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Question about Levi's 511 and 514

Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by AtLeastITried, Aug 6, 2008.

  1. Hangdog

    Hangdog Well-Known Member

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    I may be one of the only guys who doesn't go around claiming his quads or hamstrings are too big for his jeans. My biggest complaint about slim-straight and why I wouldn't wear tight tapered jeans if my life depended on it is that my calves are 16" around, and boot cut jeans are the only thing in 30-32 waist that won't cling to them.
     
  2. DrBassie

    DrBassie Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have the "wedgie" in the back problem with the Levi 514? The back rise seems a normal length, so I am wondering if the short front rise is causing the back to pull forward when I wear them.
    They definitely hug the butt, but not exactly wedgie style. I have both the jeans and trousers (which they don't make anymore, unfortunately). I tailored the trousers to have a taper to 7.5" more like the 511.
     
  3. cptjeff

    cptjeff Well-Known Member

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    I was looking for a white pair of jeans and tried on a pair of 510's because I hadn't tried them on before. They were like spandex and you could see my dick through the jeans lolz.
    Wrangler cowboy cuts. Slim or regular. Slim is a little tighter then a 514 in the thigh and seat, about the same in the leg. Regular is about the same cut as a 505, but longer. I would order an inch shorter then your usual inseam, provided you don't cuff or stack. Be warned though- they are real cowboy jeans, not a fashion brand. Suckers come starched and creased in true western style. Oh, and they come in rigid indigo too. I need to get a pair of those.
     
  4. Sherlockian

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    511s only feel tight after wearing bigger cuts for years. Mine are now the roomiest jeans I own, and I bought them TTS, rigid indigo. They were pretty tight at the waist when new, and stiff as cardboard, but have stretched and softened out nicely with wear. I've got 15.75" calves (but skinny ankles), but even at the widest part there is room to move freely. Compared to Ande Whall Grifters, they're like MC Hammer loon pants.
     
  5. C.lo562

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    I have several pairs of 514's but I'm going to try out the 511's. I'll size up on the 511's so hopefully it won't be too tight. I like the 514's but hate the straight leg opening, I wish they were tapered instead. If I don't like how the 511's fit, I guess I'll just have to get my 514's tapered.
     
  6. Big Muscle

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    I have several pairs of 514's but I'm going to try out the 511's. I'll size up on the 511's so hopefully it won't be too tight. I like the 514's but hate the straight leg opening, I wish they were tapered instead. If I don't like how the 511's fit, I guess I'll just have to get my 514's tapered.
    And what about 512s? They have tapered leg opening.
     
  7. cptjeff

    cptjeff Well-Known Member

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    511s only feel tight after wearing bigger cuts for years. Mine are now the roomiest jeans I own, and I bought them TTS, rigid indigo. They were pretty tight at the waist when new, and stiff as cardboard, but have stretched and softened out nicely with wear. I've got 15.75" calves (but skinny ankles), but even at the widest part there is room to move freely. Compared to Ande Whall Grifters, they're like MC Hammer loon pants.

    So they only feel tight compared to pants that aren't as tight?

    I wear a 30x30 and have a 20" calf. They may be roomy for you, but for those of us with muscle it's a little different.
     
  8. ayjayvolta

    ayjayvolta Well-Known Member

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    i'm a 29 in APC's and they fit really well.....i'm of the same cut in terms of big thighs and big calves....my APC's have stretched to a 16.5 waist....

    any experts out there able to tell me what pair of 511's i should get? I'm looking to get a red pair and don't want them too snug or too loose......i'm considering the 33's due to the slightly larger leg opening, and the fact that i'd wear them at the hips like my APC's due to the 10 inch "low" rise on the APC and 511's... but I'd like some opinions from you 511 experts...

    thanks in advance!
     
  9. CharlieAngel

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    You could go to Macy's/Goldsmith's/Sears/etc and try them on?
     
  10. nurktwin

    nurktwin Well-Known Member

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    So for the 514s, do you buy your true waist and inseam size off the shelf (unwashed dark denim)? In other words, do the 514s not shrink 3 inches in length like the 501s? Thanks!
     
  11. YoPete525

    YoPete525 Well-Known Member

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    You are correct, they do not shrink like the 501 shrink-to-fits.
     
  12. handsometigers

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    I have several pairs of 514's but I'm going to try out the 511's. I'll size up on the 511's so hopefully it won't be too tight. I like the 514's but hate the straight leg opening, I wish they were tapered instead. If I don't like how the 511's fit, I guess I'll just have to get my 514's tapered.

    My experience with 511's is that the thighs and waist stretch a bunch (I'm a size 30). I wouldn't recommend sizing up. You'll end up with pants that have the desire to saaaagggggggggggg.
     
  13. max-t

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    i'm 5'8" 140 and i have 5 pairs of 511's. love them.
     
  14. clarksdb

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    So should we go TTS with the 511's or size down one in the waist?
     
  15. nurktwin

    nurktwin Well-Known Member

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    Are the Brooks made in USA 514s Sanforized?
     
  16. Steve Thomas

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    I love 514s. The fit is nice without being too tight. My only problem is getting the length right. I've got pairs running from 30-33 inch inseams. No big deal though. I just go try them on.

    I gotta say though, I hate the 514s with back pocket flaps. Something about them just doesn't fit right...the back pockets cause the front pockets to pull for some reason. Because of this you can see the seams where the denim is attached to the cotton liner. I hate it!

    I also like the 511, but I always make sure to get ones with a little spandex in the mix. The 100% cotton ones just don't feel good to me.

    I've tried tons of high-end selvedge denim and have to admit it...I like my 514s and 511s. And, for $20-25 I can wear them and not care at all if they only last a year or two.

    I've been looking at getting some 527s. They are the same "sits low on the waist, slim fit" as the 514s but have a boot cut. Think they will probably look pretty bad ass with my Doc Martens when there's snow on the ground...
     
  17. Steve Thomas

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    So for the 514s, do you buy your true waist and inseam size off the shelf (unwashed dark denim)? In other words, do the 514s not shrink 3 inches in length like the 501s? Thanks!

    Never had a drop of trouble with waist sizing in the unwashed dark denim. Length is another story.
     
  18. ushersorbet

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    This thread seemed like a good option not to start a new one since its still on topic... Today I went to try some 514s however something just didnt look right. This are 29w, the smallest they had. What do you think? Do they look ok, should I search for a 28w, would a 511 look better or are there any other models/brand you think might look better?

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  19. Distorbiant

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    I just don't like the 514. It's just way too baggy for my tastes. Look for a 513 or 511 IMO. As for the 28 vs 29, vanity sizing is a bit random on Levi's so you'll have to test your luck.

    P.S. Thanks for not starting a new thread
     
  20. Snoopy

    Snoopy Well-Known Member

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    514 is your average straight leg jean. Nothing slim about it. 514 is for thick dudes.

    You will look better in 511 and 513. Both styles are slim and identical.
     

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