Denim and sneakers: two of our favorite things in this world. Denim and sneakers together? Easily one of our top
five pairings in this world. But just because we love them individually doesn't mean they always work well together. In fact, styling the two is a little more nuanced than we would imagine. While we stand by wearing whatever the hell you're happiest in at the end of the day, some pairings tend to look better than others — where kick-flare jeans and a classic pair of Adidas Superstars are a dream team, wide-legged and looser-fitting pants need a little more consideration.
The denim and sneaker pairings ahead are gateway considerations to help you towards the right combination. Once you've conquered these, you'll be a pro at mixing and matching until you find duos that best reflect your own personal style. Easy does it.
Denim Style: Boyfriend Sneaker Style: Casual Boyfriend jeans fall right in between a skinny jean and a fully relaxed fit. The fit is about as casual as it gets. That semi-level of structure pairs best with a classic and casual sneaker — think rounded toe caps, low-top, and laced-up.
Brigitte - Brookdale,
Montreal Vintage Racing Sneaker,
Denim Style: Straight Leg/Boot-Cut Sneaker Style: Slip-On A straight-cut jean typically gravitates towards a mule or a sandal, so when sticking with sneakers, a slip-on is an ideal replacement. It's a slim silhouette and lacks any bulk around the ankle, so you won't have to worry about any bunching around the hem.
Brooke High Straight Jean,
Levonne Faux Fur Slip On Sneakers,
Classic Slip On Flames,
Denim Style: Vintage Fit Sneaker Style: Vintage Sporty The term "vintage fit jeans" is about as vague as it gets. While the actual cut and hem vary across brands, you can usually expect a high-waist, a cropped, straight hem, and some sag behind the knee. There's something a bit classic and a bit throwback about them in appearance, so go with the flow and pick out a pair of "vintage" sporty-vibe sneakers (read: anything that looks like the kids from Stranger Things would stock in their closets).
Kickflare High Ankle Jeans,
V-10 Extra White Nautico Pekin,
Denim Style: Mom Jean Sneaker Style: Classic High-Top Ah, the mom jean. A staple in almost every millennial's (and their mother's) wardrobe. The short of this is that just about every sneaker looks good with this pant. But if you really need a direct pick, we'd choose a classic high-top. Since a mom jean tends to be cropped or cuffed, it allows a high-top more visibility. Plus, it adds to the throwback vibe of the jean.
Moto Contrast Stitch Mom Jeans,
Chuck 70 Mara Hoffman Radial High Top,
Top Star Hi,
Denim Style: Culottes Sneaker Style: The “It” Fashion Shoe The "fashion" pant deserves its proper counterpart. A wide-leg crop or culotte leaves a lot of open space to play. Since your sneakers can be front and center, this is the time to wear your most stand-out piece. You can play it safe with the industry starlet of choice, Vans, or go all out by highlighting a luxury athleisure pair.
Wide-Leg Crop Jeans,
Vans Old Skool 36 DX Sneaker,
Race Runner Sneakers,
Denim Style: Kick-Flare Sneaker Style: Platform Come fall, we're accustomed to pairing a kick-flare with mid-ankle booties and calling it a day. To get a similar effect with sneakers, opt for a platform to give you a little lift and keep that elongated length.
The Bootcut Jeans with Lace-up Fly,
Leather Exaggerated-sole Sneakers,
Denim Style: Skinny Sneaker Style: Athleisure Trainer This ubiquitous denim style is another that falls under the umbrella that at the end of the day, anything goes. But its skin-tight fit is reminiscent of leggings so it's unsurprising the athleisure trainer takes the cake here. Stick with slimmer silhouettes for a sleeker look.
New Balance for J.Crew
Fierce Nubuck Naturals,
Denim Style: Wide-Leg Sneaker Style: Classic Low-Top Since a wide-leg pant usually covers most of your sneaker, go with the ultimate classic: a lace-up low-top. For a little extra character, ditch your white sneakers in favor of a solid-but-bold colorway.
Workwear High-rise Wide-leg Denim Jeans,
Denim Style: Relaxed Fit Sneaker Style: Velcro While a relaxed fit isn't boring by any means, it is more toned down than most. To appease its classic and minimalist vibe, a fun finish like velcro straps make for the perfect pairing.
Slouched Peg Pacific,
Kingvel Low-Top Sneaker,
Corduroy Sneakers Without Laces,