The 4 Best Trainer Styles to Wear With Jeans

Trainers are to jeans as Nutella is to pancakes, as eyeliner is to Alexa Chung, and as corsets are to the cast of Bridgerton. They just look good together. The only major flaw in this belief, however, is that every pair of trainers works with every pair of jeans. As someone who often chooses jeans and trainers over a dress and heels, I've learned that there are certain trainers that work best with certain denim silhouettes. I own a fair amount of both, so you can rest assured that I've spent a lot of time thinking about this and have narrowed down the ideal combos. 

When deciding which trainers to wear with jeans, the first thing I think about is the hem of the trousers. Are they cropped or tapered? This detail immediately has an impact on which trainers I'll choose. Case in point: If you're wearing a longer leg style, you won't want to wear a chunky pair of trainers because they might disrupt the silhouette of the jeans. Secondly, I pay attention to the width of the trouser legs. Wide-leg jeans, in my opinion, don't work well with chunky trainers. Finally, I'll think about the colour of the jeans. If they're a softer, non-blue colour, such as ecru or green, I'll try for sharp white or black trainers but will avoid grey ones. With blue jeans, you can pretty much wear any colour trainer you like. Keep scrolling to see my insight on which four trainer styles are best to wear with jeans. 

1. HIGH-TOPS

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Style Notes: Wide-leg ecru jeans are ideal with high-tops. While I've paired them with a Breton, I think these would also look good with a black or white tee and a black blazer. 

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Style Notes: One of my favourite denim styles is the cropped flare. I'm 5'3'' and find it's one of the better lengths for me. To complement the cropped hem, I like higher trainers, so it's high-tops for me and nothing else. 

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Style Notes: As these flares are so long on me, the only clear option is a non-chunky, Converse-style trainer. A chunky trainer would lift up the flared hem, and the silhouette wouldn't be as clean.

2. WHITE PLIMSOLLS

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Style Notes: This is what I like to think of as the K-Mids way to wear jeans and trainers. The cropped ankle and slightly tapered style work very well with white plimsolls. Socks optional. 

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Style Notes: Good news! If you love your plimsolls and white, wide-leg jeans, you can combine them for this nautical vibe. 

3. OLD-SCHOOL TRAINERS

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Style Notes: Perhaps the most divisive of combos is a pair of high-waisted jeans with old-school sporty trainers. It's a little hypebeast for some, but I'm personally a big fan. As this style of trouser typically falls above the ankle, it's nice to make a show of your more out-there, trend-led trainers. 

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Style Notes: Whether blue or black, straight-leg jeans are great with sporty trainers. The chunkier the better. 

4. CHUNKY TRAINERS

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Style Notes: Unlike the above trainers, these chunky trainers aren't vintage-inspired and are more representative of current trends. Wear with straight-leg jeans for a 2021 take on the look. 

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Style Notes: You could go for a pair of super-baggy jeans, but classic blue jeans work just as well. 

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This piece was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. 

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