Denim & shoes: Which shoes match which jeans?

Perfectly fitting jeans are almost all you need for your ideal outfit, but the matching shoes will round it off completely. Your denim experts at Selfnation tell you which ones go with which denim style – and which definitely don’t.

Jeans, jeans, jeans! Slim fit, straight cut, floor-length or ankle length – there are as many different denim styles as there are individual preferences. For women and men to walk the streets in perfect shoe-denim combinations, we divided this post in two parts: first, we are going to give our best advice to women and then to men.



Slim Fit

Nowadays, it’s impossible to think of our urban catwalks without thinking of slim fit jeans. Skinny jeans are trendy – for men as well as for women. But which footwear goes well with them?

Do’s: Skinny jeans are truly an allrounder! Combine them with pumps and an elegant top and they are perfect for a dinner date, since they lengthen the leg and flatter the buttocks. Sneakers have a free ticket always – what a relief! The stylish and comfortable footwear is one we don’t ever want to miss.

Don’ts: Ankle boots and what looks like several inches of fabric tucked on top of the bootleg. We suggest folding the skinny leg hem once or twice and bringing the length of the jeans exactly up to the leg of the boot.

Ankle Length

And the jeans trend for 2015 is… Flanking! Which stands for flattering ankle. The difference a little peak on skin in the ankle area can make is something that street styles all over the globe have taught us.

Do’s: Breezy and light: Ankle length is the style for the nicer seasons and thus stylishly combinable with sandals, loafers or ballet flats. Worn with a chunky budapester or pumps the style is ideal for your 9-5 at the office, for a meeting or for your business lunch. And let’s not forget the combination with flip flops: the ultimate leisure time look!

Don’ts: -10 degrees and mean, icy rain? Then you should definitely keep your hands and ankles off flanking for once. The cold dries out your skin and while we love blue jeans, ankles blue with cold are neither pleasant to the eye nor to your health!

Straight Fit

Straight fit is a versatile cut for your jeans. The straight silhouette makes your leg look long and slim and is also supercomfy.

Do’s: It is not as hard as it seems initially to find the perfect footwear for your straight fit jeans. This timeless cut can be worn with flats and heels, and combined with chucks or sneakers it creates a wonderful everyday look. Wear your straight fit with a classical leather boot and let the bootleg elegantly disappear underneath your straight fit seam. If you have itchy feet, create your holiday look with rolled up straight fit jeans and a nice summer sandal. An all year favorite through and through!

Don’ts: Try to wear your straight fit jeans in the right length – the lack of the essential couple of inches will lead into the unflattering “flood-watch zone” in no time…


They are finally back! Flared jeans flatter your leg like no other and give you a wonderful sense of freedom and elegance.

Do’s: Wear them everywhere, all the time and feel beautiful! The extra-long version looks particularly good with wedges and heels. Due to its length, your flared jeans allow for wedges as chunky (and comfortable) as you want! The standard length goes well with Birkenstocks as well as with sneakers – the buzzword here is “comfort”. This is the only style for which you should consider your footwear of choice while buying. Or, you just buy both lengths – because Flared is here to stay!

Don’ts: Worn out, scruffy shoe toe-caps that poke out from the flared leg. This style requires that your shoes be particularly neat!



Slim Fit

Do’s: Slim fit jeans are very versatile and can be combined with elegant leather shoes as well as to casual sneakers. The only important thing is that your jeans have the right length! If you have a thing for Doc Martens or other laced boots, we recommend you roll up your jeans – this will make your legs look long and athletic.

Don’ts: Considering the slim leg, make sure the footwear you choose is not too chunky or wide.

Straight Fit

Do’s:Straight fit jeans are a classic in every wardrobe. Just by wearing them, , Just by wearing them, a man can express elegance, sobriety or athleticism. This style is perfect for your downtime since it matches chucks, timeless leather shoes as well as comfy moccasins.Converse Enjoy a more casual look by rolling up your hem to the latter footwear or to flipflops!

Don’ts: Don’ts: Nobody wants to ruin jeans by walking on them and fringing the hem. So buying too long straight fits is definitely a don’t. Make sure you find your ideal length a little above floor-length.

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