Honestly, when I first starting seeing the distressed shoe trend around, I was like no way, I am not going to invest this fleeting trend. But then it started to stick around, and I honestly started to love the look more and more. HOWEVER - I am not spending $500 on an intentionally worn out pair of shoes...
I set an alert on Mercari (a site similar to eBay where people sell their stuff!) to let me know when Golden Goose sneakers in my size are listed, and when I got an alert and saw they were only $100 - I bought them right away! Most of these selling sites protect you against counterfeit items - ie if the seller says they are real and you receive them and find they are not, you can return them and get your money back no prob - but you have to know what to look for. If you are searching for your own pair, keep scrolling to find out some tips to authenticate your Golden Goose sneakers!
As with authenticating most designer items, stitching is an important detail to look at. Specifically on Golden Goose sneakers, an area where counterfeits often miss stitching detail is the rectangle below the laces. The lines should be straight and make a perfect symmetrical rectangle.
Another area of stitching to inspect is the seam on the back of the shoe. Make sure the stitching is straight and the stitches are a consistent size.
The triple dots on the side of the shoe is an important detail to look for on Golden Goose Superstar sneakers. The dots should be the same size, consistently spaced, and at an angle.
Often, counterfeit GG Superstars will have stitching that does meet the ends of the stars, therefore allowing wrinkling and rolling of the edges of the stars.
Scuffing is a signature of Golden Goose sneakers. However, the scuffing should look "real". There should not be a system to the distress. Make sure the scuffing is inconsistent through out the whole shoe.
There are a couple areas on GG SS sneakers that have words and letters, including the side (GGDB SSTAR), the back (Golden Goose), the tongue (GGDB Made in Italy) and the soles (Superstar Golden Goose Deluxe Brand Venezia). Make sure the font and spacing are consistent throughout, and that the shoes include all these details.
Before I found my GG sneakers secondhand, I also had a dupe pair. (Dupes are similar styles that don't try to pass for the originals, ie logos and brand name -- these are counterfeits!) For being so cheap, they were not cheaply made! I still have and wear them, and they have held up so well! Below are a dupe pair that are only $21 + have free shipping!
Below are a couple options if you are looking for a pair of secondhand GG sneakers. Not all are superstars, but all are under $130! Just click directly on the pic to shop.
This bathroom has been under construction since we moved into our home IN NOVEMBER. It required a complete overhaul, including moving walls and pipes. For being such a small space, it has been the most demanding and time consuming room to remodel. Get this - there was a time when there was NO tub/shower, NO sink, and we had our dishwasher taped to the toilet. #strugglebus
The original bathroom was much smaller, had a weird (and painful to walk on) rock floor, and was GREEN.
As far as the work we (mostly hubs) did ourselves, we ripped up the floor, patched the cracking walls, painted, laid new floor and baseboards, installed new vanity & toilet, added a fan/heater, swapped out the light fixture, updated existing outlets with GFCI, created two new outlets, and updated hardware.
We had our contractor move the wall with the window back about 5 feet to create space for the shower, removed the tub, and basically built and tiled the entire shower. The old bathroom ended where the new shower starts now. I can't believe the single bathroom in this house was so small!
The vanity and sink we bought from Ikea. We had originally wanted a double sink, but this big single bowl was on clearance and we just couldn't justify spending hundreds more for a split bowl and an extra hole for the faucet. But in all honestly we are rarely trying to use the sink at the same time, so no biggie!
All the shower materials (tiles & shower doors) were bought from Lowes. I love the shower, but one thing I would've changed would be to have used white grout on the walls vs the black grout. I think the black grout turned out great with the tiles on the floor and in the shelf, but for the walls the black grout just magnifies any imperfection with the tiles.
This is the same shower panel we had actually bought for our first house, and we knew we absolutely wanted the same one for our new shower. All the nozzles are great, and it also has a waterfall feature.
A lot of the hardware we bought for the bathroom was through Amazon (they often had the cheapest prices!) plus they shipped so quick. One thing we found that ended up saving us a lot of money on the remodel is that a lot of items on Amazon have the option to buy returned/open box items. But they aren't items that were returned for being broken/defective. We did this for the shower panel, and ended up saving $100!
Thanks so much for reading, I can't believe we are finally to a point where I can even share a corner of the bathroom! If you have any remodeling experience or tips, help a sister out in the comments below!
Bluelight blocking glasses on Amazon are $18 for a 2 pack! With all this screen time make sure to take care of your eyes!
With everything that is going on right now, it is so important to be staying home and laying low. TV binging time! I feel like I've been preparing for this my whole life. Working from home can be a little lonely, so I love to have a tv show playing in the background while I'm listing new items or writing a blog post. If you are looking for something light and fun that won't cause too much psychological stress (even though I love those too) keep scrolling to see what I've watched and recommend! If you loved The Office, you should watch these next.
This has been my most recent binge, and I'm so sad the last season is currently airing! A very wealthy family finds their business manager has swindled them. Their assets are seized, but they are left with a small town they had purchased as a joke, Schitts Creek. They are living in the podunk town's motel trying to get their lives back on track, and some crazy schitt goes down. I had actually watched the very first episode a while back and wasn't hooked right away, but started it up again a couple months later after hearing so many great things about it and couldn't stop watching.
Employees of a Wal-mart-esque super store are just trying to survive customer service, a bureaucratic company, and their relationships with each other. Between customer shenanigans and employee snafus, every episode is so funny!
The Good Place
This series has just aired its final season and I can't deal :( Eleanor (Kristin Bell) finds herself in The Good Place after her unfortunate and embarrassing death. But she finds out quickly that she only ended up in The Good Place by accident, and she is trying to become a better person to find a way to stay. There's a major plot twist at the end of season 1!
A group of teenage girls are growing up in Ireland in the 90s during political turmoil. So many bad decisions are made! Make sure to have subtitles on, the accents are THICK.
Jane The Virgin
Jane is the perfect daughter, going to school while working to help support her family. She is also saving herself for marriage...so imagine her surprise when she finds out she's pregnant after a mix up at the obgyn! Narrated and based upon the themes of a telenovela (comas! twins! face transplants!) every scenario is so funny and entertaining.
Call The Midwife
I don't know how its possible to keep me interested in birth after birth season after season, but this show does that! It follows midwives in post war London as they help families bring new life into the world.
If you haven't already binged this show multiple times, what are you even doing?? This is one of my go to comfort shows. This mom and daughter duo are only 16 years apart, and their quick repartee in the small town they live in is fun and nostalgic (it's from the early 2000s!)
A mom who had to give up her career to raise her daughter finds herself divorced and trying to get back into the publishing world. No one wants to take a chance on someone in their 40s, so she makes a fake ID and pretends to be in her 20s to land a job. And OBVS this causes a drama and issues as she makes friends and falls in love. Hillary Duff is in this one so it's kind of like the Lizzy Mcguire reboot we are still waiting for. Plus the fashion is so fun!
That feeling when you find designer pieces for a STEAL!
I'm constantly searching resale and secondhand sites for designer wardrobe staples. You never know when someone is just trying to unload their unwanted pieces, or maybe don't know an item's resale value! Those pieces go fast, so you want to be on top of doing your research. I was searching Poshmark listings with the filters "shoes" and brand "Chanel", and then sorted "price low to high" (what mad person sorts "high to low"??) when I came across these pretties at the top of the feed. Leather + logo detailing on the top and I was in love. I purchased these a little while back so I am not sure what they were originally listed at. I offered $40, which I believe was $10-15 less than their asking price ( I wanted them - no time for lowballing!) and they accepted! After taxes and shipping, I purchased these Chanel loafers for just under $51.
Currently, Chanel is selling leather loafers for anywhere between $825-$1250 on their website. After doing a little research I found the same pair that had sold on Tradesy for $540, and another used pair currently listed for sale for $640! GUYS! Chanel holds it's value so well.
Zara Staw Hat [new, $20] Wayf Polka Dot Wrap Top [secondhand, $6] J. Crew Legging Pants [secondhand, $3] Chanel Black Leather Logo Loafers [secondhand, $50]
Outfit Total: $79
The goatskin leather is so buttery soft, and these shoes just add a really nice, sophisticated touch to any outfit. Of course, these aren't brand new shoes and show some wear. There is some peeling of the leather at the toes, and the soles have seen some sidewalks. Once the home remodeling starts to die down I will spend some time to do a little DIY rehab, including some leather conditioning and new soles. I will definitely share some after photos on here once I do!
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finer things in life, sans millions.
- Marie Claire, September 2016