Published: Fri, April 28, 2017
Tech | By Constance Martin

Nordstrom feels social media sting over $425 muddy jeans

Nordstrom feels social media sting over $425 muddy jeans

The jeans are legit - to the dismay of TV host Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel's "Dirty Jobs", who kicked off the controversy.

The jeans are described on Nordstrom's website as typifying "rugged, Americana workwear" and "hard-working action".

Now there's a man who knows a thing or two about tarring roofs, installing fences, picking coffee beans, shucking oysters, skinning cows - you know, hard work. "If it works out, I'm going in to business too!" Because you'd rather buy pre-soiled trousers than to get out into the dirt and do it yourself. HipsterJoe said "I love that I can now fake a work ethic!"

Watch the video of "Nordstrom Sells Jeans With 'Caked-On Muddy Coating" for 5′ on "If someone can afford $400 for a pair of dirty jeans, so what?" The illusion of effort.

"What's the beef about buying mud jeans", Twitter user Lori Hendry questioned. "Or perhaps, for those who actually buy them, the illusion of sanity", he wrote. Rowe's lengthy rant called the trousers "a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic".

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GIVHAN: Mostly I think it's aimed at people who have a lot of money and not really the wherewithal to go out and dirty up their own jeans.

Rowe added: "The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren't trousers".

CNBC says Nordstrom did not respond to requests for comment on the matter.

If this product sounds right up your alley, head on over to Nordstrom's website, the luxury department store, and find them for yourself.

Nordstrom may be selling the jeans, but the retailer didn't invent them. In what some consider to be a response to the 15 minutes of fame received by their recent "Clear Knee Mom Jeans", Topshop released completely see through, plastic trousers. The Nordstrom fashion and style trends have always been overpriced and weird, but this new addition has hit a new low.

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