7 Major Shoe Trends I'm Wearing With My Jeans in 2023


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If I had a dollar for every time I wore jeans throughout the year, I'd have enough dollars to treat myself to these stunning satin pink ballet flats I spotted at Net-a-Porter! (Note to self: start adding to my piggy bank.) In other words, jeans are a huge part of my daily dressing and the foundation for most of my outfits in fall, winter, and spring. Because of this, I'm always mustering up ways to make them feel fresh and on-trend, and one easy way to do this is with the addition of a trendy pair of shoes. Shoes can unquestionably transform a jeans outfit in an instant and can add the fashion-forward touch your ensemble is looking for.

So today, I'm sharing some of 2023's major shoe trends that I'll be styling with my denim this season. I've pinpointed styles that go particularly well with the jeans trends that are huge right now—from loose and relaxed silhouettes to '90s straight-leg styles. These will make your jeans feel altogether on-trend and elevate even the most basic pair.

Ballet Flats


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Ballet flats continue to be en pointe for spring/summer 2023, as spotted on a whole host of runways, from Simone Rocha to Tod's. This season sees plenty of interesting iterations that include sporty soles, metallic hues, and beautiful buckles, and they will pair great with everything from loose jeans to straight-leg styles.

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Slingback pumps are a chic option to wear with straight-leg ankle jeans this year. Whether you prefer flats or high heels, there's no doubt they make every outfit look more polished.

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Metallics are having a major moment in 2023 and were spotted all over the runways, from Bottega Veneta to Tory Burch. I can't get enough of the fresh and wearable trend, especially since it looks so good paired with denim, which gives the fancy nature of the trend a casual spin. Opt for flat slingbacks, ballet flats, or boots in gold or silver to lean into the look right now. 

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You probably have a strong reaction to this trend (I'm definitely on team jelly shoes!), but whether you love them or hate them, clear shoes were seen in a number of iterations on the runways, from colorful fisherman styles at Coach to simple and sleek minimalist flats at Loewe. Whatever you choose, they'll make your jeans outfit look fresh and on-trend.

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Unique Wedges


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From sculptural pumps to slip-on sandals and boots, wedges are back on the scene this spring/summer. While there is a wide variety of styles, wedges featuring sculptural heels and unique fabrics particularly caught my eye. Pair with ankle jeans to show off the statement shoes.

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Mary Janes


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Mary Janes are stealing the show this year. Prada sent nearly every look down the runway with heeled Mary-Jane shoes, and plenty of other designers got in on the action, including Coach and Chanel. With prim flats and goth iterations, there's no doubt they're the perfect choice to style with your jeans this year.

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Basketball Sneakers


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If you're looking for a sneaker style to pair with your relaxed jeans this year, then look no further than ultra-cool high-top basketball styles from New Balance and Nike. We've seen the fashion set all over this style this season.

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Judith Jones
Senior Fashion Market Editor

Judith is the senior fashion market editor at Who What Wear and has worked in fashion for nearly a decade. Judith started on the Shop Who What Wear team, creating content and managing a team of merchandisers for the Who What Wear shopping app. She later crossed over to the editorial team, where she shares the coolest, most desirable fashion market finds and brands in her shopping-focused stories and social takeovers. She has become one of the top affiliate earners during her six plus years at Who What Wear. Before working in fashion, Judith was a TV host on the PBS travel show Globe Trekker (airing on Netflix and Amazon Prime) and shared her passion for travel and food. She studied at the prestigious London Academy of Dramatic Arts as well as Stella Adler Studio of Acting in New York. She later studied fashion merchandising and design, which laid the foundation for her career in fashion.

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