August 10, 2010 at 21:31:30 Aug 10, 2010 @ 21:31
^ this is how i see it:
Pros - $40! (hopefully) GREAT fit. Comfortable (after 2 weeks/wash).
"After two weeks of everyday wear i had a comfortable fit."
"after 3 months of everyday wear, the fit is holding up nicely. the waist is now very comfortable."
Cons - 2 weeks of (bearable) pain @ start, and possibly @ wash.
also, remember that other (more expensive) brands w/ sizing down experience the "tight breaking in phase"
Pros heavily out-weigh Cons, IMO.
so i say: why not
Not sure what you mean about the "more expensive" denim having a sizing down experience and "tight breaking in". Only denim I can think of is APC... I can't name any other "expensive" denim where I would size down effectively "4 sizes" (maybe 1-2 at the very most) and have to stretch them out in a painful way then either repeat every wash or just don't wash them at all.
I agree the Pros are definitely worthwhile if you're on a budget or you just really really really want to force a straight leg denim into a slim fit, but I'd rather spend cash on the actually cut of denim I want instead of turning 501 STFs into something they're not.