Out of all the denim I’ve tried on for reviews and features there was one thing I really wanted to get my hands on and test out myself, Natural Selection’s Shun Chinos. I know we’re big fans of the brand here at Denimology for so many reasons. Their attention to detail, heritage style construction and distressing, their fits, the denim quality….and we could go on.

After seeing images floating around the internet I was elated when they arrived in the post, however I really didn’t anticipate what I was about to try on! Sure I had read the measurements and sizing but when I slipped them on it felt like I was wearing a pair of painter’s trouser overalls instead of the modern incarnations of chinos we see on the streets these days.

I’ve noticed the majority of chinos are slim fitting, straight or tapered leg in fitting with the now popular urban and street wear scene. These stay true to the classic straight cut and in tune with the brand’s ethos of implementing a heritage approach to their design.
The chinos have a number of nice features. Contrast seam stitching, classic chino pockets and of course, the selvedge detailing on the leg seam. My favourite touch is the two adjacent small leather belt clinches and the rear large belt loop ensuring the jeans remain flat to your lower spine comfortably. The buttons are exquisite on the fly and across the waist should you wish to attach braces in classic work wear fashion. I definitely couldn’t do them justice with the arrangement I put on, a more rugged apparel, maybe a Pendleton or heavy denim shirt would have been a better and more suited choice.

The denim itself is a dream too. 10oz Kuroki Japanese selvage twill cotton. The images will probably describe the cut best. Imagine a classic trouser leg that drops straight from the behind to the ankle leaving loads of room around the back of the thighs and leg. The rise measures around 12″ with around the same across the thigh to a leg opening of 9″.
I’d love to get a pair of these but it seems everywhere is sold out, I now know why.

The Natural Selection Shun Chinos reviewed here aren’t available but you can find similar cuts at Eddie Bauer.

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