Not sure if this is what OP means, but I kinda know what you mean about the usefulness of these. They actually look pretty cool and are super comfortable, and I'd get much more use out of mine if I either (1) worked in a business casual environment or (2) were a single guy who needed to look nice, without getting too dressed up. However, these don't look right with a coat and tie, so they're out for work. Plus, I spend a lot of my down time around my three year old son, so I don't typically reach for pants that would need to be dry cleaned in the (inevitable) event that he spilled or smeared something on them. That's why I didn't pull the trigger on a second pair, despite the reasonable price.