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November 14, 2019 | maigne

What kind of shoes can be paired with jeans?

  1. Flatbed
  2. Wedge
  3. Slingback
  4. Mule
  5. Lace-up Heels

Chances are, you have at least a single pair of jeans in your closet. Shorts, distressed jeans, bell-bottoms, and faded jeans are items of clothing that have become a staple for everyday outfits. They are created to be casual and rugged wear. Jeans can be dressed in several ways. Whether you are going to the mall for a walk, grocery shopping, or going to dinner, pairing them with the right top and footwear will change the whole look. Here are some shoe styling tips for anyone who can never go outside without wearing a pair of jeans!

Flatbed

A product shot of flatbed shoes on a wooden stand

Flatbeds, otherwise known as flatforms, have curveless surfaces and a flat platform sole under the ball of the foot. They add height yet keep the user’s feet flat. With this, you get extra height but remain comfortable.

Flatbed footwear is meant for ergonomic walking. It means you are elevated from the ground yet your calves and ankles are relaxed. Moreover, the entire form, as well as the movement of your legs while walking, have greatly improved. These women’s shoes can come with heels as short as 2 inches or as high as 5 inches.

Flatbed footwear is great for pairing with denim shorts and bell bottoms. They make suitable companions for long-distance walking at the beach or the shopping mall. Finally, take note that flatbeds have a rugged aesthetic that makes it inappropriate for semi-formal or semi-casual events.

Wedge

A woman standing in jeans with wedge shoes

Wedges have thick soles with taller heels at the back that gradually narrow down the front of the shoes. They are basically stilettos with chunkier heels. This type of shoe allows women to stand up with their weight evenly distributed, putting only pressure on the calves when walking. Wedges are generally considered casual footwear. However, they can also be worn for semi-formal and casual occasions when paired with the right top and bottoms.

Wedges are wearable with mom jeans or bootcut jeans that make the legs look longer. For visually heavy wedges, particularly those that have extremely thick heels, you can opt to wear skin-tight, ankle-length pants to make the footwear seem less bulky. Since wedges are designed for casual events, you can dress them up for a semi-formal event by wearing ultra-casual jeans. Choose ones that are not distressed or acid-washed.

Slingback

Shot of a woman wearing jeans in slingback shoes

Slingbacks of any color or texture will always look formal. It can suit any semi-formal or casual cocktail event. Slingbacks come in different textures, shapes, and heel height. It can have flat heels as low as an inch or as high as six inches. They also come in peep toes or pointed toes. This type of shoe has a distinct feature, the sling that goes around the ankle. It acts as a support so that the footwear remains intact and attached to the feet.

A killer outfit combination that can be dressed up in slingback heels is a basic plain white tee, a black blazer, and empire-waist casual blue jeans. They are great in combination with any type of jeans, except with shorts because of the formal aesthetic and style of the shoe structure.

Mule

A woman adjusting her mule heels

Mule heels is a style of women’s footwear that has no slings or constraint around the foot’s heel. Back in the day, mules were the only boudoir shoes. However, because of their constant remodeling, they are now made wearable for any occasion. Mules come with different kinds of heels. From kitten heels, chunky or block, as well as stilettos and the thinnest heels.

Mules can be worn during casual and semi-formal occasions. They are mostly created for rugged style and long-distance walking. Much like wedges, mules have short heels or no heels at all on the front and tall heels at the ball of the foot. They coordinate with midi-denim skirts, bell-bottoms, or skin-tight jeans.

Lace-up Heels

Close-up shot of a woman's legs wearing lace-up heels

Lace-up heels, as the name suggests, have a lace feature wrapped around the ankle and knotted at the end of the string. They give a similar character and style as gladiator sandals, except lace-ups have more skin to show. Lace-up heels can go as high as six inches and as short as an inch. Finally, they make a criss-cross effect much like a ballerina’s pointe.

Lace-up heels look formal yet are most suitable for casual or rugged occasions. It is often dressed in a casual-chic street style, paired with classic blue denim jeans and a blazer. Despite the laces being a feature that makes the footwear look dressy, they are inappropriate for formal events or meetings. The laces give the heels a fun, quirky and quite sultry character, which makes them more suitable for street style instead.

Key Takeaway

There is no question of how heels add a certain character to a look, and jeans are no exception. Despite the generally rugged and casual style of jeans, the right shoes can elevate an entire outfit. For most semi-casual events, the killer combination remains a pair of casual blue denim jeans, a blazer, a white top and, any closed-toe heels. Finally, refer to your favorite local online store for shoe styling tips!

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