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Best Shoes for Your Skinny Jeans

Jack Jacobson

Posted on December 01 2015

If you’re a fan of skinny jeans (which we’ll assume you are!), you’ve probably faced this dilemma at least once during your life: you’ve put together a super-cute outfit with your favorite pair of skin-tight jeans, and you have absolutely no idea what shoes to wear with them. Depending on the occasion, strappy heels might feel too dressy; a flat sandal can sometimes look too bulky; and you feel like you just can’t pull off a sneaker.

We get it—so much so that we’ve racked our brains for 8 amazing ways to wear a plethora of different shoes with skinny jeans. Each kind pulls off a very different (but equally stylish) vibe, and hopefully these tips will help the next time you’re feeling shoe stumped.

Classic Sneakers

Arguably the most on-trend shoe at the moment, the classic lace-up sneaker definitely should have a place in your wardrobe, especially when paired with a solid skinny jean. These work well when you’re having a super casual daytime event, or simply running errands in a slouchy T-shirt and jeans. 

Flat Sandals

If you’re heading to brunch or a casual cocktail hour after work, pair your skinnies with a pair of chunky flat sandals. The seemingly omnipresent Birkenstock works great for this look, but try to make sure you go for a lighter, brighter color to avoid looking a bit bottom-heavy.

Pointy Flats

Yes, pointy-toe flats can be more than just the shoes you wear to and from the office every day. They can also dress up a pair of skinny jeans in a very sleek and simple way—just steer clear of versions with embellishments, instead opting for classic ones in black, navy blue, and other staple shades.

Strappy Heels

For maximum sex appeal, forego all other shoe options in favor of a strappy heel. You have a lot of freedom here when it comes to color—everything from a simple, understated black version to a wild pop of colors or prints will work—but be sure to steer clear of patent and other shiny, potentially inexpensive-looking fabrics.

Classic Pointy Pumps

If you want a sleek and easy way to dress up a pair of skinny jeans, definitely reach for your favorite pair of pointy-toed pumps. Black or nude are always classic options, but if you want to make more of a statement, definitely reach for a pop of color like red, snakeskin, or cobalt. 

Ankle Boots

If the skinny jeans you’re planning on wearing are ankle-length or frayed at the ends, then you might want to go with a pair of ankle boots as your first shoe choice. Showing just a sliver of skin between the hem of your pants and the tops of your boots can add subtle allure to your look.

Riding Boots

There’s something undoubtedly chic about a pair of meet-the-knee riding boots teamed with skin-tight jeans, a look with a very ‘70s bombshell feel. 

Stiletto Boots

If you’re going for a lot more sex appeal—say, a night out with the ladies or a date—a stiletto is the way to go. Sure, we’re big fans of chunky heels too, but the classic stiletto reigns supreme when it comes to lending a sultry vibe to your jeans.



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