With a lot of heavy information coming to light over the past few days, I thought it might be nice to chat about something frivolous for a second. So let’s talk about Golden Goose sneakers, shall we?!
In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, Golden Goose is an Italian brand, founded by Francesca Rinaldo and Allesandro Gallo. They were inspired to create a high quality sneaker that looks lived in before you take it out of the box. They “look as though they’ve already lived a good life, full of adventure, and encourage you to do more of the same.”
Sounds kind of cool, right? Your white sneakers are going to get scuffed anyway, so why not get a version that eliminates that worry? They’re not perfect, and they’re still cool! The only catch – they’re PRICEY. Like between $400-$650 pricey. YIKES.
That being said, other brands are starting to catch on to this pre-worn look… at a much lower price point. Normally I stay away from knockoffs or dupes because it feels really dishonest – but for some reason, these don’t bother me. They’ve been inspired by the brand, but they aren’t direct copies of the real deal. It’s not like a belt on Amazon with two G’s pretending to be Gucci, you know?
If you’re into this look, here are a few similar options that are much more affordable!
Golden Goose Dupes
Steve Madden Rezza Sneakers
Once I realized that I just couldn’t justify the price tag to get a real pair of Golden Goose sneakers, I treated myself to these Golden Goose dupes! They’re not as distressed as the originals, but the quality is pretty good for $99. I also like having more of a “fashion sneaker” to wear with jeans and running errands. I still love my Allbirds, athletic sneakers, and now Everlane sneaks – but these are a fun addition to that crew. Get them at DSW or Zappos!
Steve Madden Starling Sneaker
These are really similar to the pair I have, but with more of a platform. I can’t speak to the comfort level of these, but I love that it would give us shorties a little extra boost! They’re usually also $99 (like mine), but they’re only $81 at DSW and Zappos right now!
Vintage Havana Sneakers
I just recently discovered the brand Vintage Havana, and they have a TON of options that look like the Golden Goose star sneakers! I particularly think this leopard pair and this snake pair are fun, and they’re both $110. You can also snag this pair on sale for $59 and this pair on sale for $69!
Dolce Vita Zaga Sneakers
These are a little bit louder than the other options, but they’re really fun! I found them on Dolce Vita’s site for $127.
I’ll admit – I’m pretty skeptical of Shein, but I know a ton of people who shop with them all the time without any problems. I guess it might be worth a gamble considering this pair is only $21 and this pair is only $30!
At $285, P448 sneakers are still pretty expensive… but they’re still less than GGs! They’re also not distressed, but I included them here because of their fun details and high quality leather.
Still want the real thing?
Namaste girl, you do you! You can shop some of their most popular styles below -from original to platform to high tops! Also, my sister-in-law has found a few pairs on eBay and The Real Real if you have champagne taste on a beer budget 😉
PS. You might also like My Go To Shoes This Winter and What To Wear When It’s Still Cold, But You’re Feeling Springy!