I hated jeans growing up. They felt restrictive and uncomfortable. I never owned/wore them for that reason. As I hit college, I realized all the cool kids were wearing jeans and I did some research and found Lucky Brand as the perfect solution for me. They looked like nice fancy jeans but felt like sweatpants due to the 2% spandex. Made in the USA as well which I find to be a plus. Cool logo on the zipper. Reasonable price at $150 per pair (at the time, 10 years ago) that could be had on sale for 50% off twice a year.
My body has changed over the years, for the better, and I need new jeans that are a smaller waist size (36 in college down to a 33 now and on my way to a 32). I have a great tailor who has been tailoring my Lucky Jeans but he can only do so much and if I lose a little more weight, he won't be able to take them in any more.
It looks like Lucky Brand has decided to outsource to foreign countries and for the most part, drop their spandex lineup. I'll treasure my US-made Lucky jeans forever as last of their kind.
I make more money now then I did in college so if I need to spend $300 to $500 on a pair of jeans, that's doable especially since I still don't wear jeans often and 2 to 3 pairs are all I need. Are there any high end jeans that include spandex in them to allow greater flexibility and motion? I'm a competitive amateur muay thai kickboxer and while I avoid barfights, I need a pair of jeans that could actually let me defend myself in them and not constrict me.
I realize that sounds ridiculous to anyone who isn't a competitive kickboxer/MMA fighter but anyone who is would understand. I'm very flexible and train kickboxing 5 to 6 days a week. Putting on regular jeans to me feels like putting on a poorly fitting tight suit because I'm so used to being able to move my leg high enough to kick someone in the head down to barely being able to raise my leg a few inches off the ground.
I just feel uncomfortable in regular jeans and when I'm dressed in a way that's uncomfortable, it pervades through my personality and I'm having a bad time and everyone knows I'm having a bad time and I might as well stay home.
Do the high end jeans I want exist?