Best Ways To Wear Jeans With Sneakers/Trainers, Boots, Dress Shoes For Men

There’s many different types of shoes and jeans/denim you can wear but depending on the shoes, your jeans need to be certain colors and fit certain ways in order to look their best, so today we’re going to show you the best ways to wear jeans with High and Low top Sneakers/Trainers, Boots, Chukka Boots, Chelsea Boots, Work Boots, Dress Shoes, Brogues, Monk Straps, Loafers, Penny Loafer and more. 

 

Low-Top Sneakers

Due to the low profile of lowtop sneakers its really hard to mess this up. They’ll work with almost any cut of jeans.

As for denim colors or styles, unless they’re all black sneakers (which we discussed before), you can pretty much wear any color or style you want. The one caveat is that if you’re wearing white sneakers and dark indigo jeans, they can stain the tops of the shoes. So soak the pants in cold water for about 30 minutes to get rid of any excess dye that may rub off on the shoes and then spot clean the shoes, as necessary.

If you want to avoid staining the shoes all together, either get them hemmed or cuff them to not touch the tops of the sneakers. We’ve done a whole article and video about cuffing your jeans here.

Hi-Top Sneakers

If you’re going to buy hi-top shoes and wear them with the hem going past the tops of the shoes, you should just get a lowtop pair of sneakers instead. We’ll assume you are wearing hi tops because you like the look of them and want to show off the whole shoe.

To do this well, either gets your pants hemmed shorter or cut them with scissors for a frayed look to show off the shoes or simply roll them to just below the top of the hi tops. Never more than twice, though, otherwise you’ll have a really thick cuff on the bottom and it will look very heavy and off on your shoes.

Running Shoes/Trainers

There’s two schools of thought here and it depends on how “chunky” the running shoes are. If they’re low-profile and sleek, then stick to a similar cut as low-top sneakers – which means wear any cut of jeans. You can even cuff your pants if you want a sportier look.

If you’re going for the Dad/Ugly sneaker look, then the chunkiness of them dictates you go for a straight leg, more relaxed cut. The more stonewashed, the better!

Dress Boots

These will pair really well with dark-wash or black jeans. Just make sure you’re jeans have a slight to no break to match the sleeker and more polished dress boots. Wearing dress boots and stacked hems is like wearing tuxedo shoes with jogger pants – it just doesn’t look good.

Work Boots

These boots tend to have a chunkier sole and more casual appearance, so definitely play up the workwear version and wear them with dark wash denim or denim that has some fading. And cuffed or uncuffed, you can wear them anyway you want. If you’re going for the super slim fit jean and chunky boot look (Justin Theroux), get them hemmed or roll them up to be shorter and leave no break. If you want a super vintage look, then try a single, oversized cuff and a more relaxed fit.

Desert & Chukka Boots

Wear them with any color and cut of jeans you prefer and they tend to look best with a slight or no break, depending on the look you’re going for. You can achieve this by cuffing your jeans or getting them hemmed.

Chelsea Boots

As we talked about in a separate video, Chelsea Boots are not for everyone- if you’re a bigger guy, stick to work boots unless you want to look like Humpty Dumpty with little tiny legs. Chelseas need to be paired with slim jeans to look their best. The color and material of the boots will determine what you should pair them with.

If you’re wearing black leather or suede chelseas, they’ll look best paired with black or gray skinny jeans. Anything outside of this will be much harder to pull off.

For brown or tan suede Chelseas, especially with a gum sole, go with a lighter blue or gray denim, which can also have some distressing.

If you’re going with brown (not tan) leather Chelseas, a dark wash denim will look best since browns and dark denim are a match made in heaven.

Debries & Brogues, Oxfords, Wingtips, Monkstraps (Dress Shoes)

Derbies, like Doc Martins, feature a chunkier profile, so they’re better suited for casual outfits that include denim. Black looks great with black or dark wash denim, while brown looks great with dark washed, stonewashed or even distressed lighter denim. If you want those late 80’s or early 90’s vibes, pinroll your jeans and wear them with white socks (I know we’ve talked about our hate of white socks before, and that still holds true 99.9% of the time. This is literally the .1% of times it will look good due to the specific, era-related look you’re going for.

For Brogues, as a general rule, the sleek, minimally detailed brogues will skew more formal while chunky, hole-punched ones will skew more casual. The color of the shoes affects which jeans your brogues will or won’t work with, going from black at the formal end and getting gradually lighter towards the casual end will work best. Casual tan brogues pair well with indigo or lighter denim while other colors like oxblood and black will look good with black denim. As for cut, they’ll work for any cut of denim you wear, regardless of the length of jeans you wear.

You can pull off Oxfords with black or indigo jeans, as long as they’re slim, and either cuffed or hemmed with no break so they’ll feel a little more casual, but still sleek and polished.

Loafers & Penny Loafers

The penny loafers’ low vamp (that’s the section of upper that covers the front of the foot) combined with a wide leg opening can make your feet look weirdly stubby. So opt for jeans that are tapered and cropped or pin-rolled. As for colors, we love a medium brown pair that goes well with dark wash indigo but can also be paired with any lighter colors up to white denim. Black penny loafers will look great with gray or indigo denim.

6 Best Men’s Sneaker/Trainer Brands In 2020

These 6 sneaker brands are our favorites for 2020 because they’ve been knocking it out of the park lately. See some of our favorite options from each of the brands below.

Nike

They’ve been around for a long time, but have created some dynasties like Air Max, Air Force 1 and Air Jordan, plus classics like the Cortez, it’s hard to dispute them as one of the top sneaker brands right now.

Favorites: Blazer | Air Max | Air Max 2 | Jordans | AF1 

Adidas

Their classics like the Superstar, Stan Smith and Gazelle always make our lists of top sneakers every year, but they have been innovating the past few years with their 3d printing and sole technology and have to say, HUGE fans of the boost soles. Put them on any shoe and I’ll be interested.

Favorites: NMD | UltraBoost | Stan Smith | Boost-Soled Favorite

Converse

Like Adidas, they will make every essential sneaker video we’ll produce from here til the end of time. How do you deny the All Stars or Jack Purcell’s iconic status?

Favorites: All Stars | All Stars Alt | Jack Purcells | Unique Option 1 | Option 2

Common Projects

When they introduced the Achilles Low model in 2004, the men’s sneaker game was officially changed. Soft, Italian leather and a timeless design made them the perfect shoe for anything from a suit to shorts.

Favorites

New Balance

Not only are they responsible for some of the comfiest and most iconic running shoes ever made, they’re known for their excellent materials and craftsmanship. They have their classic styles, but have branched out into sleeker options and have also done some really cool collaborations too, that it’s hard to deny they’re one of the best sneaker brands right now.

Favorites: 574 | 247

Vans

As we’re from California, these have been virtual staples for us even as little kids, so while it seems like they bubble up in the international consciousness every decade or so, we’ve been seeing and wearing them our whole lives, so they deserve a place on the list for absolute staying power.

Favorites: Old Skool | Authentic | Slip-On

How To Wear Black Sneakers

Black sneakers, whether they’re all black or black with a white sole, can be hard to pull off. So today we’re showing you the best ways and rules to follow for wearing all black sneakers.