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501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid

Raw, rough, and as pure as jeans can be, Shrink-to-Fit™ are the real deal. Pre 1960's, this was the only way you could get your jeans. Breaking them in by wearing and not washing them is all part of the process. They truly improve with age, becoming a second skin, perfectly fitted to your body and how you move. These are for all you denim purists who want to leave a mark—every crease, tiny hole, and fray will be your very own.
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Recommended by:372 out of 43586% of reviewers
Customer reviews for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
Review 1 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

501 button flys speak for themselves

PostedOctober 8, 2014
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Kimberly6869
from:Bullhead City, AZ, USA
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Female
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
My husband has wore these 501 shrink to fit button flys since the early 80's and he refuses to wear anything else I always thought he just never wanted to evolve but honestly they are just that comfortable ..
I recommend this product!
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Review 2 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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2 / 5
2 / 5

not the same jeans, lighter, softer, less stiching.

PostedOctober 6, 2014
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Tomh7977
from:Colorado
Age: 60+
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
Have been wearing original 501 shrink to fit levis since the 1960s, this current version is not the same jeans, should not be called original 501 levis. They are lighter and softer with less stitching and completely over priced, very disappointed. Levis has traded function and quality for fashion and looks. From now on I will be buying solid well made work pants and everyday wear pants from one of your top competitors, that I'm not supposed to mention here.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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DD46
Posted October 7, 2014
I HAVE BEEN WEARING LEVI 501'S SINCE 1957 ,JUST CAN'T GET THAT FIT WITH ANY THING ELSE. LOVE THE WAY THEY FIT AFTER WASHING.
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Review 3 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

More than 50 years!

PostedOctober 5, 2014
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Johnsmith
from:Galveston, TX, USA
Age: 60+
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
Love the fit and the buttons.can't say more but they want more.
I recommend this product!
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DD46
Posted October 9, 2014
i should have added I bought my first pair with paper route money and I was hooked , have worn other 501's but prefer shrink to fit when working.
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Review 4 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Excellent quality jeans.

PostedOctober 4, 2014
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Jade11
from:Mountain Home, AR, USA
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Female
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
The quality and fit of these jeans is as good as they have always been. The value of lasting durability ,great fit and great price should make these jeans best sellers for years to come!
I recommend this product!
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Review 5 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

original fit

PostedOctober 4, 2014
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jeansman1219
from:Bethel Park, PA, USA
Age: 40 - 44
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs somewhat big
Runs Very Big
Runs somewhat big
Great pair of jeans. Color works with everything. Buy a waist size up. And when you do wash after many wears wash in cold water low spin.
I recommend this product!
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Review 6 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Bought my first pair of 501 in 1969 Scottsbluff Ne.

PostedOctober 3, 2014
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Nebraska69
from:Lucas, Texas
Age: 60+
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
You asked for it so here it is... I have about 28 pair of 501 jeans in my closet right now. I only buy shrink to fit and I like rigid... true rigid. I have all the hard to find colors because blue has been my color for years. At 64 years old I feel like I can wear any color I want.... even the sea colored green I found. I wear 34w and 36l they always shrink just as expected but I have had 45 years of getting to know your product. Different dyes can effect the denim and that's why I like "rigid". I like them tuff for as long as possible. Since I have started to freeze clean my jeans I have set up quite a system of maintaining each of my 28 pairs perfect color, fade, and softness. Do I like your jeans...... better than my last wife!!
I recommend this product!
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Review 7 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Nope

PostedSeptember 22, 2014
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Diggidy
from:SD
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs very small
Runs Very Big
Runs very small
I bought 3 pairs one at a time trying to get the right size after washing . First pair 30 waist hoping it would shrink to my 29 waist like tag says . They shrunk to 28 ... legs did exactly as said they would . So bought another pair this time 31 at the waist - they shrunk also to 28 . So bought another pair this time 32 - they shrunk down to 30 so they are a bit loose which i could live with - but the legs are sloppy and the side seam twists around on one leg clear to the inside of the foot . So no - i will stick to the preshrunk ones and did like the tag said ... i donated them because im finished these .
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Jimmy123
Posted October 5, 2014
It is unfortunate that levi has changed over the years. i depended on levi for my work jeans the 514 regular fit. Thay are lose fiting, the seems don't line up and they fit like a relax fit. i am hoping that some one in corpret will bring back the original levies that made them famis for the WORKING CLASS.
Plaese dont e mail me with adds. this customer is moving on.
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Review 8 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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3 / 5
3 / 5

Confused

PostedSeptember 18, 2014
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damon216
from:Cleveland Ohio
Age: 40 - 44
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
Bought a pair of Rigid 501's at a local retailer and JUST noticed that seams are single stitched on the inside of the leg... not double as in the images.
Also the right leg has a twist so that the outer seam turns toward the front.
Is anyone else experiencing this?
I recommend this product!
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JWildman
Posted October 2, 2014
I am also seeing a right leg twist. I've worn mine for two months now without washing/soaking and the twist started after the first month. Twist is caused by the way the denim is woven. There is an article about it at RawrDenim if you want the details. I also have some nice looking honey combs behind the knee and some minor knee pockets. I also bought the black model and have not observed any fading whatsoever. I'm planning on waiting 6 months until soaking. If there isn't any fading in the next two months, I'll buy the rigid.
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Review 9 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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4 / 5
4 / 5

501s -- Wouldn't wear any other jean but...

PostedSeptember 5, 2014
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PDJR
from:SOuth Bend, IN
Age: 55 - 59
Gender: Male
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Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
I've worn shrink-to-fit 501s for over 30 years. I stopped buying them around 2003 when the yoke design on the back pocket changed dramatically and looked ridiculous to me. But, and this is the good news, within the past couple of years Levis has returned to the more traditional design on the back pocket and I'm again buying 501s. I used to be able to find 34 or 35 waist and 40 length jeans (to wear with boots), but, for some reason I can't figure out, Levis hasn't made available 40 length shrink-to-fit in either 34 or 35 wait sizes. 40 length is available with 36 waist, but that's too big for me. What's the deal? Previously, if I couldn't find 40 length or the store was out of them, I'd by 501 pre-shrunk jeans in 36 length which worked just as well, but now Levis doesn't make 36 length available for 35 waist. Again, what's the deal?
I recommend this product!
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AnneMar
Posted October 15, 2014
My boyfriend regularly wears 34W x 38L....what size do you think I should buy him if I'm trying to get the shrink to fit??
If you can suggest another place to buy jeans this long I would appreciate it.
I have tried big and tall stores but when the length goes up so does the waist..
Thanks!!
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Missmy501s
Posted September 18, 2014
33x40 shrink to fit just fits better than 32x36 preshrunk by far. I still have a couple pair left from 15 years ago. I try not to wear them too often so they'll last, maybe till Levi's starts producing them again…
When I put them on, to feels like I'm putting on MY pants, the ones that just fit right, you know?
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dogcatcher
Posted September 15, 2014
Bring back the 38" and 40" lengths in the smaller waist sizes! I see that I am not the only one asking for this, your jeans are too short now.
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Iffling57
Posted September 11, 2014
i've been wearing shrink to fit since the 7th grade. (took that long to fit into them) we use to break 'em in, wearing 'em into a super hot bathtub..let 'em dry ON YOU! actually, i'm 57 and still bream 'em in that way.. i graduated from HS in '75 and still wear 32 38...here's the rub folks...ya use to be able to get 32 40...who wants high waters? plus the denum isn't as thick...doesn't matter though...
i'll wear 501's til i die...
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Review 10 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Thin material

PostedAugust 30, 2014
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Duffy
from:Oregon
Age: 50 - 54
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
I used to wear 501's all the time. Years passed and just bought a new pair. Surprised at how thin the denim is. I can see light through them. LEVIS- Please return to heavy duty hard working pants and make them in USA not over seas. I'm now looking to buy American made sturdy pants.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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puffie
Posted September 14, 2014
12.5 ounces had been typical of Levi's 501's for a long time. During the 60's and 70's they used 12 ounce denim.
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adornments
Posted September 6, 2014
what happened to the signature series blue jeans?? I really hate those stretchy light weight thin skinny jeans. U guys used to have quality jeans. I guess you think going with the trend is good. But what about us old school people whom got us used to the best we are still out there and hate these skinny strechy things u call blue jeans. theyre merely just another pair of pants not jeans!! We want our blue jeans back. all who agree write in. until then I'll be looking at another brand.
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Review 11 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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2 / 5
2 / 5

Quality has gone down...down...down...so...soooooo sad!!!

PostedAugust 30, 2014
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SAD501owner
from:Minnesota
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Female
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
Oh Levi's!!! I've worn Levi's my whole life and really don't want to find a new brand! I can't afford to replace poorly manufactured jeans for myself and family every six months!! Please bring back your quality denim from the 50's-80's!! STF jeans are the best jeans ever when the quality is strong! SHORT strand cotton= thin denim. Please go back to your 14oz fabric! I've been completely loyal for 40+ years...heck, my dad even sold Levi's as a sales rep in the 70's!! My fingers are crossed, but my brain is not hopeful that anything will be done. Brand loyalty should still mean something to manufacturers!
No, I do not recommend this product.
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adornments
Posted September 8, 2014
Sad 501 Owner - Amen, We want our heavy 99% cotton blue jeans back!! All who agree. SAY SO AND LET THEM KNOW !!!!!!
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Review 12 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

I don't buy anything else

PostedAugust 14, 2014
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Losman
from:California, USA
Age: 40 - 44
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
I, like most people grew up wearing Levi's jeans. I have never had a pair of jeans that did not like or was dissatifiedwith. I wore them when I did laborer work and my jeans out lasted eveyone else's. Even now I will go years between jeans because the hold up and live up to the name and quality. That may be the only draw back I have ever had with Levi's Jeans is that they do last and I don't need to buy new pair very often. Stay with 501 shrink to fit and you may never have to buy another pair of jeans. I have four pair in three colors and they still look like new. God knows I live in them.
I recommend this product!
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Review 13 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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3 / 5
3 / 5

new 501's

PostedJuly 7, 2014
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DonaldHSmith
from:Capitan, NM 88316, USA
Age: 55 - 59
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs small
Runs Very Big
Runs small
My biggest complaint about my new 501's is how much they shrink. I've washed them in cold water and hung dried them but they shrank like they were washed in hot water and dried. My second complaint is lack of sizes for us skinny long legged folks. I've worn various waste sizes over the years ranging from a 32 waist to a 35 waist but I've bought a the same 40 length since I was 16(I've worn 501's even longer). I'm now 56 and can only get a 38 length which are 2 inches to short. By the time the jean has faded to a nice light blue they will be 4 inches to short. Not good. The last pair I bought in a 34 inch waist was to big so I bought a 33 which are a bit to tight. Go figure. Overall the pants fit and feel good. Please bring back the 40 inch length. Especially since yall have gone to the less or no water deal. It will be impossible to wear them with boots. I hate pants that are to short. It's ridiculous to expect us to wear our jeans without washing them so the size stays true. Some people work for a living and have to wash their clothes regularly. 501's use to be a working man's jean not a fashion statement. Return to those days.
I recommend this product!
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AnneMar
Posted October 15, 2014
Hi,
My bf is really tall and skinny and I can't find anywhere that carries jeans long enough to fit him and this shrink to fit jeans sounds like it would never be big enough for him and he likes to wash his jeans like you said. If there is any place you can recommend Please let me know!
Thanks =)
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Chloe501
Posted July 30, 2014
I've been wearing Levi's 501's for 60 years. I used to wear them exclusively. For some years now they are not suitable for work as they no longer wear well. Perhaps you'd consider returning to the quality product you once produced. As we share a common name I'd appreciate a higher quality product.
My surname is Levi.
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screamer
Posted July 27, 2014
I agree totally with needing 40 " inseam for smaller waist sizes (down to 28 " waist at a minimum).
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Review 14 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Poor quality

PostedJuly 2, 2014
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Mac206
from:Seattle
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs big
Runs Very Big
Runs big
I guess my first post was too honest and was pulled. Poor quality and construction. Should have read the reviews before I bought new 501's and would have chosen another Brand. Thinner material with less stitching and hems than the pairs from a few years ago. You want to stay in business??? You may want to read some of these reviews and take them to heart. I will not be purchasing another pair for me or my family.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Review 15 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Iconic

PostedJuly 2, 2014
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Lexxccc
from:North Carolina
Age: 25 - 29
Gender: Male
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Runs Very Small
Runs somewhat small
Runs Very Big
Runs somewhat small
Absolutely the most American jeans you can purchase. The way all jeans should be.
I recommend this product!
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Review 16 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

The classic.The best.

PostedJune 26, 2014
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Dany61
from:Buenos Aires, Argentina
Age: 50 - 54
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs very big
Runs Very Big
Runs very big
If I need a great jean,I buy a 501.It´s an excellent product that is possible to get all over the world.
I recommend this product!
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Review 17 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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1 / 5
1 / 5

slipping quality

PostedApril 6, 2014
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joeshmo77
Age: 35 - 39
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
these jeans are getting bad. material is thinner/lighter than a year ago. they took away the double stitch inseam. cheap. wont buy again. done with levis. bye.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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Levilandlord
Posted June 25, 2014
If Levis want to start to sell jeans again.I suggest they go back to making the original shrink to fit with the heavy weight core mill denim.
I brought my first pair in UK back in late 60,s 502.0117 zip fly.
then by 70,s into 501.0117 button fly. Never really liked the pre washed Levis that came next never fitted as well as STF,s.
When I saw they were making SFT,s again I brought a pair.
Biggest disappointment ever. The denim is thin and don't shrink like the original Denim.
LEVIS IF YOU WANT TO TAKE THE JEANS MARKET BACK GO BACK TO BASICS. MAKE LEVIS THAT ARE WANTED.Forget fashion statements.
Produce your Quality Originals and you will take back your market place As Number one in jeans world.
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Dan501
Posted April 25, 2014
This is why I came here...to find out if what I just found in a new pair of 501 Levis is the ' norm' . Evidently, it is. No double-stiched inseam...not good. Material is thinner AND a few loose ends here and there. Shoddy workmanship that was not a trademark of Levi's previously.
I may be shopping for sturdier jeans elsewhere. Sad. I've worn Levi's for 40 years or more.
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Review 18 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

Awesome Jeans

PostedApril 4, 2014
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Licoricekid
from:California
Age: 50 - 54
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs somewhat small
Runs Very Big
Runs somewhat small
Levis are the best jeans ever made.
My Family loves Levis .
They are only jeans my family buys.
Thank You Levis.
Please bring Levis back to America so they fit like they use to fit.
God Bless
I recommend this product!
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Review 19 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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4 / 5
4 / 5

Great jeans

PostedApril 1, 2014
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from:Pittsburgh, PA
Age: 25 - 29
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs somewhat small
Runs Very Big
Runs somewhat small
Super comfortable jeans that are very durable. The color is fantastic and fit like a dream. I definitely recommend these.
I recommend this product!
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Review 20 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

The All-Time Best

PostedMarch 3, 2014
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Chet56
from:Buena Vista, CO 81211, USA
Age: 55 - 59
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
I got my first 501 STFs many years ago when I graduated from kids jeans to big boy jeans and I've worn them ever since. There have been changes over these many years and I've had other jeans and several different cuts of Levi's but 501 STFs are still my all-time favorite. If I had to choose one jean to wear to the exclusion of all others, I would choose 501 STFs. They are the original and authentic blue jean.
I recommend this product!
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Michael4411
Posted May 30, 2014
Yah, cause that is what I want.... jeans that only fit if you wear them wet. I have worn 33x36 for 25 years. Now, these shrink so badly that 34x38 are short and choking the life out of me. Shoddy workmanship, shoddy product.
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Posted May 2, 2014
When I say 501 STFs run true to size, I mean if you follow the sizing guidance on the pocket card, in-store displays, and levi.com and wash them as suggested - cold water, drip dry until slightly damp, then wear them until dry - they will shrink to a nice, conforming fit.
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ChicagoCurious
Posted May 2, 2014
I'm confused as to the sizing. If they are truly shrink-to-fit 501's, how can they run true to size?
Thank you!
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