2019 FASHION SNEAKER REVIEW & COMPARISON: Golden Goose Superstar, P448 John, Veja Esplar, Tretorn Nylite2Plus, Greats Royale, Superga Cotu, Taos Star, Josef Seibel Caspian

Nicely, it’s lastly right here — my trend sneaker evaluation and comparability! I’ve been teasing this submit for some time, and I lastly have it able to go.

As all the time with this kind of publish, I all the time want I had tried extra types, however as it’s I in contrast 9 pairs of style sneakers starting from $65 to $550, and these are the outcomes.

First, slightly again story. It is best to have recognized, proper? I all the time have a narrative.

I’ve tried many trend sneakers through the years and styled fairly a couple of for the weblog, however in fact, I not often put on them. I like the thought of a style sneaker, however I virtually all the time attain for a pair of ballet flat or loafers or flat boots with my informal outfits. The exception is once I put on a sweatshirt and denims, after which I really feel like sneakers are so as.

Recently, although, I’ve been noticing plenty of the bloggers I comply with for trend inspiration buying and selling of their booties and loafers for trend sneakers — and sporting them with denims and sweaters and different casual-but-not-sweatshirt-like tops. I just like the juxtaposition of the athletic footwear with road garments, and the look is rising on me.

My go-to sneakers for fairly a while have been the Converse Shoreline, and I nonetheless like them, however they’re starting to look dated to me.

Now, please don’t get all upset and inform me you simply lastly purchased your first pair of Converse or ask for those who ought to cease sporting yours. No, under no circumstances. I’m not giving mine away simply but, and there’s nothing incorrect with them, however I’ve been sporting them for a number of years, and I’m prepared for one thing new. The truth is, what I’m in search of is a unique fashion completely, and there’s room for each in my shoe wardrobe.

What I take into consideration is a white leather-based sneaker, and ideally I’d discover one with some metallic or black accents in order that they’re not fairly so stark, however plain white is okay too.

(Sure, I’ve carried out the Adidas Celebrity, and I like them, however they felt heavy and clunky and by no means actually broke in nicely, so I ended up passing them on to my daughter.)

The footwear that began me on this quest are the sneakers gracing each different publish in my Instagram feed nowadays — the Golden Goose.

When you haven’t heard of this scorching development in elevated athletic footwear, Golden Goose Deluxe Model is an Italian luxurious style sneaker model born in 2000 that has developed a cult following over the previous 19 years and is now one of many hottest road fashion tendencies amongst celebrities and trend bloggers.

Costs common round 500 U.S. dollars per pair, though you’ll find a sale for those who’re affected person. They’re an element classic stylish, half skater sneaker, half luxurious designer shoe; and one in every of their logos is the worn-in look. They’re principally the sneaker model of distressed premium denim.

GGDB footwear are handmade in Italy, so the standard of supplies and workmanship are bar none, and no two footwear are equivalent. I’ve heard it stated it’s like sporting a bit of artwork in your ft. Properly, if you put it that means…

Right here’s the factor about me, although. I wish to have the newest and biggest (#justbeinghonest) however I additionally wish to be a bit forward of the sport. Whereas I just like the Golden Goose sneakers extra the extra I see them, they’re beginning to get so ubiquitous that I’m virtually on the level of not wanting them anymore. I’m a contrarian that approach. Plus I’m truly not even positive I’m cool sufficient to tug them off. They undoubtedly have a youthful vibe, and as a 46-year-old suburban housewife, I’m in all probability higher off with a extra basic fashion.

All that to say, I got down to discover a style sneaker I like as a lot because the Golden Goose, however one thing just a little extra beneath the radar… a “grown up Golden Goose,” if you’ll. I’m prepared to think about luxurious manufacturers, however I’d slightly not spend greater than $200 on this buy. I’m positive some will nonetheless assume that’s insane, however when you think about that it’s lower than half the worth of a pair of Golden Goose, I determine I’m being downright frugal. Haha!

Naturally, my hunt to seek out new style sneakers become a challenge for the weblog. Lots of you have been to see my findings, and a few of you gave me options or made requests, so I made a decision to photograph all of the sneakers I attempted and report again.

I’m evaluating consolation, match, weight, worth, in addition to appear and feel. I clearly don’t need to maintain 9 pairs of sneakers, so I can’t completely check them out for longterm consolation, however I can inform you how they really feel out of the field and as I put on them round the home for a couple of minutes. I examined them out within the carpeted areas upstairs so I might hold them in pristine situation.

Let’s get began!

Style Sneaker Evaluation & Comparability

For reference, I’m 5’5″ and 135-140 with an hourglass determine, and I sometimes put on a measurement eight.5 sneaker. I share my peak and weight as a result of I consider that elements into how footwear look in proportion to my physique.

#1. Superga ‘Cotu’ Sneaker $64.95

2019 Fashion Sneaker Comparison: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Superga 'Cotu' Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Comparison: Superga 'Cotu' Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Comparison: Superga 'Cotu' Sneaker

Introduction: Superga is an Italian firm that has been round since 1913! They’re a favourite shoe of the fashionable and all the time stylish Kate Middleton, they usually’re greatest recognized for his or her rubber soled canvas kicks. I’ve had a pair earlier than so I knew they aren’t precisely what I’m on the lookout for this time, however I ordered these at a reader’s request as a result of they’re a very good choice for a canvas sneaker and I assumed the would assist spherical out this evaluate.

Execs: They’re light-weight and pretty snug proper out of the field, and the basic styling is flattering and versatile. These look nice with every thing from denims and pants to shorts and skirts.

Cons: They don’t have a lot cushion or arch help, so if that’s necessary to you, you must know that. Additionally, being all-over shiny white canvas, they seem like a shoe that may get soiled shortly and never be straightforward to wash. They’re additionally pretty heavy for a canvas sneaker, weighing in at 14 ounceseach.

Conclusion: Stylistically, I’m pretty impartial on these. I like them higher than, say, Keds… however they’re nonetheless plain canvas and really white. To be trustworthy, I really feel like they appear higher in pictures than they do in individual. They appear okay right here, however in individual, I used to be very meh about them. That stated, they’ve a pleasant understated look, and the worth is true. For measurement reference, I ordered a 9, and they’re undoubtedly too massive on me. If I have been to maintain them, I’d have to get an eight.5, so I’d say they’re true to measurement.

#2. Taos ‘Star’ Sneaker $79.95

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing the Taos 'Star' Sneaker in White Canvas

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Taos 'Star' Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Taos 'Star' Sneaker

22019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Taos 'Star' Sneaker

Introduction: Taos is a model of consolation footwear out of New Mexico. Signature touches embrace pure stones, metallic ornaments, and playful embroidery — all referencing the world’s pure heritage. I’ve worn Taos model sandals earlier than so I knew they made an excellent high quality shoe, however I affiliate them with consolation footwear and didn’t anticipate to love these sneakers as a lot as I do. These have been a reader suggestion, and I’m so glad they have been delivered to my consideration!

Execs: For a canvas sneaker (which, as I stated, isn’t actually what I’m on the lookout for) these are actually cute. And they’re additionally extraordinarily snug and light-weight (11 ounceseach.) They’ve a very good arch help for such a low profile sneaker, so in the event you want that, undoubtedly attempt these. I additionally just like the distinction stitching, they usually have a flattering form to them.

Cons: Truthfully, I don’t have a lot within the con division. They’re not leather-based, which is what I used to be on the lookout for, however in any other case, I’m undoubtedly tempted to maintain these.

Conclusion: These are an excellent bang in your buck because you’re getting arch help and a few modest padding, and the styling is surprisingly good for a consolation sneaker. They’re not likely what I used to be in search of, however I used to be pleasantly stunned with these, they usually’re undoubtedly a contender. I additionally assume they might be good for my Disney World journey in March as a result of they’ve help however are additionally light-weight and breathable. They may also pair nicely with shorts. They’re additionally true to measurement; I’ve the eight.5.

Sidenote: for those who like slip-on sneakers and wish arch help, these Taos Soul slip-ons look actually cute and get nice evaluations. 

#three. Tretorn ‘Nylite2Plus’ Sneaker $84.95

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing the Tretorn Nylite2Plus Sneaker
2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Tretorn Nylite2Plus Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Tretorn Nylite2Plus Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Tretorn Nylite2Plus Sneaker

Introduction: Tretorn is a Scandinavian sneaker that includes minimalist styling that was tremendous fashionable within the 80s, and I hear they’re making a comeback. I’m unsure in the event that they’re going to take off or not; I’ll be curious to see how that pans out, however I made a decision I needed to do my trend blogger obligation and order a pair for previous time’s sake.

Execs: Out of the field, these are pretty snug. They’ve some cushion and help, and the leather-based appears sturdy. I selected the White/ Gold shade combo as a result of I assumed the gold emblem elevated the look a bit. They’re additionally extraordinarily light-weight for a leather-based shoe, simply 10 ounceseach.

Cons: I’m not an enormous fan of the seams on the toe, however that’s completely a private factor. They’re somewhat stiff and wish some breaking in, however I don’t actually have something dangerous to say about these, besides they’re not fairly the look I’m going for.

Conclusion: General, when you just like the look, they’re a very good worth for an under-$100 leather-based sneaker. They run true to measurement; I’m sporting the eight.5.

#Four. Veja ‘Esplar’ Additional-White $120

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Veja Esplar Extra-White

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Veja Esplar Extra-White

2019 Fashion Sneaker Reviews: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing the Veja Esplar Extra-White

Introduction: I can’t keep in mind the place I noticed these for the primary time, however I’ve began noticing them on extra women now that I’m turned onto them. Veja is a French-born shoe firm that mixes truthful commerce and ecology. They use natural or recycled and pretty traded supplies, and all merchandise are made in a excessive commonplace manufacturing unit in Brazil. As an apart, I actually needed those with the black V emblem on the aspect, however I can’t discover them anyplace in my measurement, so I ordered the plain white ones.

Execs: I really like the styling on these footwear. They’ve very clear aesthetic, and the brand is delicate (extra so on these than on those with a contrasting colour, nevertheless it’s nonetheless not in your face.) These remind me of a extra refined Adidas Celebrity. They match my skinny, slender ft very nicely and don’t really feel heavy or clunky. They’re additionally pretty light-weight, weighing in at 12 ounceseach.

Cons: These haven’t any help to talk of, and the tongue could be very stiff. Each assessment I’ve learn say they require some main breaking in, after which they’re nice. I’m  justnot positive I need to work that tough for $120 sneakers, even when they do look nice on. Additionally they have a cotton lining that isn’t notably snug. It’s not uncomfortable, however if you examine it to the Greats and the Josef Seibel manufacturers (under), it comes up missing.

Conclusion: I needed to like these footwear. I like the thought of supporting corporations training truthful commerce and moral manufacturing strategies, they appear nice on — perhaps the perfect of all I attempted. They’re undoubtedly one in every of my prime contenders, however I don’t know that I’ve the endurance to interrupt them in, and I actually favor a extra luxe lining. They’re true to measurement; I’m sporting the 39.

#5. Josef Seibel ‘Caspian’ Sneaker $129.95

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing the Josef Seibel Caspian in Platin

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Josef Seibel Caspian in Platin

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Josef Seibel Caspian in Platin

Introduction: These have been one other reader suggestion, and I additionally ended up ordering the Josef Seibel Sina (see under.) I hadn’t heard of this model earlier than, however it is going to undoubtedly be on my radar going ahead. Josef Seibel is family-held German shoe firm, they usually satisfaction themselves on premium high quality supplies, one of the best workmanship, and luxury. Additionally they boast anatomical footbeds and foot therapeutic massage insole techniques to maximise consolation and improve blood circulation. Principally, should you love a very good consolation shoe, it would be best to take a look at this model.

Execs: Out of all of the footwear I attempted, out of the field, these are by far probably the most snug and light-weight as nicely. They solely weigh 9 ounceseach! They’ve good padding and help, the tongue doesn’t push into the entrance of my leg in any respect, and the low profile sides don’t hassle my ankle bones both. They match nice, they usually appear and feel like good high quality footwear.

Cons: Um, properly. I can’t consider a lot. I don’t love the styling, however that may be a subjective criterion. I additionally don’t look after the colour decisions on this specific type; I actually needed a white pair — which is why I additionally ordered the Sina under. However in any other case, yeah… these are nice footwear!

Conclusion: These additionally aren’t precisely the type I used to be going for, though I do just like the perforated particulars on the aspect. They’re undoubtedly a low profile sneaker, and I needed one thing that appears just a little extra substantial, however I’m discovering that comes with consolation points. For the consolation alone, these are a contender. They run true to measurement; I’m sporting a 39, which equals an eight.5 in American sizes.

#6. Josef Seibel ‘Sina 11’ Sneaker $134.95

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing the Josef Seibel Sina 11 Sneaker in White

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Josef Seibel Sina 11 Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Josef Seibel Sina 11 Sneaker

Introduction: I ordered these as a result of I needed to attempt one of many Josef Seibel types in white leather-based, and from taking a look at them on-line, I couldn’t inform which type I favored higher — these or the Caspian (above.) Additionally of observe, the white leather-based isn’t actually white — it has a gray tinge to it that could be an excellent factor or a nasty factor, relying on what you’re on the lookout for. Additionally they have a barely larger profile than the Caspian, which isn’t a professional or con, simply an remark.

Execs: Whereas I didn’t discover these fairly as snug because the Caspian, they’re nonetheless very snug resulting from their cushion and arch help, they usually’re extraordinarily light-weight at 10 ounceseach. Each this pair and the Caspian are leather-based lined, making them extraordinarily snug and breathable, and giving them a luxe really feel that belies their worth level. Additionally they have detachable insoles that may be changed with an orthotic, if want be.

Cons: All I can consider once I take a look at these is bowling footwear. I’m unsure what it’s, however one thing concerning the fashion of them doesn’t fairly jive with what I’m on the lookout for. Additionally, the tongue pushes into the entrance of my leg, they usually’re additionally larger on the edges, in order that they worsen my ankle bone a bit bit as nicely.

Conclusion: All that stated, I’m primarily evaluating them to the Caspian (above.) In comparison with the opposite footwear on this listing, they’re light-weight and fairly snug. In the event you just like the styling, they’re undoubtedly worthy of consideration. They run true to measurement; I’m sporting a 39, which equals an eight.5 in American sizes.

#7. Greats ‘Royale’ Sneaker $179

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Greats - The Royale - Blanco White Italian Leather

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Greats - The Royale - Blanco White Italian Leather

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Greats - The Royale - Blanco White Italian Leather

Introduction: I found these by means of one other blogger, and I actually love the mission of this model. Greats is a sneaker model that was born in Brooklyn and are made in Italy. The 2 founders are captivated with constructing one of the best footwear within the recreation at the most effective worth, and these footwear have been dubbed the “most accessibly-priced luxurious sneaker on the earth.” I’ve to say, I’m impressed!

Execs: The place do I begin??? The standard is excellent, and the second I put my foot in these footwear, I used to be obsessed. They’re leather-based lined and so luxe. I did need sneakers with another shade particulars, however I ended up ordering these plain white ones as a result of I didn’t see any others I appreciated higher. They’ve a really clear aesthetic, which I respect.

Cons: Sadly these are the heaviest of all of the footwear I ordered… weighing in at a whopping 17 ounces per shoe. Additionally they match my foot just a little bit huge. I truly ordered the eight.5 and the 9, and the eight.5 was too brief whereas the 9 appears slightly massive on me. I’ve slender, flat ft so they appear just a little clunky in comparison with the Veja, which is probably the most comparable of all those I attempted.

Conclusion: These are a robust contender… very robust. I really like the standard for the worth, I really like supporting an organization based mostly in Brooklyn, they usually look nice on. If I had thicker/wider ft, they might be good. I have to put on them round the home somewhat extra to determine for positive if I can cope with the additional weight for the luxe lining and basic styling.

#eight. P448 ‘John’ Sneaker $250

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing the P448 John Sneaker in WHITE/ROSE METALLIC

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: P448 John Sneaker in WHITE/ROSE METALLIC

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: P448 John Sneaker in WHITE/ROSE METALLIC

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: P448 John Sneaker in WHITE/ROSE METALLIC

Introduction: P448 is an Italian luxurious road fashion sneaker model that was born in 2014, they usually get their inspiration from the skate world in addition to the hip hop subculture. That is clearly mirrored of their designs. These are probably the most comparable type to Golden Goose, they usually’re truly the footwear that obtained me on this sneaker quest. Although they’re over my $200 finances, I used to be curious sufficient to get them organized to see how they examine to the remaining.

Execs: I really like the gray and rose gold accents and the delicate perforated P448 emblem. It provides texture with out being in your face. Whenever you slip your ft inside, they’re tremendous snug. The tongue is tender and lined with some sort of suede or terry materials, so it doesn’t jab into your leg like a lot of the different leather-based sneakers do.

Cons: I can’t maintain them on my ft! They got here laced this manner, so there’s no good method to tighten them until I re-lace them and tie them within the conventional approach, and I’m assuming that may detract considerably from the cool issue, haha! Whereas the only is quite stiff, however there’s good padding, and I can see how they might break in pretty simply if the shoe would truly keep on my foot. Perhaps I ought to give it a attempt earlier than I return them. They’re additionally heavy, weighting in at 15 oz.

Conclusion: I really like the styling on these, and the consolation if you put your foot inside, however I’m unsure I’m cool sufficient to tug them off with my day by day outfits. Whereas I’m prepared to up my finances to $250 for a pair of sneakers I actually love and assume I’ll put on a ton, I’m somewhat too wishy-washy on these to justify the worth tag.

#9. The Muse: Golden Goose ‘Celebrity Metallic’ Sneaker $550

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Jo-Lynne Shane wearing Golden Goose Superstar Metallic Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Golden Goose Superstar Metallic Sneaker

2019 Fashion Sneaker Review: Golden Goose Superstar Metallic Sneaker

photograph credit score: Alison Cornell

Sure, I purchased them. I couldn’t resist. I HAD to understand how they examine to the remaining. I ordered these Golden Goose Celebrity Metallic Sneakers from Nordstrom on a whim the day earlier than I used to be scheduled to shoot these footage. The rationale they’re purple is that this was the ONLY pair within the retailer in my measurement — they usually’re truly a measurement too small. I actually needed to attempt these or these — as I stated above, I want a sneaker with some black accents — however no less than with these purple ones, I might get the gist of the model and make an knowledgeable comparability to the remaining.

Introduction: Golden Goose Deluxe Model is an Italian luxurious trend sneaker model created by two Venetian designers, a husband and spouse staff, and I feel I gave a greater than enough background to my curiosity in these footwear originally of this submit.

Execs: I used to be immediately impressed once I pulled these out of the field with how light-weight they’re, and the way top quality the supplies feel and appear. They weigh 12 oz, identical to the Veja Esplars. I slipped them on, and they’re every little thing I dreamed they might be… despite the fact that they’re a measurement too small, they really feel like I’ve been sporting them for years. They’ve a suede tongue that’s tremendous delicate, and the insides are padded and really feel so lived-in and cozy.

I did learn that additionally they require some breaking in, however they appeared fairly snug to me. These even have a built-in wedge that provides you somewhat additional peak, and thus some help for strolling as properly. These specific footwear have a really low aspect profile in order that they don’t hassle my ankle bone in any respect, and the tongue is brief so it doesn’t protrude into my leg. I might undoubtedly see sporting these instantly and being snug in them.

Cons: The worth tag, duh! However truthfully, for the standard and luxury straight of the field, I feel they’re value it… IF you’d put on them typically sufficient to get your value per put on out of them. I additionally don’t really feel as snug within the skater-inspired type as I do within the extra minimalistic, basic types of the Greats and the Veja sneakers. These undoubtedly have extra of a youthful, fashionable vibe. That isn’t a con for everybody, however it’s for me.

Conclusion: If I had acquired these in my measurement within the one of many white/gray variations, I might be verrrrrry tempted to maintain them. Only for the consolation alone, I might justify this buy. BUT I do really feel the Greats Royale and Veja Esplar — and even the Taos Star — match my fashion aesthetic higher. I simply want they have been as snug.

The Verdict

Would you consider, I’m nonetheless undecided!

If I might mix the fashion of the Veja with the consolation of the Golden Goose or Josef Seibel, I’d be bought. The Greats are literally the strongest contender at this level due to the mixture of consolation, fashion, and high quality. They only don’t match fairly in addition to I’d like, they usually look just a little clunky on my ft. I’m additionally tempted to maintain the Taos along with one of many leather-based pairs, as I can see them serving totally different functions.

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