My Honest Review of Golden Goose Sneakers

Natalie Yerger wearing golden goose sneaker outfit white jeans faux fur coat Tory Burch bag white sweater
Natalie Yerger wearing faux fur jacket white sweater white jeans golden goose superstar casual outfit

One of my favorite things to do here is share my honest thoughts on trending luxury products, and today I’m bringing you my review of Golden Goose sneakers! These have been popular in the fashion community for several years now, but I only recently jumped on board and bought my first pair after finding a semi-clean white and gold option that’s more compatible with my style than their traditional, highly distressed sneakers.

There’s no doubt about it—these shoes are a huge investment. So if you’re wondering whether Golden Goose sneakers are worth it, I’m breaking down all the most important things to know, from comfort to sizing, styling, quality, pricing, and durability, to help you make an informed decision.

Keep scrolling to read my full Golden Goose sneaker review!

About the Brand

The Golden Goose brand was created in 2000 by Alessandro Gallo and Francesca Rinaldo. It places a huge emphasis on “things that are lived in, distressed, and touched with life,” so 99% of their shoes look scuffed or dirty. Each pair is handmade and hand-distressed in Venice, Italy, which makes them more expensive to produce. GGDB (stands for Golden Goose Deluxe Brand) releases new, different styles every season, and their shoes have subtle details and design features that make them special (more on that below). 

Are Golden Goose Sneakers Comfortable?

Yes, Golden Goose Superstar sneakers are comfortable! As long as you order the correct size (more on that below), there’s practically no break-in time with these sneakers. I wore them once or twice around the house, but overall, they were comfortable right out of the box. I’ve never gotten a blister with these shoes even with hours of wear. The leather insole is higher than most sneakers, so they have some added cushion. They’re wearable all day if you’re commuting to an office, running errands, or working from a coffee shop, but I wouldn’t walk in them for more than 2 or 3 hours.

Natalie Yerger wearing faux fur jacket with white Levis and white sneakers
Golden goose superstar sneaker winter outfit with white jeans and faux fur jacket

Outfit Details: Faux Fur Jacket, Everlane Sweater, Levi’s Jeans, Golden Goose Superstar Sneakers (sold out, similar here)

Golden Goose Sneaker Sizing

Two of the most common questions people ask about Golden Goose sneakers are, “do Golden Goose sneakers run small?” and “how do Golden Goose sneakers fit?” In general, GGDB sneakers fit true to size. They only come in European whole sizes, so I recommend sticking to your corresponding US size. There aren’t half sizes, so if you’re between sizes, size up if you plan on wearing them with thin, no-show socks.

How to Tie Golden Goose Sneakers

There’s a specific way to tie golden goose sneakers that looks best, and it’s so simple! Put on the shoes and make sure the laces are tight enough, then tie a little knot at the end of each shoelace. You can Google ‘how to tie Golden Goose laces’ for tutorial videos if you’re running into trouble.

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Golden goose sneaker laces from above

Why are They So Expensive?

The price point on these usually drops some jaws (mine included) given that most pairs look old and worn. In part, they’re priced at a premium simply because they can be (similar to Chanel, Hermes, Balenciaga), but there are a few details that set GGDB apart from other brands:

  • The standard of the leather is excellent and should last forever with proper care.
  • The shape is both unique and flattering; the heel is slightly elevated, which elongates the legs.
  • The interior lining is a loopback cotton toweling material that makes the shoes warm in winter and cool in the summer, so they’re pleasant year-round.
  • Each pair is made by hand, so there’s technically no other Golden Goose sneaker out there that’s exactly like your pair.

How to Style Golden Goose Sneakers

My go-to Golden Goose sneakers outfit is my Super star sneakers with ankle-length jeans, a white t-shirt, and a jacket. They’re also my favorite sneakers to wear with skirts and midi dresses, though, as the slight lift from the heel is very flattering! See below for more Golden Goose outfit ideas.

Natalie Yerger wearing white ATM schoolboy tee with Max Mara slip skirt and golden goose super star sneakers
Natalie Yerger wearing Everlane quilted jacket with blanknyc distressed jeans and white superstar sneakers
winter golden goose sneaker outfit with coat and white jeans

Are Golden Goose Sneakers Worth It?

So, are Golden Goose sneakers worth it? For most people, no. Yes, they’re unique, handmade, trendy, comfortable, and flattering, but the vast majority of colorful, distressed Golden Goose styles won’t pair with much in your wardrobe, and I predict they’ll be out of style in a decade. That being said, if you have budget, love the look, value being on trend, and can find a “cleaner” pair with neutral tones, you should be very happy with this splurge purchase and get a lot of wear out of them. Unless you’re looking for a statement shoe, I recommend opting for an off-white or white leather base sneaker color with navy, black, tan, silver, or gold leather or suede accents (notably the star and the heel tab) as these will go with much more in your closet.

Superstar Sneakers

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white and gold golden goose superstar sneakers outfit with white jeans and fur coat

Golden Goose FAQ

Why do Golden Goose sneakers look dirty?

Golden Goose sneakers look dirty and scuffed because an unkempt aesthetic is part of the Italian brand’s look. They’re made to appear worn, and scuffs and small marks are added to each pair to give them an authentic, lived in feel. If you’re looking for a non-distressed pair, try the Pure Star sneakers.

What are the most popular Golden Goose sneakers?

The most popular Golden Goose sneakers are the Purestar, Superstar, Mid-Star, and the high tops. Within each style, you can choose from a wide variety of shoes, from full-on glitter and zebra animal print to white with a little something extra.

How much do Golden Goose sneakers cost?

Golden Goose sneakers cost $400–$700 USD new, depending on the style, design, and materials. They’re expensive because each shoe is handcrafted and unique in some way. In general, the more materials involved (leather, shearling, calf hair, sequins, glitter), the higher the price tag of the shoe.

Where can I find Golden Goose sneakers on sale?

You can occasionally find Golden Goose sneakers on sale or pre-loved at SSENSE, Cettire, GoldenGoose.com, MyTheresa, TheRealReal, Farfetch, Shopbop, Net-A-Porter, Nordstrom, Bloomingdales, Mercari, and Poshmark. Even with the sale styles, I would expect to pay at least $200 for a pair.

Are there any good Golden Goose dupes?

As with most luxury products, there aren’t any dupes out there that are going to deliver the whole GGDB package (comfort, look, durability) for less. P448 is a similar brand that also emphasizes a lived-in look, but they’re still pricey. As far as white sneakers go, I recommend Sam Edelman, Frye, Veja (see my review here), and Common Projects.

I hope this Golden Goose review inched you a little closer to making a confident decision about these investment shoes! if you have a specific question, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or send me a DM on Instagram.