Netizens are slamming these expensive taped sneakers for glorifying poverty

Critics say $530 ‘dirty’ designer sneakers ‘mock poverty

To some, that's taking the worn trend too far.

The sneakers, which were created by the luxury fashion brand Golden Goose, feature mock tape around the shoe's toes, making it look as though they were so distressed the owner didn't have any other option but to tape them back together haphazardly.

Manufactured by Italian high fashion sneaker brand "Golden Goose", the sneakers with "crumply, hold-it-all-together tape" are being called out for glorifying poverty. But purchasing new shoes with dirt and tape already on them - for more than $500 - is quite another. More than 40 million Americans live in poverty, according to the U.S. census, but consumers of all kinds weighed in on the shoes this week.

The website charitably describes the shoes as "distressed".

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


Golden Goose and Nordstrom did not immediately return a request for comment.

Golden Goose, founded in Venice in 2000, has made a name for itself selling the "worn in" look to cashed-up hipsters who have never seen a farm, let alone worn their best sneakers on one.

The crumbly "Superstar Tape Sneaker" are being sold at a whopping 530 United States dollars (approximately Rs. 38,000)! A pink version retailed for $585, a blue version was sold at $590, and the online reaction was similar, with a British comedian remarking online that the shoes were "poverty appropriation".

Some think that the taped-up sneakers are freaky and overpriced.

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