It's True—These 10 Shoe Styles Always Look Good With Jeans

If there's one thing that all Who What Wear editors agree on, it's the timeless appeal of a great pair of jeans. They're a staple in just about everyone's wardrobe, and they can be styled in so many ways depending on season, occasion and general mood.

But their versatility can also be problematic. With an abundance of styling options comes an abundance of decisions to be made. Thankfully, the fashion set has served up plenty of chic and easy-to-replicate denim looks that take the hard work out of getting dressed. And one thing that always catches my eye when sifting through this collection of inspo is the footwear. No matter what top you've paired with your jeans, shoes can instantly change a look, taking you from day to night in a matter of seconds. Whether you're wearing slim-fit jeans with platforms or baggier jeans with trainers, there’s a jean-and-shoe combo out there for every event and personal style.

Keep scrolling to discover my favourite simple yet stylish denim-and-shoe combos to try next time you don't know what to wear, and shop the footwear you may need to help re-create the look.


Jeans and trainers outfit

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Style Notes: Low-top trainers like Felicia's pair look so cool with straight-cut jeans while classics like Converse high-tops suit cropped styles.

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Style Notes: I love how Joanne has paired her pointed-toe heels with a flare. Keep the rest of your look simple with other wardrobe essentials like a striped tee and blazer.

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Style Notes: Have you invested in a pair of Birkenstock Bostons? Consider this your sign. Possibly the most popular shoe of the year, it's an effortlessly chic option. In winter, just add a pair of cosy socks or opt for the shearling-lined style.

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Jeans and ballet flats outfit

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Style Notes: This is a winning combo. Tuck a basic T into straight-cut jeans and throw a cool leather jacket over top.

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Style Notes: Who can resist the appeal of jeans and a nice top? Make denim work for the evening by adding barely-there strappy heels and your favourite top.

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Style Notes: I've always envied Franny's effortless style, and this outfit cements that. Here, she pairs this season's cult shoe (the Mary Jane) with dark-wash jeans and a white shirt. Simple yet so chic.

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Style Notes: Whether you're heading to the office or to dinner, denim with a heeled ankle boot is a fail-safe pairing. Take cues from Jess, and pair black jeans with black boots or match light-wash denim with white.

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Loafer outfit with white top

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Style Notes: Loafers are a classic choice. I love them paired with socks and a white vest like Emmanuelle has done here.

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Style Notes: The polished heel that's always in style, the slingback is back in full force this season. For the ultimate French look, go for a pointed toe and patent finish—and take a page out of Leia Sfez's book and style with thick socks on cooler days.

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Style Notes: I love the denim and platform duo. Simple black platforms look great with light-wash denim, while patterned or metallic styles work well with indigo and white.

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This story was published at an earlier time and has since been updated.

Poppy Nash
Managing Editor

Poppy joined the Who What Wear UK team as managing editor in 2022. After graduating from university with a degree in English literature, she worked for a number of print and digital publications, including Women's Health, The Times, Hello! and Marie Claire. In these roles she assisted the fashion teams with print content as well as digital shopping features, shoots and celebrity news.

Prior to Who What Wear, Poppy worked at SheerLuxe as the commercial content manager. There she oversaw all paid-for site content and inclusions, managed the visual assets and briefs for branded content, and ensured all content—whether editorial or commercial—was in line with overall brand guidelines and tone. She also supported the editorial team by looking after visual merchandising on site and reviewing the brand’s daily newsletters.

As WWW UK’s managing editor, Poppy spends most of her time looking after the content calendar and all output across the brand, in addition to working with contributors, supporting with social media planning, assisting with branded content and contributing to brand strategy. Poppy prides herself on being organised, and a keen eye for detail means she oversees the production of tentpole moments such as Who What Wear’s quarterly celebrity covers, the Wedding Issue, team shoots, events, industry-facing moments, gift guides and more. In addition to this, Poppy ensures processes across the brand are efficient and effective, and is always on the lookout for ways the team can work smarter, not harder! As someone who works behind the scenes (Poppy loves a spreadsheet!), you won’t find many articles by Poppy on site, but when you do there’s no doubt they will either be focused on dresses, handbags or classic high-street buys. Or better yet, all three!

Born and raised in London, Poppy is a true city girl. When she's not thinking about clothes (or raiding her mum’s wardrobe), Poppy fills her time walking along the river with her 11-year-old labradoodle, getting stuck in a good book and enjoying as many of the city’s amazing restaurants and bars as her purse will allow! Her favourite London spots are Caravel for dinner, the Ham Yard Hotel for a fancy pre-theatre drink, Daunt Books for a new read, 26Grains for breakfast and Coal Drop's Yard for a spot of shopping.