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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:376 out of 44385% 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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2 / 5
2 / 5

So much for keeping it true to the "Original"

PostedDecember 4, 2014
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DCmoonshine
from:Inland Empire, Ca
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Male
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Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
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I have been buying and wearing Levi's 501 shrink to fit jeans since 1981. I usually buy them in batches of 4-6 pairs at a time, So I only have buy new jeans every 2-3 years. The last bunch I bought were great. I just bought a batch of 4 pairs and I am not sure that I will buy Levi's again. The quality seems to have gone down on the construction of the jeans. My guess is to make it cheaper for Levi's to manufacture them. They are already not made in the USA, but now cutting corners on the way they are made is disappointing to say the least. They do shrink the same but the way they come out of the wash is terrible. All wrinkled and creased that leave fade lines in the fabric that will never fade into the jeans. The double reinforced inseam is now a cheaper single seam that just doesn't even look good. The leg hem is smaller and isn't what it used to look like.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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PSguy
Posted December 12, 2014
I bought a pair of shrink-to-fit 501 jeans, true size waist, 2"longer. I wore them without washing the first 2 months, then rinsed them with a garden hose and wore them until dry. PERFECT fit! Do not put them in a washer or dryer, they will come out wrinkled and color will be just a mess. If you have done that, you might be able to make them look better by wearing them wet, let them dry while wearing them ( Weather in Palm Springs is perfect for that ), the use sandpaper to even out the color.
I agree on the quality going down !
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Review 2 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

love these jeans!

PostedNovember 24, 2014
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randi
from:Oregon, USA
Age: 60+
Gender: Female
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
these jeans are not as heavy as the old 501 shrink to fit that I used to get for my husband, but they are heavier than anything else out there and the construction is still very solid. I am very pleased and so is my husband as nothing fits like Levi 501's!!!
I recommend this product!
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Review 3 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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1 / 5
1 / 5

Stripes? Really?

PostedNovember 24, 2014
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Nitro
from:Atascadero, CA, USA
Age: 60+
Gender: Male
Fit:
Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
I have purchased Levi 501's STF from several retailers over a period of 50+ years and lately have been disappointed each time. The price keeps going up, and the quality keeps going down. Every pair that I have bought have been cared for as directed. They have stripes and ridges going every which way. No amount of anything gets the stripes to go away and the ridges to be less visible.
No, I do not recommend this product.
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john64
Posted November 28, 2014
Now Im afraid to buy these, rather than find some in a store to check them first, the last few pairs I bought several years back were great, I got the my usual length but 1" larger waist, put them in a stream for a few hours put them on wet and wore them til they dried, no problem. But after hearing about the thinner material not to mention the price up quality down issue, Im not sure I want to bother replacing my old ones. I will look for a local retailer here in Rochester, NY before placing an order.
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Review 4 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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1 / 5
1 / 5

material is thin and cheap

PostedNovember 24, 2014
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JennieG1
from:Auburn Indiana
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Female
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Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
Washed jeans and followed instructions. Came out of washer so wrinkled that I hung one pair to line dry. The two that went into dryer(according to directions) came out horridly wrinkled. I have bought these jeans for my hubby for many many years and never been so disgusted! I do not iron jeans, but these need hours of ironing! The line dried jeans had fewer wrinkles but not what I have come to expect! Terrible product, thin flimsy! Described as rough rugged, more like thin and wrinkly!
No, I do not 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

Great jeans

PostedNovember 24, 2014
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Trickycopter
from:Tulsa Ok
Age: 50 - 54
Gender: Male
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Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
when buying shrink to fit I get 1 size bigger in the waist and 2 in the length works great for the way I like to wear my 501.s the most comfortable jean I have ever put on.
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

Real blue jeans

PostedNovember 17, 2014
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WYRocks
from:Wyoming, USA
Age: 60+
Gender: Female
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Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
Love the denim in these jeans. AND, actually got the correct size ordered for the perfect fit--went with 1" larger in waist & 4" longer in inseam. Washed in hot water once & hung to dry. Dampened waist & butt area & wore to dry. Perfect fit. A little sandpaper to help whiskers along.Been wearing ever since. EXCELLENT!!! Go for it!!!
I recommend this product!
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Review 7 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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5 / 5
5 / 5

look good, feel great

PostedNovember 5, 2014
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William1967
from:Eagle Point, OR 97524, USA
Age: 45 - 49
Gender: Male
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Runs Very Small
Runs true to size
Runs Very Big
Runs true to size
I really enjoy getting the discounts on the sturdy Levis jeans.
I recommend this product!
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Review 8 for 501® Original Shrink-to-Fit™ Jeans - Rigid
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1 / 5
1 / 5

these are not jeans

PostedOctober 31, 2014
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ONI352
from:San Francisco, CA, USA
Age: 25 - 29
Gender: Male
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Runs Very Small
Runs small
Runs Very Big
Runs small
I wear levi's because they are bullet proof, they are sturdy, they feel sturdy.
these feel like a pair of paper thin pair of slacks, these are NOT jeans.
I washed them after getting them and they shrank way too much. Will be inquiring about getting my money back as soon as i submit this review.
No, I do not recommend this product.
 
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Review 9 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
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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 10 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
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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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Gyrene
Posted December 11, 2014
Couldn't agreemore with all the negative one and two star comments. I have been wearing the 501 STF/BF since the mid-50s, the same size I might add. So Levi where is your feedback to us and what are you going to do about the lack of former quality?
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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 11 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
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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 12 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
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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 13 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
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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 14 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
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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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Blue50
Posted November 30, 2014
I've ordered almost a half dozen of the Levi's 501 STF a few years back & have been very satisfied with the way they look, fit, & feel. I have both the blue & black STF denim, & the both look fantastic. I started wearing 501's almost 15 years ago, and many of them I found were from re-cycled jeans & thrift shops. They're now my favorite ( vintage ) 501's , which is why I ordered more 501's. And the ones I now have will also take on a weather character over time and become part of my dozens of pairs of Levi's, while some of them are now one time/one of a kind Levi's. I love my 501 STF because these are the (only) jeans that can adapt to my body's proportion, & that's why these are my favorite jeans.
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Review 15 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
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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 16 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
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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 17 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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screamer
Posted November 27, 2014
Only wear 501 STF. I agree Levi needs to add 40" inseam to all smaller waist sizes. Buy your regular waist size, but add 4 " to the length. I now buy my Levis on Ebay to find the old 40" inseams.
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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 18 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
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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 19 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
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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 20 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
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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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