there's definitely going to be a difference. it will still fade but not how raw fades! the only reason why denimheads prefer raw is the rigidity of the denim. remember, those 6 months will be a bit uncomfortable because the jeans will take shape with your body. they are stiff as hell and it would lead to the dev't of creases and honeycombs w/c gives it the natural fading the way you wear them.