What Shoes to Wear with Jeans
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 myriad styles of jeans is no mean feat (or should that be feet?) – however, with these simple style formulas, it’s easier than you think.
It goes without saying that timeless loafers will work wonders with everything. However, when it comes to denim, the pièce de résistance pairing has to be boyfriend and straight-leg jeans. By leaning into masculine nuances, relaxed cuts will amplify your footwear’s androgynous sophistication ten-fold, while a cropped ankle will add balance to retain a feminine je ne sais quoi. Just add a trench coat and your Gallic-chic look will be complete.
Your two best friends through the warmer months: white jeans and off-duty sandals are the sweetest style marriage this side of summer. Palette-wise, stick to natural leather hues on the footwear front to keep your white denim grounded. Plus, discover the sandal styles we’re loving this summer.
Boots may be a footwear go-to – but, easy with every kind of denim they are not. In terms of sartorial pairings, the most versatile of all has to be skinny jeans. Though dethroned by looser styles in recent years, this slinky fit holds its own alongside a variety of boots. Whether they sit cropped above an everyday ankle boot or tucked into knee-highs, skinny jeans can always be relied upon to pull the look off.
The spiritual counterpart of ‘jeans and a nice top’, out-out heels are an easy way to elevate your denim. While your footwear does the talking (or dancing), opt for jeans with a casual, vintage wash or artfully distressed detailing to bring cool insouciance to the scene – a measured balance of dressed up and down.
Strictly not for gym wear, chunky-soled sneakers from the likes of Balenciaga and Gucci are an off-duty mainstay. But how to style your cult kicks? Lean into the soles’ XXL proportions with oversized jeans for the coolest pairing. Bonus Gen-Z points go to those who ditch the high waist in favour of low-rise styles.