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- A tried-and-true classic, your denim has been with you through thick and thin. You put your soul into your work, and Levi's® 501® Shrink-to-Fit Jeans give it back to the world.
- 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 following information:
1. Wear them as long as possible before you wash them.
2. The hotter the water, the more they shrink.
3. It's normal for dye to color the water.
4. Rinse and drip dry until damp.
5. Put them on and wear until completely dry.
1. Wash infrequently and inside out.
2. Add one cup of white vinegar.
3. Line dry when possible.
- Please order larger, in both waist and inseam, appropriately:
27"-36" - 1" larger
38"-48" - 2" larger
50"+ - 3" larger
26"-34" - 3" larger
36"+ - 4" larger
- Original fit runs straight and true through the seat, thigh and leg.
- Tilted waistband pitches toward the front to sit just below the waist.
- Classic five-pocket design.
- Leather brand patch at back waist.
- Signature arcuate stitch at back pockets.
- Belt loop waistband.
- Button fly closure.
- 100% cotton.
- Machine wash cold, tumble dry low.
- For those with larger frames, Extended Sizes sizes are also available.
- Waist Measurement: 32 in
- Outseam: 44 in
- Inseam: 34 in
- Front Rise: 11 1⁄4 in
- Back Rise: 15 in
- Leg Opening: 17 in
- Product measurements were taken using size 32, inseam 34. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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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?
- Chris S - customer
- March 12, 2013
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.
- Stephen M - customer
- from United States
- January 5, 2013
OLD SCHOOL JEANS. These are the ones that you remember and have been seeking out. Order an inch up in waist size and 2-3 inches larger in the inseam. SOAK them in HOT water before wearing. I air dry them, never in the dryer. Go as long as you can between washes and they'll look great and stay dark for a LONG time. Some Levis are now being made with a lighter weight denim fabric. Not these. This is the good stuff. Zappos is an awesome way to shop. Super FAST shipping and awesome customer service too. Don't buy your Levis' somewhere else and be disappointed. GO ZAPPOS!
- Anonymous - customer
- from Philly, PA
- June 17, 2013
My husband is pretty tall (6'6") and he only wears Levis 501 Shrink to Fit. Over the years it has gotten harder and harder to find his favorite brand, and not pay through the nose for them. I was thrilled beyond belief when I discovered that my favorite place for gorgeous shoes was also the place for Levis 501 Shrink to Fit! Thank you Zappos.
I'd also recommend: Under Armour; Champion
- Corie A - customer
- from Fontana, California
- May 6, 2013
- Anonymous - customer
- March 3, 2013