What You're Getting: Denim that's been hand-rubbed, distressed with sand, and machine washed with enzymes and other dyes.
What You're Not: Since their straight fit has been designed to accommodate a wide range of body types, it might take longer to find a pair that fits just right.
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What You're Getting: Details like whiskers on the hip and sanding patterns on the thigh. Also, notice the seam abrasions, which add a few years to the jeans' look.
What You're Not: Simplicity. The more expensive the jeans, the more likely they'll have ornate detailing and stitching. For some folks, that's good; for others, not so much.
What You're Getting: Distressing and special washing that make for weathered color. Plus, Adidas and Diesel logos on the pockets and the interior of the ankle.
What You're Not: Authenticity. You won't find many real cowboys in $200 jeans, but unless you're a real cowboy, who cares?
What You're Getting: Japanese selvage denim, the most coveted denim in the world. The jeans also contain a tiny percentage of stretchy material, meaning they'll fit your body better than pure cotton.
What You're Not: A bargain.
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