My wife was a skeptic about selvedge denim, despite my addiction, until she picked up a pair of high-end Seven 'boyfriend' jeans that were on sale in a Memphis designer shop earlier this year. Suffice to say, she's a convert... The thing I don't really like about 'modern' denim is that it doesn't get the same wear marks as the narrow-loom stuff. However, several friends of mine do still swear by the old school Levi's shrink-to-fits. Just buy 'em a size too big, wear hard for several months to get the creases across the top of the legs going, then wash inside out using hand wash solution in tepid water and you'll get the best of both worlds on a budget. Vintage look with nice 'feathering' marks, dark colour and good fit. if you don't want to spend a lot on selvedge jeans, Uniqlo do Japanese denim pairs for £50, in both black and raw blue, and apparently they're a nice trad fit and a good balance between fabric weight and wearability. Some of the high-end brands' denim is like armour, making the first few months akin to breaking in a new horsehide jacket! The stock on the Uniqlo selvedge jeans appears erratic cos they're so popular, but check 'em out here. They also do a Japanese slim fit version, which is here. If you want really 1940s-style jeans, these Freddies of Pinewood ones look pretty darn good for £55. No selvedge but they do have a buckleback, belt loops and suspender buttons. They also do some 1940s-style ladies jeans.