I was able to stretch back to pre-shrunk levels and perhaps even more. I cold soaked for 30 min or so, and after I put them on immediately. It was really difficult as it shrunk quite a bit all over, but I eventually got them on and buttoned fully after 30-45 minutes of wearing them and trying every 5 min or so to get them on more. While I was getting them on and after, I specifically tried to stretch out the thigh area by doing leg exercises. With that said, I did get the knee bulge as a result of the leg exercises while jeans being wet. So while you can get them to pre-shrunk levels (not in terms of length and below the knee), it may result in a slight bulge at the knees if you overdo it.