One of the most confusing things in life is rich people’s obsession with appearing poor. This comes in many forms, its teen sensation Justin Bieber doing drugs and getting arrrested, its R&B star Chris Brown paying gang members to join their gang, its Kanye West making clothing that has holes in it to simulate homeless people.
The well-off often fetishise poverty, and Italian sneaker brand Golden Goose has carried on this trend with their new sneaker release. Their sneakers are modeled after what a sneaker that has been worn day in day out for years looks like with masking tape to perfect the image of the ultimate poverty look.
“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,” reads the description of the sneaker, for sale at Nordstrom for $530.
I have revised this description for Nordstrom:
This trainer is a big slap in the face for all those in the world who even struggle to get the basic necessities, buy our trainer to know how it feels to be poor without the fear or depression of actually being poor. And don’t worry we didn’t even give any jobs to those afflicted by poverty, we jut google searched ‘f*cked up shoes’ and now your poverty fetish will make us rich whilst those in poverty continue to suffer.”
Lmao wait one minute pic.twitter.com/o97SzUqynI
— Bokeh Bob (@fka_nerdferg) August 27, 2016
Golden Goose has yet to comment on the reception the sneakers have gotten this time out, but two years ago the company released a statement about the issue.
The company said it was “proud to highlight its pioneering role in the booming of the distressed look, one of the current biggest trends in fashion”, adding that the taped look on the sneakers was meant to “pay homage to the West Coast’s skater culture”.
According to the US Census Bureau’s 2016 estimates, 43.1 million Americans lived in poverty that year.