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Difference Between Bootcut and Straight Leg Jeans

jeansBootcut vs Straight Leg Jeans

The primary difference between the two, is that straight leg jeans are straight right through, whereas the bottom is flared out in bootcut jeans. Straight leg jeans can be worn high at the waist or low at the waist, and would mostly be straight at the thigh, which means that they are not the clinging types. They will also not hang, or taper, at the knee.

Bootcut jeans can also be worn high or low at the waist, and fit well in the thigh area. They will, of course, begin to taper at the knee, and there is a slight flare at the opening, but not as much as one would find in flare style jeans. They are just wide enough to cover a boot or shoe. As a matter of fact, they are somewhere between the width of a flare jean and a straight leg jean.

Straight leg jeans essentially go over the legs, rather than change shape below the knee. Their diameter is the same at the knee level. They will not fit over your shoes like bootcuts. Instead, they are a little shorter, and end a few inches below the ankle. Bootcut jeans flare out subtly at the ends, unlike straight-leg jeans, and fit in a way that the back hem almost skims the floor, and the front hem covers your shoe.

Thus we see that the bootcut and the straight cut are two ways of wearing a pair of jeans, and how you use the two styles, can enhance your personality. For instance, wearing bootcut jeans can disguise curvy hips, while jeans with straight legs are more suitable for short women.

It is a fact, that clunky shoes go well with bootcut jeans, and not straight leg, so be careful of the shoe you choose with your jeans. Instead, you might want to wear tennis shoes with bootleg jeans, as the tapering jeans match perfectly with the top of the shoes. Women can even consider wearing high heels with bootcut jeans. Bootcut jeans are ideal for fun situations, while straight jeans are more suitable for formal occasions. It really is amazing that something as basic as a pair of jeans can have so much sartorial complexity. One could even write a long essay on the advantages of one over the other!

What one finally decides to wear depends on one’s body type, and the reason why one is wearing them. While it makes sense to wear bootcuts to a party, it would be a little over the top if you wore them to the office.


1. Straight leg jeans are straight right through, whereas bootcut jeans have a flare at the bottom.

2. Straight-leg jeans essentially go over the legs, rather than change shape below the knee, whereas bootcut jeans flare out a subtly at the ends.

3. Bootcut jeans can make curvy hips appear slimmer, while jeans with straight legs are more suitable for short women.

4. Clunky shoes will go well with bootcut jeans, while straight legs are a good match with tennis shoes.

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