How To Spot Fake Golden Goose Shoes In 2023

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Last Updated on November 24, 2023 by Ch David

We think that you’re here because you are a sneakerhead, and when you buy your items, you want to know whether they’re fake vs real. In fact, you may be here to know how to spot fake Golden Goose sneakers.

Today, we are here with another guide on how to spot fake vs real Golden Goose sneakers just in seven steps to mark on your fake vs real Golden Goose sneakers list.

We would like to say how the stitching is the most reliable spot to look at when checking the fake vs real Golden Goose sneakers because the stitching is usually flawed the most by the replica manufacturers.

Without any further ado, let’s have a look at the proper guide on how to spot fake Golden Goose sneakers.

Want to learn how to spot fake Golden Goose Mid Star? Clicking on the blue text will get you to our specific guide for the Mid Stars.

How to authenticate your Golden Goose shoes

To authenticate your Golden Goose shoes and spot a fake, check the text on the insole. Fake pairs always have their “GOLDEN GOOSE” inscription thinner and with too much space between each letter. Authentic pairs always stand out for their high quality.

Worth noting is that some shoes may say something else instead of the main “GOLDEN GOOSE” logo. Specific models say “SUPER-STAR”, “MIDSTAR”, or other inscriptions.

Generally, authentic pairs either say “GOLDEN GOOSE” or the specific shoe model’s name.

Let’s get to authenticating GGDB shoes.

1. Corner stitching

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Toe Box Stitching

As you can see in the fake vs real Golden Goose sneakers images that we’ve linked above:

  • The fake toe box corner stitching is looking less than the legit one.
  • The Golden Goose pair has fewer stitches and it makes the shoe look like it has worse quality.

2. Heel stitching

Because we are still talking about stitches, let’s move to the rear part of the Golden Goose shoes.

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Rear Heel Stitching
  • On the fake Golden Goose shoes, the stitching is more obvious and visible to the eye.
  • The fake threads aren’t stitched as deep into the leather as the legit pair’s stitches.

On an authentic pair of Golden Goose shoes, the stitching should be less noticeable than in the fake example above.

3. Rear text

Because we left off on the rear heel side, let’s go a bit higher on the heel and analyze the “GOLDEN GOOSE / DE” text.

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Rear “GOLDEN GOOSE / DE” Heel Text
  • The fake “GOLDEN GOOSE / DE” text is too small in dimensions.
  • The same print is too wide on the chrome patch.

This flaw is the most visible on the fake Golden Goose sneakers on the “D” in the word GOLDEN, and on the “OO” in the word GOOSE.

In fact, you can see how these highlighted letters are too thick too and fit deep into the sneakers.

3. Cross stitching

The main problem with the stitching on the side of the fake shoes is the arching and the curviness of the line of stitching.

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Side Stitching
  • The fake Golden Goose sneakers have the stitching line on the centre part of the sneakers too curvy and arched.

The thing is that an authentic pair’s line of stitching curves more suddenly than the fake one.

Essentially, the fake pair’s cross-stitching curves too slowly.

A quick mention:

  • The steps we’ve written so far are the BEST ways to authenticate this item
  • The next few steps are still reliable methods…
  • … but they apply to non-top-versions of replicas available for this item

If in doubt, we recommend double-checking the steps we’ve explained above this line.

4. Perforations

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Three Side Dots
  • The fake Golden Goose shoes have these three dots misaligned.
  • The space between is not the same from one hole to another.
  • There is less space between the dot on the left side to the one in the middle, and too much between the one in the middle to the one on the right side.

The legit pair has space between these three dots regularly, while on the fake Golden Goose sneakers pair the spacing is irregular.

5. Distressing

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Distressing
  • On the toe box, the distressed lines look more hand-made than the legit ones.

By handmade, we mean that the fake Golden Goose pair of sneakers looks like it has a mathematical pattern, while the legit distresses look more natural and random.

6. Star

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Star Edges
  • There is worse quality in how the star was glued on the edge of it.
  • The fake Golden Goose shoes look more frayed than the authentic ones at the edges.

The authentic GGDB Star is stitched properly onto the shoes. All of the edges are stitched without coming out of the leather.

7. Insole

Golden Goose Sneakers Real VS Fake Guide – Insole
  • The fake “SUPERSTAR” text is too big compared to the legit “SUPERSTAR” inscription.
  • The fake “SUPERSTAR” text almost touches the edges of the black rectangle, while the legit text is smaller and it’s not as close as the fake text to touch the edges of the rectangle.
    • To properly check the size of the text, you can look at the edges of the black rectangle. Then look at the text itself to see how much space is in-between the edge and the text.
  • The same problem applies even to the text below Golden Goose’s logo, but here, we have even another flaw:
  • The fake “GOLDEN GOOSE DELUXE BRAND VENEZIA” text is also too thick on the fake pair.
  • The replica pair’s “MADE IN ITALY” text is, again, too big, while the legit pair has this text smaller.

Shortlist: Authenticate your Golden Goose shoes in 30 seconds

  1. Check the stitching on the corner of the toe box. Usually, the fake Golden Goose sneakers have this stitching rarer than the legit pairs.
  2. Analyze the stitching on the heel of your Golden Goose. The fake stitching on the heel fits less deeply into the sneakers and it is more obvious to the eye.
  3. Check the rear “GOLDEN GOOSE / DE” text. Usually, the fake text is too small and too wide, and this can be easily spotted when you have our real vs fake Golden Goose sneakers comparison pictures side-to-side.
  4. Verify the three dots on the side of the sneakers. Usually, there is too much distance between these three dots and they are misaligned. The legit pairs have the distance between these three dots equal.
  5. Analyze the distressing on your Golden Goose shoes. The legit Golden Goose pairs have the distressing looking more natural than the fake pairs that have the distressing looking more hand-made.
  6. Check the edges of the star on your Golden Goose pair. The fake pairs are usually more frayed and they are less glued to stay secure on the sneakers.
  7. Verify the insoles of your GGDB shoes. Mainly, the fake insoles have every text looking too big.

We get it. It may be harder for you to get through the whole guide sometimes, and this is why we’ve made a shortcut for you down here, instead of going through the whole real vs fake Golden Goose legit check guide.

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With all of this being said, we’ve reached the end of our guide on how to spot fake Golden Goose sneakers by just looking at the 7 main spots. We hope this guide is helpful in your Golden Goose sneakers legit checking.

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David is the co-founder and co-CEO of Legit Check By Ch. David's experience: 5+ years of creating educational content in the fashion industry. 6+ years of authenticating luxury items. Currently, David is the Head Editor of the LCBC Library, where 1,000,000+ words have been published, in free guides, for over 1,000 items.
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