The sneakers to buy post-Paul Smith.
I don’t know about you, but I barely wear heels these days, even on special occasions. If there’s one thing that the Paul Smith re-boot era taught me, it’s that sneakers really do go with everything, including a fancy dress. They are so versatile, they are more than worthy of investment, though you certainly can find awesome options at Adidas pricing. I have a couple of friends that just announced recent Tretorn purchases on Facebook, which gives me serious grade eight flashbacks, to the days when we’d pin our jeans and beg, borrow and steal for a Polo button-down, even though they were pricey for a kid!
Anyway, I started noticing Golden Goose Deluxe Brand sneakers on a lot of the women I follow on Instagram, and suddenly started feeling like maybe I needed a pair too (that’s how influencers work, and I am not immune.) First up is Kat, the style blogger behind @DoesMyBumLook40, who often wears them with printed maxi dresses and skirts. Then there’s interiors legend Kelly Wearstler, who’s often wearing them with plain jeans and something fabulously designer, which suits me to a tee.
I had seen them in stores, but the price tag—a whopping $650—was way out of reach for running shoes, even if they are made and designed in Italy. Then my publicist friend convinced me that they’re the most comfortable shoes she’s ever had, aside from a two week period when they killed (that also happened to me, so be warned). It’s odd the way they break in like that, but they do. They also come out of the box looking like they’ve already been worn by somebody, scuffs and all, so don’t be put off by that. (Consider it the shredded designer jean of the sneaker world.)
But what cinched the purchase for me was when I found them on mega sale at the Canadian opening for Nordstrom Rack, where I scored them for about 70% off. I can’t promise there will be any left if you try, but it’s good to know you can find them on sale!! Before I decided on the Golden Goose, I had considered a bunch of other styles I really like right now, so I bundled them up in this handy carousel. Happy shopping! And if you like this Pulitzer-worthy long-read about frivolous shopping missions, check out this little diddy about the last time I hemmed and hawed over which designer bag to buy.