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In the past few years, we as a society have become more accustomed to comfort than we ever have been before. Ever since the world shut down in 2020 and working from home became the norm, wearing anything aside from sweats simply… didn’t happen. Think back to the beginning of it all when every morning meant waking up and rolling to your work-from-home station: did you ever work at your desk in a pair of jeans? A pair of slacks? Khakis? If you were working in anything that wasn’t sweats, you were probably living in a different dimension where COVID-19 simply never existed. Lucky you.
That said, comfort has become key. It’s what we’re used to. But, here’s the kicker: we’re living in 2022 now. Mask mandates are lifting (for what seems like) for good. Tons of us are back in the office. That said, sweats aren’t the norm anymore. Thankfully, there’s a solution: you can still get all that comfort you’re used to in a pair of comfortable jeans for men.
After getting some advice from David Cunningham, President of Brand Partnerships for MySureFit (a disruptive, AI platform that allows shoppers to virtually try on thousands of products from top brands), we were told, “when shopping for comfort in men’s jeans it’s important to note that stretch is no longer only found in women’s jeans. It’s also important to note this technology is available at all price points and updated fabrics (lycra, spandex, elastane) have made the process of finding a comfortable fit way more approachable.”
The most comfortable jeans for men aren’t so hard to come by, either. And, even though you might be so used to sweats, throwing a pair of jeans on to leave the house doesn’t have to feel so different. Sure, they might not be as soft, but comfortable jeans for men nowadays almost always prioritize an ample amount of stretch to keep you moving throughout your day.
And when we say stretch, we mean it.
If you’re back in the office, heading to bars with pals, going out shopping or doing quite literally anything else in 2022, you’re probably ditching the sweats. Find 10 pairs of the most comfortable jeans below to ensure you both look and feel good strutting your style this year.
1. DUER Performance Denim Jeans
When talking about the most comfortable jeans for men, you cant leave out DUER’s performance denim jeans, which were our pick for the best jeans of the year in The 2021 Man, our end-of-year product awards.
These sophisticated stretch jeans quite literally feel like your favorite pair of joggers so much that you’ll probably consider running in them at least twice. They’re lightweight and thin to give you total range of movement, meaning, yeah, you can do the splits in them if you so please.
DUER’s stretch denim fabric is made with 2% LYRCA spandex, which gives you unmatched flexibility.
Let’s make this simple: If you’re looking for the most comfortable jeans for men in 2022, then DUER is the brand you need to know. There are a number of colors available for purchase, but in this case, you can never go wrong with a classic blue wash.
2. Devil-Dog Dungarees Athletic Fit Jean
Now, let us tell you about some of the most comfortable jeans we’ve personally discovered in recent times. Because, we know what you’re going to say, “what the hell is Devil-Dog?”
Devil-Dog is becoming the jean of all jeans for the sheer amount of just how comfortable they are. They’re stretchy, moveable and absorb sweat and moisture to keep you cozy no matter how many hours you wear them. Materials used in the thread even include recycled plastic bottles, so these jeans are better for the environment, too.
“I consider these the perfect post-quarantine jeans that everybody is sleeping on,” raves our e-commerce editor Tyler Schoeber, “everyone needs to hear and try Devil-Dog out for themselves. It’s hard to find a pair of jeans that hits comfort and fashion the way these do.”
3. Levi’s 514 Straight Fit Jeans
BEST LEGACY BRAND
Alright, you caught us. The Levi 514’s do not have the same stretch as the rest of the jeans featured here, but they’re a classic, and if you get them in the right size for your body, they’re super comfortable, too. You’ve been wearing them since you were a toddler, and you re-buy them each and every time your last pair gets damaged. They’re a staple for anybody wearing jeans. That was true 20 years ago, and it will be true 20 years from now.
No, you can’t do any fun flips and acrobatic tricks in your Levi’s, but you will be comfortable in the way you’re most used to. Not to mention, you’ll look good as hell.
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4. Goodfellow & Co Slim-Fit Jeans
BEST BUDGET DENIM
Look fly and stay cozy in the perfect slim-fit jeans from none other than Goodfellow & Co at Target. These daily essentials will upgrade all of your outfits without ever breaking the bank. They’ve got quite the form-fitting fit to ensure everything stays where it needs to and has casual detailing to keep you on the low-key side of things.
What’s your favorite jean color? Because Goodfellow & Co probably has it.
5. Wrangler Regular Fit Comfort Flex Waist Jean
BEST FROM AMAZON
For the first time in a long time, our favorite product from Amazon surprisingly isn’t an Amazon product. You know Wrangler, don’t you? These babies have been around forever. They’re probably just as well known as any Levi’s are, too, making them a staple to mens’ jeans for years upon years now.
These comfortable jeans come with a stretchy waistband and are made with durable materials for year after year of wear. No matter what color you want, it’s probably available.
6. Everlane Slim 4-Way Stretch Organic Jeans
Everlane’s organic stretch jeans are the type of pants you wake up and jump directly in, ready to tackle your day. Everlane’s so confident these pants are long-lasting that they made them part of the brand’s 365-day guarantee. This means that if they rip or tear within a year of purchase, you can replace them with a brand-new pair. But, they’re so tough that we’re sure that will never happen.
Because they have a four-way stretch, the jeans will barely warp so you can confidently move throughout your day, making them some of the most comfortable jeans for men.
7. UNIQLO Ultra Stretch Skinny Fit Color Jeans
BEST SKINNY JEANS
These are the stretchiest most comfortable jeans you can buy from UNIQLO. Period. Though they might be skinny, they do not skimp out on stretch at all. The yarn used in these is especially stretchy and used horizontally to keep both a high expansion rate as well as a solid, consistent shape. You won’t overstretch or shrink these easily in the wash either, so don’t worry.
Though baggier jeans might be more in right now, the color and fit will make you rethink.
8. Madewell Athletic Slim Jeans COOLMAX Denim Edition
BEST BLACK JEANS
Black jeans truly hit different. You can dress them up in a way you simply can’t with blue jeans, making them the much more versatile option of the two. If you’re looking for an athletic slim, stretchy pair of black jeans ready to take on whatever you put them through, you’ve found them.
These are a favorite for men on Madewell due to their slim yet roomy fit, so you won’t feel like you’re suffocating the way you normally might in skinny jeans. Pair ’em with your favorite graphic tee or get a little formal with your go-to date-ready button-down.
9. Bonobos Premium Stretch Jeans
Reviewers say that these jeans are so comfortable that they feel custom-tailored. Not only is that the reason why folks are raving, though. Oh, no. It’s Bonobos, guys. They’re clearly some of the most dapper jeans we’ve ever seen.
These jeans make casual date nights and long periods of time in the office feel like a breeze given how comfortable they are. Pair them with your go-to work shirt, a button-down or a tee and get your day going.
10. Todd Snyder Slim-Fit Stretch Jeans
Todd Snyder is a force to be reckoned with in the world of men’s fashion. From their collab with L.L.Bean to Converse, Snyder’s dipped his toes in just about every form of fashion. Meaning, yeah, his basics are absolutely killer.
These light wash stretchy jeans don’t only look fantastic, they feel fantastic. Every pair fits like a glove and comes in a range of colors to choose from. Lightwash is definitely the best-looking pair, though.
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