PB, you might try the Levis 522. Fok tipped me off to jeans w/ a wide upper and slightly tapered legs. The Levis are a pretty cheep version and so very comfortable. They have a high rise, something like 12.5" front, 17" back, on size 33". I got the gray pair w/ 1% lycra. Wore them on 24 hr trip to Asia and have never been more comfy. Tempted to buy them in other colors, like the dark blue one w/ 30% wool, 70 cotton, but I've recently gotten a hemp pair from Luxire and ordered a couple from Lawless, all based on those 522s.
I think I've only ever specified single forward pleat or flat front, hem width, and belt loops or side adjusters.
Yeah, I just think jean in this manner look weird, almost like costume period pieces. I also can't imagine wearing a high waist without also wearing suspenders, which is something really too costumey for jeans, imo. I just brave the low rise tapered leg. The only pair of jeans I own are the Levi 1978 501's in black.
It was actually a brand new shirt when the pic was taken so it hadn't shrunk up yet. Also, I have since gotten smaller suspenders so the clasps aren't so high up.