Without any premeditation, Jon “Critical Shopper” Caramanica just spent $350 on a pair of jeans. Now, despite the undeniable allure of denim shrine Self Edge, and the virtues of quality gear, there are some guys who’ll never forgive such a purchase. “My $50 501’s do just fine,” they’d say. Yet, while we consider our $160 A.P.C.‘s a more reasonable proposition, we can’t fault anyone for investing in a product that’s built to last years, if not a lifetime. Regarding his “transformative” Iron Heart‘s, Caramanica reports, “Putting them on left me feeling less dressed than wholly encased.” Made of 21-ounce denim, that’s a feeling he has time to get used to.