Would You Pay $530 for These Sneakers?

If you’ve been known to prefer the “distressed” look of jeans over slightly worn-in sneakers over pearly white kicks, then we might have the next product for your taste: the Superstar Taped Sneaker by Golden Goose, sold by Nordstrom’s. For $530. Seriously.

It would be one thing if the crazy-expensive shoes were clearly designer, like some nice red-soled Louboutin shoes or some Chanel flats with the interlacing Cs. But these sneakers are beyond distressed. These sneakers resemble something that was found in a trash can, and then rehabilitated in a worst-case-my-house-was-robbed-and-they-took-all-my-shoes scenario.

The description on the product at hand reads: “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.” Grungy doesn’t even begin to describe them.

Unbelievably, the shoes have sold out — despite some outrage from Nordstrom’s customers. Worokya Duncan tweeted at the company: “This isn’t about taste. It’s about not recognizing that a store, for which I have a card, doesn’t get that poverty isn’t fashionable. I grew up ridiculously poor & could not afford the ‘finer’ things. That my embarrassment & struggle is being marketed disgusts me.”

Nordstrom’s claims that it all comes down to taste, and that some customers like what others do not. According to USA Today, “The company recently sold a pair of PRPS men’s pants, caked with fake dirt, for $425; and a pair of Topshop ‘mom jeans’ with see-through knees for $95.”

But at least these sneakers are leather…?