I bought my first pair of Golden Goose sneakers 5 years ago while pregnant with Ozzy. It was one of those moments when clothes didn’t fit and I felt terrible…so, I justified it real easily that day and since then I have purchased a few more #oops. Five years later, I still love them! This coveted sneaker brand created in Italy over 17 years ago offers a West Coast meets European skater vibe with their worn-in aka dirty look. Today I’m sharing all my pros and cons to Golden Goose Deluxe sneakers!
The Pros and Cons of Golden Goose Sneakers
Pros to Golden Goose Sneakers
Limited quantities of each style.
Why do I consider this a pro? The brand releases new styles each month and they go real quick! When I am paying this much for anything, I don’t want to the exact color/style on 10 of my friends. Each pair feels unique and special, almost limited edition.
This baffles people, like why am I paying for dirty looking shoes? As a kid, my mom would buy me bright white Keds and I would immediately go in the dirt to get them dirty or take a pen and draw on them. This made her so mad, clearly. I’ve never liked the look of bright white shoes, now I just pay a lot of money for this look. Haha. I mean your shoes are always going to get dirty eventually, Golden Goose just speeds up the process.
I get this question a lot. Yes, they are super comfortable!
No shoe is identical.
This goes back to what I was saying on limited quantities. Each pair is handmade and hand distressed. One of a kind, pretty cool right?
Cost per wear.
The number question asked is “are they worth the money?”. I can’t answer that for you. Totally a personal choice. However, look at all the shoes in your closet. Do you wear them a lot? I went through mine and found several pair of sneakers I’ve spent $80-$150 on that I wore maybe 3 or 4 times. Yet, I wear my all of my GGDB sneakers ALL THE TIME! Like I said, cost per wear!
They look just as cool with dresses and skirts as they do with jeans and loungewear.
Cons to Golden Goose Sneakers
Sizing can be tricky when you have to order online.
I wear a 7 shoe and wear a 37 in Golden Goose with the exception of my first pair of high tops, I bought a 38. Even though all of mine are super comfortable and they do all fit slightly different from each other. This goes back to being handmade and hand distressed. Make sure you order from a reputable site that accepts returns in case you need to switch out sizes.
Even though I truly believe in cost per wear, it’s still not easy to hit the PAY button on such expensive sneakers. I get it, these are not for everyone and I certainly don’t think they are a necessary purchase! If you love them and want a pair, go for it! You will love them! As with any item, don’t feel the pressure to conform to fashion trends and spend money on things you don’t REALLY REALLY love!
The BEST Stores to Order Golden Goose Sneakers
I know NORDSTROM is a favorite for most everyone, but I don’t think they are a great place to buy GGDB. They have a very small selection and sizes go fast. If you can find a pair you love, obviously order from NORDSTROM.
REVOLVE: I find so many great styles I love and shipping is quick!
SHOPBOP: just like Revolve, great options, but even faster FREE shipping when you use your Amazon Prime login.
FARFETCH: I find when a pair of GGDB goes on sale, I can usually find the best sizes on Farfetch.
MATCHESFASHION: Based in Europe, but only takes 2-3 days to get to my house.
MYTHERESA: Some of the best pieces I find come from My Theresa.
INTERMIX: I always find the size I’m looking for here.
NET-A-PORTER: Best selection for all the classic color combos.
LUISAVIAROMA: They sell quick but the available sizes are listed before you click on each shoe. Makes it easy to shop.
25 thoughts on “The Pros and Cons of Golden Goose Sneakers”
I agree that they are totally worth it! I’ve had a pair of the high tops for over five years and they look just as good (and are still just as comfortable) as the pair I bought last year. I’ve found great deals on Shopbop but you have to act fast! Xo
Totally worth it. They are extremely comfortable and go with anything you wear. The quality of the leather is supreme.
Hi!! I know you mentioned sizing is tricky but would love to know what you think. I am about to purchase a pair (non high top) online. There is no where near me that sells them so I have no way of knowing what size to go with. I am a true size 7 is all shoes. I can’t go smaller or larger. That being said- do you think the 37 size would work for me??
Yes, 37 is perfect for you.
Great review. Is your Neverful GM size?
yes it is!
How do the GGDB sneakers fit? I have a narrow foot and am wondering if they’ll be a good option.
They fit true to size! If you have a narrow foot you can just adjust the laces accordingly. Hope that’s helpful!
I wear a 7.5 shoe so what size? 7 or 8? Narrow foot….
I would get a 37 (7) in GG if I were you. x
Have you had to repair any of them? My heels are wearing down a bit.
oh shoot, no I have not!
Just want to add some comments on GGDB sizing: I fit size 40 in their superstar & oldschool style, but size 39 fit me better in their running sole style.
I usually wear size 9 US in Vince & Tory Burch, size 7,5 UK in Adidas by Stella McCartney ultra boost style.
I just purchased a pair of slides. I am normally a size 7 with a wide foot. I purchased the 37. Now, I am panicking that I should’ve purchased the 38. Honestly I have never had a pair of shoes in a size 8 and sometimes can wear a 6 1/2. Was just worried about the width. My brother has a few pair and told me they’re not really made for wide feet. Any suggestions?
Hi Jennifer, did the 38 work for you? or did you have to exchange them for 37? I have your exact same problem and I’m not sure what to order. Would appreciate your input.
Hi Jennifer, did the 37 work for you? or did you have to exchange them for 38? I have your exact same problem and I’m not sure what to order. Would appreciate your input.
I wanted to purchase a pair of Goden goose superstar but don’t come in half sizes. Im a true US 8.5. What size should i get on these sneakers? 38 or 39? I have medium width feet. Thank you
Hi! I’m a true 8.5 also and went for the 39. I also wear 39 in P448 and both those and the GGDB fit perfect. Hope that helps.
I just got my first pair 2 days ago and they are killing my feet. I’m so sad!! I got a size 40… I am right in between a 39 & 40 so maybe they are a little big, but the 39’s were too small. So, do you have any ideas how I can make them more comfortable particularly on back of my heel? I have a terrible blister after wearing them all day yesterday. Any socks that might be best to wear with them?
Hi! My daughter is a 6.5 in most shoes, and she wants a pair of the Hi Star style. I have seen mixed reviews regarding sizes in the different styles, so I am trying to decide between a 36 and a 37 in this particular style?
Thank you 🙂
I am a size 37 and have been DYING for the brown suede pair.. any chance you are looking to sell them?
hi! I’m not sure if you are still responding to this or not but i’m wondering how you tie them without tying them? they don’t seem to stay on my foot for me — did you ever size down? I keep trying to find a post on this but I can’t anywhere! Thank you!
Great review! Love, love, love these shoes!! Quick note, I had a problem with studs falling off of my slides and the 2 year warranty is not valid unless purchased directly from the Golden Goose website or one of there few flagship stores. I purchased most of mine from websites you mentioned. They are great deals and great service, but warranty is NOT valid if purchased outside of GGDB.