After writing several posts about the best denim and shoe combinations for fall, today I’m summing up what shoes to wear with all types of jeans. I even created an infographic of sorts to make it easy to reference.
If you’ve been struggling with what shoes to wear with all types of jeans this fall, this should help! It isn’t an exhaustive list of denim and shoe pairings, but it’s a good place to start.
What Shoes to Wear With Straight Leg Jeans
Straight-leg jeans come in lots of variations, from relaxed and slouchy to sleek and slim-fit; and they can be cropped, ankle length, or full length.
Cropped and ankle length styles have been trending for the past few seasons, but full length styles and more relaxed fits are hitting the mainstream this year. First let’s talk about what shoes to wear with straight crop and straight ankle jeans.
Straight Crop & Straight Ankle Jeans
Crop straight and straight ankle jeans look great with retro fashion sneakers, classic or lug sole loafers and loafer mules, block heel mules, clogs, and ankle boots. It’s hard to find a shoe they don’t work with, but ankle boots can be a bit tricky.
The key with pairing straight leg jeans and ankle boots is finding the right combination of denim length and width, and boot shaft height and width. You either want the jeans slide easily over the boots, or end right above the boot shaft so that you expose an inch of skin (or sock). If they’re too close, they will get hung up on the top of the boot and look janky.
HINT: A slim boot shaft works best when wearing the boots under the jeans. You can read more in my post, How to Wear Ankle Boots with Straight Leg Jeans.
Full Length Straight Leg Jeans
In my opinion, full length straight leg jeans look best with a bit of a heel, especially the more relaxed styles. They look really good with heeled ankle boots and clogs, and even a more delicate sandal during the warmer months.
Relaxed, full length straight leg jeans with retro running sneakers is on trend at the moment, but it’s my opinion that ladies of a certain age run the risk of looking frumpy in that combo. The whole outfit must be styled in a current way to avoid looking frumpy or stuck in a rut, so that’s a look I’m steering clear of for now. Of course, that is subject to change at any time!
Okay, moving on to bootcuts and flares!
What Shoes to Wear with Bootcut & Flare Jeans
Bootcut jeans and flares are pretty much interchangeable when it comes to shoe pairings, so I’ve lumped them together for the purposes of this post. Like straight leg jeans, bootcuts and flares come in crop, ankle, and full length styles. Let’s start with cropped and ankle length flares.
Demi Boot & Crop Flares
Cropped and ankle length bootcut jeans and flares are great for showing off your shoes and the slimmest part of the leg. Sometimes you will see these called demi boot or crop bootcut or kick crop jeans.
When it comes to ankle length and crop flares, ankle boots are a great option, but you have to play around with the combination of inseam length and shaft height. Just like with straight crops, you don’t want your jeans getting hung up on the back of the boot.
Full Length Flares
Full length flares and bootcut jeans look best with a heel or a platform sole, and even better with a pointed toe heel. And clogs are a great option for a more casual vibe; plus they’re a big trend right now, which keeps your bootcut jeans looking more 2022 than 2002.
If you decide to wear full length flares with flats, a pointy toe will look best. And no matter which style of shoe you choose to wear, be sure the jeans are hemmed or cut so they don’t drag on the floor.
I recommend avoiding sneakers and loafers with this style of jean, but do whatever makes you feel comfortable and confident!
What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans
Wide leg jeans can be tricky to style, but they generally work best with a heel or platform. Or chunky loafers and platform sneakers look great with them too. Basically, you want a chunkier style of shoe to balance this bold silhouette.
And finally, if we’re going to talk about what shoes to wear with all types of jeans, we can’t leave out the good old skinnies!
What Shoes to Wear With Skinny Jeans
While skinny jeans are on the downward slope of the trend cycle, you’ll still find them in stores because many women are still wearing them. If you love your skinnies, be sure to pair them with current tops and shoes to avoid looking dated.
In my opinion, skinny jeans look best (and more importantly, most current) with a lug sole Chelsea boot, retro sneakers, clogs, or chunky loafers… basically anything that is current and on trend. Also, a chunky profile will help balance the narrow silhouette.
I would steer clear of ballet flats, pumps, low split shaft booties, peep toe booties, and slim Converse. Even though those combinations work, they’re almost guaranteed to look dated because that’s how we wore them for so long.
At the end of the day, you have to play around in your closet and try on different combinations to see what works best for you, but hopefully this helps you narrow down your options.
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- How to Wear Loafers and Flats with Straight Leg Jeans This Fall
- How to Wear Ankle Boots with Straight Leg Jeans
And if you want more info, see all my posts about 2022 Fall Trends!
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