It turns out Nordstrom is pretty famous (or infamous) for the odd, and sometimes uber-expensive, items on its website.
Last year, Nordstrom gained notoriety for selling a rock in a leather pouch for $180 and, this year, they caught quite a bit of flack for their heinous plastic-kneed mom jeans that retailed for $95 (now on sale for $56). Nordstrom competitor Neiman Marcus even got in on the action and added muddy jeans that retail for a dirty $328!
Obviously, a bevy of weird and sorted items can be found on the InterWeb, but fashion giants like Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus have been helping to set fashion standards for decades. What they stock the shelves (or pages) with is usually what’s cool, but now we aren’t so sure. The insanity of these items and the extraordinary price tags made us wonder what other ridiculous things you could buy from these (and other) totally upstanding retailers.
From the totally odd, to the totally trashed, to the totally hard to see, you’re not going to believe what we stumbled across.
Every working person needs paper clips at one time or another and most of the time they come in boxes of 1,000 from stores like Staples for the cost of a penny or so. Ok, so that’s an exaggeration, but you get the jist...what we buy from Staples definitely isn’t the same as this $25 paper clip being sold by Nordstrom (that comes in black, gold or silver) is it?
Technically, Nordstrom is calling this a money clip, but it looks like a large paperclip--and likely works the same way. If this is the look your guy is going for, save yourself $24.99 and give him a jumbo clip from your desk!
Many a woman have mocked many a man about wearing socks with sandals, but Gucci is saying, “Go ahead!” For $1,190 (that’s right--more than a grand) this incredibly creepy flesh-tone latex sock and red strappy sandal pairing can be yours.
Been to Ikea lately? It appears Balenciaga designers have. The Today Show recently did an article about the French designer’s $2,145 Arena Extra-Large Shopping Tote (left) that looks almost identical to Ikea’s foldable FRAKTA bag (right) which retails for less than a dollar. The Balenciaga version is made of wrinkled leather and is likely able to be rinsed and wiped clean like the polypropylene Ikea version.
Sorry, you’re too late to make these $1,400 Destroyed Sneakers yours, because they’re SOLD OUT! That means people actually purchased them. Described as having leather and textile upper, round toe, lace-up front with side lace guards, logo patch at tongue, padded collar, cushioned heel counter and rubber outsole--we’re saying “What the what?!” Because these look like shoes that had a shoestring get stuck in an escalator at the mall.
If a lower profile sneaker is more your style, (no longer available at Barney’s) these Golden Goose Distressed Superstar Sneakers, might be more in line with what you’re looking for. These are Italian-made and retail for $585.
And if you’re really digging the distressed tennies above, get your hands on these $295 Alexander Wang Destroyed Cotton Skinny Jeans. Pair the two together and your ensemble will cost you more than $1,600 and you’ll look like you were run over by a street sweeper.
If you’re really digging the distressed trend, we get you...we, too, have explained to our grandparents that we “bought our jeans this way” because it looks cool. But, let’s face it, things are getting a bit out of hand. Reebok gets it. In April, they posted a $425 Authentic Sweat Shirt on their site “for the man who wants to look like he muscled it out at the gym, but really went to a movie instead.” The shirt isn’t active anymore, but Forbes wrote about it and shared the image below.
In addition to de-stressing, the fashion industry has started taking its cues from the Emperor Who Had No Clothes. Forever21--though not as tried and prominent a fashion giant as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus--has Thigh-High Clear Boots available for you. Originally $79, they’re on sale now! Imagine how the humidity would impact these babies--where would you wear these that you wouldn’t likely have sweat pooling in the bottom?
TopShop takes it a step further with these Clear Plastic Straight Leg “Jeans” are available for $100. If you do purchase them, make sure to care for them properly as they’re “wipe clean only.”
We have just one thing to say…stop the madness! Fashion is art, we know it - we believe it. But it seems like things are becoming odd for oddity sake. Things are going too far! Or, are they not going far enough!? We just don’t know anymore.
What’s the most ridiculous item you’ve seen for sale in a truly reputable department store or online retailer? How much did it cost? If money were no object would you have bought it?