Shoes to Wear With Cropped Ankle Jeans

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What Shoes to Wear With Shorter Jean Lengths

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Wear menwear-inspired loafers with frayed hem cropped jeans. Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Cropped jeans are a major fashion trend for women -- and a reliably stylish, all-season wardrobe essential. But they can also be somewhat challenging to accessorize. Choosing the right shoes is especially important when you're wearing shorter jean lengths. Go with the wrong shoe, and you can wind up looking more "mom" than modern. Not to worry, though -- we've got you covered with our go-to guide to the shoes that go best with cropped jeans, from the wider straight leg cropped styles, to ankle-length skinny  jeans.

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Wear Animal Print Heels With Cropped Jeans

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Put a little roar in your look with animal print heels. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Dark wash cropped jeans are visually slimming, which is important when you're losing length in the legs. Black and leopard is also a classic fashion combination that always looks stylish. We love the playfully fierce look of animal print high heels worn with distressed black jeans.

Shop these fun animal print shoes on Amazon:


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Wear Nude Gladiator Sandals With Cropped Jeans

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Gladiator sandals and jeans make a great summer outfit. Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Gladiator sandals are a great style staple for summertime. These sandals can be short or high on the leg, feature lots of straps and come in both flat and high heeled designs. While black gladiator sandals are edgy and cool, we like the way a nude gladiator style shoe elongates the legs in ankle length jeans. It's also a neutral shoe that can be worn with just about anything in your closet in summertime. Petite and curvy women should choose a gladiator sandal with a heel for the most figure flattery.

Check out these nude gladiator sandals available on Amazon:


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Wear High Vamp Sandals With Ankle Jeans

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High vamp sandals are sexy with boyfriend jeans. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Open-toe sandals with a high vamp (the part of the shoe that covers the top of the foot) are sexy for summertime, especially in edgy black. We like the look of these sandals with boyfriend jeans cuffed above the ankles, to show off your fashionable footwear. You can wear this city-chic combination everywhere from shopping with friends to date night out. High vamp sandals still expose the toes, so remember to keep your pedicure up to date. Try metallic toe polish underneath these shoes -- worn with slouchy weekend jeans or cropped skinny jeans, the look is just right for showing off your fashion cred this summer.

Here are some sexy options to wear with your cropped jeans:


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Wear Nude Kitten Heels With Ankle Jeans

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Nude heels with special details dress up cropped jeans. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Here's your go-to summer shoe for wearing to the office, especially when you're dressing in shorter pants lengths. A nude shoe with a kitten heel is a versatile style that will mix and match with all your summer outfits. For the longest legs when wearing ankle length jeans, choose a pump with a pointy toe shape or special detailing, such as jewels or a metal cap, on toes. Pair this classic low-heeled shoe with your cropped jeans in any shade, from indigo denim to white jeans, pastel washes and even printed styles.

Try these nude kitten heels available on Amazon:


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Wear Colorful Flats With Cropped Jeans

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Wear colorful flats with your cropped ankle jeans. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

Color is an easy way to add style cred to your outfits in cropped jeans. When you're wearing denim with shorter hems, pair your pants with flat footwear in a bright, even neon color, such as these can't-look-away red loafers. These cheerful shoes can look cute with different styles of cropped jeans, so have fun pairing them with distressed wide-leg cropped denim, or skinny dark wash ankle jeans (as pictured here).

Check out these colorful shoes that dress up cropped jeans: 


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Wear Ankle Boots With Cropped Jeans

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White ankle boots are retro-cool with frayed hem jeans. Timur Emek/Getty Images

Want to look edgy and cool in cropped jeans this summer? Try pairing a frayed hem, ankle length jean with stylish ankle booties. Platform ankle boots -- so trendy again right now -- are universally flattering and add a boots that makes legs look longer in shorter jeans lengths. We love the way these short, white booties add instant, retro style to a hemmed-at-home skinny jean. You could also wear this boot to dress up casual boyfriend jeans.

Shop some of my favorite ankle booties on Amazon:


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Wear Classic Loafers With Ankle Jeans

Shiny black loafers and cropped jeans
Shiny black loafers look cute with cropped jeans. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

You can add instant style to a pair of casual weekend jeans when you match cropped straight leg jeans with a chic, androgynous pair of menswear-inspired black loafers. Choose a matte black leather shoe, or a shiny patent leather version as pictured here, depending on your personal style vibe. Whether you're strolling art galleries on your day off, or dressing to meet with a client, you'll look just the right combination of relaxed and edgy.

Here are some great loafer options to buy on Amazon:


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Wear Platform Heels With Cropped Jeans

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Give yourself a boost in platform heels when you wear a shorter jean. Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

When you're wearing a shorter jean, a high heel can do wonders to elongate legs, especially if you're on the curvier side. If you're not up for walking in stilettos, choose a fashionable platform heel shoe. You'll find platforms in every style from sexy to chunky, so choose a pair that suits your personal vibe.

Here are some gorgeous platform heel shoes to buy on Amazon: