People Can't Believe These Taped-Up, Dirty-Looking Sneakers Cost $530

Designer shoes or poverty sneakers

A new sneaker is taking its turn at trending and offending.

According to Golden Goose's website, the "Superstar", as the shoe is called, consists of a "calf suede upper" featuring a "hot application of coloured tape" and intentionally worn laces. More than 40 million Americans live in poverty, according to the USA census, but consumers of all kinds weighed in on the shoes this week.

Some other Twitter users also reiterated that the brand had been designing shoes like this for years.

Whatever happened to getting beat-up shoes the old-fashioned way?

Comedian Christine Sydelko tweeted, "there are people in the world wearing plastic bags as shoes because they can't afford any but these disgusting things are selling for $500 the fashion industry is truly so f***ing stupid".

Twitter users weren't happy that Golden Goose is charging such a hefty price for the sneakers, with some accusing the brand of "mocking poverty".

Italian luxury sneaker brand Golden Goose came under fire after it debuted a pair of $530 sneakers that are styled to look dingy and worn-out with duct tape accents that's described on Nordstrom's website as "crumply, hold-it-all-together tape".

Golden Goose, who have not commented publicly on the controversy, may argue that, just like distressed jeans or punk culture (where safety pins and tears are introduced to otherwise perfectly good threads), they are merely extending the idea to sneakers and subverting the idea that "fresh is best".

Boots featuring tape and other sneakers featuring scuff marks are also now available on the brand's website.

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