Bootcut jeans are a type of denim blue jeans featuring a narrow but relaxed fit from the hip extending down to the ankle. Bootcut jeans come in styles for both men and women, but regardless of gender, they feature a slight taper from the upper leg to the knee, and an even looser fit from the knee down to the ankle.
The style of bootcut jeans remains en vogue today but dates back to the 1800s. The bootcut style initially found use on sailing vessels, as sailors needed long pants that fit over their boots. Men and women use bootcut jeans for the same purposes, finding them ideal for wearing with flat loafers, sandals and low heels.
Bootcut jeans, like other jean styles, come in various washes and designs. Some feature a low-rise waist, while others hit at the natural waist or rise higher. These jeans come in light washes, like stone wash, to medium blues, dark navy and even black washes.
They make good clothing choices for women with disproportionately large top or bottom halves, and for tall men and women with long legs. These jeans suit men of all body types well, as their casual fit offers a slimming and refined look.