Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Worn-out Sneakers From Italian Luxury Brand Sells For $530 On Nordstrom

Critics say $530 ‘dirty’ designer sneakers ‘mock poverty Modal Trigger Nordstrom
Nellie Chapman | 23 September, 2018, 13:01

A high fashion sneaker brand has come under flak as an unusual pair of sneakers, launched this year, have been slammed for "mocking poverty".

For others, they condemned the whole luxury fashion industry for coming up with a similarly ridiculous and insulting trend while the society looked down on people who have no other choice but to wear tattered apparel.

Nordstrom is now selling a pair of sneakers with scuff marks and tape for more than $500. But the shoes, which are made by Golden Goose, are being criticized on social media for "making light of poverty".

Nordstrom has designed clothes that have a distressed look in the past.

Barneys and Neiman Marcus also carry some of Golden Goose's designs, but the taped sneakers are now not available on their websites.

The retail company describes the Golden Goose shoes as "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".

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

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

Instead if getting orders for the new range, the brand is receiving backlash with Twitter users calling their designs "offensive" and "distasteful".

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.