With skinny jeans fully on their way out as the most popular denim trend, many other styles are making a major comeback, including bootcut. Bootcut—aka jeans that have a slim fit on top but flare out at the bottom—are on the rise with people of all ages, denim preferences, and body types, due to their throwback look and feel. Functionality wise, they are jeans that are meant to be worn over boots (hence the name), since the slightly flared hems can accommodate more room for this type of footwear that rises above the ankle and can be rather clunky.
“This style is having a moment,” says Eliana Thomas, a stylist at the online personal styling service Stitch Fix. Thomas notes that they’re as versatile as it gets, the type of pants that can “be worn from the office to Sunday brunch” and for years on end.
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Our favorite bootcut jeans on the market are Lee's Flex Motion Regular Fit Bootcut Jean. Not only are they super-affordable, they have an inclusive size range and six different denim washes to choose from. You can count on the iconic Lee brand offering durable jeans that will last. If you prefer to splurge, we recommend The Vivian Jean by Khaite. They're graced with a streamlined, crisp design that's timeless and versatile.
Of course, no kind of bootcut jean fits every single person, so to make your shopping process as easy as possible, we’ve rounded up the best bootcut jeans styles on the market right now and separated them by budget, rise, color, and more.
Keep reading for Byrdie’s picks of the best bootcut jeans, as well as more styling and shopping advice from Thomas.
Lee Flex Motion Regular Fit Bootcut Jeans
You can’t get better than these classic bootcut jeans from Lee, which feature an ultra-comfortable waistband, stretchy and flexible denim, and mid-rise height. They come in plus sizing, and they have hundreds of rave reviews for a reason.
Price at time of publish: $39
Material: 60% cotton, 22% rayon, 17% polyester, 1% spandex | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 0-30W (in short, medium, and long)
Old Navy Mid-Rise Wow Boot-Cut Jeans
The low price isn’t the only good thing about these jeans; they come in a striking, soft dark wash and have an ultra-high waistband that pairs great with a tucked-in shirt or crop top. It’s likely you’ll find exactly the right size for you, since it comes in sizes 0 through 30 with tall, petite, and different inseam lengths.
Price at time of publish: $35
Material: 62% cotton, 30% polyester, 7% recycled cotton, 1% spandex | Care: Machine wash cold | Size Range: 0-30 (plus tall and petite)
Khaite Vivian High-Rise Cropped Bootcut Jeans
If you’re willing to splurge, these Khaite bootcut jeans are a great pick. The midweight denim is stretchy with a vintage blue wash that's meant to look a bit worn-in. Meanwhile, the fit is meant to elongate your legs and go with nearly any top and shoes. While this pair is a bit pricey, you’ll find that it’s a versatile pick you can wear again and again, cutting down the cost per wear.
Price at time of publish: $380
Material: 98% cotton, 2% polyurethane | Care: Hand wash | Size Range: 24-32
Universal Standard Marne Bootcut Jeans 32 Inch
A bootcut version of Universal Standard’s beloved jeans, this black bootcut look is stretchy, comfortable, and durable, not to mention super-cute and durable. They are designed with deep pockets and available up to size 40.
Price at time of publish: $98
Material: 73% cotton, 23% polyester, 4% elastane | Care: Machine wash cold, inside out, with like colors | Size Range: 00-40
Wrangler Ultimate Riding Jean Willow
For bootcut jeans that you can wear with anything and is super-functional, check out this pair from Wrangler. They feature a mid-rise fit, curve-hugging silhouette, and shape-holding fabric. And don’t get scared off by the name—these jeans are great for riding, yes, but also for everyday life.
Price at time of publish: $77
Material: 76% cotton, 23% polyester, 1% spandex | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 00-19
Good American Good Classic Bootcut Jeans
With a faded indigo wash, these bootcut jeans from Good American have earned rave reviews from shoppers for their smoothing high waist that lands right at the belly button. We also love the worn-in look of the frayed hem and waistline, making them good for casual days around town.
Price at time of publish: $159
Material: 99% cotton, 1% elastane | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 00-18
Wrangler Retro Mae Jean
Made by Wrangler, these midrise bootcut jeans are a more modern twist on the brand’s “cowgirl cool aesthetic.” They feature Wrangler's iconic “W” stitching on the back and leather patch but they still feel like a current, more versatile style than other bootcut jeans by the brand.
Price at time of publish: $62
Material: Cotton blends | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 00-19 (plus four inseam lengths)
Silver Jeans Co. Suki Slim Mid-Rise Bootcut Jeans
These bootcut jeans come in a timeless indigo wash and feature rips at the knees for a trendy distressed look. As slim-fit jeans, they still have the flare of a bootcut, but they hug the body in all the right places.
Price at time of publish: $68
Material: 78% cotton, 20% polyester, 2% elastane | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 25-34
Old Navy Maternity Front Low Panel Boot-Cut Jeans
These maternity bootcut jeans from Old Navy have dozens of rave reviews from shoppers who appreciate their supportive elastic panel, dark-wash coloring, and cozy, stretchy fabric, among much else.
Price at time of publish: $45
Material: 61% cotton, 25% polyester, 6% recycled cotton, 6% recycled polyester, 2% spandex denim; 92% polyester, 8% spandex panel | Care: Machine-wash cold, tumble-dry low | Size Range: 0-20
Ganni Rigid Denim Betzy Jean
While many people prefer their bootcut jeans to be stretchy, that fit is not for everyone. For an attractive non-stretch bootcut jean, check out these Betzy jeans from GANNI, which are high-waisted and form-fitting.
Price at time of publish: $215
Material: 100% organic cotton | Care: Machine wash cold | Size Range: 24-32
Mango High-Waist Bootcut Jeans
These cute high-waist bootcut jeans are cropped at the ankle, yet they still have a fun frayed hem and the style’s signature flare.
Price at time of publish: $50
Material: 94% cotton, 5% recycled cotton, 1% elastane | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 1-22
Levi's 315 Shaping Bootcut Jean
For those who are looking for jeans with major support, look no further than this pair from Levi’s, which features the brand’s trademark Hypersoft fabric to create ultra-stretch and softness.
Price at time of publish: $70
Material: 78% cotton, 21% polyester, 1% elastane | Care: Machine wash inside out with like colors | Size Range: 23-34
Levi's 715 Vintage Classic Bootcut Jeans
Amazon shoppers can’t get enough of these classic bootcut jeans from Levi’s, which are known for their soft fabric, mid-rise cut, and overall vintage look. They’re the kind of jeans that looked just as trendy 15 years ago as they do today, and they’ll undoubtedly stay in style for another 15 to come.
Price at time of publish: $70
Material: 60% cotton, 22% viscose, 16% polyester, 2% elastane | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 26-34
Hudson Jeans Beth Mid-Rise Baby Bootcut Jeans
Made by Hudson Jeans, these trendy white bootcut jeans have a cool two-button front and two more buttons on the back pockets, giving them a unique look. You’ll want to rock them with everything from T-shirts to leather jackets and booties to heels.
Price at time of publish: $195
Material: 90% cotton, 8% REPREVE® recycled polyester, 2% elastane | Care: Machine wash | Size Range: 23-33
How We Researched
To compile this list, our team of editors and contributors spent hours researching the best products on the market in this category, evaluating their key features—like materials, size range, or design—in addition to reviews from customers and other trusted sources. We then used this research to assign a star rating from one to five (five being the best; one being the worst) to certain products on the list.
Meet the Expert
Eliana Thomas is a stylist at Stitch Fix, an online personal styling service.
What to Look for in Bootcut Jeans
While all bootcut jeans have some flare at the bottom, “the size of the flare can vary from a baby bootcut (slight flare) to an extra-wide, more dramatic silhouette,” says Thomas.
Many of the most popular bootcut jean styles have mid-rise fits, allowing them to be worn with a variety of tops. Yet, if you tend to prefer a low-rise or high-rise look for your jeans, there are plenty of pairs out there that will fit the bill and make for a great look.
What makes a jean bootcut?
If a pair of jeans has a slim fit on top and flares out from the knee to ankle, then it’s considered a bootcut, says Thomas. The size of the flare can vary, but if it’s there, it counts.
How do you style bootcut jeans?
One popular option is to pair them with a half-tucked-in button-up top and boots (or heels) for a sophisticated vibe, says Thomas, noting that adding in some layered jewelry or hoops can complete the look. Another choice is to do a cropped top or jacket with a high-rise pair of bootcut jeans for a statement look, or throw on wedges for a more summery feel.
What’s are differences among straight, flare, and bootcut jeans?
“A straight cut usually has a straight fit up and down through the entire leg, and it can be fitted or baggier,” explains Thomas, while “a flare is a variation of a bootcut jean that is fitted at the top with a dramatic flare starting at the knee break” and tends to be more “trend-forward,” as well.
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