You guys… I am STRUGGLING today! I didn’t even drink or even stay up late last night, but wow, I feel so exhausted. Ugh.
But, I am excited to talk about Golden Goose 🙂 I’ll just jump right into this journey of buying my first pair.
I’ve been aware of Golden Goose for a few years — I follow some lifestyle/fashion bloggers on Instagram and have seen their collections. Honestly, I wasn’t sold on the look of Golden Goose sneakers at first.
I saw them as dirty and honestly a bit random looking, but whatever, I thought. However, I kept hearing how comfortable they are and that they’re versatile, which makes them great for travel. This nugget of info is what stuck in my head.
A few months ago, I started seeing more pairs of Golden Goose sneakers that I actually thought looked cool. I started doing a little bit of research about how to catch a sale on them — it IS possible!
But, I also just started browsing different sites so I could nail down a style that I liked. The sneakers come in different styles, such as a classic skater sneaker (mid-star and ball star), Mid-stars that come up over the ankle, and slides, which are more of a Chuck Taylor look — plus many other styles.
Even within the different cuts, there are so many varieties to choose from. Golden Goose sneakers are all handmade in Italy. All of the details — even the wild glitter and writing and bright colors — are carefully selected. Plus, the distressing is purposefully done, and this is a signature style.
Part of the Golden Goose brand is a manifesto that life is perfectly imperfect, and that shoes should reflect that. I know to a lot of people, buying shoes that are already dirty is a lot like buying jeans that are already ripped, but I think this is an interesting concept, which I’ll get back to in a sec.
Once I nailed down a few different styles I liked, I just started keeping tabs on a few stores that sold them. And then I went to San Fran for work and completely ripped up my feet wearing a pair of Kate Spade Keds all around town. we’re talking giant, painful blisters.
And I was so quickly reminded of what happens when I travel because I walk everywhere and I’ve never had a pair of shoes that could handle it.
That was it. I was like, okay, I’m doing it. I’m going to buy a pair of dirty $500+ sneakers if it means I don’t have to bandage up my feat every time I travel.
So, let’s talk about the price. I am not someone that normally spends a lot on clothes, shoes, etc. However, over the years, as I’ve cleaned up my finances, I have ventured out of my budget and purchased some items that are higher-priced.
I don’t think it’s smart to buy expensive things just because of a name, or just because it’s in-style (but this is just me). But, I also think some things are worth the investment, and there have been times when buying a more expensive item has really been worth it (there’s also times it’s not).
Two things are what made me actually pull the trigger and purchase the shoes: 1. If they really were so comfortable for travel, then any amount of money would be worth comfortably being able to travel as I would like, and 2. I got an extra freelance gig that was an unexpected $500 out of nowhere.
So, I started looking for the right pair once I got back from California. It took me several weeks to find a pair I wanted, because I wasn’t going to slap down the cash on just any pair.
I knew I wanted mid-stars — they go above the ankle and look a little more elevated than the low-cut styles. I also heard they were true to size (I’m a true size 6, so I would need a 36 in GG). Plus, I wanted a pair that was fun, yet versatile.
There are some Golden Goose styles that are more “neutral” in their colors and lighter on the embellishments, but I wanted a pair that was not plain. If you’re going to pay that much for shoes, I say go for the bolder option. I also wanted something that would go with lots of outfits in any season.
It’s a lot of factors. But, I found THE pair one random browse through Nordstrom’s website. I got some off-white mid-stars that have hot pink and metallic gold details with a brogued wingtip and heel. Between the combo of the hot pink and gold, plus the reviews, I was SOLD.
And while, I do think it would be awesome if I could catch a sale, I also had the mindset that I’d just have to be ready either way. There are so many different styles and options that I didn’t want to sleep on a pair I liked. The ones I bought were a Nordstrom exclusive and there was only one pair left in my size.
It was fate!
So, I ordered them, and they arrived on my doorstep a few days later. I watched the door like a hawk — I wasn’t going to let the MOST expensive shoes I’ve ever ordered sit there!
I was really excited to open and them and put them on… and I did… and I wore them around my apartment all day. I thought, and still do think, that they look SO COOL.
I have had the sneakers for six weeks or so, and I have been slowly breaking them in by wearing them running errands. The true test will be when I take a trip — I have some planned later in the year and early next year that will really put these through the ringer.
But, so far, they are comfortable, and I think the distressing actually makes them easier to wear. I’m sure not everyone feels this way, but if I wore a bright white pair of sneakers, I’d be scared to get them dirty and they’d probably sit in my closet. But since these are already beat up a bit, I wear them without a care — which is how it should be!
So, are Golden Goose sneakers worth it? It’s subjective. I’m sure there are people that hate the look and would never pay that price, and that’s totally fine. But, I’m happy with the purchase and excited to find different ways to style them.
And yeah, I do hope one day I can stumble across a sale on a pair, but I’m not mad about simply finding a pair I like and getting them 🙂
I’d love to know if you’ve every splurged on something and how you made the choice to do it!?
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