5 Shoes You Should Own If You Live in Jeans

When it comes to jeans, some cuts instantly come to mind. Skinnies are one such style (even if they aren’t as prevalent right now as they once were). Boot-cut, flared and boyfriend are also up there as some of the most iconic jeans silhouettes. However, we consider another jeans style to be a classic, and that’s mom jeans. Paying homage to the ’80s, mom jeans are typically high-waisted with a looser fit around the thighs and a leg that tapers toward the ankle. They’re the sort of thing your mum would have worn with a tucked-in blouse, a black leather Western belt, white socks and loafers.

Nowadays, you’re far likelier to see celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner stepping out in mom jeans paired with a long coat, plain white vest, and strappy sandals. The attraction? Their relaxed but sculpting shape makes them the perfect denim option for those whose aesthetic teeters sexy and effortless.

Like all jeans, just about anything you choose to wear them with will work; such is the root of their appeal. Still, there are certain pieces that work better with jeans—specifically mom jeans—than others. Most commonly, we find ourselves being asked which shoe styles work best with denim, so we’ve set about trying to answer that for you. From ballet flats and trainers to boots and heels, here are the five shoes to wear with mom jeans, as demonstrated by some of our fashionable friends.

1. Strappy Sandals

Shoes to Wear with Mom Jeans: @smythsisters wears strappy heeled sandals with mom jeans



Style Notes: While it might not be the pair of shoes you grab for a shopping day or long walk, there's no denying that strappy sandals look incredible paired with looser-fitting mom jeans. 

2. Chunky Trainers

Shoes to Wear with Mom Jeans: @emmanuellek_ wears a pair of chunky retro trainers with mom jeans



Style Notes: While all trainers tend to loan themselves well to jeans, we think chunky pairs like Emmanuelle's look the part with mom jeans, as they nod to the retro '80s vibe in a subtle way. 

3. Slides

Style Notes: Looking taller mightn't be one of your priorities, but regardless, a minimal slip-on slider sandal will also help elevate your mom-jean look. 

4. Loafers

Shoes to Wear with Mom Jeans: @frannfyne wears loafers with her mom jeans



Style Notes: Proof that fashion trends always come full circle, Franny has taken her mom jeans back to their origins by wearing them with a pair of classic leather chain-detail loafers. 

5. Simple Boots

Style Notes: If you like your mom jeans on the long side, might we suggest keeping your shoe choice fuss-free and pared-back? A no-frills pair of leather ankle boots is the ideal option for far-reaching hems. 

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