Levi's 501 Original Straight Jeans, Black

Product information

The ones that started it all, Levi's 501 Original Fit Jeans are the ultimate icon of American culture.

Crafted from non-stretch, heavyweight 12 oz. cotton denim in a regular fit that's straight through the hip with a slightly tapered leg opening, their mid rise cut sits below the natural waist with a tilted waistband that pitches toward the front.

Finished with a rich black rinse, this pair's classic five-pocket silhouette sports a signature button-fly and 17" leg opening.

Less Laundering

It’s best to wash denim as little as possible in order to prevent shrinking and fading. Delay washing your new jeans as long as you can, instead hanging them out on the washing line to air. When they are ready for a freshening up, turn jeans inside-out and wash separately in cold water and line dry, if possible.

Model wears: size 32R

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Brand Jeans Style
501 Original
Denim Wash
Eligible for International Delivery
Jeans Fit
100% cotton
Rise Information Low: Sits on the hips roughly 2" or more below the naval & should measure 7.5" or less, Medium: Perching on the hip bone just below the naval, a mid-rise should measure 8" to 9", High: Will sit at or above the naval & is likely to be 9.5" or more
Washing Instructions
Machine washable

Editor's Notes

Established in 1853 in the United States by enterprising Bavarian immigrant Levi Strauss, Levi’s is the original jeans brand, pioneering the use of rivets in trousers to create the world’s first jeans.

With a rich heritage and an association with the rugged character of the American mid-west, Levi’s continues to produce iconic and classic jeans that are both timeless and effortlessly cool.


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  • UK delivery

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We want you to be happy with your purchase. If you're not, depending on the type of product, you can make free returns in the UK via John Lewis shops, Royal Mail, Collect+, or MyHermes. If you need to arrange collection of large or heavy items, call us on 03456 049 049. For international returns queries, call us on +44 1698 545 454. Find out more about returns.

You'll find returns information on your delivery note. Unless faulty, we'd like you to make your return within 90 days of purchase. Exceptions apply to certain products - find out more about our refund policy.

Q & As

Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 7 reviewers.
Rated 3 out of 5 by not what i was expecting Not JL's fault but these jeans were a looser fit than I've experienced with 501's in the past. They weren't right for me, but as ever with JL, there was no problem whatsoever with a return and a refund. 07 January 2016
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent jeans Superb fit, stylish, good value and Click & Collect was speedy and efficient as usual. 20 October 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Levis 501 Good colour and reminded me of my youth however 501's too loose fitting around the posterior for moi 24 March 2015
Rated 3 out of 5 by levis 501 black Although I have more than a dozen pairs of 501's , these are not a good fit and keep falling down Poor consistency and quality control 24 February 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Classy Very classy timeless jeans, but only bought because of price match 16 December 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great Quality Authentic Levi's 501 Jeans My Black Levi's 501 Jeans are great quality as expected, very comfortable, great for both smart and casual occasions. Overall I am extremely happy with my new jeans and would recommend these jeans to both friends and other customers. 20 May 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Never out of fashion I find myself coming back to Levi 501 jeans , because they fit well they look classic in any situation , they don't fade particularly the black range. They are an asset. 29 April 2014
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