But purchasing new shoes with dirt and tape already on them - for more than $500 - is quite another.
Reaction was so intense Wednesday night that tweets on the subject were compiled onto a landing page for quick consumption in Twitter's "moments" tab, where they quickly gained more traction.
One person called the shoes "another piece of fashion that looks like something I was made fun of for having to do", adding: 'Must be nice, thinking being poor is fashionable'.
A quick check on Golden Goose official website done by Business Times found that the company relies heavily on the "distress fashion trend" with most of its products.
Here's the look of the "crumbly" shoes, tell us whether its worth Rs 38000 or not.
Nordstrom has not responded to USA TODAY's request for comment.
Others fought back, noting that Golden Goose creates unique, handcrafted shoes that are worth their price. At the time, the company sold glittery sneakers also with duct tape. "The duct tape reinforcements appearing on the [Superstar sneaker] style pay homage to the West Coast's skater culture - professional skaters, who have inspired the brand's shoe collections from the beginning, fix their shoes with the same kind of tape".
Barneys and Neiman Marcus also carry some of Golden Goose's designs, but the taped sneakers are now not available on their websites.