Originally Posted by .Impulsv
If you're not willing to spend over $100, I'd just buy a cheap non-selvage pair and try it out. Levis offers raws in 501, 511 skinny, and 514 slim. Uniqlo offers regular and slim mid-rise cuts in raw selvage for $40, but have a zipper fly. If you end up liking it, no harm done.
This is what I did. I started with a pair of regular indigo 501 STFs, enjoyed them for the two months or so I wore them, and ended up buying a pair of LVC 1944s.
Alternatively, just buy a pair of APCs where you can find them. If you don't like them, rest assured that you will be able to get rid of them on the BST here. The loss may be comparable to the cost of one of those cheap jeans I listed above.
The $40 zipper fly jeans from Uniqlo are the made in China models. I think the made in Japan models (which I think are around $70 or $80) are way
better, with thicker denim, a button fly, and an overall sturdier feel to them.
Someone mentioned seeing the regular straight and slim straight cuts at a Uniqlo in Paris. Hopefully they'll make it to the US for the fall/winter season. I have two pairs of regular straights - one in blue and one in black - and they're the best "beater" jeans I could ask for.
I'll echo what others have said regarding the bang-to-buck ratio of Nudies. I got my RADRSs on sale for $150 at Context, and I feel like that's a good price for what I got; it's a nice, modern cut, and it's the only pair of bootcut jeans I have (or want). I'd consider getting a pair of Grim Tim in dry selvage (blue or black), but again, only because of the cut (like Levi's 511, but with a button fly and a longer inseam).