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Nordstrom jeans come pre-caked with mud for $425

By Ben Hooper
Nordstrom jeans come pre-caked with mud for $425
Nordstrom is selling these jeans, which come pre-covered in mud, for $425. Photo by Nordstrom.com

April 26 (UPI) -- Retailer Nordstrom is drawing criticism online for its latest foray into the world of unusual pants -- mud-caked jeans priced at $425.

The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans from fashion company PRPS are priced at $425 on Nordstrom's website, which says the "heavily distressed" jeans "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."

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A PRPS customer service representative said the muddy coating is designed not to wash out if the care instructions -- "machine wash cold, line dry" -- are followed properly.

The jeans have drawn criticism on social media as well as on Nordstrom's website.

"This is a joke, right?" a since-deleted comment on Nordstrom's site reads. "Do you also sell jeans covered in cow manure?"

"Faded jeans with holes in them used to sound like the dumbest idea of all time, so fake mud jeans will probably make billions," Twitter user @RealMikeWelch wrote.

Nordstrom previously raised the Internet's eyebrows with "Clear Knee Mom Jeans," female-oriented pants with clear plastic windows in the knee area.

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The mom jeans apparently inspired another retailer, Topshop, to market a pair of completely transparent plastic jeans.

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