Jeans are that one item in your closet you feel like you can wear with absolutely anything, right? Well, while we editors here at Who What Wear love testing out new trends and pushing the boundaries when it comes to denim styling (dresses over jeans, fishnets under jeans, denim on denim…), there are a few things we would rather not wear with our denim collection, and today we are going to talk specifically about the shoes that fall into that category.
In addition to the shoes we don't like to wear with our jeans, we also listed the styles we actually love. Whether that be simple sneakers, funky heels, or chic slides, we have a feeling you'll leave here with a few new fancy footwear ideas for your next denim outfit. Now, the reasoning behind each of our picks is completely personal, so if the shoes we call out as the pairs we would never wear with our jeans is actually your favorite style to pair with denim, that's okay! When it comes to fashion, there aren't strictly black-and-white rules, only the guidelines you set for yourself and your personal style. We are just here to share our personal opinions on the matter with you.
Go on to find out which shoes our editors don't like to wear with their jeans, in addition to the styles they do.
"Honestly, one reason I love skinny jeans is that they're so versatile I feel like it's tough to find a shoe that doesn't work, but I will say there's one I tend to avoid: bulky sneakers. With the slimness of the pants, a thick-soled sneaker can look out of place. Instead, I love the look of sleek mules."
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"I typically avoid wearing bulky sandals and shoes with skinny jeans. Instead, I go for a simple (usually nude) style to elongate my legs."
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"With skinny jeans, I tend to skip midrise boots—unless they're the perfect height, the proportions can feel off. Lately, I've been pairing mine with pointed flats."
"I tend to never wear ankle-strap heels with skinny jeans, because I always find that the jeans either cover the strap, making it look like there's something missing from the shoes, or sit right above it, which causes a choppy and unflattering ankle-coverage situation. Instead, I'd opt for pumps, mules, or flats!"
"I personally don't like wearing round-toe boots with jeans. The bulky boots combined with the round toe always cuts off my legs and makes me appear to be shorter. Right now, however, I love wearing funky heels with my jeans as they are the perfect way to jazz up a basic denim and T-shirt look."
"I avoid any type of gladiator or ankle-wrap situation, for logistical reasons. Either way you wrap them—under or over the jeans—it's not a good look. I do love a pair of loafers with skinny jeans, though, as they contrast nicely with the tight silhouette."
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"I personally don't like wearing running shoes with a pair of jeans—I'd rather wear them with leggings when I'm actually going to the gym. Instead, I wear jeans with casual, non-workout sneakers like Vans."
"I'm not a big fan of lace-up shoes with skinny jeans. I prefer a style that doesn't cut across the ankle so that there's always a little skin showing between the bottom of my pant leg and top of my shoe. Girls on the shorter side will understand this trick since it helps create an illusion of a bit more height on your frame."
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