Does This $530 Sneaker Mock Poverty?

 

A high-end Italian streetwear label Golden Goose is facing backlash for its new Superstar Taped Sneakers. The intentionally filthy low-top which has been patched with duct tape to create what critics say is an insensitive glamorization of poverty.

These sneakers are selling at Nordstrom for $530, boasting “crumply, hold-it-all-together tape” and a “grungy rubber cupsole.”

“There are people in the world wearing plastic bags as shoes because they can’t afford any, but these HIDEOUS things are selling for $500 the fashion industry is truly so [f–king] stupid it pisses me off like what the actual hell ??????!” one Twitter user fumed, garnering almost 50,000 likes.

“Nothing truly says you are a worthless wanker than spending [lavishly] on shoes that mock poverty,” writes another critic.

“I don’t get it,” another user declares.

The company claims that it is inspired by West Coast skating culture not an appropriation of poverty. 

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