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Good fit, denim quality not what it used to be
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 August 2021
These straight-cut jeans have a good fit, as expected from Lee. I used to buy Lee Brooklyns with the same inside leg length (32) 30 years ago, albeit with an accordingly smaller waist size (it was 32, now inflated to 36!), and they appear to have stayed faithful in that regard.
One thing other than my waist size that has changed in those few decades is the denim quality. It's thinner and has a slightly coarse texture that one associates with cheaper jeans, which also causes fluff and stuff to stick to it. I don't expect them to look very good after a few washes, as this kind of quality denim never does, and usually creases badly in the wash and requires heavy ironing (I'm speaking from experience). I guess this is what fifty quid buys these days, and given ongoing post-lockdown inflation it's only going to get worse, probably.
For now though, straight out the bag they look good.