Originally Posted by formz
But anything under $200 I'm willing to give a go. Thanks.
It might be a little difficult to find heavier weight or better built denims at that level. APC Rescue might be a better fit for you but is a poor choice for durability.
Your two main denim shops are Self Edge and Blue in Green. Since they're about a 15 min walk from each other I'd start there, maybe look them up online to get an idea of which fits or prices appeal to you first. BiG might have more to offer in the $200 range, though. Brands like Studio D'Artisan, Samurai, etc. would work well.
RRL makes some great jeans, too, that aren't much more than $200 for raw. You'd probably want to look at the Straight Cut.
This list is a little outdated but still useful: http://www.styleforum.net/t/157881/non-apc-sub-200-raw-selvage-denim-options/0_50