Posted on: November 28, 2023 Posted by: Comments: 0

If there’s one thing that all Who What Wear editors agree on, it’s the timeless appeal of a great pair of jeans. They’re a staple in just about everyone’s wardrobe, and they can be styled in so many ways depending on season, occasion and general mood.

But their versatility can also be problematic. With an abundance of styling options comes an abundance of decisions to be made. Thankfully, the fashion set has served up myriad chic and easy-to-replicate denim looks that take the hard work out of getting dressed. And one thing that always catches my eye when sifting through this collection of inspo is the footwear. No matter what top you’ve paired with your jeans, shoes can instantly change a look, taking you from day to night in a matter of seconds. Whether you’re wearing slim-fit jeans with platforms or baggier jeans with trainers, there’s a jean-and-shoe combo out there for every event and personal style.

Keep scrolling to discover my favourite simple yet stylish denim-and-shoe combos to try next time you don’t know what to wear, and shop the footwear you may need to help re-create the look.

Style Notes: Low-top trainers like Chiara’s pair look so cool with relaxed jeans while classics like Converse high-tops suit straight-leg styles. 

This retro style continues to be one of the fashion set’s favourites. 

High-tops like Converse look great with straight-leg jeans in all washes.

Vejas are a staple amongst the fashion set thanks to their sustainable credentials and sleek look.

Style Notes: I love how Joanne has paired her pointed-toe heels with a flare. Keep the rest of your look simple with other wardrobe essentials like a striped tee and blazer.

These are so classic.

Understated and versatile. 

LK Bennett has long been a go-to for court shoes, for good reason. 

Style Notes: Have you invested in a pair of Birkenstock Bostons? Consider this your sign. Possibly the most popular shoe of the year, it’s an effortlessly chic option. In winter, just add a pair of cosy socks or opt for the shearling-lined style.

You can also wear these with trousers, skirts and dresses.

The textured off-white corduroy would look great with light wash denim. 

Pair with dark denim and a light knit and you’re set. 

Style Notes: This is a winning combo. Sandwich a slightly cropped jean in a pale wash between monochrome separates.

The mix of leather and suede give these an extra elevated feel. 

For a touch of colour. 

A classic leather option. 

Style Notes: Who can resist the appeal of jeans and a nice top? Make denim work for the evening by adding barely-there strappy heels and your favourite top. 

The ultimate Nineties style. 

I love a wrap-around ankle tie on a heel.

A minimalist’s dream heel. 

Style Notes: I’ve always envied Franny’s effortless style, and this outfit cements that. Here, she pairs this season’s cult shoe (the Mary Jane) with dark-wash jeans and a white shirt. Simple yet so chic. 

If you’re looking to invest in the Mary Jane trend, it doesn’t get much better than The Row’s pair.

For those looking for something a little lighter, this playful pair fits the bill. 

This sumptuous velvet version is elegant enough for evening wear. 

Style Notes: Whether you’re heading to the office or to dinner, denim with a heeled ankle boot is a fail-safe pairing. Take cues from Jess, and pair black jeans with black boots or match light-wash denim with white. 

No wardrobe is complete without a great pair of heeled boots. Choose a stiletto for a polished take. 

A heeled Chelsea boot with Scandinavian flair. 

The perfect pair to style with light denim. 

Style Notes: Loafers are a classic choice. I love them paired with socks and a knit like Emmanuelle has done here. 

Choose a chunky sole to add some edge to your jeans. 

The standout investment shoe that stands the test of time. 

For something a little more contemporary, opt for a white or cream style. 

Style Notes: The polished heel that’s always in style, the slingback is back in full force this season. For the ultimate French look, go for a pointed toe and patent finish—and take a page out of Leia Sfez’s book and style with thick socks on cooler days. 

The slightly curved heel and strap detailing give these a distinctive flair. 

These brown slingbacks would pair perfectly with blue denim. 

I could see these going with so many dresses and skirts, too.

Style Notes: I love the denim and platform duo. Simple black platforms look great with light-wash denim, while patterned or metallic styles work well with indigo and white. 

Platform sandals have a special place in my heart and this disco-inspired pair is one of the best.

Black platforms will go with every wash, colour and style of denim.

The ideal party shoe for Barbiecore devotees. 

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

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