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Levi's® Mens 501® Original Indigo Shrink-to-Fit Jeans

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  • Shrink-to-Fit denim is an unwashed version of the 501® Original that you wash, wear, and break in on your own. For the best results please refer to the attached instructions.
  • Please click here for the new Levi's® 501 promo video!
  • Original fit runs straight and true through the seat, thigh and leg.
  • Tilted waistband pitches toward the front to sit just below the waist.
  • Leather brand patch at back waist.
  • Five-pocket design with signature arcuate stitch at back.
  • Button fly.
  • 100% cotton.
  • Machine wash and tumble dry.
  • For those with larger frames, Extended Sizes sizes are also available.
  • Measurements:
    • Waist Measurement: 32 in
    • Outseam: 42 in
    • Inseam: 32 in
    • Front Rise: 10 in
    • Back Rise: 15 in
    • Leg Opening: 18 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 32, inseam 34. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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  • Shrink-to-Fit denim is an unwashed version of the 501® Original that you wash, wear, and break in on your own. For the best results please refer to the attached instructions.
  • Please click here for the new Levi's® 501 promo video!
  • Original fit runs straight and true through the seat, thigh and leg.
  • Tilted waistband pitches toward the front to sit just below the waist.
  • Leather brand patch at back waist.
  • Five-pocket design with signature arcuate stitch at back.
  • Button fly.
  • 100% cotton.
  • Machine wash and tumble dry.
  • For those with larger frames, Extended Sizes sizes are also available.
  • Measurements:
    • Waist Measurement: 32 in
    • Outseam: 42 in
    • Inseam: 32 in
    • Front Rise: 10 in
    • Back Rise: 15 in
    • Leg Opening: 18 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 32, inseam 34. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Levi's® Mens 501® Original Indigo Shrink-to-Fit Jeans

501® Original Indigo Shrink-to-Fit Jeans
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12 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Buyer Beware; Levis has changed the cut once again! Now the 501 STF fits more like their Mid-50's anti-fit model, with a bit more room in the leg and seat. The denim is different, too; 12.5 oz vs. 13 oz. The color is better (truer indigo, but still probably chem dye to save cost) and crocks (looses dye) less easily. Tone on tone stitching on the outside leg seam gives a "selvedge appearance" at a distance. Less detail on the tag is traded for better back pocket shape (cut and trade mark arcuate) and thread color. I'm also 6', 195 lbs, and I exercise frequently, so I need the length and width. Buy true to waist/hips (measure yourself with a tape where you like your jeans to "ride"). Get 2 to 3 inches of extra length (err on the side of caution with MIM jeans). Levis guide is "generous"� and historical but size and materials have changed over time. If you do go with their prescribed standard, realize that your leans will be "loose"� fitting. Rinse them before you wear them to set the dye. I prefer salt. Some use vinegar. Some use both. (Chemistry suggests this is all phooey, BTW.) Levis recommends Dr. Bonner's Soap (smells great, but costs an arm and a leg). Soak them in the tub for 30 to 60 minutes in cold water (minimal shrink), warm water (moderate shrink) or hot as Heck water (maximum shrink). Don't worry about what's left in the tub, what's lost is lost and can never be blue again. NEVER PUT THEM IN THE DRYER! The high heat causes the collagen in the cotton fibers to contact rapidly, and it will make the yarn swell and burst--a very bad look indeed. Dry flat for best color retention. Hang dry is an option, but remember the dye will migrate (in the direction of gravity) and the denim will stretch at points of strain. But that's good when you get them on, because Boy-howdy is that denim stiff as a board. Break 'em in like a San Francisco prospector with some deep knee bends (only when fully dry or the knees will balloon out and stay that way). The waistband will have the most "give,"� but with time, body heat and brute force, the rest of the jean will conform to your shape over time. This denim is raw and alive. No factory faux-embellishments. Whiskering happens with time and love. Don't mess with the process. And if you're wanting for steppin' out jeans,� these aren't it, buddy. You're not going to wash them for what feels like forever. Which is fine, because when you're at the office they're going to be airing out on the peg in your room waiting for a motorcycle ride, barn chores or some other hard wearing weekend activity. Then after about 6 months to a year (which is probably pushing it), you'll give them a bath, and they'll look just like the ones James Dean, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman wore. Style is subjective. I like a little bit of a cuff. Not to show off an expensive selvedge line (the sartorial equivalent of buying a hundred dollar cheeseburger and forcing everyone around you to watch while you eat it), but because I'm tall, self-conscious of that fact and realize a little extra fabric and contrasts offsets that. If you're short, you can cuff, too just don't go crazy with it. Otherwise you'll look like you borrowed those jeans from your much taller and more stylish brother. To sum it all up: these are a great jean, but not for the faint of heart; you really get as much style out of them as you are willing to put in; they can be tough to size, and the idiosyncratic nature of Levis manufacturing and distribution decisions is debatable; they're better than before (but sadly, still not as good as they were); and they're an affordable option for those that balk at the idea of superexpensive pairs of urban cowboy, dandy chic, jeans; if they were MADE IN USA with USA COTTON DENIM, at the same or similar price point, they would be PERFECT; for now this is not only the best Levis 501 out there, it is the BEST JEAN FOR THE MONEY, north or south of the Mason-Dixon and east or west of the Mississippi. Don't buy the hype. Save your money. Buy the jeans, the original, the Levis 501 Shrink-to-Fit. P.S. Yes, you're not insane: they totally did make the buttonholes just a little too small this time. What were they thinking, right? At least they stitched all the way around. Just use your jackknife (which should honestly be free with purchase of four or more pair) to open 'em up a bit. Better? I thought so. I know, the jeans were totally worth it. But seriously what's up with the buttonholes?

I'd also recommend: Red Wing, Danner, Filson

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2 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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Great alternative to $100-$200 jeans in terms of fabric feel and wear. I have 26" thighs and this cut gives me a nice snug fit that skinnier-legged people get from slim fit options. Also, I hate low rise jeans because 1. they show your crack whenever you bend over. 2. they don't fit over people who actually have a butt. 3. because they don't fit over a bubble butt, the waist is always loose. These pants overcome all 3 of those issues for me. Finally, the raw (ish?) denim is great. My first pair has worn in with really cool character and they form fit to my body.

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  • from United States
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I have been wearing 501 STF jeans for over 50 years. They cannot be beat anywhere. Yes they have changed some (not for the better) but still are the best going. Allow for the shrinkage you newbies. It is not that hard to figure out your size. If you can not read and apply the instructions then don't buy them! I will continue to wear them as long as Levi Co. continues to make them. I work hard and need something that will last and these jeans will do. My advice is get them and allow two more inches in length and one inch in waist for shrinkage. Is it really that hard? You will not be disappointed!

I'd also recommend: Pendelton shirts are the ones I recommend.

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  • from New Boston, Texas
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:4 stars! Style: Rated:4 stars!
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Hey Hey my my, I finally needed a new pair and with reservations went the distance and ordered them from good and fair and reliable ZAPPOS. I am happy as a hippie in the 60's...or at least a dude in the now. These pants work and they are not far from the oldie goodie feely touchy that once was the Levi of then. They are great and Zappos is super. Many thanks to Zappos and the spirit they work in and around and send your way! Cheers FIVE STARS!

I'd also recommend: birkenstock sandals

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  • from Washington DC living in Mexico
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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I grew up on Levi's 501's, and still have a couple of pairs of the good old Made in the U.S.A. preshrunk 501's (waist 38, inseam 34, circa 2000) that I break out sparingly. The newer preshrunk 501's have changed in cut and fit so much over the past few years that I don't even recognize them any more. Waistwise, I'm a "36" now, but the thighs are so narrow that I have to peel them off my legs. If I try on a 38 x 34 preshrunk now, I look like Urkel - the waist sits a good inch above my navel. On a whim, I tried a pair of the 501 Shrink to Fits, 38 x 36 - and after a few washings, they match up virtually identically to my old reliable U.S. made 501's. I didn't exactly follow the "never wash your jeans" guide, because you know what...I work in my jeans, I don't walk up and down the street trying to look cool or anti-cool in them, and they get dirty! The first wash, hot water, inside out, agitation in the washer for about an hour, then after the wash spin cycle I pulled them out and put them on, wearing them wet for about five hours until they were mainly dry to the touch. I then wore them a couple more times before wash #2 (inside out, hot water, with detergent, four hour agitation / soak, warm rinse, hang dry). Since then, I've worn them twice a week, washed them in hot water with about a one-hour agitation each time, and (get ready to gasp, hipsters) dried them in the dryer. I've washed them this way three times now, and they now fit exactly like my old 501's. I even held them up and compared the various measurements - waist and thighs are identical, the inseam is about 1/4 inch shorter but that's fine because the old 501's are slightly fraying on the cuff. They've faded to the point now where they are lighter than the dark indigo preshrunk 501's that Levi's currently sells. I will now just wash them with the rest of my jeans (warm wash, with detergent, dry them in the dryer) and let them fade over time - you know, like jeans should. I'll be buying a couple more pairs soon so I can retire the US made 501's and break them out only on special occasions.

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  • from Wisconsin
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