I tried searching, both here and at Google, but couldn't find what I was looking for so please forgive me if it's been brought up before.
I like to look good but, being a 'function over fasion' and 'bang for the buck' kind of guy, have a hard time spending loads of money on clothes. In particular, jeans. For some reason I don't mind spending a little more on shirts that I know will last me a while (the shirt I'm wearing at this moment is a Columbia button-down that I've been wearing, regularly, for 14 years), but with jeans I find myself always trying to skimp. Even the few pair of shorts I have were more expensive because I had to buy Columbias (the only ones I could find that didn't have bulky cargo pockets).
For the last 2 years I've been wearing $16 Wranglers from Walmart. Not the old classic Wranglers referred to as 'nut-huggers', but in various washes and cuts. I've noticed that they wear out quickly, especially in the crotch and around the back pockets, but I don't know if it's the jeans themselves or if I'm just hard on them. I can't remember how much wear I got out of previous buys/brands to compare. I've also tried the $20-25 Levis from Walmart & Target and found they also wore quickly in those areas.
So I'm wondering if there is a difference between the Walmart/Target jeans and those found in fashion/designer stores. Anyone have experience with the two that could offer some insight?