Fade Friday – Converse One-Star Straight Leg Jean (8 Months, 8 Washes)

Front Close - Converse Selvedge (8 Months, 8 Washes)

Around a year and a half ago, Converse made some slight waves in the denim community with the introduction of their low-priced Straight Leg Jean. Originally priced at $40.00 at brick and mortar Target locations, it looks like they’re currently available online for just $23.99. As finding a quality pair of raw denim under $100 dollars can be tricky (see part 1 and part 2 of our guide, “5 Pairs of Raw Denim Under $100), Converse‘s denim serves as a good option, as well a decent entry-level model.

Though finding a well-worn version of this denim has been difficult to come by, we were able to spot one on our forum. Our Fade Friday today comes from forum user RonnieJan automotive fabrication worker who prides himself in putting his jeans through the ringer. Not only did he achieve some beautiful fades out of a low-priced pair of raw denim, but he also chose to cut them up into a solid and functional pair of shorts for summer.

Interested in creating your own pair of raw denim shorts? Head over to our guide, “Five Steps To Turning Your Raw Denim into Shorts“.


  • Name: Converse One-Star Men’s Straight Leg Jean
  • Weight: ~12 Oz.
  • Fit: Straight
  • Denim: Sanforized 100% Cotton Selvedge, Made in China
  • Available at: Target for $23.99

Photos – Before

Converse Selvedge Jeans Back Converse Selvedge Jeans Hem Converse Selvedge Jeans

Photos – After

Front Close - Converse Selvedge (8 Months, 8 Washes) Back - Converse Selvedge (8 Months, 8 Washes)

Front - Converse Selvedge (8 Months, 8 Washes) Details - Converse Selvedge (8 Months, 8 Washes)

Gunnar Saxon

Gunnar resides in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania where he works in the boning room of a slaughterhouse. He loves all things fashion, most notably raw denim and the body modification industry. In his spare time, he works with his girlfriend on an upcoming brand of their own.

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  • Davil

  • dtho100

    As much as I hate to admit it, those are pretty sick.

  • FAHQ

    These look pretty good but its a shame they were cut down to shorts

  • Grandier

    very nice, now if only this pair is still in its original form…i bet it would look amazing

  • whorebucks

    pure ugliness.

  • trehsu

    I have a pair of these. I got them on clearance for 8.98 and I’ve gotta say I’m still not impressed. They bleed all over the place. Even after wearing them 100+ times and washing them a handfull of times. Ohh and a rivit came undone by the right front pocket.

  • Sam

    Honestly I feel as if these jeans still have more life in them and making them into shorts is a good idea if it means that they’ll still be worn. Unfortunately the way that they were cut looks awful and the whole idea of jean shorts just doesn’t sit right with me.