The Denim Manual: The Best Jean & Shoe Pairings

Jeans – they’re the one wardrobe staple that gets along with every piece in your closet. From blouses to tees, good denim doesn’t discriminate. When it comes to footwear, however, there are certain cuts and shoe styles that get along better than others. For the perfect pairings, check out the guide below, then get ready to strut off into fall.

Cropped Jeans & Flats
Whether it’s with classic ballet flats (think Audrey Hepburn in Funny Girl) or of-the-moment oxfords, flat shoes and cropped jeans always look utterly chic. Tip: Look for a skinny leg that hits just above the ankle bone. And to elongate legs? Try flats with a subtle pointed toe.

Skinnies & Knee-High Boots
Knee-high boots are made for skinny jeans. It’s a combination that – with a rich, chunky knit – epitomizes fall. Tip: Turn to skinnies that are fitted all the way down to the ankle – this will keep jeans from riding up and bunching throughout the day.

Boot-Cut Jeans & Heels
Legs for days – that’s what this combination creates. The best part? It doesn’t matter if you’re 5’3” or 6 feet – it always works. Tip: With this combo, the tailor is your best friend. Have your jeans hemmed so they just graze the bottom of your heel – no flood pants here!

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By Keriann Coffey, Associate Blog Editor

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August 30, 2012