6 Shoes Fashion People Always Wear With Relaxed 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 more likely to see celebrities like Hailey Bieber and Kendall Jenner stepping out in mom jeans paired with a long coat, plain white tee, 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. 

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The silk finish adds an elegant touch to this look. 

This delicate bangle is the perfect finishing touch. 

We've heard great things about Weekday denim. 

Yet another example of The Row's craftsmanship. 

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. 

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This classic pair comes in 5 shades. 

We've spotted so many stylish people sporting these trainers. 

3. 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. 

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So many great outfits include a classic blazer. 

The raw finish adds a casual edge to the smart blazer and loafers. 

These could easily pass for designer. 

4. 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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It's hard to believe this timeless staple is only £18. 

Choose from three lengths to find your perfect fit. 

You'll rewear these for years to come. 


Style Notes: If you prefer an ankle grazing pair of mom jeans, then a sleek pair of ballet flats is a good idea. The classic shoe has returned to style prominence for the instant polish it adds to any look, and the flat sole make these a clever option for those on the go. 

This pair also comes in a soft beige.

6. Slides

Style Notes: When sunnier days come around, minimal slip-on slider sandals will help elevate your mom-jean look. 

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Cosy up in this soft jumper now, or wear over shoulders when the sun arrives. 

A wardrobe hero all year round. 

Opening Image: @emmanuellek_

This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

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