These are shorts of the old school, in that they're made in very a sturdy fashion, and are cut to a traditional — high-rise, full-leg —shape. Plenty of room, in other words, for comfort and movement, and with the leg and seat shaped so that they don't ride up or stretch when you sit down or stand up.
There is a dart on either side at the front. This functions much like a pleat, in that it puts some shape into the shorts, and helps it more easily sweep around the top of the thigh.
At the sides are quarter-top pockets, which are deep and satisfying to plunge hands into. Meanwhile, on the right side as worn, there's a little pocket — for a coin or two, for keys, or a thumb — built into the waistband (below).
Round the back, meanwhile, is pocket built into the seam where yoke meets leg. The opening of this pocket, beneath the flap, is strengthened on both sides with a bar-tack. These also appear at other points of stress — such as the centre-back seam (below-right) and the opening of other pockets (below-left) .
The waistband rises up at the back — helping to preserve modesty when bending over, and also provide a grab-handle to fetch them up if ever they ride low. Not that they ever will, with adjusters at either side of the waistband, permitting the shorts to be tightened for comfort by up to two inches.
The legs have lap-seams down both sides. A renownedly durable seam, this, and arduous to make — especially down both sides of the leg. Known sometimes as a French seam, their presence means you would have to do something dramatic indeed for them to ever even to begin wearing through.
The buttons on the shorts are real horn, dark in colour and matte in finish. The shorts have a button fly of three such buttons, as well as one more hidden out of view on the fly-guard, which fastens behind the front of the shorts to help keep everything just that little bit more secure in the nether region.
The shorts are lined about halfway down, front and back, with a light, slinky satin. The way this lining is constructed makes the shorts as clean and tidy when turned inside-out as outside-out. The presence of this lining makes it easy — nay, downright pleasurable — to slide one's legs up and down and all around.
The shorts are made with linen burlap. Cloth of real character, this, rich with slub and bobble. While heavy, it too is breathable, and held up to light can be seen to have a gauze-like airiness to its structure. It is a washed, so out goes natural starchiness and in comes a soft handle and pliancy.