Boot leg jeans (also known as “boot cut jeans”) — are the types of jeans taper at the knee like regular modern-fit denim, but flare out at the bottom of the leg. This model of jeans got its name thanks to the sailors’ pants, who originally wore them to be able easily pull them on over boots, to roll up while swabbing the deck, and to remove when getting wet. The term “boot cut” itself arose in the late 1980s to distinguish the style from the more flared bell bottoms of the hippie movement of the 70s. Today, boot cut jeans are normally slimmer at the thighs and knees with a small to moderate flare towards the bottom. Worn by both men and women.