Having a hard time these days finding nice jeans that aren't metro.. Everywhere I go ( Armani, guess...) they all carry jeans that torn in spots, or super faded down the fronts... I hate that style. I just want something more simple and more what I call 'man style'. The only brand I really like is Banana Republic. There my favorite by far, but I can't just wear Banana Republic jeans all the time... Can anyone suggest some nice brands for me to look up?
I don't even consider those jeans you mentioned metro. They're just crap, and most jean snobs (I'm aware of them, but not a member of that club ;) ) consider them appalling. Actual 'high end' jeans are raw, dry denim, i.e. they come in a very dark indigo and you have to wear them in yourself, so they gradually fade and crease based on your body.
BR = Gap, for cheaper jeans, they're not bad, but the quality isn't great. If you're willing to move up in price, and want a selvedge jean, I've heard APC new standards recommended as a starter point.
if you are really serious about this and as much of a denim freak as I am, nudies are great and popular. A personal favorite, but not quite as well know is 3sixteen. both make great jeans if you are serious about it