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High rise jeans for men

Rise impacts where a jean sits on your waist. If you need jeans to come up higher on your waist, you need a high rise jean. But finding high rise jeans for men can be a challenge.

High rise jeans for men measured from top of waistband down to crotch seam.
Photo credit: Todd Shelton

About this article

The purpose of this article is to help men find the rise measurement they need and connect them with brands that offer high rise jeans for men. This article is managed by Todd Shelton, a jean manufacturer based in East Rutherford, NJ, that offers multiple high rise jean fit options. A list of brands offering higher rise jeans is included. No commissions are made from links in this article.

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What is rise

Rise is the measurement from the top of the waistband down to the crotch seam. A jean has a front and a back rise.

Men's jeans high front rise
Higher front rise: increase height at waist and extra room at crotch

The front rise is the main measurement, listed more often than back rise on size charts. Front rise measurements will indicate if a jean is a mid-rise, high-rise, or low-rise.

How to know if you need more rise

Rise affects two things: how high you can wear jeans on your waist and/or how much room you’ll have in the crotch area.

Men's jeans high back rise
Higher back rise: increase height at waist and extra room at crotch

If you cannot pull the jeans up high enough on your waist, you need more rise. If you can pull the jean up to where you want to wear it, but the crotch is tight, you need more rise.

However, if your jean has too much rise, the jean can sag under the crotch, and you may want to avoid that.

How to determine your target rise measurement

The easiest way to determine the rise measurement you need is to measure the rise on jeans you already own. If you don’t own a jean, you can measure your pants.

How to measure high rise jeans for men
Measure jeans you already own to find your target rise measurement

Even if you don’t own a jean with an acceptable rise, measuring will provide insight. Try on the jeans to find which jean fits best through the rise, and identify its measurements. Then guess at how much more rise you’ll need to get a better fit.

For example, if your best fitting jean has an 11” rise, but it’s slightly tight in the crotch, you may need an 11 ½” rise. If your best fitting jean has an 11” rise, but it’s way too tight in the crotch, you may need a 12” rise.

Searching size charts for high rise jeans for men

Most jean brands post their rise measurements in their size charts online. Once you determine the rise you need by trying on jeans you already own and measuring the rise, you can search size charts for your target rise measurements.

Size charts displaying jean rise measurements
Todd Shelton size chart

When searching size charts, keep in mind that rise measurements change depending on fit. Generally, Relaxed jeans will have higher rise measurements and skinny jeans have lower rise measurements.

Also, rise measurements scale up and down depending on size. At Todd Shelton, we scale 1/8” per size. For example, a size 32 Basic fit will have a 10 3/8” front rise. Size 33 Basic will have a 10 ½” front rise. The front rise increased 1/8” from 32 to 33.

When searching size charts online, a brand may post a rise measurement for only one size, like 32. Considering rise measurements will be vary based on waist size, contact the brand to find for measurements for your size.

High rise jean options we offer

Over the years, we’ve developed rise fit options from customer feedback. The fit options we’ve developed meet the most common high rise requirements.

We offer rise increases in 3/8” increments. 3/8” More is a tweak to our Standard rise. ¾” More is a considerable increase for men who definitely need more rise than Standard.

It’s not uncommon for us to make jeans in rises higher than ¾”, but we consider these Bespoke Rise jeans. However, Bespoke Rise jeans cannot be returned due to their custom nature. To minimize risk, we use our Home Try-On program to narrow down a customers waist, fit, and length – then we help the customer make an educated guess on the rise they need.

If you need a Bespoke Rise jean, visit our website and learn more about Home Try-On

Brands that offer high rise jeans for men

We searched over 30 brands from household names like Levi’s and Wranglers to premium niche brands. Unfortunately, most brands don’t offer rise measurements on their size charts. 9 brands list rise measurements over 11″ which we consider to be the beginning of high rise jean measurements.

If you know of a brand offering high rise jeans for men, please email us. No commissions are made from the links below.

3sixteen – lists 11″ plus front rise on some jeans – $265

Drakes – lists 12″ front rise on some jeans – $340

Everlane – lists 11″ plus front rise on some jeans – $98

Frame – lists 11″ plus front rise on most jeans – $228

Levi’s – lists 11″ plus front rise on some jeans – $69

Todd Shelton – 12″ front rise available on most jeans – $285

Todd Snyder – offering 12″ front rise on relaxed fit jeans – $265

Self-Edge – lists 12″ front rise on some jeans – $355


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