I decided early last fall that my wardrobe wouldn't be complete without leather pants. I didn't want to go cheap on them either; I never found a "pleather" version that looked good and the less expensive real leather versions weren't up to my standards in terms of fit (i.e. Zara, H&M, etc). While I wasn't willing to cut corners on the perfect pair, I also wasn't about to cough up nearly a thousand dollars for the pants, either. I ended up with the perfect pair--the Theory leather leggings which I bought for 30% during a friends and family sale (no tax and free shipping, too!). Eric joked that this would ultimately end up a piece at the back of my closet--worn a few times, never to see the light of day again. When I ended up wearing them well into April, he took back his words and realized I got the most cost per wear possible on these babies. My advice: if you're on the fence about leather pants, take the plunge! You will wear them non-stop in the winter and again the next year. I'm living proof (and I most recently wore them here and last year here, here, here and here).
My favorite versions out there (most on sale!) are: