Oldnavy.com stocks various styles of jeans (low-rise loose, painter, extra-loose, boot cut, mechanic) with inseam lengths down to 28 inches. Oddly, the web site's "search by size" also allows waist sizes down to 28 inches, but only on pants with longer inseams! So, if you are a tall skinny guy or an average-weight short guy, you're in luck-- short skinny guys apparently must look elsewhere.
American Eagle Outfitters (ae.com) jeans (boot cut, low rise boot, and loose) short inseam sizes run in 26 x 28 and 28 x 28, but they don't offer larger waist sizes paired with short inseams.
LL Bean (www.llbean.com) makes their Double L and Camden style jeans in inseam sizes down to 29 inches. Their smallest waist size is 30 inches.
Levi's makes jeans in their popular 501, 505, and 550 styles down to 28- and 29-inch waist and 30-inch inseam in men's. Their 514 slim cut jeans also look quite good on many shorter men-- the propotions look better, even if you are not technically "slim." Levi's also make "student", boys, and husky boy's sizes (in 569, 550 and 501) that are available in a range of waist sizes with shorter inseams. The "Husky" sizes are good for those guys who are short and heavyset-- they feature larger waist sizes with short inseams.
Levi's are available at department stores such as JCPenney (www.jcpenney.com), Sears (www.sears.com), and Macy's (www.macys.com), and online at numerous web sites (www.denimexpress.com features a variety of youth and boy's sizes). You can also check the Levi's Store web site (www.levisstore.com), and Ebay (www.ebay.com) is also a good place to check for affordably priced Levi's in men's and student sizes.
Eddie Bauer (www.eddiebauer.com) features their Classic, Relaxed, and and Loose fit jeans styles in specially-designed short sizes. Waist size can be chosen down to 30 inches, and inseam can be chosen in quarter inch increments between 20 and 29 inches. They also feature numerous styles of casual and dress pants that go down to a 27 inch inseam. Their special "short" jeans styles are available online only.
Land's End (www.landsend.com) makes some of their jeans and pants down to a 28- and 29-inch inseams, as well as offering custom-hemmed jeans and pants via their web site that can be made in shorter inseams.
ForTheFit.com carries several models of the designer name "Silver Jeans," offering shorter inseams and low rise cuts in some styles. Their web site focuses on men 5'9" and under, so some of their styles tend toward 30" inseams, but they will alter any pair down to 27".
Joe Sugar's of Saint Pauls (www.joesugars.com), a specialty store for hard-to-fit men, offers 3 colors of short rise "Vegas" brand jeans in their "short man shop." Waist sizes run from 28" to 44", and inseams are offered in 28" and 29".
Muldoon's Men's Wear (www.muldoons.com) caters to hard-to-fit men. They feature "Caldwell Koppmann" brand short rise jeans in a 28" inseam (can be shortened on request). Waist sizes run from 28" to 44".
Napoleon's Tailor (www.napoleonstailor.com) offers 2 colors (black and blue) of Lee short rise jeans in a 29" inseam. Waist sizes run from 28" to 46".
Short Sizes (www.shortsizesinc.com) carries a number of short rise jeans including Caldwell jeans (waist sizes 30" to 42", inseam 29"), Black, tan or blue short rise Lee jeans (waist sizes 30" to 42", inseam 29"), and short rise New West jeans in blue, black or tan (waist sizes 30" to 42", inseam 29").
Bluefly.com (www.bluefly.com) is an online clothing store that features a size-specific search engine with over 350 different brands of clothing at discounted prices (between 25%-75% off). Their search engine for jeans allows you to search down to 26-inch waist size. To shop by waist size, choose "pants" from the "shop by category" menu. The prices can vary tremendously (from $15 to $200) depending on the brand and the discount, but you can usually find some good deals. To shop by waist size, choose "pants" from the "shop by category" menu.
True Jeans (TrueJeans.com) is a unique site that suggests a variety of designer jeans styles based on your specific measurements and body type. To use the site, you set up an account including your measurements (waist, hips, thigh, inseam) and body features (height, weight, belly type, seat type, thigh type), as well as your styling preferences (i.e., loose-fitting or tight, low rise or high, brands you like, etc.). The site then chooses styles and brands to match your data. Please note: many of the jeans on this site have longer inseams than optimal for short men, but True Jeans offers a hemming service for an additional $15.00. The styles featured are mostly higher-end designer jeans, but there are also sale items, and your results can be sorted by price.
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Short Inseam Men's Jeans:
RustyZipper.com (www.rustyzipper.com) is a quality online vintage clothing store with a wide variety of clothing ranging from the 1940s through the 1980s. Their selection is large and varied, and they have a keyword search that can be narrowed by size, including extra small and small sizes. They often have pants with short inseams. Photos can be enlarged to view the quality of the items, and they have a fair returns policy if you are not satisfied with your purchase.
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Land's End (www.landsend.com) offers custom jeans via their web site. You can choose from traditional or relaxed fit and select from five different color washes. They offer a short rise option and a tapered or straight leg. Waist sizes go down to 28", and inseam goes down to 25" and is adjustable in quarter-inch increments. You specify certain body measurements and proportions from their menu, and they create your jeans based on that data. Delivery takes about 3 to 4 weeks.
JCpenney.com offers a "custom-fit" service for their St. John's Bay brand jeans. You can choose from easy or relaxed fit and select from four different color washes. They offer a short rise option and a tapered or straight leg. Waist sizes go down to 28", and inseam goes down to 25" and is adjustable in half-inch increments. You specify certain body measurements and proportions from their menu, and they create your jeans based on that data. Delivery takes about 4 weeks.
UJeans (www.ujeans.com) makes custom jeans to order using information provided by the customer. You choose the style features you want in your jeans (i.e., pocket, leg, rise, fit, belt loop, etc.) and the fabric type and the color/wash. Then you provide 11 body measurements, and your jeans are made to order. Delivery takes about 5 to 7 weeks. UJeans uses natural washes and dyes to provide the coloring to their jeans so that they have a minimal impact on the environment when safely disposed. Their denim is sourced from sustainable growth cotton, and their packaging is made from reclaimed material.
MeJeans (mejeans.com) makes custom jeans to order using information provided by the customer. You choose the style features you want in your jeans (i.e., fit, fabric, waist fly, stitch, pockets, trim, etc.). Then you provide 10 body measurements, and your jeans are made to order. Delivery takes about 4 to 6 weeks.
Makeyourownjeans.com makes custom jeans to order using information provided by the customer. You first choose your preference in denim wash/pattern, choose a "fit" from 10 options (i.e., "classic," "baggy," etc.) and then provide waist, seat, thigh, length, front rise, and back rise measurements. Delivery takes about 2 to 3 weeks. They also offer a "Clone a Jean" option, where you may send in your favorite pair of jeans to be copied.
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Small Sizes: Durable Work Pants
If you are looking for durable work pants in smaller sizes, check the "Work Wear" section.
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