A good pair of stiff, raw jeans is great. It’s really cool to take something in its original state and stay with it as it evolves into something new. There are blogs dedicated to the way that raw denim fades over time. And I’m as guilty of being fascinated by it as the most hardcore denim nerd. But there is also something to be said for a pair of jeans that you can throw on, that will move in sync with your body from Day 1. No uncomfortable squats to get the weave to loosen up, no sense of dread that today is a “breaking in” day. Just put on a pair of jeans and go.

That is especially true in an age where the main pants rival (the idea of a pants rivalry is pretty amusing) for jeans are sweatpants. Comfort has always been one of the primary tenets of men’s style, but it’s even more so today. And most guys will choose comfort over looking good, which makes finding a pair of jeans that can do both more important than ever.

So before you throw on another pair of sweatpants, check out these jeans with just the right amount of stretch built into them. You’ll be just as comfortable and look a lot more polished.



$280, acnestudios.com
Acne’s Town jeans, made from a forgiving stretch Japanese denim, have a regular fit so that you don’t have to worry about your thighs being strangled. They also feature a slight taper below the knee and are cropped to fall just above the ankle for a sleek and modern effect.



$79.50, levi.com
Levi’s has been making its iconic 501 jeans for more than 100 years. Throughout that time, they’ve featured the brand’s proprietary shrink-to-fit fabric. Now, for the first time, Levi’s is incorporating stretch into the denim of the 501s. The material stretches betwenn 12.5% and 17% and makes the other recent 501 innovation, the CT tapered series, fit even better.
Mott & Bow

Mott & Bow

$128, mottandbow.com
Every guy needs a good pair of black jeans in his closet. The Mortons from Mott & Bow are guaranteed to get a heavy rotation. A lot of jeans with stretch only do so horizontally, but the Mortons have four-way stretch allowing them to move vertically, too. So whether you’re riding a bike to work or running to catch the train, these jeans won’t get in your way.


$49.90, uniqlo.com
From a value standpoint, it’s tough to beat Uniqlo’s jeans. They are woven from selvedge denim that has just a little bit of Spandex incorporated so they can move freely. They give you that great raw denim look without the typical raw denim discomfort.


$210, apconline.fr
When A.P.C. designer Jean Touitou named his now-famous jeans the New Standard it was a bold move that paid off. A.P.C.’s raw selvedge denim continues to be held up as some of the best in the world. But even the French brand has adjusted to the times with the introduction of stretch into its flagship product, and the resulting jeans bring together the best of the old with the best of the new.

Justin Tejada is a writer and editor based in New York City. Follow him on Twitter at @just_tejada and Instagram at @justin_tejada.

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