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on September 4, 2012
I have to agree with many of the other low reviews, Levi's are just not the same anymore. I have been wearing them for over 25 years and never found a brand that could compare in quality, that was until the last 2 pairs I just bought. The material is about half as thick, the seams are cheaply sewn, the tag is poorly printed, and so on. A pair usually lasts me about a year or so until the holes are too large. I doubt these will last 3 months, much less two horses pulling them in half. So long Levi, for now.
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on January 27, 2007
Be very careful when you order Levi Strauss products. If you are expecting the same quality that you grew up with, you may be in for an unpleasant surprise. I just received 3 pair of 550's that I could immediately tell were different from the 550's I have in my closet. I wear 550's every day for construction work so I can tell the difference. The cloth is lighter weight, they are cut differently, and after one wash they began to fray/degrade. I compared my NEW 550's to several pair that are 5+ years old, and the new ones look more worse! (The old pair have been through the same washer dozens of times). I wish I could post photos here so you could see for yourself. Store your old Levi's because it looks like they aren't makin' em like they used to!!!
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on September 24, 2008
I never thought I'd look for another jeans manufacturer, but the last two pair of Levis left me unable to draw any conclusion other than that the company has allowed its standards to fall drastically in the last five years. I put up with seams that gave way and sewed them back; with pockets that couldn't hold a set of keys without ripping; with button seams that frayed. But on each of the last two pair I purchased, the belt loops popped off at the slightest pull. And Levis have reduced the number of loops from 7 to 5. It's too bad. They always used great material that feels great after a break-in period. But at $30-$50 a pop, they're no longer worth it. The break-in period becomes a broke period. So long Levis.
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on February 23, 2009
Belt loop came loose second time worn. Will have to send to have repaired. Must be factory seconds.
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on April 12, 2009
The last FOUR pair of Levi 550 relaxed fit jeans I have purchased have had the second belt loop on the left pop off where it is anchored at the bottom. It just pulls out and leaves a hole in the fabric. No, I do not pull up my jeans up by the belt loop and no, I do not yank out the belt when removing it. You would think that I would have learned my lesson sooner. The quality of this product has declined terribly in the last few years, probably due to someone's brilliant idea of cutting costs. Well, no more overpriced Levis for me. I am done paying top dollar for junk!
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on April 26, 2010
I recently received my order for two pair of Levi's Men's 550 Relaxed Fit Jean, Dark Stonewash, 36x34 from Amazon. I tried one pair on and noticed that they were too tight. The second pair was even smaller. I took both pair to a local retailer that sells Levi's jeans and compared them to the size 36x34 the retailer carried. One pair of the jeans I ordered from Amazon was two inches smaller in the waist and the other pair was FOUR inches smaller in the waist. Since the jeans were Levi's, the retailer offered to swap out the jeans for the CORRECT size. He said he would take care of returning the wrong-sized jeans to the Levi's company. The jeans from Amazon were made in Egypt and the jeans at the local retailer were made in Mexico. I won't be ordering any more jeans from Amazon after this experience. Apparently, the Egyptian factory has some quality assurance and sizing issues.
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on January 7, 2011
Levi's needs to get their act together. I have 10 pair of Levi 550's bought over the past two years. 3 pair made in Egypt 1 from El Salvador 1 from Dominican Republic, Madagascar, Mexico, Bangladesh, one that says "made in Haiti finished in Dominican Republic". And get this one!! Lesotho!!??? Where the hell is Lesotho? Is that next to Petoria?(Family Guy fans)

I usually buy 2 pair at a time from Sears or Levi's Store only. They're all the same size and model number and 1st quality only, yet NONE are the same! Every single pair a cut different. Some are tight, some are shorter than others, label and tag variations. I always get the middle shade of blue, yet there's no consistency in color either. Even in the same store there might be three different countries of origin on the same shelf. But worst of all, the grade of denim is thin garbage compared to years past when they were still made in good 'ol China.

Well, I continued buying them because I had no idea what else to get. 34x36 is almost impossible to find other than Levi. Plus I'm not into styles or fads, I like the basics. WELL NOW THERE"S AN ALTERNATIVE. Costco's Kirkland brand relaxed fit jeans. Their 34 length is equivalent to Levi's 36. There cut really nice, and their made of the old style thick denim. They actually feel like old style Levi's from 10 or 15 years ago. Best of all they only cost $12.99 you can buy 3 pairs for what one pair of overpriced Levi's cost.
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on February 15, 2009
I bought 3 pairs of Levi's 550 jeans, all the same size and each one had a different fit. They are all badly cut. These must be irregulars or blems.
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on July 22, 2007
Overall, I've been getting more and more disgusted when I purchase jeans. I mean, I'm not a teenager so I am simply not interested in torn up, faded jeans that cost as much as a car payment. I also have seen the trend towards really thin fabrics, like jeans are just for looks, and durability is no longer something that is high on the list of desirable qualities. The Levis brand is one that I feel like I can always come back to and have a decent sense of what I'll get. I will say that the fabrics have gotten thinner over the years, but are still generally thicker and better manufactured than the other jeans I have tried. I have ordered two pairs of the 550s (Med stonewash) and have been pleased with the color. We have a relaxed dress environment at work and I can wear them without looking like I'm trying to emulate the style of a 15 year old.
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on January 28, 2012
I remember when Levi's were "almost bulletproof" I could buy a pair, they would fit well and last for years. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. I purchased these back in March of 2011 and the first thing I noticed is that there are fewer belt loops and they don't fit like they used to. If you are a slob who wears his jeans hanging halfway down is rear end these jeans are for you! If you are going to work or play in these jeans and and give them any kind of wear and tear at all, find another brand. Plain and simple, these aren't the Levi's we all grew up with. They are not made in San Francisco, the design and fabric used is inferior. and I cannot get even a year out of a pair anymore. Levi's used to be known for quality, durability and shrink to fit comfort. These newer ones though not tight are coming loose in the seams and popping belt loops too which is a problem caused by poorer reinforcement of the stress points on the belt loops and the seams and the fact that fewer belt loops need to handle greater stress from the belt and normal movement. I do believe I have purchased my last pair of Levi's and will be buying Carhartt and other brands instead!!! It's truly a Shame!!
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