Expensive pair of taped sneakers slammed for glorifying poverty

  • Expensive pair of taped sneakers slammed for glorifying poverty

Expensive pair of taped sneakers slammed for glorifying poverty

A pair of "crumply" sneakers created to look like they are held together by tape have caused massive outrage online.

Golden Goose, an Italian luxury 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 critics say glorifies poverty.

Nordstrom is now selling a pair of sneakers with scuff marks and tape for more than $500.

The description of the "crumbly" shoes reads, "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".

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

Twitter users took to the platform to protest against the design.

"The company.is actually proud to highlight its pioneering role in the booming of the distressed look, one of the current biggest trends in fashion", Golden Goose said at the time.

Worokya Duncan wrote to Nordstrom on Twitter, complaining that the shoes are "awful" and "insensitive".

Nordstrom responded, invoking "subjective tastes" to justify its decision to carry the taped-up sneakers.

The brand attracted backlash too, with some accusing Golden Goose of "poverty appropriation" - but the outrage didn't deter the retailer from coming up with new versions of the design two years later.

As it turned out, the Golden Goose Distressed Superstar Sneakers suffered similar condemnation in 2016 for its women's shoe line.