Jeans are a staple of the hardworking, all-American hero. They are the most versatile garment you can own, and as long as you know how to rock them – which isn’t that hard – you’ll be able to pull off a variety of cool, carefree, and rebellious looks. You already know how cool jeans are though. From classic blue to sophisticated indigo, and punk-as-you-like black, there’s something for all styles and scenes. The best American made jeans for men are well-represented in every closet across the country, but it never hurts to have more options. If you want to update your wardrobe, recapture your youth, or merely add to your collection, we’ve got the jeans for you.
The Best American Made Jeans
Our top pick for the best American made jeans are from the aptly named All American Clothing Co. this pair of Dark Stonewash Jeans come in a regular fit, which is something your dad will be happy to hear – none of this skinny drainpipe nonsense. With them, you can kick back and relax without worrying about what anyone else thinks of how you’re dressed.
And why would they? It’s not that your jeans show you’ve given up, but in fact just the opposite. They show you know what you like, and no one else can have an opinion on that. Except, we guess, that they look good. They’re a perfect fit for varying sizes, being neither too tight nor too loose, and the gusset construction ensures durability and improves comfort, something that jeans, more than any other pants should provide with ease.
Classic relaxed fit
Gusset construction improves comfort and durability
Neither too tight nor too loose
- BrandAll American Clothing Co.
- Weight14.5 ounces
Levi’s will always have a reputation as a company that develops high quality jeans and these 501 Original Shrink-to-Fit Jeans are no different. The vintage shrink-to-fit method is something that’s been around for decades, and these jeans are proof it’s not going away anytime soon. The jeans provide a straight leg fit while also offering a regular fit through the thigh which makes them ideal for athletic builds and provide enough mobility not to feel you must walk like some half-completed CGI stickman lost in the world..
For anyone thinking of buying this style of jeans for the first time and feeling a little confused, it’s simple enough: you buy your size in the waist and two sizes in the leg. When they arrive, climb into a bathtub filled with water and wait around 20 minutes. Get out and wear them until they’ve dried, but try not to leave too much drippage around the house. If you don’t have a bathtub, you can just wash them, but where’s the fun in that?
Vintage shrink-to-fit method
Sits at waist
Regular fit through thigh
- Weight1.75 pounds
There are few brands that sound more like quintessentially American jeans than Buck Mason. Their 36-Month Wash Slim Jeans are a classic style that’s sure to match as perfectly with a plain white t-shirt as it is with a smart checkered shirt. For anyone who hates to look too formal, it’s an excellent alternative for those times where you don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard, but also don’t want to show up in something that could anyone will slovenly.
But onto the actual look and fit of the jeans. The slim-fit design isn’t as restrictive as you might initially expect. This is thanks to soft fabric that gives with each wear, making them more comfortable every time you wear them. For some, they might be a little tight at first, but it’s a small price to pay for great fitting jeans in just a few weeks. There’s 2% stretch movement, giving you excellent mobility, while the slight room in the thigh contrasts stylishly with the tapered calf for a great slim look and feel.
Slim fit with wear-giving and soft fabric
Dull nickel rivets and buttons
2% stretch movement
Slight room in the thigh
- BrandBuck Mason
- Model36-Month Wash
Part of the beauty of jeans is how so many colors and styles can look good and suit anybody – except maybe flares, but the less said the better, sorry to any lingering Disco Stus who might be reading. We’ve already looked at slim fit, shrink-to-fit, black, blue, stonewash, and now these Avila Slim Taper Jeans are here with a natural indigo dyed and 100% selvedge denim to give you something else to consider.
With flat-felled seams and 1/8th of an inch needle accents these jeans provide something that’s much more than your average pair without really doing a lot more. They also have a two-piece waistband and custom rivets and button tacks, which makes them stand out against any old pair you’d buy at the store for cheap. For greater authenticity, they come with a Red Wing Heritage leather patch on the back waist which we love and believe should be on all jeans, but that isn’t always possible. We’re glad it’s here, though.
Custom rivets and button tacks
Flat felled seams
1/8th inch needle accents
Red Wing Heritage leather patch
- ModelSlim Taper
- Weight13 ounces
Continuing a darker shade of jeans, The Martin Copper from Stovall and Young gives you a slightly (but only slightly) cheaper option if you’re looking for that perfect pair of reliable, comfortable, and classic indigo jeans. Crafted using White Oak Cone raw selvedge denim, they’re perfect for matching with a pair of tough and rugged leather boots, and perhaps a leather jacket, if you want to go all in. Also included is the selvedge belt loop, which gives them an identifying marker so that people will know you’re wearing The Martin Cooper and not some pale imitation.
For quality, the hem is chain stitched and ensures you won’t find it fraying anytime soon. The zipper fly is also reliable and durable, but won’t be prone to getting jammed and stuck, which all of us guys know is a real drag and potentially a little dangerous. The whole pair of jeans come together with leather crafted in Oregon and the jeans themselves made in San Francisco, showing just how good American products can be, if everyone works together.
White Oak Cone raw selvedge denim
Selvedge belt loop
Chain stitched hem
Leather made in Oregon, jeans made in San Francisco
- BrandStovall and Young
- Weight12 ounces
Some guys, particularly those who like to keep in the best shape possible, will often struggle to find a pair of jeans to fit their build. This sucks for them because jeans should be for everybody. Really, jeans are for everybody, you need to find the right fit for you, even if that takes a little while. Enter the Taylor Stitch Democratic Jean.
The difference between democratic and slim fit is how well it fits on more athletic builds, so if you’ve always wanted to wear jeans, but your quads and calves haven’t allowed that to be possible, you’re in luck. These provide a tailored fit that’s snug and slim, but also leaves enough space for, as they put it, ‘the boys’, which is hilarious enough for us to want to order a pair for friends, enemies, and people we don’t yet have an opinion on.
Tailored yet democratic fit
Medium rise design around waist
Cone Mills ‘68 selvedge
Button fly and YKK copper shanks and rivets
Custom San Francisco map pocketing
- BrandTaylor Stitch
- Weight13.5 ounces
Jeans and rock ‘n’ roll go hand in hand (leg in leg?) and so it’s no surprise that these Rock Raw Indigo Classic American Fit look so damn good almost effortlessly, but that’s the rock star style for you, isn’t it? Coming at you unwashed and untreated – which is a good thing when it comes to jeans – they’ll help you embrace your rock star dreams without even having to learn guitar, and if you do know guitar, well, that’s just a bonus.
As any great pair of jeans should, the Classic American Fit are guaranteed to age to perfection, giving you the proper authentic worn look that makes it seem like you’ve spent your years traveling the globe with groupies and lived to tell the tales. Even if you don’t want to embrace your inner rock star, they’re still ideal for everyday wear. They’re well-constructed and durable, and can last more than a few nights out on the town, too.
Unwashed and untreated
Guaranteed to age to perfection
Hidden selvedge detail in coin pocket
Vintage narrow chain stitch hem
100% leather back patch
- ModelClassic American
- Weight13.75 ounces
In a world where there are stores where you can buy a whole new wardrobe for less than $50, it might feel as if quality jeans are impossible to come by. If you want to be sure you’re buying quality, then look no further than the Raleigh Denim Workshop Jones pair of jeans. This Selvedge Raw Static are our pick for the premium pair of jeans available and comes with a little of everything for everyone.
Each pair is hand stamped and comes with limited edition numbering on the leather patch which gives you the confidence that these jeans have been crafted with care and attention. So you know they’re the real deal, Raleigh Denim will sign the jeans for you, which is something fun, a little different, and shows their commitment to ensuring you only get the best quality possible.
Half-lined back pockets
Selvedge detail at coin pocket and back belt loop
Hand-stamped, limited edition numbered leather patch
Handcrafted in downtown North Carolina
- BrandRaleigh Denim Workshop
- Weight14 ounces
Our search for the best American jeans is coming to an end, but we still have a few excellent products to offer you before you head out to round up cattle, have a beer, or meet up with your buddies. The Leftfield Atlas Nihon Menpu Natural Hank Jean are a great pair of well-fitting jeans that come with an individuality that other brands of jeans might sometimes overlook in favor of merely producing for the sake of it.
Crafted and designed using a deep-dyed process, you get a varied and unique appearance that immediately catches your eye. Things don’t end there, though, and the twill bandana pockets provide you with better durability. Where less expensive jeans might start falling apart, these are built to survive through whatever you throw at them. Whether that’s gigs, everyday wear, or a nuclear warfare.
Deep dyed process gives them varied look
All copper US hardware
Twill bandana pockets increase durability
Hidden rivets in back pockets
Upgrade to chain stitched hem for $10
- Weight15.5 ounces
Imogene and Willie present to you the Willie Rigid Indigo Jean which they’ve constructed using all-American methods from the patterning to the cut to the sewing, you can believe this is American from waist to ankle. At first glance, they might not look any different to your average pair of jeans, but if you look closer, you’ll discover a unique and intriguing design that was born, more than anything, out of a desire to give you something different.
There are a lot of jeans that offer straight legs, rigid selvedge, and above-hip rise, but there aren’t many (if any) that provide them all in one place. The five pocket style is appreciated as a standard jean design, but the Willie Rigid Indigo goes a step further by providing pockets deep enough to carry a notebook, your smartphone (without risking it falling out) or even a book to make those long subway journeys manageable. The leg opening is also wide enough to fit comfortably over a pair of boots, giving you versatility in your style.
Five pockets and button fly
Patterned, cut, and sewn in the USA
Deep pockets for notebooks, phones, and books
Classic straight leg with hip rise
- BrandImogene and Willie
- Weight13.5 ounces
Our final pick of the top American made jeans are the Straight Razor Indigo Raw from Rising sun Jeans. The five pocket styling and slim straight fit is a classic style combination that will stand up as a popular look for years to come. The aged leather patch only adds to the aesthetic to create a pair of jeans you can match with any shirt and shoe choice for an always-stylish appearance.
Along with this, there’s everything you could want from a pair of suitably American jeans, but with a welcome twist. The two prong clinch copper rivets contribute to authenticity, while the button fly construction harks back to a century previous where while the living conditions may not have been all-that-great, still inspires a twinge of nostalgia, even if we’ve never seen it ourselves.
5 pocket styling
Two-prong, clinch copper rivets
Button fly construction
Aged leather patch
Mid rise, slim straight fit
- BrandRising Sun Jeans
- ModelRazor IND Raw
- Weight13 ounce
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