Put This On says something similar on the cotton trousers vs chinos thing.
You checkin' up on me?
I'd say in that article that Flusser and Boyer have trousers - the rest have chinos.
But there you go. They are just chinos that are more trouser -ish
If I glanced at a guy in the street with these on id just think chinos unless they were wool/smooth material .. esp since they are light coloured like the americans always wear ... i think it has something to do with military-inspiration but meh they are pants that cover your legs, are cotton and are made by your favourite brand RL just wear them
im a big Il Bisonte junkie ... i like building up my own patina over time and get the natural veg-tanned leather
For similar small-timers in shoes like myself, I am providing some feedback on my experience of some entry level shoes.
About 4 months ago, I purchased a pair of Herring build to Loake 1880 specifications, and also a pair of Meermin classic range black oxfords. The prices are similar. All of them were given the same maintenance treatment, rotated wear of once per week, and had shoe trees.
The Loake had better (but coarser) finishing than the Meermin. The Meermin had some minor scuff marks, loose threads, uneven stitching, etc. However, the Meermin's overall construction quality was a bit "finer", with nice touches such as 45 degrees sawn off edges on the heel (don't know the technical term, not bothered googling).
The leather quality for Meermin is definitely better than the Loake. Both leathers were stiff right out of the box, but the Meermin was slightly stiffer. However, the Meermin leather broke in much faster than the Loake, and has now molded to my feet for a much better fit than the Loake. The Meermin leather gives a better shine with less work, and appears to have better lustre and depth. I am just comparing basic black leather.
The inner leather lining of the Meermin is again better quality than the Loake. The leather appears to be thicker but supple.
The footbed of the Meermin provides much more comfort than the Loake (which is still hard and stiff). In fact, the Meermin "cushioning" is on par with Bally Scribes.
Initial wear of the soles were much faster for Meermin than the Loake. However, after about 5 wears, the rate of wear on the soles of the Meermin has reached a steady state and is wearing as normal. The Loake was topied after 5 wears, and at the time of topying, the wear was less than the Meermin.
There is no noticeable difference in leather creasing between Meermin and Loake. Both are snug fits for my feet, with the Meermin having a very slight heel slippage due to a larger heel area.
Overall, my money definitely comes down on the side of the Meermin.
Hope this helps.