These days it’s impossible to log on to Instagram, to Pinterest, or even turn on your fav TV show without seeing someone rocking a pair of Golden Goose Sneakers. They are one of the hottest shoes out there! They first caught my eye last summer, but honestly the price tag kept me from trying them. However earlier this year, I went on the hunt for the perfect pair of white sneakers. And of course while researching several different brands, the GG Superstars kept popping up! I’m the kind of person who truly needs to know all of her options before making a decision, so I did it. I ordered ’em. And not just one pair either! I ordered three different styles for a big Golden Goose Sneakers review!
Golden Goose Sneakers Review
Like I mentioned, I’m an options gal. So when I was going through all the different styles and getting feedback from y’all on Instagram, I knew I wanted to try more than one style out. The classic Golden Goose Superstar appealed to me style-wise since I love a low-top slim sneaker. And since I tend towards more classic style, I wanted to try the non-distressed Superstars too! Lastly, I ordered the Pure Stars after several of you recommended them to me! I kept hearing that their comfort was amazing, and I had to try them out myself!
Fit and Sizing
When it comes to sneakers, I’m a pretty solid size 9. However if you’d like brand-specific sizing reference points, read my Best White Sneakers of 2020 post. I have 10 different styles of sneakers listed there with exactly what size I wear in each brand! (Spoiler alert though: I’m a 9 in nearly all of them, including Reebok, Nike, Tretorn, VEJA…)
I ended up ordering a size 39/9, and those are the perfect fit for me. They fit true to size! Golden Goose sneakers don’t come in half sizes. So if you are in between, I would suggest trying a size down.
Let’s start with the classic Superstar because these are the most-commonly seen version out there! I love the low-top style of these. They don’t feel clunky on my feet and are comfortable straight out of the box. The sole has plenty of flex and the insole is cushioned. I also love all of the different options there are for the star and back tab. Glitter, prints, solids: the options are truly endless! Another really cool thing about these is that they are hand-distressed. No two pairs will look exactly the same! They also make a limited quantity of each color combination, so you’re unlikely to come across many other people with the same style! After doing a ton of searching SSENSE has the best variety and selection!
Style-wise these are exactly the same as the distressed Superstar. They come with white laces instead of the grey, giving them a super-clean all-white look! Even though they are essentially the same shoe as the distressed version, I swear these are more comfortable! The insole seems to have more cushion! For now, the non-distressed style only come in the grey star and black tab combo. I searched high and low and didn’t find any other options. But honestly, I really do like the two together. They truly are an awesome neutral option that will go with anything and everything.
When chatting with y’all on Instagram, several of you recommended the Purestar! After hearing about them being the most comfortable, I had to try them! Y’all weren’t kidding! Of all three pairs, these are definitely the most comfortable straight out of the box. The insole has a memory-foam-like feel that is insanely comfortable. They are slightly heavier than the others, but if you’re going strictly for comfort, these win!
Like the non-distressed Superstar, the style is a little more classic. Every version is all-white with a white star, but they do have several options for the back tab including glitter, blue, black, and the pink I’m wearing! The platform is very on-trend without being overly clunky!
Are Golden Goose Sneakers Worth the Price?
So, I know this is what you’re really here for. But truly, I cannot answer it for you. Personally, I wear sneakers nearly every day. A year or two ago that wasn’t the case, but even if it’s just to walk to and from the bus stop, I am always wearing sneakers! So, I am willing to invest in a pair that I can wear daily and that will last me years. The cost per wear analysis makes sense. However if you’re just looking for a fashion sneaker to wear every once in a while, they may not make sense to you and your budget! It’s truly a personal decision!
I will say, however, that the craftsmanship of Golden Goose Sneakers is wonderful. They are handmade in Italy, and like I mentioned previously, the distressing is all done by hand! The leather is sturdy but soft. All-around they are a high quality shoe. Compared to other true designer sneakers, they are actually on the lower end price-wise.
Are You Keeping Them?
I spent a lot of time debating back and forth about whether to keep a pair and which pair to actually keep. Even though part of me wanted to go with the classic Golden Goose distressed look, they just didn’t feel like me on! Maybe it was just the pair I tried, but I felt like they were almost too edgy for me and my wardrobe.
In the end I decided to keep the non-distressed Superstar. They are very comfortable and are super-classic in style. Out of all the sneakers I tried including my best sneakers of 2020 roundup, they were my absolute favorite.
One thing I am going to do to switch them up a bit is change the laces! When I was going back and forth between the two pairs, my mom suggested I try the grey laces that the distressed ones came with on the non-distressed pair. Once I made that swap, I was 100% convinced! They add just enough contrast while still being classic! These are the laces I ordered on Amazon, and I can’t wait for them to arrive!
Do you have any other Golden Goose Sneakers questions? Let me know, and I’ll add them here!