I hear women talk all the time about how hard it is to find good jeans (read: jean buying guide for women), but in reality, it’s not much easier to find a good (read: has a great fit) pair of men’s jeans.
More importantly, it’s extremely hard to find a good pair below the $100 price-point, and even harder when you drop below $75. And yes, I fully admit to being OK with dropping $200+ on a pair of jeans. Why? I wear them often and it’s one of the few items I’ll spend a little extra on.
Anyway, last weekend I decided to try and find a pair of jeans below the $50 price-point, and boy was it a challenge. I made my way to the Levi’s store at 59th and Lexington Ave and after realizing most of their “cool jeans” are too skinny (need a little room in the butt and thighs) for me, I settled on a grey pair of the Levi’s 505′s.
The Levi’s 505′s sit on the waist (a bit lower would be ideal) and have a pretty straight fit down through the leg. They have another style of jean that is more tapered below the knee, but they felt like skinny jeans, or women’s jeans, and that would make me crazy.
A pretty good fit on the backside. Pockets extend a bit low for my liking, but again, you can’t have the world for less than $50. Note: pockets that extend below the butt create the illusion that you don’t have much of a backside (not good).
I ended up purchasing the grey color because the other colors just didn’t do it for me. And in all fairness, Levi’s had some cool looking jeans, but most of them were skinny’ish fits… and that just doesn’t work for me, or for most other guys that have a remotely average body type.
The total for these Levi’s 505′s was around $46, and that felt great considering what I’m used to paying.