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My 8 Gustin jeans all arrived within 1/2" of their size charts. However, there have been many posts here and on other forums complaining about much larger size differences. I'm sure many of them will chime in now. The good news is that Gustin's customer service is great, so if you have a problem they will take care of you. Don't forget to account for stretching during break-in as described in the 3rd paragraph "Jean Measurement Guide". My jeans all stretched about an inch...
I am 16 x 32 in BB Extra Slim Fit. I found the Gustin classic Medium to be close, but a bit too tight for me in the upper chest. I'm thinking about trying a Gustin Slim Large, but haven't done it yet.
Of my 8 Gustin jeans, my favorites are 1) Loomstate, 2) Okyama Standard, and 3) Heavy American. For a first pair I would stay away from Loomstate, since the sizing can be tricky and Gustin won't take them back after shrinking. With Gustin's business model, it's probably a mistake for your brother to get his heart set on a specific fabric, since he will have no idea when (if ever) it will be offered again. Better to look at the current offerings, and when one comes up that...
I have 3 straights and 5 slims, and in all cases, the measured cuff opening was within 1/4" of Gustin's fit guide. I started with straight because I came to Gustin via Levis 501 STF and I was concerned about the lower rise of slim. Those fears have since been eradicated and I would never go back to straight. If in doubt, go with slim (or maybe skinny).
I also wear JCrew Med Slim, and the fit is like yours. Gustin regular in Medium is too small around my neck and upper chest. So I wouldn't recommend it. I've been thinking about trying Large Slim, but haven't yet. If it works for you, let us know.
I bought these shoes new sometime in the early 1990s, when the dress code for my job required slacks and dress shoes. After a a couple of years of use, the dress code changed to jeans and athletic shoes, and these have had very little wear since.   These shoes have the cloth label on the insole which is used on the Tramezza line, however I am not sure if these are Tramezza or not. They were worn mostly indoors on carpet, and still have the original heels and soles. There...
My Loomstates arrived the same. I pre-soaked them in cold water, with a wooden bar in the waist to prevent further shrinkage. They turned out to be my best-fitting Gustin jeans. Others have reported that there is little to no waist shrinkage in the Loomstates, possibly due to the steam-pressing at the factory pre-shrinking the waist. So if you are OK with shrinkage everywhere but the waist, then give them a try before you give up.
Walking by Union Square in San Francisco, some dude on the street complemented me on both my Indys and my Gustin jeans. Not too surprised about the boots, but very surprised about the jeans.
I've bought 8 Gustin jeans; 7 online and 1 in person in their office. The 7 arrived between the middle of the promised month and the middle of the following month. All 8 were within 1/2" of spec.
I just got a pair of Alden Men's Plain Toe Blucher Shell Cordovan in black for Xmas and I love them. These look like they will work well with everything from jeans through formal wear.   If your budget does not allow shell cordovan, Alden makes a similar shoe in normal calf leather.   You should take Skatenc123's advice and not wear the same shoes every day. If you rev up your search engine, there is a ton of info available here at SF and other places about what style...
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