My Loomstates arrived the same. I pre-soaked them in cold water, with a wooden bar in the waist to prevent further shrinkage. They turned out to be my best-fitting Gustin jeans. Others have reported that there is little to no waist shrinkage in the Loomstates, possibly due to the steam-pressing at the factory pre-shrinking the waist. So if you are OK with shrinkage everywhere but the waist, then give them a try before you give up.