I didn't know there was another way until last night. My friend and I watched The House of the Devil, which takes place in the early 80s, and there they were Sensible Jeans. They're lovely. Good fit, still a skinny leg, but doesn't seem to to cut off circulation. I must have some.
I don't know where to find these jeans, but I must have some (more for sanity's sake and it's a little inappropriate how I take my pants off when I get to my friends' houses). Please don't say "at a vintage" store because that's annoying. There must be some new, non-mom, fitted and awesome looking, high enough but not too high, sensible jeans somewhere in this world.