I would describe the fit as slim straight. The thighs are similar to Levi's 501 or 513. They are not as tight as straight leg jeans in brands like Citizens, Mavi, 34 Heritage, etc., but the typical "straight leg" jeans by other brands these days are as tight as yoga pants. From the knees down, the pants are true straight fit. I wear them with lace-up and cowboy boots with no problem, but the lack of taper may bother some when it comes to loafers or dress shoes. I wear a 32 waist in most jeans, and I bought the 32 in these. While tight at first, they did loosen up after a couple of wears to fit similar to other 32s that I own. The rise is between low- and mid-rise, somewhere between Levi's 501 and Bonobos. They look great with an untucked shirt, but I do wish the rise was slightly higher for a tucked in look.
Besides the initial permanent stretching of the cotton in the first couple of wears, there is zero give in these pants. This will come as no surprise to people familiar with selvedge denim, but to those used to wearing Revtown, Mott & Bow, and the like, this is a big difference. You will certainly not be doing squats in these jeans. As for selvedge goes, these broke in fairly quickly, softening up and conforming to my body after a few weeks. The color has held after numerous wears and a couple of washes. I found that it is best to wash in cold water, inside out, and let air dry before your first wear just to loosen and soften them up.