Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar Women’s Sneakers Review
I’m doing a review on the Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar sneakers! I have the women’s silver and white classics and absolutely love them! I’ve spoken about the brand before and you’ve seen them on my Instagram numerous times, as well as in my Stutterheim rain coat outfit, so here is the review for you! Golden Goose Deluxe Brand was founded by Francesca and Alessandro Gallo’s shared love of fashion and art. They work with traditional Venetian tailors, combining traditional Italian craftsmanship with a cool, contemporary sensibility and their cult distressed sneakers is what they are most know for. If you haven’t heard of the brand before, you’re going to love it!
Those of you who read my blog regularly will know that I’m between a 39 and 40 in shoe sizes, or a UK 6 to 7. I generally find UK and US shoes run bigger, which is why I take a 39, and European shoes run smaller, so I’m generally a 40. Since Golden Goose are an Italian brand, I took my usual Italian size of 40 and they fit me perfectly! I would say they are a similar size to Balenciaga in sneakers, if that helps! So whatever your usual European shoe size is, go with that. Or if you’re between sizes, go with the size up like I did.
I’m usually really picky with sneakers and flat shoes because I have sensitive skin on my heels, meaning I often get blisters, so I was a bit wary of how comfortable these would be. I was actually really shocked and surprised to find them so comfortable, but I do believe that’s because they’re designed to be worn loose. I don’t do the laces up at all, so they are loose and quite slippy, like the designers intended, so that helps as there’s no friction on the back of my heel as they fit well. I think if they were tight and worn done up, they would rub a bit as Adam has a pair and has mentioned they do cut his heels if he wears them for long periods of time, so I’ve told him to wear them undone like mine. They have a soft insole, and the sole of the shoe is rubber, so they are quite comfortable. They’re stiffly made too so they don’t just fall off your foot.
Now when it comes to design, I was mostly intrigued and excited by the uniqueness of the brand and how there’s no two shoes the same. This iconic Super Star sneaker is in a classic white with a contrasting dirty white signature star patch to the side and a metallic silver-tone heel. They feature a round toe, a lace-up front fastening (dirty grey), a logo embossing at the tongue, a flat rubber sole and a purposely distressed and scuffed finish for the ultimate lived-in look, which you can tell is inspired by classic skateboarding sneakers. I’ve seen many of them in person, as they come in hundreds of colour combinations, and each pair is completely unique! My pair even has little blue and red felt tip men marks on it, and is heavily distressed, while others are much cleaner. It depends who is finishing the shoes in the factory in Italy and how they want them to look.
At first I always thought Golden Goose were too similar to Converse because of the star logo on the side, and I think everyone thinks this as my mum did when she saw mine. So that can put people off due to the price tag (more on that in a moment). For me though, the design is so pretty and I find them to look 100 times better than Converse, so I was sold. They also don’t make my feet look big, round, or clown like. Due to me having a bigger size shoe and being quite short, certain sneakers can make my feet huge, but these actually make them look small and slim, which is a miracle! I’ve worn them so many times now and even got a second pair to DIY! I can’t recommend the Superstar design enough.
As these Golden Goose Deluxe Brand trainers are Italian made, you can guarantee the quality is excellent. I’ve looked them over everywhere and you can tell they have paid great attention to the fit, the design, the placement of stitching, seams, the sewing is extremely neat and strong… They look like they’re going to last you many years, even with the pre-distressing that they come with. I can’t fault the craftsmanship at all and based on that, I think they’re worth the money for the quality. Sure you can get a pair of Converse really cheap, but I find them sub standard in comparison.
This particular pair of mine is one of the cheapest from the brand’s selection as they are a classic and very minimal, so depending where you shop, they retail for between £290 – £300. It is quite expensive and a lot of their sneakers retail over that, and if some are hand embellished, they can carry a price tag upwards of £700, so it depends on what you’re looking for. I couldn’t be happier with mine though and based on how comfortable they are and how much I plan on wearing them, I think they’re an investment. They go with everything as they’re incredibly versatile!
I’m sure you can tell that I love my Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Superstar sneakers! I’ve worn them 4 times since I got them a few weeks ago and can’t get enough! I would absolutely recommend them to you if you’re in the market for a classic, simple sneaker like this which is versatile and easy wearing. They’re an investment and so unique! Plus for me, since they already come distressed and dirty, it means I am not worried about getting them dirty or stained so I’m happy to wear them freely, even when it rains! A lot of my shoes I’m worried about damaging as I like to choose pairs that are unique and delicate, but these are robust and strong! I would recommend going with a classic white pair like this for your first option, then they become addictive so you might want to look into the colours! Check out my Golden Goose top pairs post here. What do you think of Golden Goose Deluxe Brand?