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What Shoes to Wear With Jeans

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Words by Abigail Gurney-Read

Time was, selecting one’s daily footwear was simply a matter of matching your shoes to your bag. Now, the true fashion aficionado goes one step better. Pairing shoes with the myriad cuts and crops of jeans is no mean feat (or should that be feet?) – however, with these simple style formulas, it’s easier than you think.

Summer Steps
Summer Steps

Strappy sandals and straight-leg jeans are the sweetest style marriage this side of summer. Offsetting the denim’s strong silhouette, twining straps hug the ankle to create a softer line that’s every kind of chic. Bonus points go to those who eschew a more traditional blue wash - white jeans are quickly proving to be summer’s out-and-out denim frontrunner.

Primed Not Prim
Primed Not Prim

Dressing flared jeans with flair is easy if you have a kitten heel in your footwear arsenal. A pointed toe (the sharper the better, à la Balenciaga) balances the proportions of wide-leg denim, lending a fierce fashion angle to a seventies stalwart. Better yet, look to those with added hardware for an extra gritty edge.

Ankles Aweigh
Ankles Aweigh

Ankle boots may be our footwear go-to – but, easy with every kind of denim they are not. In terms of style pairings, the cream of the crop has to be cropped jeans. A kick-flare to be precise. Aim for a length that sits just south (about a thumb’s width) of the top of the boot. Heel-wise, loftier heights will elongate the look of abbreviated denim.

Good Sport
Good Sport

Even the staunchest of sneaker naysayers couldn’t fail to be swayed by the latest must-haves coming out of Chloé, Burberry et al. Strictly not for gym wear, these cult kicks can be elevated to elegant territory by allying them up with second-skin skinny jeans, which make for the perfect juxtaposition to your sole’s XXL measurements. Our denim hue de choix? Rock-star black.

Flat Out
Flat Out

It goes without saying that timeless Gucci loafers will work wonders with everything. However, when it comes to denim, the pièce de résistance pairing has to be boyfriend jeans. By leaning into the look’s masculine nuances, their relaxed silhouette will amplify your footwear’s androgynous sophistication ten-fold.

The Denim Boutique

The Denim Boutique

Find your fit in the likes of J Brand, AG Jeans, Paige and more.

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