Introduced in 1967 as a slimmer “student” jean they were aimed at a younger market, they had a closer cut, with a slimmer straight leg than the 501, mid-rise with a fitted waist and seat and a zip fly. The biggest change for Levis with the 505 was that it was only the second of their jeans to use sanforized (pre-shrunk) cotton for its denim, meaning no shrink to fit faffing about in the bath, the appeal was obvious, and still is today. A great common sense pair of jeans which has a modern feel to it with all the advantages of old-fashioned quality
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The 1933 501xx was a fully loaded jean, with the option of wearing braces, using the belt loops first introduced on the 1922 501, or just using the cinch back...
Being the first 501 to be produced post-war and after the short-lived rationing in the U.S.A the ’47 model is seen as a return to form after the austere 1944...