There’s something about the ushering in of fall that inspires us to reevaluate our denim lineup. Whether it’s trying out a current trend, settling back into your old favorites or testing fresh ways to style a timeless pair, the easiest trick to making denim seem new again is shoes. What’s not so simple: knowing which silhouettes to team together. Does an ankle boot look better with skinnies or a cropped flare? Should you try a sock boot under a wide leg or straight leg? Are kitten heels flattering with embellished jeans or a fringed hem? What shoes to wear with baggy jeans? Don’t stress—ahead, we show you the best denim-and-shoe pairings to get you through the season with ease. Our failsafe combos, right this way.
The Perfect Jeans And Shoe Combos
A Flare And Extra-Chunky Platforms
Flared denim needs a little added height to properly elongate your legs, making you look more like 1970s bombshell Brigitte Bardot. In fact, it’s a great excuse to fully indulge in that tailored bohemian vibe of decades past and grab a pair of the extra-chunky heels we couldn't get enough of from the fall runways.
Ankle Cropped Skinnies And Textured Flats
Skinny jeans are a forever staple, so building an army of shoes to pair with this classic is essential. Consider it an opportunity to wear your most luxe flats. In fact, it's a perfect excuse to try out one of the Victorian-inspired trends for fall, like brocade or velvet.
Embellished Denim And Kitten Heels
We love the embellished denim trend that has been kicking around for a few seasons. Elevate the whimsical look by adding an elegant kitten heel in black—for optimal versatility, of course.
Mom Jeans And Low Block Heels
Once considered hipster, mom jeans have evolved into a full-on fashion-girl uniform. For the style-focused dressers, mules, pumps or sandals with a low block heel keep this high-waisted style super modern.
Remixed Denim And Combat Boots
Few jeans are as cool as a remixed pair—the perfect choice for a denim fanatic in search of something unique without being over the top. A combat boot is our seasonal pick for veering a bit edgy.
Cuffed Jeans And Flat Loafer Mules
If you find yourself slipping into flat loafer mules on the regular, your best bet is to team them with cuffed denim. Whether skinny, straight or slouchy, a large cuff creates a focal point at the ankle for a flattering and comfortable fit.
Fringed Hem And Stiletto Boot
Go bold by bringing together your most eccentric jeans and a killer pair of boots. While many might reach for classic stiletto with a fringed hem, we like this seasonal combo for increased impact.
Straight-Leg Jeans And Sock Booties
Sock booties are a natural complement to mid-length skirts and dresses, but they're equally great with straight-leg jeans. Thanks to the denim's roomier fit at the ankle, a slim sock style slips underneath without added bulk.
Boyfriend Jeans And Sneakers
Don't mess with perfection. Sometimes a timeless pairing is just right the way it is—and for casual occasions, having a pair of boyfriend jeans and sneaks at the ready is crucial.