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We’ve already reported on how hiking will take over the fashion world, and it looks like the trend shows no signs of cooling off: Lots of high-end fashion houses are introducing hiking shorts for the summer. Prada leads the pack, and they plan to sell their “hiking shorts” for a mere $465.
Let me say that again: hiking shorts for $465.
Before you get your busted ol’ khakis in a twist, let’s give the designers the benefit of the doubt. I’m sure they’ve muscled in a lion’s share of practical features for that price. Let’s take a look:
They are manufactured in Italy, of a special cotton canvas hand-dyed to achieve a very particular shade of khaki. The buttons are pearl or horn. And the perfectly frayed hem is not so easily achieved–the fabric is ripped by hand and washed repeatedly at extreme temperatures.
Did you see anything about breathability in there? Because I didn’t.
Granted, the baggy, convertible numbers we’re used to could use a little injection of style. But I’m inclined to think the only way you’d ever see these in the backcountry is if you found them clinging to the bones of a male model who lost his way during a particularly ambitious and ill-conceived photoshoot. (It happens: I know a guy who works for Tommy Hilfiger and freaked out when he learned he’d have to manage models on a shoot in the Yukon wilderness.)
Me, I’m not worried about dropping a few extra dollars on my shorts for fashion’s sake. They’ll go great with my $1600 solid-gold backpack.