Nordstrom takes heat for selling scuffed shoes

Galtero Lara
Setiembre 23, 2018

"At that time, the company gave the following statement to US Magazine: "[Our] company is proud to highlight its pioneering role in the booming of the distressed look, one of the current biggest trends in fashion", the Venetian label said in a statement to Us magazine.

Boots featuring tape and other sneakers featuring scuff marks are also now available on the brand's website.

The "Superstar Taped Sneaker" stitched together by Golden Goose is described as "Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole".

Another person Tweeted, "The "Golden Goose" here is anyone who would consider paying $530 for these glorified poverty sneakers". She asked, "Who's in the room when you design these?"

If the idea of spending over $500 on shoes that are seemingly held together by tape confounds you, you're not alone.

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Nordstrom replied, "We appreciate your feedback". We realize taste is subjective and not every customer will like every product we carry. That my embarrassment & struggle is being marketed disgusts me'.

According to Golden Goose's website, the "Superstar", as the shoe is called, consists of a "calf suede upper" featuring a "hot application of coloured tape" and intentionally worn laces.

Last year, the company created the Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans, which featured fake mud, for more than $400.

Back in 2016, the luxury designer launched a similar model of tape-up sneakers, this time in a shade of pink.

Instead if getting orders for the new range, the brand is receiving backlash with Twitter users calling their designs "offensive" and "distasteful".

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