Well, I first got into raw denim in the early 2000s which is what originally lead me to SuperFuture in the first place (take a look at my posting history). Back then I had Skull Jeans, Nudies, Cloak, Cheap Monday (when you could only order them from Sweden), and other brands that aren't around anymore. I always thought the Japanese repro brands were rad, but back then I needed a skin tight fit and none of the Japanese brands were really doing that. I actually remember discovering a Buzz Rickson repro jacket (maybe it was an A2) and being perplexed as to what it even WAS, because there was no logo anywhere, and was seemingly made in Detroit or Chicago or something based on the tag. I didn't even understand WHY it was being sold in a high-end store. Anyway after that my interest in other aspects of fashion took off and it was a while before I wore jeans again period, unless they were Rick Owens or Junya Watanabe.
Fast forward to my second or third trip to Japan in 2017. I was wearing basically nothing but Paul Harnden at the time and was feeling slightly burned out on it. I stumbled upon Hinoya and found a gorgeous pair of Oni's in an incredible fabric. I was very into rough, scratchy fabrics (like Paul Harnden) back then. And even though I hadn't worn a pair of jeans, let alone blue jeans, in years, I decided to grab a pair as something of a souvenir. After that I kind of fell back into a rabbit hole of raw denim again for the first time in 15+ years. That original pair of Oni's is incredibly faded and beautiful now, but they are way too tight for me, currently. I wear basically only much fuller cuts now. Currently in the lineup are a pair of straight leg 21oz Samurai purchased on a subsequent trip to Japan, and a pair each of TCB 1960's and 1920s. So what's left?
Freewheelers was a brand I always knew OF, but I kind of just lumped them together with Real McCoys, Flathead, and the other repro brands. It took me getting really into leather jackets to see how much more interesting Freewheelers was as a brand. In 2020 I stumbled about Fine Creek Leathers at Self Edge. Again, I was like "what IS this brand?" Most of the jackets were absurdly flat and shiny before they were worn. I got a "Richmond" jacket from Fine Creek which is a type one style, and now it's completely molded to my body and beautifully patina'd, but when I first got it it was almost comical looking. Of course that set me off on a path of wanting to find even better leather jackets, the best tanneries, etc... I eventually figured out that Freewheelers is kind of the be-all end-all of Japanese repro leathers. And the fact that it isn't sold in New York was of course attractive and annoying at the same time. I always wanted a D pocket, so the La Brea was right up my alley. I did hours of research on the sizing and the jacket's measurements and my measurement's and the measurements of my Fine Creek to compare. I finally settled on a size 40 and pre-ordered it from The Wild One (in the blackjack colorway). Now I just have to wait for it to arrive (probably right on time for Summer when it will be too hot to wear it). So in the meantime I decided finding a pair of Freewheelers jeans would be a nice little treat to hold me over until the leather arrives. As I said above, I have a 1960s cut and a 1920s cut from TCB, so a 1940's cut seems like the logical next pair. I remember having seem what I thought was a pair of Freewheelers denim posted in this thread with the Levis arcs (which I always really loved, from all the repro brands before the cease & desist letters). As you indicated upthread, it was actually a pair of Bootleggers. God, as if Freewheelers stuff isn't difficult enough to find, why not go after proto-Freewheelers instead as a challenge? So that's basically where I'm at now. But in the end I will likely take your advice and just buy a pair of Freewheelers 1947 cut and possibly have arcs stitched on, and then just keep an eye out for a Bootleggers pair in the future.