511 might be an exaggeration so how about 1 instead? The arguement surrounding the best cut of Levi's is a wholly personal one depending on age, style and the like. Everyone's got their favorite and that's fine by me - I am open enough that I can see all their merits. With that said, I think the 511 are winners, especially the "trousers". A few times on this blog I have refered to the 511 cut as a tad "hipster-ish" and I am sure a lot of you will probably agree. They are one the skinnier side, but by buying the 511's in a cotton twill, as oppose to denim, I think you help alleviate some of that hipness. Not to mention Angelo swears by them and an endorsement of his is A-Ok in my book.
The struggle to find a great pair of trim chinos, and for a reasonable price nonetheless, is an epic one - one which I have blogged about in the earlier days of Sart Inc. Now I realize not everyone has 90 bones to drop on such a casual pant, so in the interest of those folks I felt it would be good to highlight the 511, which can be sniped at UO or Levi's. If the 511 and its slim tappered leg is a little too slim for you it might be advantageous to check out the 514 trousers which rock a much more straight fit. And if you're currently reading this because you finally got a second away from that nagging wife and rambunctious youngin's then you're probably scoffing at my nonsense in your 501's - I kid, I kid.