This might not be a popular opinion but I'm really unimpressed by mid range jeans. I'm a fan of low end jeans, Levis being the top of that list price wise, but really I'm talking about Rustler, Wrangler and the like. Basic jeans, reasonable quality and stinking cheap. You get what you pay for. In the higher end (I've handled a few but don't own any so it's ok if you think I'm full of shit) you have a lot of jeans that were made for quality first and pricing second. They use excellent denim, excellent production and if you look around you're bound to find a fit that fits you. This is good stuff and I think is worth paying for, though I haven't yet. In the middle the denim quailty isn't really much better than the cheap jeans, construction is usually about the same and you end up paying more for a bit of design that usually isn't that good or washes that generally aren't that good either. It seems like you're spending extra money on mediocre effort which it think is a waste. If I want to pay more than the basic amount it costs for someone to stitch mass produced denim into jeans then I'm going to pay for quality work. Real quality work. So I don't like the midrange in denim, but I'm like that with a lot of stuff. Shoes, suits (especially suits) tools, a bunch of things. Either buy on price or buy on quality but don't buy on how much you can get for x amount of money which is somewhere in between.