Monday, September 26, 2011

Levi 501 vs 505

If you're looking for a new pair of jeans, you can't go wrong with a nice pair of Levi's. Two of the most popular jeans from Levi's are the 501's and the 505's. On first blush they look almost identical. But there are subtle differences that you should be aware of. This will be a short post since the differences aren't huge.
The Levi 501 (left) vs. the Levi 505 (right)

First off, the flys of the Levi 501 and the Levi 505 are not the same. The Levi 501's have a button fly while the Levi 505's have a zipper fly.

Lastly, the fit of the Levi 501 vs 505 is slightly different. The Levi 501's taper down a bit to meet your legs, whereas the Levi 505's are a straight cut jeans with no tapering.

Your decision to buy the Levi 501 or the 505 comes down to your preference of zipper vs. button fly and whether you like your jeans to taper a bit. Either choice will be fine for most people. Levi's offers a great quality jean at an affordable price.

- Levi 501
Levi 505
Taper Slight None
Fly Button Zipper


  1. Some info here is backwards.... the 501 has more of a straighter leg than the 505, which is slightly more tapered. 501's have the button fly with a straight leg opening of 17" - the 505's are zipper fly with slight tapered straight leg opening of 16.5" (also as per Levi's sizing charts & descripts)

  2. No, the article is correct. The 505 is the straight leg. The 501 is the taper. Any other conclusion is simply not the correct one.