Nordstrom Posts Another Interesting Product
Nordstrom is no stranger to controversy over their products. With confusing items for sale like a leather wrapped stones for $85 or “mom jeans” with clear plastic panels on the knees for $95, we thought we had seen the weirdest of the company’s attempt at fashion trends–but they have one-upped themselves.
You can now purchase a pair of jeans online for just $425 that are covered in fake mud.
Nicknamed “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans,” the pants come with an interesting description: “Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.” Since the mud is already on the jeans, with no actual mud involved, it seems like wearers of these jeans would be afraid of getting messy.
The Internet didn’t have trouble making fun of the product. Some reviews are already in on the jeans, with a five-star rating coming from DirtyJeansGuy saying “These are perhaps the best jeans I’ve ever owned. Perfectly match my stick-on calluses.” HipsterJoe said “I love that I can now fake a work ethic! Can I get one with fake oil stains? I want to pretend to be a car guy!”
Some people took the jeans a little more seriously, with “Dirty Jobs” host Mike Rowe saying, “They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic–not iconic. Jeans made to look like you work hard so you don’t have to.”
Clothing brand PRPS who created the jeans doesn’t just sell muddy jeans. There’s a matching jean jacket covered in mud if you want to complete the look. Other products of PRPS include jeans that look like they are stained with paint and other materials that make the jeans appear dirty and worn.
Is this just a silly idea in fashion, or does it really say something more about the difference between classes? You decide. Either way, there is mud somewhere out there that you don’t have to pay $425 for, that you can smear all over jeans you already own.