Those familiar with the label know that Rodarte, save for their actually uncharacteristic Target collaboration a few seasons ago, are the polar opposite of a mass-produced brand as their gossamer knits and conceptual-contraption ensembles often skew more towards art than apparel. And with that sense of the avant-garde come equally stunning prices, so it's not altogether surprising that a pair of socks made by the brand's designers, sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy, could retail as much as $500.
The Post had a field day with the audacious creation, allowing appalled city residents to voice their opinions of shame and awe. Fair enough—it's a lot of money for a pair of socks that are "filled with holes" (they feature a very loose, open knit) and spot-clean only, but compare them to a typical Rodarte sweater, which on average goes for upwards of $1,600.
Despite the chorus of naysayers, there is a corresponding market to the limited-edition socks. The folks at Opening Ceremony reported they had, indeed "sold a few pairs" of the three they'd received. We couldn't get more specific details than that, but it could very well mean the flimsy little offenders may sell out.