I'm not sure if it is because of synthetic dyes or just the way the fabric is woven, but black jeans usually seem to fade evenly to a duller black, instead of aging with character, with lighter patches in places like the knees and darker areas near the seams, like jeans made of indigo denim.
Do any brands make black skinny jeans that fade similarly to blue jeans?
I plan to check out the jeans at Allsaints and Zara, as they seem to have the distressing built in. I'm also curious about April 77, but it looks like they might be made out of legging material. Just wondering what else is out there.
They probably aren't made for trudging through snow and salted streets on a daily basis, but I have some Varvatos shoes that have held up pretty well, despite being worn on plenty of bad days. Just get some leather conditioner and shoe cream and take care of them.