Boot-cut jeans are denim pants that are tailored straight from waist to the knee and then slightly wider to the ankle. They were influenced by trousers that were worn by sailors in the 1850s which were designed for them so they would allow wearing of the boots without much problem. Boot-cut jeans became popular amongst cowboys and ranch workers because they were comfortable and allowed for boots which were necessary for everyday work. When cowboys began to disappear in the real world, Hollywood reintroduced boot-cut jeans in their western films and it became popular again. Boot cut jeans was designed for those who want the durability and comfort. In 1960s and 70s, under the influence of flower children, design changes and legs became widely flared. Boot-cut jeans become bell-bottomed jeans which lasted until 1980s when boot-cut jeans came back.
Today boot-cut jeans style continues to be popular and is an acceptable casual wear for both men and women. Modern boot-cut jeans are slightly different that classical. The waist height is lower and placed at about the belly button and below natural waistline.