Shoes to Wear With Skinny Jeans

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Shoes to Wear With Skinny Jeans

Woman wearing J Brand jeans and Sam Edelman shoes on city street
Get your look right from head to toe with the right shoes for skinny jeans. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

You've shopped until you nearly dropped and finally found a pair of skinny jeans you can feel confident in. But what shoes are you going to wear with them? You may have plenty of shoe styles in your closet, but be aware that they're not all made to match with your body-conscious denim. Why would you want to bring down your carefully-planned outfit with the wrong footwear, when there are so many cute shoes to wear with skinny jeans? We've done the legwork for you in choosing the best shoe and jean combinations when you wear slim-fitting denim, so you can look your best from head to toe. Plus. we save you trying-on time by telling you what shoes to avoid, when you're accessories your skinnies.

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Pointy Toe Heels With Skinny Jeans

Street style jeans and high heel shoes
Wear pointy toe high heels with your form fitting skinny jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

When in doubt, pair your skinny-leg jeans with shoes that share their narrow silhouette. One of the reasons that some women find skinny jeans a challenge to wear that they can make your legs look stumpy, if you wear the wrong shoes. A pointy toed high heel shoe is the ideal match for skinny jeans. High heels elongate the legs, while a pointy toe shape extends the long, lean line of your pants all the way to tips of your toes. The upshot is, you'll look longer and leaner overall. (If you're self-conscious about your feet looking big in pointy toe shoes, just choose a shoe with a shortened point, rather than a longer one.)

What to Avoid: Round toe and square toe high heel shoes go in and out of style, but give both of these a pass when you're wearing skinny jeans, as they can have a thickening effect on your legs. If you're dressing up, you might also want to stay away from chunky platform heel shoes, which are easy to wear but can look weirdly out of proportion with narrow leg jean styles, creating an unflattering horse's hoof effect that's decidedly casual.

Shop our favorite high heels shoes to wear with skinny jeans, on Amazon Fashion:

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Ballet Flats With Skinny Jeans

Street style jeans and a sweater
Wear skinny jeans with pointy toe ballet flats. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

What could be more easy and chic for daytime style than adopting the French woman's uniform of skinny jeans and simple ballet flats. If you want to wear comfortable flat shoes with your skinny jeans, do choose a pair with a pointed toe, to create a more elongated effect for your legs. You can match an essential pair of Audrey Hepburn style ballet flats to the color of your jeans, as pictured here, or try metallic or embellished flats for a fun, youthful look.

What to Avoid: While ballet flats can look chic with skinny jeans, this look isn't the most flattering if you're petite. Flat shoes can have a shortening effect when paired with a tapered pant leg, so if you’re concerned about this, opt for heels instead.

Some of our favorite ballet flats you can try:

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Sandals With Skinny Jeans

Street style jeans and blazer with sandals
Wear strappy sandals with your skinny jeans. Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Sexy, high heeled sandals can look great with skinny jeans. You can wear white sandals in summer as pictured here, or try a go-to black, pointy high heel sandal for a classic, fierce look that works with all denim washes. A neutral shade of high heel sandals is great, too, for a barely there effect that's sexy and flattering for wearing on dates. Partial to rainbow hues? We kip the rainbow bright shoes (see below) and add a pop of color with your pedicure, instead.

What to Avoid: Brightly colored sandals can look a bit (ahem) trashy with tight jeans. Go as bold as you dare if you think you can pull it off, but when in doubt, stick with classic hues.

Here are some pretty sandal options from Amazon Fashion that look great with skinny jeans:

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Wear Loafers With Skinny Jeans

Street style Gucci purse and loafers with jeans
Rock fierce footwear when you wear skinny jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

When you want to dress up skinny jeans for the office, and heels aren't on your agenda, reach for a classic pair of menswear-inspired leather loafers for a fashion-forward, easy to wear look. Flat loafers are great for adding some boy-meets-girl edge to your usual workday outfits.

If comfort is your watchword, you can choose an always-stylish slip-on loafer style. Or pump up the fashion volume in a pair of snazzy patent leather loafers with pointy toes, inspired by men's tuxedo styling. Whichever loafer you choose, you'll want to wear a pair that's crafted from high quality leather. Neutral tones rule the shoe store shelves, but you'll also find trendy metallic loafers for sale (the latter are best saved for wearing after hours, unless your office is very creative or casual). Dark wash jeans are a perfect match for black loafers, while medium denim washes will work well with brown, red and oxblood leather shoes.

What to Avoid: Skip the loafer look when you're wearing white jeans -- these shoes are super versatile, but they can look clunky paired with white denim.

Try these leather loafers for women available on Amazon Fashion, for comfort and chic:

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Try Ankle Boots With Skinny Jeans

Street style jeans and ankle boots
Wear attention getting ankle boots with skinny jeans. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Ankle boots (sometimes called "booties") are trendy for casual wear and even dressier outfits -- but they can be a challenge to wear with skinny jeans. Wear the wrong pair of boots and the effect can be more clunky than chic. The trick to wearing these fashionable boots with skinny jeans is all about choosing the right style. Look for short boots with a pointier toe shape, that fit you snugly around the ankles. Wedge and stacked heel styles can also look good, as these give you some flattering height.

While short boots won't elongate your legs like a taller boot will, you may be willing to make the trade-off for modern style. Unless you have model proportions, though, do pay special attention to matching your boot color to your jeans shade (as in, wearing a darker boot with dark wash jeans, and so on), to keep your leg line long.

What to Avoid: Skip any ankle boots with wide tops (which can visually cut you off at the ankles) and blunt toe styles.

Here are some stylish options for ankle boots to wear with your skinnies:

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Sneakers With Skinny Jeans

Street style photo of woman wearing black jeans and Adidas sneakers
Look effortlessly chic in sleek black skinny jeans and sneakers. Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Skinny jeans and sneakers can look fresh, if you style the rest of your outfit smartly. For a fashionable look that blends old school style with modern fashion, try wearing basic, white sneakers with skinny jeans and a leather jacket. This look is effortlessly stylish for weekend wear, if worn confidently. You could also swap the leather jacket for a tailored blazer over a button-down shirt, when you want to wear skinny jeans with sneakers. 

What to Avoid: Just say no to puffy or chunky sneakers, that are clearly meant for wearing at the gym.

Classic sneakers that always look good with skinny jeans: