years. No matter, they have done the (literal) dirty work for you.

Twitter user Christine Sydelko's tweet criticizing the footwear style was liked almost 50,000 times as of Thursday afternoon.

Golden Goose made a pair of sneakers nearly identical to it's latest release back in 2016.

Golden Goose and Nordstrom did not immediately return a request for comment. Italian high fashion sneaker brand Golden Goose is facing accusations of glorifying poverty with their expensive "Superstar Tape Sneaker". "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".

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