From Manufactum for anyone who doesn't know... A word on the special Levi's cut and the little ceremony that goes with it. The cut made a virtue of necessity - the post-war shortage of cloth. It became famous for its narrowness, which made it seem almost like a second skin and which gave it its special appeal to younger generations. But be careful - this original denim is not stone-washed or shrunk in any other way. Before you wear these trousers you have to go through a short, figure-enhancing ceremony. This ceremony could take a variety of forms, but by far the best way to get our 501XX to fit is just to sit in the bath for 10 minutes - we mean of course a bath filled with warm water and with you wearing the trousers. They then shrink on you - skin-tight. A note on size: 501XX trousers are not pre-washed. They shrink. You must definitely order them two sizes larger in width and at least three sizes larger in length than usual, if you want them to fit properly after the first couple of washes. Example: If your usual jeans size is W 30 / L 31 you must order the 501XX in W32 / L 34. Please state length in inches when ordering, as under: Width 33 / Length 34 or 36; Width 34 / Length 34 or 36; Width 36 / Length 34 or 36; Width 38 / Length 36 or 38; Width 40 / Length 36.