What Shoes to Wear with Black Jeans

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Black jeans are a definite wardrobe staple – you can wear them dressed up and dressed down. But what shoes do you wear when you’re supporting this look? Just so you can step out in style, we’ve put together the ultimate guide on what shoes to wear with black jeans.

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Black jeans seem to get overlooked for the traditional blue denim, yet they are so much more versatile and easy to wear. Black is clean, smart and simple to style. When looking at what to wear with black jeans, men can go from the pub to the clubs, and then out to lunch the next day.

If you’re the guy who can’t wear skinny jeans or the one who turns up the party with the simple white shirt and blue jeans time after time then you need to buy a pair yourself a pair of black jeans. Skinny, slim or baggy, once you’ve found the style for you all you need is the shoes to match. This guide will show you which shoes to wear with your black jeans, and dispel the ‘no brown shoes’ myth once and for all. Once you reach the end, you’ll know which dress shoes you can wear and how to choose the best boots to fit your jeans.

What Shoes to Wear with Jeans

Before you choose your shoes you have to look at your jeans. It’s not just about smart or casual; the fit of your jeans is just as, if not more, important as the occasion. You can’t wear skinny jeans with really big chunky shoes, just like you can’t wear baggy jeans with dress shoes. So pay attention to the fit of your jeans.

Skinny

From skinny to super skinny, these jeans can be hard to pull off. If you don’t feel confident skip the super skinny altogether. Here are a few things to remember when choosing shoes to wear with skinny jeans:

  • Skinny jeans will make your legs look thinner, making your feet look bigger.
  • Avoid looking bottom-heavy by choosing light or bright coloured shoes.
  • Slip-on’s and loafers are the easiest to wear with skinnies.
  • Avoid trainers that go too high up the leg.
  • If you are going for a smarter look try fitted shoes like brogues or Chelsea boots.
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Chelsea boots are a smart option when going for skinny jeans
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Baggy

Baggy jeans are the ultimate casual item of clothing, perfect with a T-shirt and a pair of trainers. You need to be careful what you pair them with and how the fit you. Here are a few tips to wearing them:

  • They’re casual wear only, so don’t wear them with your smartest shoes.
  • Keep your shoes chunky, smaller trainers like Superga will make your outfit look unbalanced.
  • Jeans tucked in at the front, dragging at the back is a bad look – you want baggy, not oversized.
  • You can roll up your baggy jeans, but just don’t pin roll baggy jeans.

Slim Fit

Slim fit (or straight leg) jeans are the most versatile; they can be worn with most types of shoe. The great thing about them is that they work for most occasions. They fit right from casual to smart and can be worn with trainers, dress shoes or even boots. Here are a few tips on how to style them with shoes:

  • Whether you’re wearing trainers or shoes, length is important – jeans should sit on or just above your shoe.
  • Pin rolling is a simple way to taper your jeans if you want to show off your shoes.
  • Don’t be tempted to tuck your jeans into your shoes, it looks scruffy and uncomfortable.
  • Stick to brogues, loafers and Chukka boots for smart occasions.
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Make sure your jeans go over the boots
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Brown Shoes Black Jeans

Darker brown or tan shoes are the best shades to wear with your black jeans. They complement the black without contrasting too much. Especially when dressing smart, you’re looking for items that look perfect together even if they don’t necessarily match.

Now you’ve sorted your black jeans and brown shoes you need to think about the rest of your outfit. Picking outfits with brown boots can be a hard task. You don’t want a completely black outfit or the shoes will just stand out awkwardly. Accessorise with the same shade of brown; a belt is the easiest way to do this. It will break up the darker colours and match the shoes.

Alternatively, for a more casual look you can choose a jacket in a similar shade but a different colour for the shoes. A brown jacket may overpower the outfit, whereas dark greens and greys will complement the brown. For the smarter look swap the jacket for a blazer.

Brown shoes do actually work well with black jeans
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Dress Shoes with Jeans

It’s not as hard as you may think to style jeans with dress shoes. This is where the black jeans are more versatile than the blue. What you have to think about is what kind of formal shoes. The mistake most men make is thinking that all dress shoes are the same. Formal is formal right? Wrong.

Open laced shoes are suitable for or a smart occasion. These can be worn with smart trousers, chinos and, yes, black jeans. Closed laced shoes are a formal dress shoe, which means they are for smart occasions only. You should never wear these with your black jeans.

Formal shoes tend to be slimmer so it’s best to choose slim cut or skinny denim to balance the outfit. Also, dress shoes were made to be shown off; you don’t want to hide them under your jeans. With loafers and monk strap shoes, it’s best to go sockless or try out some invisible socks.

Boots to Wear with Jeans

Boots can sometimes be hard to style with jeans. Roll up your jeans or leave them down? Then it comes to the colour of your boots. Ok, jeans are done, now the big part. Chukka or Chelsea? Black or brown boots? There are so many kinds of boots, and each can be styled in different ways. From chunky biker boots to Desert boots you can’t wear them all the same.

Chukka Boots

Chukka boots are very popular at the moment because they’re comfortable and smart-looking. The slim fit means they are a great pair of boots to wear with skinny jeans. But don’t worry if you don’t think you can pull skinnies off, a pair of tapered slim cut jeans will work just as well. Either way, your jeans should sit comfortably on the top of your boots.

Like the black jeans, Chukka boots are versatile and can be worn to the pub or the office. If you’re stuck in between black or brown boots, they come in both. But why not be brave and try the brown shoes black pants look?

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Black on black is always a safe option
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If you like James Bay’s style, pair brown Chukka boots with your black jeans. Then add a white T-shirt and casual grey shirt to complete the look. He also likes to accessorise with a vintage fedora hat. If you’re getting your Chukka and Desert boots mixed up, don’t worry. Desert boots are just a specific type of Chukka boots with a rubber sole.

Classic Dr Martens

These solid, hardwearing boots are the favourite of retro and vintage fans. They can be worn with a leather jacket or a casual shirt. But as Dr Martens are pretty chunky, it’s best to wear them with baggier straight cut jeans or you may end up looking like you have stick legs.

These boots come in so many colours and patterns if you are looking for something to stand out against your black jeans. Or if you want something more subtle, just stick to the black for a classic look. To show off these, roll up your jeans so they sit just on top of the shoe. Don’t forget to finish off the casual look with a pair of aviators.

Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots are a classic boot worn to smarten up your everyday look. With an elasticated ankle and sturdy sole, they can be worn all day. These boots mainly come in suede, black, browns and creams. Choose the black and browns to pair with your black jeans.

An all-black outfit, although fairly basic, can really highlight your shoe choice. The outfit below is a great example, with the Chelsea boots taking centre stage. The simple black roll neck, combined with a good quality leather jacket and some high-grade denim.

All black everything
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Classic Dr Martens

These solid, hardwearing boots are the favourite of retro and vintage fans. They can be worn with a leather jacket or a casual shirt. But as Dr Martens are pretty chunky, it’s best to wear them with baggier straight cut jeans or you may end up looking like you have stick legs.

These boots come in so many colours and patterns if you are looking for something to stand out against your black jeans. Or if you want something more subtle, just stick to the black for a classic look. To show off these, roll up your jeans so they sit just on top of the shoe. Don’t forget to finish off the casual look with a pair of aviators.

How to Wear Trainers and Black Jeans

If you’re a casual trainers kind of guy it’s so easy to pair them with your black jeans. But first, you have to know the difference between casual trainers and sports sneakers. There are three main of types of trainers you can wear with jeans:

  • Classic – These are the typical trainers that can be worn by anyone, no matter what kind of jeans you wear.
  • Hi-Tops – Converse are a classic example of hi-top trainers. They look best with skinny or slim cut jeans. But don’t tuck them in. It looks much better when you can see where your trousers end and your shoes begin.
  • Slip-on’s – These are best worn with skinny or slim cut jeans as they are fitted. They are a good choice if you are looking for a smart option.

You can make a style statement by choosing white trainers that stand out against your black jeans. If you like baggy, a pair of chunky trainers will follow the silhouette of your jeans. A bold T-shirt will complement the white trainers – think unusual prints, patterns and big letters on a white background. Remember you’re making a statement so keep your whites looking bright. Finish off the look with a black bomber jacket.

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Black jeans with white Hi-Top trainers work as long as you make sure they’re the right fit.
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What Shoes to Wear With Black Jeans

  • Trainers – white or simple block colours, don’t go too mad with bold colours.
  • Chelsea Boots – yes with skinny jeans, no with slim as they’ll look stupid.
  • Desert boots – skinny black jeans only, this is vital.
  • Formal shoes – again, skinny jeans only and with closed laces.
  • Dr Martens – absolutely, a classic combo and it’s easy to see why.
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Black jeans are versatile and will go with the majority of your wardrobe
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On That Note

Now you know what goes with black jeans you can create your own look. From brown dress shoes to white trainers, you can make a statement or create a smart, chic outfit. Don’t forget the small things to finish off your attire – a matching belt, invisible socks or a good pair of sunglasses can make a big, stylish difference.

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