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

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  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Please click here for the new Levi's® 501 promo video!
  • 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:

    Take Care:

    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.

    Preserve

    1. Wash infrequently and inside out.
    2. Add one cup of white vinegar.
    3. Line dry when possible.

    Please note:
  • Please order larger, in both waist and inseam, appropriately:

    Waist

    27"-36" - 1" larger
    38"-48" - 2" larger
    50"+ - 3" larger

    Inseam

    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.
  • Imported.
  • For those with larger frames, Extended Sizes sizes are also available.
  • Measurements:
    • Waist Measurement: 32 in
    • Outseam: 41 in
    • Inseam: 34 in
    • Front Rise: 11 14 in
    • Back Rise: 15 in
    • Leg Opening: 16 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 31, inseam 34. Please note that measurements may vary by size.

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Item Information

  • Video Description View the Video Description for this product! (Please note that the color shown in the video may no longer be available.)
  • Please click here for the new Levi's® 501 promo video!
  • 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:

    Take Care:

    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.

    Preserve

    1. Wash infrequently and inside out.
    2. Add one cup of white vinegar.
    3. Line dry when possible.

    Please note:
  • Please order larger, in both waist and inseam, appropriately:

    Waist

    27"-36" - 1" larger
    38"-48" - 2" larger
    50"+ - 3" larger

    Inseam

    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.
  • Imported.
  • For those with larger frames, Extended Sizes sizes are also available.
  • Measurements:
    • Waist Measurement: 32 in
    • Outseam: 41 in
    • Inseam: 34 in
    • Front Rise: 11 14 in
    • Back Rise: 15 in
    • Leg Opening: 16 in
  • Product measurements were taken using size 31, inseam 34. Please note that measurements may vary by size.
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Levi's® Mens 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit Jeans

Average rating is 5 out of 5 from a total of 61 reviews.

Top Positive Review

6 people found this review helpful.

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I've been wearing this jeans for over 30 years. I don't bother going through any special shrinking method. I just throw it in hot wash immediately after purchase (before wearing) and dry in hot dryer. While I'm at it I usually wash the new ones with the old ones for several laundry cycle so any color bleeding would just transfer to other 501s. it takes a few wash/dry cycles to completely shrink it, but once it's shrunk it fits me perfectly. I suppose since I don't take care to do any careful shrinking as recommended I do get some wrinkles along the seams sometimes and excess color rubbing off at such wrinkles, but that's the charm of this type of jeans anyway. after wash/dry they always go on a bit snug, but stretch out just enough to be comfortable. I'm female (yes. I fit in man's 501 better than woman's) and for pre-shrunk size, i wear 28-30. but for shrink-to-fit, I buy 28-32 as it shrinks in the inseams much more than the width. Once you figure out the right size to get the post-shrunk size, buying it just based on size has never failed me.

Read more » « Show less January 16, 2012 by Anonymous
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Top Critical Review

1 person found this review helpful.

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I purchased these jeans for my 17 year old son for work. They are so stiff, not a soft type of jean. I had to return these.

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I've been wearing this jeans for over 30 years. I don't bother going through any special shrinking method. I just throw it in hot wash immediately after purchase (before wearing) and dry in hot dryer. While I'm at it I usually wash the new ones with the old ones for several laundry cycle so any color bleeding would just transfer to other 501s. it takes a few wash/dry cycles to completely shrink it, but once it's shrunk it fits me perfectly. I suppose since I don't take care to do any careful shrinking as recommended I do get some wrinkles along the seams sometimes and excess color rubbing off at such wrinkles, but that's the charm of this type of jeans anyway. after wash/dry they always go on a bit snug, but stretch out just enough to be comfortable. I'm female (yes. I fit in man's 501 better than woman's) and for pre-shrunk size, i wear 28-30. but for shrink-to-fit, I buy 28-32 as it shrinks in the inseams much more than the width. Once you figure out the right size to get the post-shrunk size, buying it just based on size has never failed me.

  • from California
5 people found this review helpful
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I bought four pairs (I lost some weight and my old jeans would not stay up!), all shrink to fit, sand, grey, black and original blue. Other than the fact that our washer uses almost no water and spins them dry, so after a stint in the dryer they came out wrinkled. But a couple more washes and they were just like the jeans I remember from college! The fit is great and my wife likes the way they hug my back side.

  • from Discovery Bay, CA
4 people found this review helpful
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There are a couple different ways you can approach making these jeans your own. If you want to keep the dark color and customize the fading, then buy 1 size larger in the waist and 2 to 3 in the length; soak in hot water and hang to dry a couple times to shrink; wear as long as possible without washing, then soak and hang dry. It will take some time to soften. If you want wash and wear: for a close fit buy 1 up in waist and 2 to 3 in length; for a slightly relaxed fit go up 2 in the waist. They'll still conform to you, but may take a bit longer. I live in Alaska and hang drying takes forever in the winter. I keep a couple going in each fit. I wash everything in cold and dry on medium (perm press) at the warmest. I've been wearing Levi's 501 for more than 35 years and am hooked on the buttom fly. Started buying the prewashed, but Levi's changed the fit a few years ago and the STF seem better. I'm female and these fit better and last longer than women's jeans. I HATE stretch denim.

  • from Alaska
4 people found this review helpful
Overall: Rated: 5 stars! Comfort: Rated:5 stars! Style: Rated:5 stars!
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Order your natural waist size, and about 4 inches longer in the inseam. Cuff those legs. Wear 'em dry. And when you just can't stand it any longer, give 'em a lukewarm soak in Woolite Dark for 20 minutes. Don't wash them too often after that. You want those paint and grease stains to get set, and for those really high contrast fades to come into their own. All good things with time.

I'd also recommend: Red Wing

  • from MA
4 people found this review helpful
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Got here fast, looks nothing like the picture, it's ten times better! Great product, will buy more pairs from here.

  • from Davenport, FL
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