The picture above shows Kanye sagging his jeans which is also why you see long and rippled cuffs. I’m not sure of what your particular style is or if you are adamant about raw denim so that you can establish your own fade to your jeans so it’s hard to determine of what I should suggest.
Therefore, I’m a little confused in which it appears you want to stay within the cost of 501’s and desire the same type of fit (not so much a tailored fit but a skinny jean)? If that’s the case, I can direct you to a few local stores where you can get the fade of the denim already established. So is it that you want a nice fitting skinny jean or are you adamant about raw denim?
Update: I just realized that the email I had in place on my website was incorrect. My fault entirely and is now updated.