Nordstrom is selling pre-muddied jeans. Reuters

US department store Nordstrom is taking 'well-loved' jeans to the next level – selling pre-muddied denim for £351 ($425).

The 'Barracuda Straight Leg' jean was described by Nordstrom as: "Heavily distressed medium-blue denim jeans in a comfortable straight-leg fit 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."

What exactly the wearer will be displaying with their willingness to pay more than $400 for clothes with mud on them is unclear, but several reviews and a Facebook post about the jeans from Dirty Jobs presenter Mike Rowe were less than positive.

Rowe wrote in a Facebook post, that has been shared more than 10,000 times: "I understand the appeal of buying broken-in jeans. I mean really, who has time these days to wait for a pair of jeans to naturally fade? I also understand the different cuts. Might as well get something that fits and feels comfortable. But they lost me years ago with their various stages of "distress." The stone wash and the acid wash the rinsed wash and the bleached wash... And they really lost me when they started tearing holes in them on purpose.

Rowe added: "The Barracuda Straight Leg Jeans aren't pants. They're not even fashion. They're a costume for wealthy people who see work as ironic – not iconic."

The jeans have been reviewed a number of times on Nordstrom's website, with several people registering similar complaints to Rowe.