Levi’s 501 Stretch With technical jeans getting more love than ever, it was just a matter of time before Levi's gave the classic 501 a stretch makeover. That time is now.


We love the 501 as much as any guy who’s worn one in the last 143 years. With plenty of jeans getting the technical treatment, however, it’s just not the first choice when you buy your pants based on comfort and performance. At least, that’s before the introduction of the Levi’s 501 Stretch, a technical version of the outfit’s most classic pair of jeans.

That’s right, your 501s can now come with a very comfortable stretch, so you can run marathons, climb rocks, and even leap over tall buildings while wearing one. No more having to loosen a button when you have a little too much food at the buffet, either, since the new stretchy should adapt to keep things snug.

Since the 501 is as traditional as it gets for a pair of jeans (with many purists still loyal to it), Levi’s was careful not to use any ordinary stretch denim for the Levi’s 501 Stretch. Instead, they use a fabric developed specifically for the model – one that, according the outfit, looks no different from an all-cotton, non-stretch 501. Heck, it even retains the original’s shrink-to-fit properties, so it’s virtually indistinguishable until the moment you wear it and feel the difference. It comes with stretch options ranging from 12 to 17 percent, so you can get the exact kind of technical performance you’re looking for.

The Levi’s 501 Stretch is slated for release later in the fall.

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