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Make All 505 Jeans the Same
December 20, 2015
Levi Strauss needs to rebrand its 505 jeans so they are consistent, and Amazon needs to clarify its description of this product. Levi 505 jeans are not all 100% cotton. They do not all have the same fit. It seems to depend on the color, but it's unclear what makes the difference. They are made in different countries.
It's also unclear why they are called "Regular Fit." That description appears on no label of any of the three 505 jeans I own. Two of the three have a label inside that prominently states "Straight Fit" and 505, and the term "Straight Fit" also appears on the size label. Those two are 100% cotton, are made from thick cloth one would expect from Levi's jeans, and fit as expected. One of those is black and the other is light blue. The black pair is made in Egypt, and the light blue pair is made in Nicaragua.
In contrast, a slightly darker blue pair with the exact same Levi's 505 label on the outside waist is very different from the two described above. It does not have a "Straight Fit 505" label inside. The term "Straight Fit" does not appear on the size label. The number 505 appears on the inside size label only in the cryptic number sequence "00505-1341." This pair is NOT 100% cotton. According to the label, it is 72% cotton, 27% polyester, and 1% "elastane." The material is much lighter and thinner than that of the others and also stretches slightly throughout the garment. The fit is different; it seems to sit lower on the waist. This pair is made in Vietnam. It is not necessarily a bad pair of jeans, but it's not a pair of 505s as described here, like other pairs of "Straight Fit 505" jeans sold by this manufacturer, or as expected of any pair of Levi's jeans I've ever owned.
As it is, and judging from other reviews on this page, there's no way to tell which type of 505 jeans you will get if you order them. Are all colors the same, so that if I order another black pair, it will be 100% cotton like the pair I just received? I don't know. If I order a different color, will it be 100% cotton and like a 505 pair I expect? I don't know. Levi's needs to disambiguate this brand (to borrow a term from Wikipedia) and get its act together. It can't simply deny there's been a change. Many people on this website have described the changes. What is the deal? We don't understand. And Amazon, until Levi's corrects the problem, fix your description of the product: acknowledge that some of these jeans may not be 100% cotton and may fit differently.