So I picked up a pair of the Levi's 501 Shrink to Fit selvedge denim jeans this past weekend. The style is very classic and feels and looks nothing like that of the "premium denim" brands (Seven for all Mankind, True Religion, Citizens, etc.) we all know. The 501's are rather unique as they are completely untreated, as in never pre-washed (therefore will shrink), never treated with chemicals (chemicals give it that pre-distressed look), and extremely stiff.
Because these have never been treated, each jean truly become "your own." And, by "your own," I mean each pair conforms to your figure, and your every intricacy. This means fading, fit, and feel (the three important F's of wearing jeans) is affected by the body of the person who wears the jeans and the activities of their daily life. Because each of us has a very specific wear pattern, each jean becomes as personal as a fingerprint.
These jeans are absolutely timeless, and I'm hoping to pass these off to my children one day. If you have a pair of these 501's, they pair well with a pair of L.L. Bean blucher mocs and an oxford shirt (great weekend look).
I will post updates as to how these jeans wear in.