Outrage Over ‘Dirty’ Designer Sneakers That ‘Mock Poverty’

You won't believe the price tag on this grungy-looking footwear — check out why people are kicking up a storm

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Golden Goose, an Italian luxury shoe brand that advertises itself as having “a low-key communication strategy and a highly selective placement in venues that share the brand’s philosophy,” has come under fire for a tattered shoe that its critics say glorifies poverty.

One of the stores selected by Golden Goose for product sales is the upmarket Nordstrom.

There, consumers can find the “Superstar Taped Sneaker” along with this description: “Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole.”

Consumers have been happy to pay for distressed denim for years — but these faux-grunge shoes take the worn-out look to a new level.

And many people are steaming over it.

The hardest thing about the sneakers for critics? The cost — a whopping $530.

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Many people expressed disgust and called out the brand on Twitter.

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“Poverty is real,” one wrote.

“I’ve been bullied for wearing thrifted clothes before thrifting was ‘cool,’ and now we have high-end brands capitalizing upon many people’s past and current poverty-related suffering.”

Why are sneakers so expensive in the first place?

“Rising sneaker prices can be attributed to a variety of factors: rising costs of labor in China, increased costs for raw material, inflation, and general price increases, yet it appears that the price increases have significantly outpaced these factors over the past decade,” Eric Myers, a Northeastern MBA graduate and director at engineering firm Integris Group, told Complex.

See some of the outrage in the Twitter comments shown below.

Watch someone unbox a pair of Golden Goose sneakers in the video below.

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