Recently, the liberal customers of Neiman Marcus protested the fact that their favorite store sold Ivanka Trump products, so the store quickly stopped carrying the brand. However, their liberal customers are apparently just fine with the fact that the store is selling a pair of "distressed shoes" for the low, low, low price of $1,425. And when I say "distressed," I mean they are ripped so badly that they are held together by staples. Yes, actual staples. Ace of Spades describes it like this:
The white sneakers appear to have been slashed with a knife, so that bright yellow inner stuffing shows through. They're covered with staples, as if someone survived a tiger attacked at the office and then used whatever was nearby to keep their shoes on their feet. These are not shoes pre-dirtied to approximate blue-collar style, however. These are gleaming throwbacks to Martin Margiela's deconstructionist work of the 1980s, inspired in part by the work of Rei Kawakubo's Comme des Garcons.
Hum... Okay. So, the shoes look like this on purpose as a statement of art. Who is Margiela? Well, he's a designer smart enough to separate customers from the money in their wallets. The store has a longer description of the artist:
Enigmatic Belgian designer Maison Margiela is a pioneer of avant-garde fashion, working with other deconstructionist designers during the 1980s to redefine luxury under radical new terms. In conjunction with the influential Antwerp Six and pioneers like Comme des Garcon's Rei Kawakubo, Margiela challenged the boundaries of convention, turning out extreme proportions, deconstructed designs, and conceptual pieces made from found objects like trash bags and seat belts. Though the famously reclusive Margiela is no longer with the label he sold in 2002, his distinctive vision is as relevant as ever, influencing a new generation of mainstream and directional designers alike.
In other words, this is not a shout-out to blue collar workers, like the $425 muddy jeans that Nordstrom's is selling. This is an intentional piece of art, apparently. But Ace of Spades has the last word: "Usually, to find a shitty off-brand stupid-looking sneaker that's all cut up and stapled, you'd need to spend $12 on the sort of no-name sneaker they usually only give to refugee children, plus a knife and a stapler." I guess I shouldn't be surprised that liberals spend too much money to get nothing but trash in return.... Judging from their wasteful spending in Washington, D.C., it really makes perfect sense.