15 Pairs of Selvedge Jeans for Denimheads (and Newbies, Too)

Do you like jeans or love them? Like, do you close your eyes and dream of denim while lying on your indigo-stained sheets, or are you more of a chinos kinda guy? Either is fine, but if you fall into the former camp, you already know the truth: A good pair of selvedge jeans is hard to beat.

Not all that long ago, selvedge—a.k.a. that little line of finished fabric when you turn up the cuff, from the term “self edge”—was a pretty sure marker of higher-end denim made with care by jeans-obsessed artisan types. It’s the less-efficient, old-school way of making denim, after all. But as selvedge became popular, that distinction got a little muddy. Now, you can buy selvedge jeans for 50 bucks, which is great, but also a sign that you’re not getting the same caliber of denim you might find in the $200-300 range. What selvedge does mean, in this day and age, is that you’re very likely getting better denim than the other stuff in the brand’s lineup, whatever the price range.

Now, with that little bit of history and explanation out of the way, let’s get to the denim itself. Here are 15 pairs of selvedge jeans for everyone from the hardcore denimhead to the guy just dipping his toe into the inky waters.

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Stretch Selvedge Slim-Fit Jeans

Uniqlo uniqlo.com

$49.90

Uniqlo offers up a pair of selvedge jeans for just under $50. It’s a steal, and a great value for the price when it comes to the denim itself.

Selvedge Slim Jeans

Gap gap.com

$89.00

Consdering Gap’s long history with denim, it should come as no surprise that the brand is able to turn out a smart selvedge option, with denim from Japan’s Kaihara mill.

502 Taper Fit Men’s Jeans

Levi’s Made & Crafted levi.com

$114.98

This pair uses a denim that’s made with 35 percent Tencel, so it’s ultra-soft.

Weird Guy Slim Fit Selvedge Jeans

Naked & Famous Denim nordstrom.com

$135.00

Canadian label Naked & Famous (the name is a reference to the company’s aversion to marketing and celebrity endorsements) specializes in delivering very good denim for a very reasonable price. The Weird Guy fit is actually not weird at all, just an easy-to-wear taper that looks good on most body types. 

Easy Guy Slim Fit Jeans

Naked & Famous Denim nordstrom.com

$145.00

If you’re looking for a little more room in the seat and thigh, the Easy Guy is a good bet. 

Selvedge Slim Jeans

Madewell nordstrom.com

$158.00

J.Crew’s sibling brand has a big focus on denim, and this pair has just a tiny bit of stretch to keep you comfortable.

484 Slim-Fit Selvedge Jean

J.Crew jcrew.com

$178.00

Speaking of J.Crew, the brand makes its own selvedge jean. It’s a slim fit, with a bit of stretch, and it’ll wear in beautifully.

Jim Slim-Fit Selvedge Stretch-Denim Jeans

Jean Shop mrporter.com

$195.00

Selvedge: It’s not just blue! This “double black” pair uses black thread for the warp and weft, meaning it’s as dark as a moonless midnight sky.

Tellis Slim Fit Jeans

AG nordstrom.com

$198.00

Made from Japanese denim, this pair is an easy go-to for the office.

New Standard Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans

A.P.C. mrporter.com

$210.00

The brand that sparked a million denim obsessions still makes a great pair of perfectly fitted, not-too-tight jeans with the New Standard.

Hawaii Straight Fit Jeans

Sugar Cane blueingreensoho.com

$220.00

If you’re looking for something a little different, Sugar Cane’s Hawaii jeans are made with, well…sugar cane. Its fiber accounts for 50 percent of the denim, with cotton filling out the profile, and it’ll result in some really impressive fades over time.

Slim-Fit Denim Jeans

Mr P. mrporter.com

$280.00

Not going in for wearing in your own jeans? No problem. Mr P.’s pair looks well-worn already. 

105 Selvedge Denim Jeans

Orslow mrporter.com

$295.00

A truly classic cut—straight as an arrow in the leg, with a medium rise—made from very good denim. It’s a killer combination.

Mid-Rise Selvedge Slim-Leg Jeans

RRL modaoperandi.com

$295.00

Ralph Lauren’s RRL imprint knows a thing or two about crafting American classics with a lot of character. The jeans are a standout.

1110W Relaxed Tapered Jeans

Fullcount & Co. blueingreensoho.com

$305.00

Fullcount is one of the OG Japanese denim brands, and one that’s particularly focused on everyday comfort. That’s reflected in the use of long-staple cotton from Zimbabwe, which is especially soft and easy to wear from morning to night.

Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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Source : Esquire