What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans

Have you jumped on the wide-leg jean trend yet? If so, you may be asking “what shoes to wear with wide-leg jeans (or trousers)”. I’ll give you a few suggestions on that in today’s OOTD post!

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What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans

Two main factors go into shoe pairing. Width and length. For the greatest longevity, I recommend that you NOT purchase extremely wide silhouettes like palazzos or exaggerated bell bottoms. Straight to slightly loose widths are much easier to work with and won’t go out of style quite so quickly.

That being said, length will help determine which shoes will look best with your wide-leg jeans or trousers. If your jeans are:

Cropped, pair with:

  • a heeled sandal or mule
  • a wedge of any variety
  • a boot where the shaft reaches at least the bottom hem of the jean

Your full natural inseam, pair with:

  • a sporty sneaker
  • flat sandals
  • a pointed toe ballet flat or slingback pump
  • a flatter shoe with a chunkier base (think platform espadrille or sandal, a Doc Marten-style oxford, lug-sole loafers, etc.)

Slightly long, pair with:

  • a heeled shoe or boot in a height that lifts the hem of the jean just off the ground. Avoid stilettos (they’ll catch the hem). NOTE: Your legs will look like they go on for days!

Wide Leg Denim OOTD

I’ve been wanting to purchase a pair of wide-leg jeans but am uncertain as to how long I’ll stay invested in the trend, so also wanted a bargain. I came across this pair at Old Navy. They’re listed at $45 retail but Old Navy has been running anywhere between 30-40% off the last few weeks so you should be able to find them for a bit less.

I find these jeans run fairly true to size, if not just a bit large. The denim has less stretch than most of my jeans but there’s enough room at the waist that I don’t find them especially binding/uncomfortable. In general, the fit is pretty great! If I have one minor complaint, it’s that I wish the rise was just a wee bit higher. They are listed as mid-rise but I think I’d like this pair even more if they sat just a bit closer to my natural waist.

For a casual, sporty look, I paired the jeans with a crisp white blouse that has some eyelet and embroidery detail and a pair of pure white sneakers. The top was from Anthropologie last year and is no longer in stock but I linked similar options below.

I’ve held off on buying the requisite Gucci belt but when my husband caught me admiring this version on a girlfriend, he surprised me with one for Christmas. The patinaed palladium hardware and unfinished matte leather finish are really unique!

What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans

To take this look to cocktails or dinner, swap out the top and shoes. The wide-strapped silk tank shown is from Quince, a newer label that is getting great reviews for producing quality basics (silk, cashmere, linen, leather) at an affordable price. The Nic & Roe fringed tweed jacket is a really versatile layering piece and this color (sugar cookie) goes with everything. If you prefer more “pow” Nordstrom has the jacket in several brighter shades. The small bit of ornamentation adds a ton of interest to these slingback flats from Zara!

What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans

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Have you jumped on the wide-leg jean trend yet? If so, you may be asking "what shoes to wear with wide-leg jeans (or trousers)". I'll give you a few suggestions on that in today's OOTD post!

4 thoughts on “What Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Jeans”

  1. Hi Betsy. I haven’t worn wide leg jeans in years. I did finally give up my skinny jeans, and bought 2 pair of straight leg jeans, at the Mavi store, in Turkey. I’m getting used to them. Like your wide leg jeans, though, they are more of a mid rise, and I don’t think that they are as flattering, on me. I love those black sling backs pictured. Thanks for sharing your tips, on the wide leg jeans. xxx

    1. Hi Christina! Yes, getting accustomed to a different profile can take some time. I’ve heard Mavi jeans are great! Aren’t those sling-backs the best? And a great price to boot. Have a great weekend.

  2. I bought the same pair of jeans from Old Navy- my husband found them for me for $4.99!! Deal of the century…
    Thanks for the styling tips-as this is my first pair with this style- besides the mom jeans! Yes I’m old-school!

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