I’m so into the embellished luxury skater shoe lately. I’ve been really noticing the trend lately of luxury designers creating really casual distressed skate shoes like Gucci, Saint Laurent, Givenchy and the Lululemon staple on the website photos – Common Projects. I’ve also noticed the Louis Vuitton and Chanel versions which are way more embellished and glamorously tacky. The ones I liked where the more casual high-low look. This is such an extension of the athleisure trend, but actually, it’s a different trend altogether since it’s not at all a sports shoe, but more of a streetwear casual look, so it’s a niche trend I guess. I’ve been doing some research on brands and ended up buying a pair on the resale market a few weeks ago. This was actually two-part research because I was also really interested in making a small ‘luxury’ purchase on a particular site that authenticates in order to review the process for a blog post. That post will be coming soon.
In my luxury sneaker search, I kept seeing Golden Goose sneakers pop up. I was so intrigued by this Italian brand (and made in Italy) because not only are the shoes not an obvious luxury brand with recognizable logos everywhere, it was a subtle ‘if you are in the know, you know’ type of branding, and it’s a cult label in the fashion world. My favorite thing about these shoes is that they are a very low profile on the ankle, and they have a hidden elevated heel. I find them so flattering on the leg and ankle and feminine with cropped jeans or shorts because of this. I think they will be so versatile being able to wear these with shorts, crops, skirts, jeans or leggings 0r even dressed up with black pants. The entire shoe including the insole is made of really high-quality leather, so you can easily wear these sockless without getting nasty smelling feet. The top of the inside of the shoe is lined with this really nice thin terry cloth and it feels really nice if you aren’t wearing socks. I think I’ll really appreciate that added touch in the summer. I’ve had my shoes for two weeks now and I wear them everywhere. I love them so much. I love how blingy they are and that although they are an ultra-casual shoe, they aren’t norm-core like the Common Projects are but more feminine and pretty like a ballerina flat would be. Except, of course, much more sporty than a ballet flat.
I love that they are distressed ‘just so’ so that I don’t have to be precious about wearing them or have anxiety about scuffing them up. The distressing was also a great feature because I purchased mine resale so I didn’t have to anguish over how perfect or imperfect they would be, nor did I pay anywhere near full price for them. The detailing on them are all so different and thoughtful. I especially love the ones I’ve seen with leopard print heel cups and star details, or the pink glitter ones on the Nordstrom website right now (shown below).
Interestingly, after I purchased my pair I went to Nordstrom yesterday and as of a week ago, the Nordstrom near me now carries this brand. I was able to try on all the colors I saw online and try on the size up. I’m a size 9 and my European size is typically size 39.9. These shoes don’t come in half sizes so I got mine in a 39 and at first, they seemed a touch snug in the toe area. They’ve since worn in perfectly but I wanted to try on the size 40 in store. The 40’s felt a touch big but not ‘too big’ so if another color/style pops up for a killer deal, I would go with either a 39 or a 40. Another thing I noticed at the store yesterday is that there are some near perfect dupes by other brands at a lower price point. The leopard print ones I’ve shown below are the ones I really loved and would absolutely purchase.
I’m all about wearing Adidas Stan Smiths for more polished sporty outfits, but what I was searching for was a proper fashion shoe/sneaker hybrid. I also wondered if they were worth their price at all when you could get that laid back, fashiony look by wearing black and white Adidas Stan Smith or Vans Old Skool, or Nike Roshe or Cortez. I think if you already find luxury shoes a worthy purchase then you will appreciate the craftsmanship in these shoes and the fit details. If luxury shoes aren’t for you and you don’t like spending a lot of money on shoes then there are some really great alternatives that give you the exact same look as Golden Goose and you don’t have to commit to something that may be a short-lived trend. Personally, I love luxury shoes but have always reserved that type of purchase for really dressy special occasion shoes. I think it makes more sense to spend that money on a shoe you will wear daily and in a multitude of outfits and that fits your everyday lifestyle vs getting something you will only get to enjoy once in a while.
What are your thoughts on luxury shoes? Do you prefer to spend that higher price point on things that don’t get trashed like handbags or jewelry, or are you into it? What about luxury sneakers?
I loved both of these pairs I tried on. I really gravitated to the leopard print but I think the pink glitter ones are most flattering.