CalTex, shouldnt you leave that for the Momotaro or Contest thread? This isnt the appropriate thread to advertise your contest.
The cords are super soft and dark. They are indigo dyed and should fade like indigo denim, but I haven't seen any beat up pairs yet... the style is from the current season and is still pretty new.
Sorry, I was more concerned with the fit. I size down to a 29 in the weird guy chinos (e.g., the green khaki), even though its tight on the waist. I like the slimmer leg from sizing down. So I was wondering if I'd be able to size down (with a 29) and squeeze into the cords, or if the nature of the fabric wouldn't let me do this and I'll be stuck with the top two buttons undone.