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The 27 Best Jeans for Every Guy’s Style and Budget

Men's Health logo Men's Health 12/7/2021 by Christian Gollayan, Editors of Men's Health
Looking for the best jeans for men? Check out the most comfortable, cool jeans and best denim brands for guys, including both cheap and designer jeans. © Courtesy of Retailer Looking for the best jeans for men? Check out the most comfortable, cool jeans and best denim brands for guys, including both cheap and designer jeans.

Finding the right pair of jeans is hard. Very hard. Pretty much impossible, even.

There's so much to consider: the fit on your build, the level of distress, which pairs can be worn to which occasions, and if they'll need alterations. Styles change, too, so you have to keep up with what's in, out, and coming back. It's all enough to give you a headache so severe, you give up shopping entirely.

But here we are, with the hope and optimism you need to make jean shopping just a little bit easier, if not downright enjoyable. There are some brands, styles, and washes that are pretty hard to go wrong with and will work over a long period of time. There are others that may not be the foundation of your wardrobe but nice to have. And then there are the jeans that you get when you have the basics down and are just looking for a pair that feel special.

In this case, finding jeans doesn't have to be so exhausting when you have someone else doing it for you. These 27 jeans are all very different, and each can be found online through some of our favorite retailers. No matter your taste or budget, there's bound to be a pair for you.

Looks like the impossible has become possible after all.

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Filson Rail-Splitter Jeans © filson.com Filson Rail-Splitter Jeans

$145.00

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Love the look and feel of raw denim? Of course you do. Filson's Rail-Splitter Jeans are built to last. The more you wear these, the softer they'll become—and this pair will continue to gain more and more character over time.

Amazon Essentials Straight-Fit Stretch Jean © amazon.com Amazon Essentials Straight-Fit Stretch Jean

$31.10

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Good jeans don't have to cost an arm or a 32" leg. These top-rated jeans will be your go-to for all occasions and help you save your hard-earned dollars with an affordable price tag.

AE AirFlex+ Slim Straight Jean © ae.com AE AirFlex+ Slim Straight Jean

$29.99

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Quite literally, these jeans are next level. They're tapered and tailored but still breathable—and nowhere near too-skinny territory. Plus, the AirFlex+ means they won't end up bunching, puckering, or looking baggy after hours of wear.

Wrangler Men © walmart.com Wrangler Men

$17.87

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If it’s not broke, why fix it? Wrangler’s classic 5-pocket style is a top-seller on Walmart for being a durable pair of denim jeans with a comfortable fit that allow you to move freely throughout your busy day.

Revtown Sharp Denim Jeans © Revtown Revtown Sharp Denim Jeans

$79.00

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Revtown’s Sharp style could be considered the Goldilocks of denim jeans with just the right hint of stretch and the perfect slim-not-skinny fit. But what sets this option apart from the endless offerings on the market is its superior durability. Wear them to the office, on the weekend, or even to the gym (when you’re on a time crunch) without ever having to worry if your jeans can keep up with your active lifestyle.

Buck Mason Maverick Slim Jeans © buckmason.com Buck Mason Maverick Slim Jeans

$845807.00

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Raw denim is great for achieving that perfectly worn-in look, but requires more effort than most guys would like. Thankfully, Buck Mason has a solution. Modeled after a pair of raw jeans worn over a 12-month period, the Maverick has the rugged look you’ve been looking for, but without the tedious break-in period needed to achieve the perfect look.

A.P.C. Petit New Standard Skinny-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans © mrporter.com A.P.C. Petit New Standard Skinny-Fit Dry Selvedge Denim Jeans

$210.00

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For guys with slim legs, APC’s skinny-fit jeans have the slender silhouette you want, without completely clinging to your thighs and calves. Plus, the low rise hits at the hips for a rockstar vibe.

Paige Lennox Slim Fit Jeans © nordstrom.com Paige Lennox Slim Fit Jeans

$179.00

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If you need anything denim or you're willing to go all-out on a Canadian tuxedo, Paige is an invaluable source. The brand's Lennox jeans prove exactly that.

DSTLD Mens Skinny Slim Jeans © dstld.com DSTLD Mens Skinny Slim Jeans

$128.00

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Some denim enthusiasts swear by raw denim, but working the tough, thicker fabric into a shape that forms to your body can be enough work to replace your full-time job. Instead, go for a deep indigo denim with the comfort of stretch for a perfect 9-to-5 workwear jean. They're the best kind of skinny jean—fitted without suffocating your legs.

Bonobos Premium Stretch Jeans © Bonobos Bonobos Premium Stretch Jeans

$149.00

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Just as you'd expect from Bonobos, the brand offers one of the most comfortable jeans on the market, available in every wash you could imagine, fits that range from tailored to straight, and they even come in the full range of sizes for every man to find his perfect match.

484 Slim-fit jean in stretch resin rinse Japanese denim © J.Crew 484 Slim-fit jean in stretch resin rinse Japanese denim

$98.00

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Just in case you were looking for the perfect jeans to wear to work on a casual Friday, J.Crew has you covered. These maintain an air of put-together formality but without looking or feeling at all stuffy.

Polo Ralph Lauren Hampton Relaxed Straight Jeans © Bloomingdale Polo Ralph Lauren Hampton Relaxed Straight Jeans

$89.50

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Just like Polo Ralph Lauren as a brand, these jeans combine vintage, old-world charm with modern, cool touches.

Levi © amazon.com Levi

$39.59

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Levi's has never been one for outlandish designs or otherworldly colors, but when they do innovative, it comes in the form of soft fabrics, cozy textures, and flattering silhouettes. If you're looking for a solid pair of tapered jeans, these guys are it.

Ag Everett Slim Straight Leg Jeans © Courtesy of retailer Ag Everett Slim Straight Leg Jeans

$188.00

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If you're into distressed denim, consider AG's options with just the right worn-in spots they would most naturally occur. In light wash with a white T-shirt and fitted bomber jacket, you can channel the effortlessly cool vibes of a modern James Dean.


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Uniqlo Men © Uniqlo Uniqlo Men

$49.90

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Uniqlo is one of our not-at-all-best-kept secrets in the world of very good denim. They are comfortable with just the right amount of stretch (some give, without stretching out) and at a price point that's hard to argue with. In other words, the brand has inexpensive jeans are good for stocking up.

Rag & Bone Fit 1 Skinny Fit Jeans in Black © Bloomingdale Rag & Bone Fit 1 Skinny Fit Jeans in Black

$195.00

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Rag & Bone's black jeans help you achieve two things: looking long and looking lean. They trick the eye into thinking the legs are longer and thinner, so get ready for more than a few compliments.

Everlane The Performance Jean © everlane.com Everlane The Performance Jean

$88.00

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Everlane takes denim very seriously. In fact, the brand wash-tested their jeans 50 times to ensure their durability, stretch recovery, and lasting indigo color for a 365-day guarantee. You’ll love the fit, four-way stretch, and classic look, so make room in your closet to stock up on a few pairs. If you're looking to fit thicker thighs, these have the right amount of room to do so.

Mavi Zach Mid-Brushed Feather Blue Jeans © mavi.com Mavi Zach Mid-Brushed Feather Blue Jeans

$118.00

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If you've ever had the privilege of cozying up in cashmere, you'll know the crazy soft fabric comes for a sky-high price. Mavi's reasonably-priced Zach jean has that same soft, comfortable cashmere feel, but in the form of denim jeans you can and should wear anywhere—you're welcome.

Levi © macys.com Levi

$69.50

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And of course, there will always be the classic 511s from Levi's. They've withstood the test of time and have remained just plain cool for generations. That's pretty impressive for a pair of jeans.

Abercrombie & Fitch Athletic Skinny Jeans © Abercrombie & Fitch Abercrombie & Fitch Athletic Skinny Jeans

$66.30

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Thought you'd left Abercrombie behind in high school? Think again. Their jeans defy the confines of age, particularly because of their diverse amount of different fits, colors, and styles. They're also made for athletic builds. Big thighs welcome and encouraged.

Mott & Bow Mosco Skinny Fit Stretch Jeans © nordstrom.com Mott & Bow Mosco Skinny Fit Stretch Jeans

$96.00

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Look—if you're asking us, you can never go wrong with a classic pair of skinny jeans. And this option from Mott and Bow has just the right amount of stretch that'll have you wanting to wear these for nearly every occasion, whether it's casual or more formal.

Dl1961 Nick Slim Fit Jeans © Courtesy of retailer Dl1961 Nick Slim Fit Jeans

$125.00

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A classic medium wash will always be a closet staple. Think of them as the Goldilocks of denim washes—not too dark and not too light, just right.

Allsaints Cigarette Skinny Fit Jeans © Courtesy of retailer Allsaints Cigarette Skinny Fit Jeans

$150.00

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Like everything Allsaints creates, the brand's jeans are simply cool. They make some of our favorite black jeans because they have some texture to them, rather than looking so dark you're not sure if it's denim or a suit.

Mr P. Slim-Fit Selvedge Denim Jeans © mrporter.com Mr P. Slim-Fit Selvedge Denim Jeans

$235.00

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Mr P. is Mr Porter's in-house brand and damn, so they do essentials well over there. The slim-fit selvedge jeans have the raw edge and insider knowledge of selvedge denim (the flipped up edge and two-stripe stitching is a dead giveaway)—and they look good dressed up or fully casual.

Acne Studios Denim Jeans © mrporter.com Acne Studios Denim Jeans

$300.00

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Truly every pair of Acne jeans is crafted to wear into that perfectly worn-in, passed-down-from-dad stunner that guys would pay a fortune for—and with the steep price tag, you still kind of have to. But...worth it.

Madewell Relaxed Straight Authentic Flex Jeans © madewell.com Madewell Relaxed Straight Authentic Flex Jeans

$94.50

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Madewell's range of jeans, tees, and sweaters is a truly enjoyable place to shop. The denim range is always one that is simple and modern but never flashy, so you'll know they'll stay on trend for a good length of time.

Topman Ripped Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans © nordstrom.com Topman Ripped Relaxed Straight Leg Jeans

$74.00

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Topman jeans are some of the best for an option that's cheap, easy to buy, and might edge on the side of trendy. We recommend these most for trying out new fits—like relaxed and cropped—that you're not sold on investing in quite yet.

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