We were in the London airport heading to Portugal (Lisbon & Algarve) a couple of years ago and I saw this European woman wearing the cutest Gucci bee sneakers. She was wearing them with a casual black dress and she looked effortless and put together. As soon as we got back from our trip I decided to splurge and buy a pair. That was a year and a half ago and I still wear them all the time.
Fast forward to last year, Jean was at Neimans and, after having gone back and forth about the brand, she found a pair of Golden Goose she loved and decided to try them out. She now wears them all the time and I try to borrow them every opportunity I get! In fact, I love them so much that I got a pair of my own for Christmas.
Since we own both types of sneakers and we’ve each worn both of them, we decided to do a Gucci sneakers vs Golden Goose review for you guys!
Gucci Sneakers vs Golden Goose
You can’t really go wrong with either. They are both very chic and statement making in a subtle way. You can wear either of them with almost everything in your wardrobe. If you’re a mom or grandmother chasing after toddlers, or if you like to be casual on the weekend after a long week of work, they’re a good way to be practical and look cute at the same time. And if you wear them as much as we wear our sneakers, the cost per wear is actually very low!
Speaking of cost, the Gucci sneakers start at about $590 and go up from there. Golden Goose sneakers range from just under $500 to up over $600+, although you can sometimes (but rarely) find them on sale! If you find a pair of Golden Goose sneakers that you love, buy them! Because there are limited numbers of each style, they can sell out. Katherine also got a pair of Golden Goose for Christmas; she wanted to exchange for a different size and that style was already sold out.
Comfort is Key
Hands down, the Golden Goose are much more comfortable and don’t need to be broken in. The Gucci sneakers definitely have a “breaking in” stage. Even after wearing the Gucci sneakers for a couple of years, they still don’t feel super “comfortable” like the Golden Goose. The leather is just stiff. Also, the way Gooden Goose sneakers are made, they are essentially a slip on with laces, they’re so easy to slip on and slip off!
Each sneaker has its own style sense, for sure. The Gucci sneakers are more polished and “serious” (if a sneaker can be serious!) and we love the way they look. Golden Goose sneakers are definitely more casual, with their scuffed and well worn look. That’s what made Jean hesitate before buying, but it turns out that even with that scuffed up look, they look stylish and they go with everything!
Also, something that appeals to us about Golden Goose is that there are limited numbers of each sneaker style and also exclusive styles found at different retailers. Each limited edition sneaker is marked on the inside with the production number of that particular sneaker and the number of sneakers made in that style.
Both Gucci and Golden Goose are made in Italy, but Stia sized down to a 38 in the Guccis. We both took our normal European size, 39, in the Golden Goose.
Where to Buy
You can find Gucci sneakers at Nordstrom, Neimans or Ssense (Ssense is a Canadian retailer and we’ve been really happy with our experience there). Golden Goose sneakers can be found at Nordstrom, Neimans, Revolve, Shopbop, SSense. We’ve found that Neimans has the largest selection of Golden Goose styles, while Revolve is more limited.