I've browsed the "Top ten jeans" thread, and in my mind there's no way to justify buying a pair of $200+ jeans. For me to throw down that much money, they would have to be absolutely wrinkle free, stain-repellent, water-proof, dirt-proof, never-needs-washing, indestructable, and comes with life-time moneyback guarantee. With that said, is there anything special about "designer" jeans that makes them better than a $20 pair jeans one can find at Ross? Right now, I'm looking at a replacement for an old pair of $20 jeans. I've worn it now for about 6months, and it's coming apart. The fabric at the rear is thinning, and will probably develop a tear or hole in the next few weeks. The seams at the leg's end are also shredding. These are problem's I've had with jeans for a very long time. (BTW, I'm 5"10, 160 lb, in other words, not fat). My serious question is, if I pay more for a pair of jeans, would I get better fabric that's considerably more durable? Or is that all jean fabrics are alike and I would only be paying for better "design"?