This Is How to Wear Running Shoes With Jeans

If there’s one styling lesson that the unending trend of athleisure has taught us, it’s that you can wear jeans with running shoes. And while we love the standard uniform of leggings, a cropped sweatshirt, and sneakers, sometimes an occasion will call for something more put-together.

Perhaps it’s the love of wearing sensible (and stylish) footwear or Balenciaga’s Triple S sneakers reaching cult status, but we see no reason to not wear these gym time staples on a regular basis.

All it takes is a bit of creativity. So for those who love to be comfortable at all times—especially for those days filled with walking—but don’t want to sacrifice their personal style (we see you), you’re in luck. We’ve rounded up our favorite street style looks that’ll give you all the sartorial inspiration you need to pair your running shoes with jeans. Check them out now and then shop for denim and sneakers to create the looks on your own.


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To ensure a pulled-together look, coordinate the accent colors of your shoes with other pieces of your outfit such as a lightweight bomber jacket.


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If you want to wear a darker pair of jeans, add pops of color throughout your outfit to make it a little more playful. 


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A pair of white jeans will pull a look together, no matter the color. Wear a pair of white sneakers with them to keep your vibrant outfit grounded.


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Yes, lace-up jeans can be chic and worn with sneakers. Let them be the hero of your outfit and keep everything else simple and streamlined, including your shoes.


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You can’t go wrong with a pair of cool black-and-white sneakers, especially when styling them with a set of frayed white denim jeans. Your look will be polished with an edge of cool.


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If you want a more retro look, a pair of wide-leg jeans with white sneakers will give you major Farrah Fawcett vibes. Put a modern update to it with your favorite leather jacket.


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Contrasting some more formal pieces with a pair of jeans and sneakers will have you feeling like an It girl. When wearing a blouse, black jeans will keep the look on the streamlined side.

Now you know that sneakers can be worn with jeans. Better yet—the combination can be absolutely chic.

Dale Arden Chong