There’s been an emergence of a new fashion trend. The new trend is beat up sneakers. Literally, people are buying sneakers that are destroyed upon arrival. This confused me, I really didn’t understand it at all.
To try to understand this trend, I tapped on one of my good friends, Tristin Flore. Tristin has been early on a lot of trends, and was actually the first person i’ve ever seen wear these “destroyed sneakers”. The man got swag, so I value his opinion on this. I had to get to the bottom of why, so I conducted an interview with him about these beat up shoes. You can read the interview below.
You’re one of the people that was really early on the beat up shoe trend; what inspired you to buy them in the first place?
At first, I was just looking for designer shoes brands that weren’t commonly worn in my area. Everyone in the streetwear/fashion scene was wearing either Stan Smith’s or if they had more money they wore the Raf Simons Stan Smith Edition Adidas. I liked the Stan Smiths but because too many people were wearing them i didn’t want to wear mine in public. Then one day i stumbled across an viral article that was bashing the brand Golden Goose Deluxe Brand. They were basically saying that it’s a complete rip off since they make their shoes filthy looking straight out of the box, and they are priced ridiculously highly. This concept intrigued me; and i decided to do more research on the brand and I ended up liking a lot of their shoes. The GGDB Superstars caught my eye the most due to their resemblance to the Adidas Stan Smith but with better color ways. Through research I eventually found that most people who have purchased GGDB consider their products to be very high quality. In addition, every shoe is unique since it’s impossible to have the exact same type of distressing on any pair of shoes. So I bought a pair and really liked the look and the quality of the shoes. Also I wouldn’t have to worry about them getting dirty. They are also surprisingly very good for skateboarding in. I ended up buying a couple more Superstars throughout the years, and a pair of GGDB Francy (which is kind of like a hightop version of the Superstars) which I wear very often.