Style Guide: Shoes to wear with straight leg denim

It is official – straight leg denim is back on trend. As we bid farewell to skinny jeans, we say hello to an old fashion favourite. They are forever coming in and out of fashion over the years, but as we have entered 2017, the straight leg trend is back with a vengeance. The relaxed look can be tapered for almost all occasions. 

However, for those who have lived in skinny jeans for as long as they can remember, the thought of switching to a straight leg cut can seem unappealing and unflattering. But there is a knack to rocking them, so listen up girls…

To really make the most of the straight leg trend, you should firstly focus on the fit. You should look for a slim fit, but nothing as tight as a skinny fit. Aim for them to hug your hips and thighs and then hang loosely. They’re a clean-cut, casual look so dress to match this with sweaters and jumpers or relaxed tees. The casual look will make it easy for you to pick out a top, but when it comes to picking out shoes, it can be tricky to finish off the outfit. Here are some of your best choices…


Canvas trainers

On truly casual days, you can pair the jeans with a pair of canvas trainers such as Converse. The trainers will finish off the dressed-down look perfectly. You could even opt for a slip on trainer too. 

Ballet flats

When the warmer weather hits, ballet flats are a perfect choice to finish off the outfit. You’ll want to keep your shoes on show so make sure the hem of your jeans naturally hangs around an inch off the floor. 

Kitten heels

Low kitten heels are the best way to dress up straight leg jeans, so if you’re off for after work drinks they’re a great option.

Ankle boots

When the colder weather makes an appearance, a small heeled ankle boots work well with the jean – allow the jeans to hang over the boots or turn up the hem to show off the boot. 

Mule sandals

A pair of jewelled mule sandals mix the casual nature of straight leg jeans with an open style shoe that can stand you in good stead when walking the high street.


An alternative way to achieve a more formal look to your denim favourites. Brogues can be worn in the office, or in a restaurant. Avoid black if wearing blue jeans – you don’t want your shoes to clash with your jeans. Instead opt for a brown or lighter colour. 

As you can probably tell, you’ve got quite a versatile range of footwear to choose from when you decide to don your straight leg jeans. Keep comfort and casual style in mind and you won’t go wrong!