Do you remember the clear knee mom jeans Nordstrom was selling for $95 a pair? Well, hang onto your dungarees because it’s about to get a lot worse. Now, they’re selling already-muddy jeans for $425. Yes, that’s almost $500 (including tax and shipping) to get a pair of jeans that look like they’ve been on the losing end of a fight with a pig pen.
The pants are the “Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans” from PRPS, and they are getting ripped to shreds (metaphorically speaking) online. Since-deleted comments accuse the brand of being fake and demeaning.
And to be fair, the description for the pants is pretty bad: “Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit embody rugged, 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,” reads the site.
Honestly, who would be willing to get “down and dirty” in $425 jeans? Even if they WERE already destroyed?
On top of that, Mike Rowe, host of the show “Dirty Jobs,” had some choice words to say about the muddy jeans as well.
“The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t pants,” Rowe said in a post on Facebook. “They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic — not iconic.”
This also isn’t the only pair of absurdly destroyed jeans that PRPS sells. The “‘Barracuda’ Destroyed Straight Leg Jeans” are covered in reddish stains and odd patchwork – but the stains are hand-painted, so there’s that. If you were wondering, those also retail for $425.
Rowe finished his post on Facebook with a blistering message:
“But forget the jeans themselves for a moment, and their price, and look again at the actual description,” he writes. “‘Rugged Americana’ is now synonymous with a “caked-on, muddy coating.” Not real mud. Fake mud. Something to foster the illusion of work. The illusion of effort. Or perhaps, for those who actually buy them, the illusion of sanity.”
On this one, we’re siding with Mike Rowe. Sorry, Nordstrom.