If there's one thing that all Who What Wear editors agree on, it's the timeless appeal of a great pair of jeans. They're a staple in just about everyone's wardrobe, and they can be styled in so many ways depending on season, occasion and general mood.
But their versatility can also be problematic. With an abundance of styling options comes an abundance of decisions to be made. Thankfully, the fashion set has served up myriad chic and easy-to-replicate denim looks that take the hard work out of getting dressed. And one thing that always catches my eye when sifting through this collection of inspo is the footwear. No matter what top you've paired with your jeans, shoes can instantly change a look, taking you from day to night in a matter of seconds. Whether you're wearing slim-fit jeans with platforms or baggier jeans with trainers, there’s a jean-and-shoe combo out there for every event and personal style.
Keep scrolling to discover my favourite simple yet stylish denim-and-shoe combos to try next time you don't know what to wear, and shop the footwear you may need to help re-create the look.
Style Notes: Low-top trainers like Chiara's pair look so cool with relaxed jeans while classics like Converse high-tops suit straight-leg styles.
2. COURT SHOES
Style Notes: I love how Joanne has paired her pointed-toe heels with a flare. Keep the rest of your look simple with other wardrobe essentials like a striped tee and blazer.
3. BIRKENSTOCK BOSTONS
Style Notes: Have you invested in a pair of Birkenstock Bostons? Consider this your sign. Possibly the most popular shoe of the year, it's an effortlessly chic option. In winter, just add a pair of cosy socks or opt for the shearling-lined style.
4. BALLET FLATS
Style Notes: This is a winning combo. Sandwich a slightly cropped jean in a pale wash between monochrome separates.
5. STRAPPY HEELS
Style Notes: Who can resist the appeal of jeans and a nice top? Make denim work for the evening by adding barely-there strappy heels and your favourite top.
Style Notes: I've always envied Franny's effortless style, and this outfit cements that. Here, she pairs this season's cult shoe (the Mary Jane) with dark-wash jeans and a white shirt. Simple yet so chic.
7. ANKLE BOOTS
Style Notes: Whether you're heading to the office or to dinner, denim with a heeled ankle boot is a fail-safe pairing. Take cues from Jess, and pair black jeans with black boots or match light-wash denim with white.
Style Notes: Loafers are a classic choice. I love them paired with socks and a knit like Emmanuelle has done here.
Style Notes: The polished heel that's always in style, the slingback is back in full force this season. For the ultimate French look, go for a pointed toe and patent finish—and take a page out of Leia Sfez's book and style with thick socks on cooler days.
Style Notes: I love the denim and platform duo. Simple black platforms look great with light-wash denim, while patterned or metallic styles work well with indigo and white.