OK two questions:
-My Levi 505's kind of smell funny. They don't smell bad, they just have a smell to them, you can't really smell them unless you really put your nose right next to em. Should I wash them? I've worn them a lot but have only had them for like two months. Do I have to wash them or is there a way to get rid of the smell sometimes?
If the smell doesn't bother you, you might not have to do anything about it yet. If it does, probably the best thing to do would be to wash the jeans. If you don't want to wash, I've heard that putting them in the freezer overnight or hanging them up in the sun for a few hours might work temporarily, but I haven't tried either of these myself.
-My Levi 505's are a great fit except they will scrape the ground if I wear my Vans authentics. Is there a way I can prevent this other than cuffing them? Is there a way to slightly shrink the legging by like one size or so? The same can be said for my Levi 514's which are a good fit but like 1 or 2 sizes too long when I wear my Vans authentics... I'm thinking of just buying a tighter pair of jeans that I can stack like 501's, but if I can fix my 505's and 514's to make them shorter, maybe I'll just use the money to buy khaki's instead. Thanks.
You can either get the jeans tapered to make the leg opening smaller, which would allow the jeans to stack better, or you can get them hemmed to shorten the leg. Between the two, I would recommend the hemming, because the tapering can sometimes affect the overall fit of the jean unexpectedly.
My raw denim has stretched way too much. I haven't washed or soaked them as of yet, what do you guys suggest I do to make them more slim?
Assuming that your denim is sanforized (non-shrink-to-fit), hot soaking or washing would probably bring the jeans back to the pre-stretch size, but unfortunately, they'll stretch back out pretty quickly. The only permanent way to make them fit tighter would be to get them altered by a tailor, but it will be pricey (over $40, at least), and the overall fit of the jeans might be affected as well.
If your denim is unsanforized (shrink-to-fit), hot soaking or washing may work better long-term, because it will cause more shrinkage than with sanforized denim.