Your Complete Guide To What Shoes To Wear With Skinny Jeans

Your Complete Guide To What Shoes To Wear With Skinny Jeans

If you’re a fan of skinny jeans (which we’ll assume you are!), you’ve probably faced this dilemma at least once during your life: you’ve put together a super-cute outfit with your favorite pair of skin-tight jeans, and you have absolutely no idea what shoes to wear with them. Depending on the occasion, strappy heels might feel too dressy; a flat sandal can sometimes look too bulky; and you feel like you just can’t pull off a sneaker.

We get it—so much so that we’ve racked our brains for 8 amazing ways to wear a plethora of different shoes with skinny jeans. Each kind pulls off a very different (but equally stylish) vibe, and hopefully these tips will help the next time you’re feeling shoe stumped.

Scroll down for your complete guide to what shoes to wear with skinny jeans!

  • 1 of 37
    PHOTO: Fame Flynet

    Classic Sneakers

    Arguably the most on-trend shoe at the moment, the classic lace-up sneaker definitely should have a place in your wardrobe, especially when paired with a solid skinny jean. These work well when you’re having a super casual daytime event, or simply running errands in a slouchy T-shirt and jeans. 

    Cara Delevingne

  • 2 of 37

    Supra Skytop Sneaker in Blush Pink ($95)

    A soft pastel is a stylish way to feminize a more masculine silhouette.

  • 3 of 37

    Converse by Martin Margiela Leather Sneakers ($364)

    You can't go wrong with a classic all-white sneaker.

  • 4 of 37

    Superga x The Man Repeller Satin Sneaker ($125)

    If there's a way to make a sneaker sexier, it's by crafting it in satin.

  • 5 of 37

    Nike Air Pegasus '83 Sneakers ($75)

    Classic Nikes: every cool girl's must-have shoe.

  • 6 of 37
    PHOTO: Fame Flynet

    Flat Sandals

    If you’re heading to brunch or a casual cocktail hour after work, pair your skinnies with a pair of chunky flat sandals. The seemingly omnipresent Birkenstock works great for this look, but try to make sure you go for a lighter, brighter color to avoid looking a bit bottom-heavy.

    Emma Stone

  • 7 of 37

    TKees Charlie Flat Sandals ($70)

    The flatter the sandal, the more minimalist the better.

  • 8 of 37

    Nicholas Kirkwood Beige Flat Sandals ($248)

    Change it up with a pair in a softer nude tone.

  • 9 of 37

    French Connection Hallie Flat Sandals ($95)

    Black and white make for a great sandal color combo.

  • 10 of 37

    Seychelles City Slicker Leopard-Print Calf Hair Sandal ($60)

    If you want to do only one strap, make it a statement strap.

  • 11 of 37
    PHOTO: Splash News

    Pointy Flats

    Yes, pointy-toe flats can be more than just the shoes you wear to and from the office every day. They can also dress up a pair of skinny jeans in a very sleek and simple way—just steer clear of versions with embellishments, instead opting for classic ones in black, navy blue, and other staple shades.

    Jessica Alba

  • 12 of 37

    Loeffler Randall Emma Flats ($260)

    The D'Orsay flat: the sexiest of all flats.

  • 13 of 37

    3.1 Phillip Lim Devon Animal-Print Flats ($450)

    Just a little leopard goes a long way.

  • 14 of 37

    Pixie Market Patent Pointy Flats ($112)

    A simple black pair is an absolute necessity.

  • 15 of 37

    Jimmy Choo Alina Pointy Leather Flat ($525)

    A nude pair will help make you look taller, sans heels!

  • 16 of 37
    PHOTO: Star Traks

    Slip-On Sneakers

    The other major on-trend shoe right now also happens to look stellar with a pair of skinnies. Avoid platform versions, which tend to unnecessarily add clunk—instead, opt for average soles. Feel free to play around with fun colors and prints, though—the slip-on world is your oyster.

    Chloë Grace Moretz

  • 17 of 37

    Vince Blair Slipons ($137)

    A simple pair of black-and-white slip-ons is a must-have.

  • 18 of 37

    Woman by Common Projects Suede Slip-On Sneaker ($414)

    Add a little glisten with a simple pair in suede.

  • 19 of 37

    Lanvin Embossed Leather Slip-On Sneakers ($750)

    Make a statement in snakeskin.

  • 20 of 37

    Miu Miu Patent Leather Slip-On Sneakers ($490)

    A cap-toe is a way to instantly dress up the look.

  • 21 of 37
    PHOTO: Getty Images

    Strappy Heels

    For maximum sex appeal, forego all other shoe options in favor of a strappy heel. You have a lot of freedom here when it comes to color—everything from a simple, understated black version to a wild pop of colors or prints will work—but be sure to steer clear of patent and other shiny, potentially inexpensive-looking fabrics.

    Jourdan Dunn

  • 22 of 37

    Zimmermann Tiger Print T-Strap Pumps ($395)

    The two T's: tiger print and t-strap make for a great mix.

  • 23 of 37

    Zara High-Heel Court Shoe ($60)

    This shoe proves that girly can be very stylish.

  • 24 of 37

    Isabel Marant Paw Strappy Heeled Sandal ($725)

    The sexiness of this shoe exponentially grows in relation to the number of straps.

  • 25 of 37
    PHOTO: Fame Flynet

    Classic Pointy Pumps

    If you want a sleek and easy way to dress up a pair of skinny jeans, definitely reach for your favorite pair of pointy-toed pumps. Black or nude are always classic options, but if you want to make more of a statement, definitely reach for a pop of color like red, snakeskin, or cobalt. 

    Kim Kardashian

  • 26 of 37

    Zara Leather Asymmetric Heels ($60)

    Every girl needs a great pair of black pumps with a blocky heel.

  • 27 of 37

    Rebecca Minkoff Cameron Heels ($140)

    The contrast between a print body and a solid heel is on-point.

  • 28 of 37

    Manolo Blahnik Suede BB Pumps ($595)

    Every woman needs a great pair of bright red pumps in her closet.

  • 29 of 37
    PHOTO: Splash News


    For a more laid-back vibe that remains eternally stylish (and trés French-inspired), go for a classic penny loafer or a more modern take on the smoking slipper. Wear the flat version for casual occasions, and put on a version with a stacked, modest heel to dress them up a bit.

    Kendall Jenner

  • 30 of 37

    Miu Miu Metallic Leather Loafers ($417)

    If it's possible to fall in love with a shoe, we just did.

  • 31 of 37

    Marni Loafers ($820)

    The subtle hunter green of these Marnis is quite seductive.

  • 32 of 37

    Alexander McQueen Loafers ($140)

    Leave it to McQueen to make a loafer sleeker than ever before.

  • 33 of 37
    PHOTO: Splash News

    Summer Ankle Booties

    Here’s a little-known secret: you can wear booties during the summer. Steer clear of dark suedes and other unforgiving leathers, and instead reach for lighter tones and styles that hit right at your ankle. Fit wise, you preferably want a jean that hits right above the top of the boot, too.

    Rosie Huntington-Whiteley

  • 34 of 37

    Acne Jensen Suede Ankle Booties ($621)

    The modest heel block makes this shoe the perfect height.

  • 35 of 37

    10 Crosby Derek Lam Maddox Ankle Booties ($395)

    The color on this pair is absolutely perfect.

  • 36 of 37

    Rachel Comey Mars Booties ($400)

    Every modern woman needs a great pair of brown booties in her wardrobe.

  • 37 of 37

    Alexander Wang Gabi Suede Booties ($844)

    The cutout above the heel adds a very edgy impact.

EXPLORE: Styling Tips, Supra, Superga x The Man Repeller, Converse by Martin Margiela, Nike, French Connection, NIcholas Kirkwood, Seychelles, TKEES, Loeffler Randall, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Pixie Market, Jimmy Choo, Vince, Miu Miu, Lanvin, Woman By Common Projects, Zimmermann, Zara, Isabel Marant, Rebecca Minkoff, Manolo Blahnik, Marni, Alexander McQueen, Rachel Comey, 10 Crosby Derek Lam, Alexander Wang, Acne, Chloe Moretz, Cara Delevingne, Emma Stone, Jessica Alba, Jourdan Dunn, Kim Kardashian, kendall jenner, Rosie Huntington-whiteley


See More Stories