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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.