They are not blue jeans. They are not slacks. They are not chinos or khakis.

“They’re like a jogger,” Lee Davis says of his pants, walking through an outdoor mall in Los Angeles called The Grove. He’s wearing them with a professional black cardigan over a designer white tee, with a crisp fitted baseball cap and fancy tennis shoes. The pants stand out the most. They fit him impeccably, with clear, tapered lines, and a high-end, light-khaki material that flows luxuriously.

Davis is just one of several male customers at the mall walking through it in sweatpants. He says his cost $195, and that they are worth it.

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I, for one, I am amazed it’s taken this long but am grateful nonetheless. I can now a) justify spending $200 on wool sweat pants from Icebreaker and b) wear them out in public with my wife to nice events. Thanks NPR!