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Fade Friday – Levi’s 511 Rigid (14 months, 2 washes, 1 soak)

In this week’s Fade Friday, we bring you a modern American classic – the Levi’s 511 Rigid jean. Contributed by Heddels Forum user Shley, the jeans have been worn for 14+ months, washed twice and soaked once since 2011.

Despite the relatively high number of washes in such a short amount of time we can see a very promising fade beginning to form. The original photos that Shley submitted show nicely defined honeycombs and whiskering amongst other fascinating details. (Note the back pocket fade and sides of the legs by the waist).

To step it up a notch Shley took his jeans on vacation with him to Malpeque Bay on Prince Edward Island for a red sand soak. The resulting effect is stunning. The jeans achieved a pleasant rust colored finish that highlights the present fades and creases. Check out the pictures below for visual proof.


  • Name: Levi’s 511 Rigid Indigo
  • Weight: 11.2 Oz.
  • Fit: 511 Slim
  • Denim: 100% cotton
  • Length of Wear:  14 Months
  • Number of Washes: 2 washes, 1 soak
  • Available at: Levi’s for $58.00-$68.00

Photos – Before (Source: Levi’s)


Photos – During

Red sand wash

Sun baking

Photos – After

Front and Back - Levi's 511 Rigid (14 months, 2 washes, 1 soak)


Details - Levi's 511 Rigid (14 months, 2 washes, 1 soak)

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