I definitely understand where you both are coming from. My waist fluctuates between 33.5-34.5 inches and the jeans measure about 36.5 in. Obviously I don't want to fuck them up but I talked to the guys at Archive and they are the ones who suggested this route. If you have a better way that you do it nahneun, i'm all ears. I just figured since they handle these brands constantly they are in the know.