So way off topic (this being an Alden thread) but... I've been put off by all the mishegas (technical term) you need to deal with for some of these high end jeans. For me, you buy a pair of 501s, you wear them, they get dirty, you toss them in the wash. I appreciate the craft of some of the Japanese fabrics, the stitching, etc but they are still jeans. Am I missing something? Are there brands that I should consider?
It's tough to explain.
It's kind of like somebody coming up to you and saying your whiskey longwings are just shoes and what's the big deal. You can explain to them the long and complex process from start to finish of getting from the horse's ass to your feet or the quality of their construction or longevity and they might get it and garner a stronger appreciation for it, or they'll just shake their head and think you're a nutter for spending that much money on shoes.
The same principle applies to denimheads. Go over to the superdenim thread on Superfuture sometime and listen to those guys talk about their jeans. It's no different than the guys here talking about their shoes or boots. Once you get your first pair of raw denim, there is a necessary ritual you go through to prepare your denim for wear. Guys post pics of their denim break in process, some from the very first pre-soak all the way to two or three years from then, so you can see the entire evolution of the denim going from the blank indigo slate it starts out as, all the way to its creased and faded golden years.
That's the primary appeal of raw denim. Your legs create the way the denim looks, not some factory worker with a laundromat and sandpaper. Your jeans are literally your own creation and nobody else's looks exactly the same way since everyone's body is different.
All I can say is, once you commit to raw denim, you just don't want to wear any other denim; at least for me anyway. It would be like going from wearing said whiskey longwings above to Cole Haans. Anyway, enough with the thread derailing. Let's see some more Aldens.
Great summary and comparison!