The Best Shoes to Wear with Jeans

The Best Shoes to Wear with Jeans

Comfortable, easy-to-wear and versatile, there’s nothing we love more than a good pair of jeans! They’re the faithful friend we turn to through casual or smart occasions, some might say jeans are the hardest working part of our wardrobe.

So, what better way to maximise denim’s true potential than picking the shoes to dress for every event in your calendar? 

Whether you’ve found your favourite fit of jeans (one in every colour please!) or you’re ready to experiment with new shapes and cuts of jeans, we’ve compiled a need-to-know guide on what shoes to wear with jeans. Happy feet indeed! 

What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans

Wide leg jeans will bring a flattering update to your denim collection, and a high-waisted pair will accentuate your waistline and balance out your proportions. Opting for statement wide leg jeans doesn’t mean your footwear options are limited, when paired with the right shoes they are the perfect all-rounder, taking you from casual to smart occasions in an instant. 



Loafers are one of our favourite forms of footwear, smart and comfortable, they can be slipped on with just about anything! The good news is they’re the perfect match for wide leg jeans.

A high waisted pair of jeans are super comfortable to wear and are great with t-shirts or blouses tucked in, and a pair of loafers will smartly sign off your look. For a stylish twist, slip on a pair of flat shoes in a bold colour or metallic shade and match them up with a coordinating handbag.

White Trainers

Minimalist white trainers are an investment piece on their own, great for pulling together an outfit at a moment’s notice, trainers are the perfect match for wide fit jeans, in any colour, no matter the season. What’s more? A pair of smart trainers will keep you feeling comfortable all day long. Win, win!

Wedge Mule Sandals

Sandals and sun! What more could you need for an easy summer look? Wide leg jeans of course! They’re the cut of jeans that give a subtle nod to the seventies without feeling over the top, and a pair of wedge mules will effortlessly bring the look together. 

Whether worn with a simple t-shirt or a delicate broderie anglaise blouse, this is an outfit you can wear through the day or evening, whether you’re on holiday or at home. 

What Shoes to Wear with Bootcut Jeans

Boot cut jeans are perhaps the most favourite of all, their classic cut and flattering shape have made them a reliable choice over the years. Tapered around the tops of your legs, bootcut jeans give a fitted and tailored appearance that widens from the knee to the hem which helps to balance out your shoulders.

There are so many shoes to wear with your bootcut jeans, from cool, casual trainers, to classic ankle boots and sandals too! If you’re in the mood for switching up how to style your bootcut jeans, these are the shoes that will step you through every season … rain or shine.

Heeled Ankle Boots

Nothing works better with bootcut jeans than a pair of ankle boots, it’s what they were designed for after all! The shape of bootcut jeans means there’s a little extra room around your ankle to tuck your boots underneath, so you can display your jeans in all their glory.

A pair of boots with a block heel are a great option to wear with your bootcut jeans, it’s a classic look that will keep you feeling smart and comfortable. Plus, you’ll have the appearance of longer legs especially with a high-waisted pair.


Strappy Sandals

When the weather hots up, you need a pair of trusty sandals that you can wear with every outfit, bootcut jeans included! The key to refining any look with elegance is to keep things simple, so go for a pair of sandals with a clean-cut silhouette and pull the look together by matching your accessories like your handbag or belt.

Sandals with a low wedge heel, will help to lift your looks and will help you to avoid treading on the hems of your trousers.

Smart Trainers

 Trainers have quickly grown to be the shoes we rely on most. Practical, comfortable, and surprisingly stylish. Whether worn in summer with your jeans and a pretty top or in autumn with your woolly coat, they’re the reliable option we’ll never tire of.

Wearing a pair of modern trainers with your bootcut jeans will keep your outfit feeling smart, so go for a clean white pair with bold and sporty accents and leave your tired trainers for exercising.

What Shoes to Wear with Cropped Jeans

Cropped jeans are a smart casual essential, chic enough to wear with your ballet flats and casual enough to slip on with your faithful lace-up trainers

Leaving a space between the top of your shoe and the hem of your jeans will give a flattering finish to your ankle and give the illusion of a longer leg. Jeans a little long? No problem! Roll up the hems and voilà … cropped jeans in an instant! 

Cropped jeans are a failsafe option that will be the perfect starting point to many a great outfit, as this line-up of shoes prove …

Ballerina Flats


Ballet pumps are a special kind of shoe, smart, comfortable, and so easy to slip on, they’re a great option to wear for work, dinner dates, and dressy occasions. 

Wearing ballerina flats with a cropped pair of jeans will instantly transform your look into a sophisticated outfit, elegant and effortless this can be adapted to suit the occasion. Pull on a pair of black cropped jeans with a shirt and blazer for smart days or go for blue jeans with a Bretton t-shirt for an easy and stylish everyday look.

Statement Trainers


Nothing says casual like a pair of trainers, they’re the ideal choice for low-key moments and days spent running errands. Wearing a pair of statement trainers with your denim jeans is a great way to keep your casual wardrobe feeling fresh and current. 


Invisible socks are the secret accessory of choice when pulling on your cropped jeans, they’ll give you the same comfort as wearing a pair of socks would, without being on show. 


Light blue denim jeans will add a relaxed feel to your outfit and are the perfect match with modern trainers, layer up your look with a plain t-shirt or light knitwear and you’ve got yourself an ultra-trendy ready-to-wear outfit. 


What Shoes to Wear with Black Jeans 

A trusty pair of black jeans are the ultimate staple for every woman, simple, chic, and versatile, black jeans act as an anchor to many an outfit. That means, there are so many styles of shoes you can wear to suit pretty much every occasion through the year, from summer sandals to winter boots, classic trainers, and ballet flats to name just a few.

As for what coloured shoes should you wear with black jeans? Black boots and shoes will help to ground your look, creating a classic base that can be dressed up with a colourful blouse or accessories. Bright colours and juicy hues will stand out from dark jeans, creating a statement look that will stand out from the crowd.

What Shoes to Wear with White Jeans

Styling white jeans can be tricky but with a little know-how, you can turn your white jeans into your favourite pair of trousers. 

Summertime is the perfect season for white jeans, they’re the perfect choice to wear with pastel and muted shades, so go for strappy sandals in soft metallic palettes, chunky trainers, or neutral slip-on shoes for a more casual look.

Tips for Styling your Jeans

No matter what jeans you choose, we have a few style hacks on how to make the most out of your denim collections …

Pick a colour

The colour of your jeans and shoes can transform your outfit, so play around with what works best with your jeans, you can even match your shoes with your handbag and belt to pull an outfit together.

Jeans in lighter shades tend to be more casual, whereas for smarter occasions like work or brunch dates, go for a darker pair of jeans as this will give a more formal finish.

About the fit

Just like your shoes, it’s important your jeans fit well. If they’re too long, they can make you look shorter and even swallow up your silhouette. Plus, if your hems are dragging on the floor, they’ll wear out quickly. 

If you’re confident with a sewing needle, taking up your hems is quick and easy to do, or your local dressmaker can usually do this for you as you wait.

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