1966 501® JEANS

Levis Vintage Clothing

1966 501® JEANS

66501-0128 • MADE IN USA • D1 • RIGID

When Levi Strauss & Co. covered the back pocket rivets in 1937, everyone thought
that would solve the problem of rivets scratching their furniture when they sat
down. But those copper rivets were tougher than they looked—after a few years of
hard wear, they continued to break right through the denim, scratching things up

By 1966, technology had caught up with history, and it was possible to bar tack
the 501® Jean’s back pockets, replacing the back pocket rivets. The text on the
pocket flasher indicates this change. This small change maintained the jean’s
notorious durability, while finally solving that decades-long furniture-scratching
issue. This particular style of 501® Jean—with bar tacks and a big “E” red Tab—
only existed from 1966 to 1971.

What does this mean for the 1966 501® Jean? It means someone who hitchhiked
their way to San Francisco in 1967 and bought a pair of 501® Jeans was
not only experiencing a once-in-a-lifetime event, but was wearing a unique pair
of jeans—a pair which would change again when the Summer of Love was just a
faded memory.

Design Details

  • Cone Mills 12oz. Red Selvedge denim (14oz after wash)
  • Two back pockets with bar tacks instead of rivets
  • “Two Horse” leather like patch
  • Twin needle Arcuate
  • Big “E” double sided red Tab


          • Front Rise - 11 3/4"
          • Knee - 18  5/8"
          • Leg Opening - 16 5/8"


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            Type: Denim

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