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Nordstrom selling dingy, taped up sneakers for $530

Nordstrom selling dingy, taped up sneakers for $530


by Courtney Pomeroy/ABC 7

WASHINGTON (ABC 7) — You may remember the time, in April 2017, that Nordstrom was selling jeans with fake mud all over them for $425.

Photos of the pants went so viral that Mike Rowe, of "Dirty Jobs" fame, blasted the high-end clothing retailer on his Facebook page.

"The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren’t pants. They’re not even fashion. They’re a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic," he wrote.

Right now, Nordstrom is selling an even more expensive but similarly distressed-looking product: A $530 pair of Italian-made leather sneakers that are pre-scuffed and even have what appears to be tape on the toe.

The "Superstar Taped Sneaker," made by Golden Goose, is described like this on the Nordstrom website: "Crumply, hold-it-all-together tape details a distressed leather sneaker in a retro low profile with a signature sidewall star and a grungy rubber cupsole."

This isn't the first time that Golden Goose's dirty sneakers have been noticed.

In 2016, Golden Goose was accused of "poverty appropriation" when a similar pair of shoes appeared on the Barney's website. In a statement released in response to that backlash, Golden Goose said the shoes "pay homage to the West Coast’s skater culture."

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