Just went into Barneys and had a little try-on session. In the regular Indigo I found the 33 to be the most comfortable (size 1up), but found that there was a slight bulge in the fabric right above the knee (due to the extreme taper I believe).
I have 24 inch thighs, not huge but the fit is a little tight. On blueowl they have the left hand twill fabric weirguys being ever so slightly larger in the thigh than other fits. Does this hold to be true?
If I had to describe the fit I'm going for I'd look to by urban slim chinos from j. crew. They taper, and the leg opening is around 7.5, if just a little bit larger. This is why I looked to weirguys, as they were advertised to be forgiving in the upper block with a taper down to 7.5/7.75 in.
The thigh bunching was a little disconcerting, but wasn't extreme. I think it may be the nature of the stiff denim. Anyways, sorry for the long-winded post, I think I'll now be looking for 33's for a slim fit that won't incapacitate me.
Edit: also, do the Weirguy Highs ever go on sale, or would that just be a pipedream? It'd be ideal to have a slightly higher rise, but not a deal breaker.