It’s not just preposterous to spend roughly $600 on pret a porter “distressed” sneakers, complete with scuffs, dirt and duct tape—it’s now “poverty appropriation,” says Twitter.
The uproar machine roared into gear last week, as one Twitter user discovered shoe brand Golden Goose’s latest offerings at super high-end retailer Barneys.
The reaction ranged from well-justified mockery to self-righteous outrage.
Poverty appropriation – $585 'distressed shoes' at Barneys New York promoted by Jay Z and Justin Bieber pic.twitter.com/DrXPgO2PUr
— Paul Baldovin (@PaulBaldovin) August 30, 2016
This is poverty appropriation. https://t.co/HvxpReUd06
— Limmy (@DaftLimmy) August 28, 2016