So I've been looking around on different forums and at different shops and have been trying to get a feel so I can get a really good pair of jeans. After Christmas sales will be starting soon and I can afford 1 really good pair. Problem is, I've seen a lot of different opinions and I'm not really sure what to do.
Right of the bat, I don't want raw denim. It's too much work and I'm not interested in the payoff. I'd rather get one wash and not deal with massive shrinking. That being said, this is my question. I have $200 to spend on jeans. I'd like to be able to get more than one pair, although I know that might not be possible. There are some brands that I have been looking at and I'd like to know which of these I should get. I'm a 32 waist with a 30 inseam and like straight leg jeans.
1. Raleigh - I like these because they are basically local. Even though it may not be the "best" pair on the list (not that I would know because I don't), it'd be pretty cool to say that I know where a piece of clothing I own was made.
2. Nudie - I've seen some posts on here that say that these aren't great, but these are within my price range. From the times I've felt them, they feel pretty durable. Also, unlike N&F, I feel that I can actually wear them to work without feeling like a weirdo.
3. APC - I know almost nothing about this brand but I've seen some good reviews. I've never actually seen them at the stores around me but I'm sure I could find it online.
4. 7's/AG - I really don't want 7's or AG. They don't really look any better than normal regular jeans to me. If convinced that they're better than the other ones I listed, I guess I could get them.
5. Good ol' fashioned Levi's - I have so many pairs of Levi's it'd make your head spin, but I don't have a Levi's Made in the USA or Vintage. I could get one of those off of Levi's website or possibly Nordstrom's if it's on sale.