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Fade Friday – Levi’s 501 STF (13 months, 4 soaks, 4 washes)

There are many roads that lead to great fades, and the Levi’s 501 Shrink to Fits from Heddels forum user StormAK are living proof. These are Storm’s first pair of raw denim, but you’d never doubt his commitment by wearing them 385 days straight to achieve some of the best 501 STF fades we’ve had the privilege to feature on Fade Friday.

Storm also forewent conventional raw wisdom: he refused to soak his unsanforized jeans until he reached a personal goal of 1000 hours of wear and the before pictures practically scream size down. The final product, however, will tell you that he did everything just right.

Scroll below to see all the steps of this raw denim evolution and see the whole fade thread here.


  • Name: Levi’s 501 Shrink to Fit
  • Fabric: 100% Cotton unsanforized indigo denim
  • Weight: 12.5oz
  • Fit: Straight
  • Other details:
    • Classic Levi’s red tab
    • Back pocket arctuates
  • MSRP:  $64 at Levi’s


501 before photo

After 3 Months

501 on day 96 unsoaked

501 day 96 crotch shot

501 day 96 belt loop

4 Months Presoak

501 day 119 pre soak

4 Months Post soak

501 day 119 post soak

10 Months

501 fit pics day 320

13 Months – Retired

501 day 385 final

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