Originally Posted by mlyngard
There is a direct correlation between what you spend and what you receive with a pair of jeans, especially if you follow advice here, since you'll be directed towards jeans manufacturers that base their reputations more on quality of materials and constrution rather 'trendy' labels and fades.
If you really want to stay under $50 for jeans, and wear them daily without altrernating pairs, then yeah, expect much much less. But I know more people who are still hunting for the perfect under-$50 jeans, and will never find them. Ever. Period.
One recommendation I saw given to you is to venture into APC territory and try a pair of New Standards (slimmer fitting) or New Cures (closer to a traditional 501 cut). They're only $155, and at that price point, I'd say the ones I have are defintely worth it. This will give you a chance to experience a good cut, quality construction, amazing denim and the break-in process of raw jeans without venturing into the scary over $250 mark.
The other way to do it is to buy a few pairs of "under $50 jeans" and rotate them through. Depends on what you do, where you wear them, and what you do while wearing them.
What you end up with depends on your budget, willingness to try other brands, and how you wear them.
Disagree on the "... perfect under-$50 jeans, and will never find them. Ever. Period." Never speak in absolutes.