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Levi 505's not the real 505's any more. DON'T BUY!!!,
This review is from: Levi's Men's 505 Regular Fit Jean (Apparel)
I've been wearing Levi 505's exclusively since the early 70's. They fit me perfect. I could just walk into a store and pick up my size and buy without trying them on. Best jeans around.
Well not any more! Without any notice they have changed the "Regular fit" 505's to "Straight fit" jeans which means they are no longer 505's at all. The waist is larger, the crotch is higher and you must now wear them down on your hips as kid do with their jeans. These are no longer meant for adults or anyone who wants pants that fit properly. I also don't like 550 relaxed jeans as they are too baggy.
I'll be looking for a different brand and returning the two pair I just bought. Hopefully Levi will lose enough faithful customers to make them rethink this rude abandonment of loyal customers.
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Initial post: Apr 29, 2011 5:31:41 AM PDT
J. Offenbach says:
Thanks so much for your thorough review!! I'm shopping for a friend who has been "married" to Levi 505 Regular fit jeans for decades and the pair he bought at a warehouse store didn't fit. I said I'd purchase a couple pairs for him from Amazon but since you've described exactly the same experience he had with the pair he'd bought and returned, he will make a trip to a department store to try these out for himself. As I was reading him some of the reviews aloud, his first comment was, "Perhaps our bodies have changed and not the jeans," but that doesn't seem to be the main problem with these Levi jeans.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 8, 2011 9:48:09 PM PDT
"Handyman" Jack says:
I hear ya. When (and if) I find some 505s at the store that are the old "regular fits" and my size, you can be sure that I'm gonna stockpile them into my wardrobe! I can't believe that Levi's would make such a fundamental change. Perhaps they should've made a new "model" and left the 505s alone. But that would make too much sense...
In reply to an earlier post on Feb 20, 2012 10:58:07 AM PST
LOVE ALL says:
I thought I was alone about this problem, I had noticed too. I can not find the jeans I use to. I wear 505 regular fit I couldn't find my size in the last two years, now, I understand.
Iam bummed too. BRING BACK 505 regular fit Made In United States.
This reminds me the new coke, remember? Coca cola finally went back to original recepie. We want the Levi's do the same....
Posted on Mar 20, 2012 3:05:02 PM PDT
Thanks - Exactly - But, too late maybe. I just purchased two pair of 505 Straight Fit from Sears - after wasting 15 minutes sorting through all the weird variations of numbers and names - because it was the closest thing to 505 Regular Fit (that I've been wearing exclusively even longer than you). Unfortunately, my habit is to pitch them in the wash first thing before trying them on- I know my waist and length relative to Levi sizing and have for over 40 years. Now I'm stuck with $80. worth of unwearable jeans for the high crotch hip-hugger cut How could Levi marketers be so stupid as to keep the same 505 number while changing the style dramatically and just changing name from "regular" to "straight" . They've lost a life-long steady customer and from what I'm reading here, I'm not alone. They should have taken a lesson from the "Classic Coke" debacle, but it seems that every generation, riding on the accomplishments of previous ones, thinks they are smarter than the last until they trigger a disaster and have to learn by the most inefficient means available - trial and error.
Posted on Oct 14, 2012 7:04:35 AM PDT
I agree, just another case of a manufacturer playing their customers for fools and thinking that they will just continue to purchase crap. Maybe someday they will learn.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 2, 2012 8:24:32 PM PST
Well, I see my shopping trip tomorrow to replace my worn out regular fit 505's is not headed for success. I have been wearing these jeans for over 50 years more or less. I don't know what I am going to do. They are the only comfortable pants I ever had. Maybe the same jerk who disappeared the round stick old spice went to work there next.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 3, 2012 8:36:31 AM PST
I've switched to Wranglers - slightly looser cut and softer fabric, but tolerable.
I'm afraid the young'ns will dismiss our complaints as just old geezers not wanting to change - until they notice they've starting singing soprano parts and are having problems having kids of their own. :)
Posted on Jun 1, 2013 3:46:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jun 1, 2013 3:48:21 PM PDT
Justin D. Morris says:
Try Wrangler "cowboy cut" in original fit. I bought a pair just to compare to my 505's and they are much better fitting. You have to get "cowboy cut" not the ones you get at walmart. Order them online or check a local western store. They're also cheaper and made with heavier weight denim. Like them so much I'll never go back now.
In reply to an earlier post on Jun 1, 2013 4:59:30 PM PDT
TY - I'll give them a try. OB
Posted on Jun 3, 2013 2:34:38 PM PDT
Scott W. says:
I was a long time 505 guy. just tried a pair of the new 508 style. Fit pretty good if you can handle a tapering leg. Worth a try? Mine fit well like the old styles.