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Customer Review

Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2018
I am unsure whether these are fake, factory rejects, or Levi's have modified the fit of 501s. This was my first pair of 501s I have bought in 3 years. They are normally my preferred fit but of recent found it difficult to find affordable pairs in the colours I want whenever I've been looking for new jeans. 501s and Wrangler's Arizona stretch are amongst the few decent quality trousers available amongst the trend towards heavily tapered or slim fit. Compared to most trousers 501s actually sit comfortably and give your legs enough room when walking.

As soon as I put on this pair though something felt off. Without a belt they didn't sit comfortably round my waist as I'm use to with 501. The seat of the trousers sits lower and it constantly feels like they are sliding down. The pockets are further round towards the front than normal and I noticed my knees are being restricted by the material when walking. As it's been 3 years since I bought a pair I thought it might just be initial 'stiffness' of the material. After wearing them outside though the issues became more apparent, with the material riding up into my crotch and with items in the front pockets it was much more obvious the pockets are definitely in a different position to most jeans - and all my previous pairs of 501s.

I decided to compare this new pair to a couple of older pairs I have. Whilst the cut of the older pairs are near identical, the new ones are a good 1.5 inches longer in the leg and the seams where the front and back half of the trousers are sowed together are ever so slightly closer to the front. In other words, there is less front material and more back compared to the older pairs. I am leaning towards these being factory rejects rather than fake. The fly buttons and patch on the back waist are identical to the older pairs. Also the tags looks genuine enough compared to the shoddy job you normally see with fake labels. Just wish I had decided to do the side-by-side comparison before wearing them outside. Looks like these are destined for a charity collection.
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