Looking for jeans similar to 501 shrink-to-fit

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I've worn Levi 501 shrink-to-fit for the last 35+ years... every once in a while I buy 5 pairs, wear them for years, gradually moving a pair into my "stained" and eventually "torn" pile, and when I run out of the "nice" pile, I buy a new stack. It's been at least 7 or 8 years now because since I've taken to wearing Carhartt work pants I'm not destroying the Levis like previously.
I still like the fit and feel of the Levis for "casual" wear. Alas, I'm having trouble finding jeans in my size (which thankfully hasn't changed).

Has anyone else gone from the 501 s-t-f jeans to something else that fits the same?
(Button fly please)
 
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I've worn Levi 501 shrink-to-fit for the last 35+ years... every once in a while I buy 5 pairs, wear them for years, gradually moving a pair into my "stained" and eventually "torn" pile, and when I run out of the "nice" pile, I buy a new stack. It's been at least 7 or 8 years now because since I've taken to wearing Carhartt work pants I'm not destroying the Levis like previously.
I still like the fit and feel of the Levis for "casual" wear. Alas, I'm having trouble finding jeans in my size (which thankfully hasn't changed).

Has anyone else gone from the 501 s-t-f jeans to something else that fits the same?
(Button fly please)
Wow button fly, I hate button fly....Lol
 
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Wow button fly, I hate button fly....Lol
I like the fit, and you can tear them open if you're in a hurry. Buttoning them takes a few seconds, not a big deal. Just have to be a bit more careful when you've got a burn pile because those buttons can get hot...
 
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When I first moved to Nevada in the 60s Levi 501 button-fly jeans were the thing. All the cowboys and miners wore them. Then, I think in the early 90s, Levi Strauss went "woke", and anti everything most rural people stood for. I remember news articles about Levi Strauss refusing to sell their jeans to farm supply stores. Now you'll not find one cowboy or miner wearing Levi jeans around here. Anything but, but most went to Wrangler. Seeing as the original Levi jeans were produced primarily for miners, that's how low the company has fallen. Found this quote in a Western magazine:

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So it's been close to 30 years ago that I stopped wearing my button-fly 501s. I still have a whole stack of size 33x36 shrink-to-fit sitting on a shelf in my closet. One of these days I'll give them away to someone who wants them...and won't care about being seen wearing them in this community of cowboys and miners.
 
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Jeans are a personal preference thing. I used to wear Levis but got annoyed with the price and the fit seemed to change. I wore Lees for quite a while but the last ones I got seemed to be cheaper fabric. I just changed to Wranglers and like them. I've given up on local stores because of the limited selection of sizes and colors. I order them from Amazon now because I can always get the size I want.
 
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When I first moved to Nevada in the 60s Levi 501 button-fly jeans were the thing. All the cowboys and miners wore them. Then, I think in the early 90s, Levi Strauss went "woke", and anti everything most rural people stood for. I remember news articles about Levi Strauss refusing to sell their jeans to farm supply stores. Now you'll not find one cowboy or miner wearing Levi jeans around here. Anything but, but most went to Wrangler. Seeing as the original Levi jeans were produced primarily for miners, that's how low the company has fallen. Found this quote in a Western magazine:

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So it's been close to 30 years ago that I stopped wearing my button-fly 501s. I still have a whole stack of size 33x36 shrink-to-fit sitting on a shelf in my closet. One of these days I'll give them away to someone who wants them...and won't care about being seen wearing them in this community of cowboys and miners.
Well that's my size.
How much do you want for them?
 
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I buy jeans from Cabela. They are tough and comfortable. Don't cost a fortune. My current pair are grass stained/ paint and glue spots and seriously bleach stained. Look like something from "The Walking Dead".

Covers my body - that's what counts. Go well with my grey sweat shirts.
 
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I bought a couple pairs of jeans at Rural King a couple of years ago for $8. I'm still wearing one pair. They're not as heavy duty as some, but it's hard to pass up $8 jeans. I think they're about $12 now. I'm not afraid to get on my knees or get a little grease on these cheap jeans.
 
 
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