January 30, 2023

We all know how versatile a pair of jeans can be. After all, what other garment can take you from date night to the weekend with the same stylish flair and universal appeal? However, their ease is often dependent on another item: footwear.

Shoes have the power to instantly change the mood of your jeans. For example, for a formal occasion, a pair of bejewelled heels will elevate your classic blues to glamorous new heights. Similarly, ballet flats will add polish to ripped or frayed-hem jeans—simply add a tailored blazer and a button-down, and you’ve got yourself a chic ensemble.

So which shoes would I recommend wearing with jeans? I’m glad you asked. I’ve whittled down the shoes to wear with jeans that I truly believe work for just about every occasion you can think of. Keep scrolling to see eight jean-and-shoe combinations validated by the style elite, and then shop the pieces you need to re-create their impressive looks.

1. STRAPPY SANDALS

Shoes That Go With Jeans:

Style Notes: Another shoe that’s taking over in 2022, slingbacks—particularly those with block heels—will elevate any jean ensemble. As will an oversized blazer. 

Shop the look:
AllSaints Aleida Jersey Blazer
AllSaints
Aleida Jersey Blazer
£139

A staple you’ll come to rely upon. 

Reiss Camel Tereza Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
Reiss
Camel Tereza Cotton-Jersey T-Shirt
£35

A welcome change from fail-safe white. 

Citizens of Humanity Charlotte High-Rise Straight Jeans
Citizens of Humanity
Charlotte High-Rise Straight Jeans
£246

This blue shade feels authentically vintage. 

Chanel Preloved Slingback Shoes
Chanel
Preloved Slingback Shoes
£720

It shoe alert!

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

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