Levi's 501 Original jeans for men


Levi's Bootcut jeans for women

Jeans is the best known product group of the brand Levi's. They are available for men and women and offered in different styles, colors and washings. Best known is Levi's 501 which has been offered from the 1890s until now.


Jeans are a special type of trousers that are made from denim. Due to their special importance, Levi's has an own product group for jeans, while other types of trousers are included in the product group "trousers" (British English) or "pants" (American English).

Jeans do not only differ from other trousers in the material used, but also in the style. The most important difference in the construction of jeans is the yoke, consisting of two tapered pieces of fabric inserted at the top of the back of the jeans. It allows the fit to be tighter at the waist than at the hips, without using pleats or darts. Further, jeans have patch back pockets, and the front pockets generally have a more horizontal pocket mouth as common with trousers. The edges of the front pockets are provided with rivets.

Jeans generally extend from the waist to the ankles and have long trouser legs covering the entire legs of the human body. However, jeans are also available as "shorts" with trouser legs ending above or shortly below the knee. Trousers that have the construction of jeans but are made from different materials than jeans, for example jean cut chino or corduroy trousers, are included in the product group trousers.

Jeans by Levi's have some specific features by which they can be distinguished from jeans of other brands. Among them are:

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  • the back patch with the two-horse-pull logo
  • the back pocket with the arcuate "bat-wing" stitching
  • for some styles the 5th pocket (watch or coin pocket) with two rivets above the right front pocket
  • the tab on the left side of the right back pocket in red or another color, depending on the collection, and with a vertical "LeVI'S" lettering, mostly with a lower case letter "e", sometimes with upper case letter "E", or only with the ® symbol
  • the waist button (and possibly the fly buttons) with "Levi Strauss & Co - SF CAL" embossing
  • the pocket rivets with "L. S. & Co - S. F." embossing

By abrasion during use, the white core of the weft threads of the denim appears under the dyed surface so that the color of the fabric fades. This gives used denim jeans a unique look. Especially, the surface abrasion achieves the following effects:

Inner-thigh-and-knee-fade Thigh fades faded areas at the thighs and knees due to abrasion
Wallet-fade Wallet fades faded areas or outlines at rear or front pockets caused by carrying wallets, cellphones or the like therein
Whiskers Whiskers crinkled and faded horizontal streaks at the crotch area of the jeans formed by the bending of the hip when sitting
Honeycombs Honeycombs crinkled and faded honeycomb-shaped lines behind the knee area of the jeans formed by the bending of the knee
Stacks Stacks crinkled and faded lines around the ankle and up to the calf area formed when the legs of the jeans stack on top of the shoe
Train-tracks Train tracks faded tracks on the outseams of the denim caused by the selvage.

Such a used used look, including the special effects, may also be achieved by different washings durcing the production, from a simple stone-wash process up to an extensive treatment.


Jeans are available in different styles that mainly are characterized by differnt fits and rises


The main fits for Levi's jeans are:

for men
←   tighter       —       looser   →
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 01-Skinny
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 02-Slim
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 03-Taper
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 04-Athletic
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 05-Straight
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 06-Bootcut
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 07-Relaxed
050217 Levis FitGuide Mens front 08-Big&Tall
Big & Tall
for women
←   tighter       —       looser   →
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 01-Super Skinny
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 02-Skinny
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 03-Slim
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 04-Straight
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 05-Boyfriend
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 06-Bootcut
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 07-Flare
050217 Levis FitGuide Womens front 08-Plus

There are also combinations of these types, for example jeans that are slim or relaxed at seat and thigh, but have tapered or boot cut legs.


Available rises for Levi's jeans are

  • High: The jeans sits above the waist
  • Mid: The jeans sits at the waist
  • Low: The jeans sits below the waist

Present styles

The following jeans styles are currently available:

for men
style fit rise fly remarks
501 Original straight mid button original style of Levi's jeans, bears the number 501 since 1890, regular fit with straight leg
501 Shrink-to-Fit straight mid button as 501, but made from an unshrunk denim
501 CT straight mid button as 501, but has a tapered leg with a 13 ¾" leg opening
501 Skinny skinny The original jean, now with a skinny leg.
502 Regular Taper
504 Regular Straight straight zip
505 Straight straight zip
505C Slim
506 Regular
508 Regular Taper
510 Skinny skinny low zip
511 Slim slim zip
512 Skinny Taper
513 Slim Straight slim
514 Slim Straight straight
517 Boot Cut bootcut
519 Extreme Skinny skinny low button
520 Extreme Taper
522 Slim Taper slim
527 Slim Boot Cut bootcut
541 Athletic straight
550 Relaxed relaxed
559 Relaxed Straight relaxed
560 Comfort Fit relaxed
569 Loose Straight relaxed
751 Classic Straight
for women
style fit rise fly remarks

Former styles

The following Levi's jeans styles are no longer available:

for men for women
  • 507
  • 512
  • 551
  • 568
  • 615
  • 779
  • 901
  • 902
  • 907
  • 921


For most of the styles of Levi's jeans, the mainly used color is blue in different washings (blue jeans). Generally, Levi's jeans are also available in black. Depending on the current collections, other colers are offered, too, for example grey, white, khaki, brown, red or green.


Next to the color, the visual appearance of a jeans is mainly determined by the washing. Washing not only influences the overall shade of the jeans, but also may cause special efects to make the jeans look mor or leass worn, for examples bleached parts at the thigh, whiskers at frontal top side of the jeans or honeycombs at the back of the knees.

Washings are generally divided into three groups:

  • dark
  • medium
  • light

Special washings include:

  • rigid: raw unwashed denim
  • rinse, in Europe also called "one wash": a single rinsing process to remove excess color
  • stonewash: washing with stones physically removes surface color

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