Fade Friday – Levi’s 514 (20 Months, 2 Washes)

Today’s Fade Friday features a well broken-in pair of Levi’s Slim Straight 514 raw selvedge denim. The owner, forum user Kleetz, wore the jeans for 20 months and washed them twice, resulting in some impressive features including heavy honeycombs on the back of the knees, light whiskering across the front and a deep wallet fade on the back right pocket.

While some of the fades, including the knees, are very high contrast; much of the fading through legs is more subtle, slowly gradating through the blue spectrum until the jeans turn almost white. This is aided somewhat by the fit the 514 model gives as the fit brings the jean in nicely in traditional fading areas. With almost two years down and no apparent repairs, these jeans have a lot of life left in them.

For more information, see the full forum thread.


  • Name: Levi’s Slim Straight 514 Raw Selvedge
  • Weight: 14 Oz.
  • Fit: Slim Straight
  • Denim: 100% selvedge denim
  • Length of wear: 2o months
  • Number of washes: 2
  • Number of soaks: 0
  • No longer available

Photos – Before

514FF Before

Photos – After

514FF After Fit

514FFc After Front/Back

514FF After Combs

514FF After Combs

514FF Wear