Golden Goose Sneakers Review
I was told that Golden Goose sneakers are hard to break in and not very comfortable, so I never tried them. They’re also $500+ sneakers and I felt like I couldn’t justify spending that much money on a pair of sneakers. However, Golden Goose sneakers have become SO popular that I decided I needed to try them and review them so I could share my findings with you. Keep scrolling to see my verdict and a complete Golden Goose sneaker review.
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Golden Goose Sneakers
Golden Goose Deluxe Brand founders Alessandro Gallo and Francesca Rinaldo describe the Superstar sneakers as being an “emotional product that is authentic and never artificial.” They look as though they’ve already lived a life, full of adventure.
Translation… the sneakers look dirty. What? Dirty sneakers that are new? Yes. They come that way. The company uses a special technique to scuff, scrape, and distress the leather giving each pair a unique look… no two pairs are exactly the same since they are handmade and hand distressed.
I ordered a pair of these popular sneakers FULLY expecting to tell you to SAVE YOUR MONEY.
Sneaker Break-In Time
Break-in time is a big deal for me…I don’t have time for uncomfortable shoes! Like you, I’m a busy mom, and wife, juggling a thousand things.
There was basically NO break-in time for my Golden Goose sneakers so you don’t have to worry about that! I wore them once or twice and they were broken in. I cannot stress enough how comfortable these are right out of the box!
Golden Goose Italian Sizing & Fit
They come in Italian sizing, which can be confusing so I wanted to share a breakdown:
IT 36 = US 6,
IT 38 = US 8,
IT 40 = US 10
…and so on
Golden Goose sneakers only come in full sizes and are true to size, but if your normal shoe size is a ½ size, I recommend sizing down. For example, if you’re a size US 8.5, get the size… IT 38.
The sneakers are comfortable right out of the box but the more you wear them, the more the leather sole molds to your foot and they become even more comfortable! They have a bunch of different sneaker styles and depending on the style you get, some have a bulkier fit. For example, the platform sneakers feel a little big, while the traditional Golden Goose superstar sneakers fit like a normal pair of sneakers. They also have a few high-top options, mid tops (Mid Star), mules (Sabot), dad sneakers, and more. But my favorite golden goose sneakers are the classic style that looks super chic and sleek on your feet.
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How to Find Discounted Golden Goose Sneakers
I know these shoes are VERY expensive so I wanted to share ways that you can pick up a pair for less or avoid that hefty price tag.
These sneakers rarely go on sale so to find Golden Goose sneakers on sale, you have to pay attention to the retailers that have flash sales every once in a while like SSENSE. (Stay on top of sizing as they sell out quickly.) You can also check RueLala, Vestiare Collective, and Gilt for flash sales. Find bigger selections at Farfecth, Net-A-Porter, and SSENSE. Or you can shop Golden Goose sneakers at places like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Revolve.
If you still don’t want to spend the money, there’s a Steve Madden dupe I’ve tried that looks VERY similar and is also very comfortable! I also have a few pairs of P448 sneakers and LOVE them. They have a very similar look but are a good, high-quality mid price range option. Find more dupes below…
THE VERDICT: Are They REALLY Worth the Money???
I really did not think I would like Golden Goose sneakers. As I mentioned above, I fully expected to tell you to save your money and buy a different pair instead.
To my surprise, they are wonderful… and incredibly comfortable! These high-quality sneakers are no doubt a splurge, but they are so worth it.
I can wear them with just about anything in my closet. I wear them with dresses, skirts, shorts, jeans, and loungewear and they add a cool element to every look. Their versatility allows me to wear them all of the time, which decreases their cost per wear… something that I often consider when looking at the price point and splurging on higher-priced items.
Golden Goose Dupes & Lookalikes
Quick note…I have not tried any of these dupes besides the Steve Madden sneakers and the P448 sneakers so I cannot promise they are as comfortable as the Golden Goose or Steve Madden’s but I wanted to show you the options!
What do YOU think?? Do you have a pair of Golden Goose sneakers and love them and think they are worth the money?? Or do you think it’s still WAY too much to spend on sneakers? Please share in the comments below.
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