I never thought I would like the look of a pre-distressed shoe.  After all I have been known to throw my sneakers in the washing machine when they start to look a little too dingy.  Then I stumbled on the brand Golden Goose one afternoon and my shoe-loving heart skipped a beat.  Now if you're anything like me, you know the very next thing I looked at was the price tag and holy moly was I shocked.  Most of these shoes run $400+ and I immediately questioned how any sneaker, let alone one that looks like it's seen its fair share of miles could cost so much.

For my first pair I decided to go with the superstar style, which I think is probably their most popular.    The pair I originally ordered had a gold star, heel detail and sole, but the boutique I ordered through sent the wrong pair.  After emailing back and forth with them I ultimately decided to keep the pair they sent as the original ones I ordered were sold out company-wide.  After I got over my initial disappointment, I decided the pair they sent me was actually more versatile and that I liked them more!

I generally wear a size 10/11 in US sizing depending on what kind of shoe it is and with sneakers I tend to need a true size 11.  I ended up ordering a size 40 for my first pair and I'll admit I was a little nervous that they would be too small.  I read mixed reviews on sizing and while I think sizing is different based off what style you choose, the superstars run pretty true to size in my opinion.  I did end up getting a second pair for my birthday last year and went with a size 41.  Both sizes fit, I just end up wearing a thinner no-show sock with my size 40 and a thicker no-show sock with my size 41.

We've all been there.  We've all bought shoes because of their looks without any regards to how comfortable they will be.  I have to admit this was one of my biggest concerns once I finally pulled the trigger on ordering my pair.  I've owned leather and fashion sneakers in the past that have rubbed in all the wrong places, but knew the instant I tried these on that they would be my new go-to for a comfortable shoe.  I generally wear them with a thin pair of athletic no-show socks, but I'll admit I've slipped them on without socks when I'm running out the door in a rush.

Where to Buy
As with most designer things, specific styles and sizes can be a little hard to find.  Retailers like Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom do carry some styles, but tend to sell out rather quickly.  After talking to some friends that own Golden Goose I started looking into alternative retailers like Farfetch, Ssense, and The Dreslyn where I actually found the selection and pricing to be much better!
I ordered both of my pairs through Farfetch, a unique company that offers lots of designer goods from independent boutiques.  I did mention earlier that the boutique I ordered from sent the wrong pair the first time, but customer service was extremely helpful and in my opinion did make things right!

Bottom Line
At the end of the day I'm sure your biggest question is, do I think they're worth it?  As crazy as it sounds, yes!  I wear a lot of athleisure so sneakers are a staple in my wardrobe.  That being said, I do pair them casually with dresses, jeans and t-shirts, etc as well so my pair is already well loved and my cost per wear is already lower than some of the less expensive pairs of shoes sitting in my closet!  My biggest piece of advice when looking for a pair is to try and buy from a retailer that offers a discount code or lists them at lower prices (like the ones I mentioned above), but to always be careful of fakes.  Always remember, if the pricing is too good to be true, it probably is!