We all know how versatile a pair of jeans can be. After all, what other garment can take you from date night to weekend with the same stylish flair and universal appeal? However, their ease is often dependent on another item: footwear.
Shoes have the power to instantly change the mood of your jeans. For example, for a formal occasion, a pair of bejewelled flats will elevate your classic blues to glamorous new heights. Similarly, ballet pumps will add polish to ripped or frayed-hem jeans—simply add a tailored blazer and a button-down, and you've got yourself a chic ensemble.
So which shoes would I recommend wearing with jeans? I'm glad you asked. I've whittled down the shoes to wear with jeans that I truly believe work for just about every occasion you can think of. Keep scrolling to see six shoes-and-jeans combinations validated by the style elite, and then shop the pieces you need to re-create their looks.
1. STRAPPY SANDALS
Style Notes: After taking backseat for almost a year, heels are set to make a comeback this summer in strappy sandal form. And thankfully, look excellent worn with jeans. Their simple silhouette makes for a premium footwear choice and will help to make even bleached blue or faded black denim look luxe.
Style Notes: Ballet flats are firmly back on our fashion radar. Typically low cut on the foot, they work with just about any jean length, though we think they look really chic when worn with white ankle-grazing jeans.
Style Notes: Espadrilles look just as good with jeans as they do with printed midi skirts. Straight-leg styles work particularly well, as they balance out the chunky wedge heels.
Style Notes: Few combinations feel more 2021 than straight-leg jeans and classic leather loafers. Just add an oversized blazer and a sleek shoulder bag to complete the casual but polished aesthetic.