How to wear your casual or formal/dress shoes with your jeans?
Can that pair of black oxfords wear well with your jeans?
And what kind of shoes goes well with skinny jeans anyway?
When it comes to matching shoes with jeans, there are two major factors to consider
Style of Shoes To Style of Jeans
Color of Shoes To Color of Jeans
1.) Style of Shoes to Wear with Your Style of Jeans
I've compiled a list of casual and formal/dress shoes that goes/match well with various styles of jeans.
If you’re going for a dressier look or heading towards an upscale place, you might want to wear shoes that are at the bottom of the list as they are more formal.
You can get away with wearing the wrong shirt or pants but you can never get away with wearing the wrong shoes.
Do take note that this is just a guide and not a rule book. When in doubt, you can hardly go wrong with these shoes as they are a safe option.
Find what works for you and stick to them.
1.) A pair of tanned suede bucks is very versatile in terms of casual outfits for men.
It wears well with almost any type of jeans or chinos, cuffed or not and it gives a very modern chic look.
On the other hand, there is the perennial question of whether formal/dress shoes go well with jeans? In short, yes, they do but it depends.
2.) Dress/formal shoes like oxfords, derbys and monkstraps go pretty well with a nice fitting dark wash pair of jeans for the classy "dressier" look.
However there are a few minor points you have to take note which i will go through in the next section.
1.2) Mistakes To Avoid Wearing Shoes with Jeans
1.) Avoid smooth, high gloss patent leather shoes with jeans or chinos.
Save your patent leather dress shoes for your suit or tuxedo, they match best there.
This tip here and the picture below is courtesy from trunkclub, a really cool online personal styling for the modern gentlemen.
2.) Tanned or brown leather shoes typically goes better with jeans or chinos than black leather shoes.
This is because tanned/brown leather shoes are less formal in nature as compared to black leather shoes, thus going well with the casual nature of jeans.
While the expression "No Brown in Town" might not hold true in today's modern fashion world,
However, black suede leather buck shoes would wear very well with jeans, especially with a medium wash blue denim jeans due to its more casual nature.
Perfect for the casual afternoon out. (2nd row picture on the right)
What do you think? Do brown/tanned leather shoes really match better with jeans than black leather shoes?
3.) Avoid loafers/boat shoes or any sleek dress shoes with bootcut jeans or any jeans with a wide opening at your ankle.
The wide opening tends to overshadow your sleek dress shoes and looks as if you're trying to cover them up.
Basically, if you're wearing sleeker shoes, try to wear them with a pair of jeans with a more fitting opening by the ankles.
Also...no sneakers with bootcut jeans. See example to your right.
4.) Avoid skinny jeans with lo-cut sneakers
Personally, i'm not a huge fan of skinny jeans for men.
If you're eager to rock that skinny jeans look, try not to wear them with sneakers.
The form fitting jeans at your calves and ankles when wore together with a pair of sneakers would make your feet look very big. (picture clown feet. )
This is especially so if you have skinny and lankier legs, which is the ideal body type for skinny jeans.
What do you think?
2.) Colour Matching For Shoes and Jeans
Matching shoe colors with jeans are a whole different ball game than matching shoe style with jeans style.
There are a lot of guides on how to match your shoe colors with your dress pants.
Jeans and shoes color combinations play by the same rules of the color theory and the color wheel.
Of course there are many nuances involved like matching your shoes with your top or belt but all in all, there isn't much to it than your good ol' regular color matching.
These are some guidelines to help out with wearing your casual or formal/dress shoes with your different shades of jeans.
There are four different type of color combination for shoes and jeans:
- Complimentary Colors
- Split-complimentary Colors
- Analogous Colors
For those who are looking to match burgundy oxford boots.
2.1.) Complementary Colors
Complementary colors are colors that are directly opposite each other in the color wheel. For example, red and green are complimentary colors.
Complimentary colors when used together create a very vibrant and youthful look.
Wear complimentary colors for your shoes and jeans if you want to stand out and give off an energetic, radiant and youthful look.
If not managed well, complimentary colors can be jarring. Proceed with caution. If you're a beginner, i would advise going for the split-complimentary color shoes and jeans combination first. (Below)
Here are a few examples of complimentary color combination for your jeans and shoes.
2.2) Split-Complimentary Colors
Split Complimentary colors are a close cousin of the complimentary colors. Instead of the direct complimentary, we use the adjacent colors to its complimentary.
For example, violet-red and red orange are a split complimentary color to green.
Similar to complimentary colors, wear split-complimentary color shoes and jeans if you want to stand out and appear radiant, energetic and youthful.
Split complimentary colors jeans and shoes give the same visual contrasting and radiant look as complimentary colors but have less tension.
Pro tip: It is a good choice for beginners or first time experimenters as it is difficult to mess up.
Below are a few examples of split complimentary color combination for your jeans and shoes, both casual and formal shoes.
2.3.) Analogous Colors
Analogous colors are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.
For example, yellow-green and blue-green are analogous colors to green color.
Analogous colors shoe and jeans combination gives a calm and comfortable impression and are usually harmonious and soothing to the eyes.
Wear them if you don't want to stand out too much but still want to remain eye-catching and fashion forward. Great for beginners.
Below are a few examples of analogous color matching for shoes and jeans.
2.4.) Tonal Colors
Tonal colors are simply variations of one color. For example, dark blue and light blue are tonal colors as they are both variation of blues.
Do not confuse tonal combinations with analogous color combinations.(see above)
There are many instances where they do overlap. They are very similar with each other but not exactly identical.
For example, a light wash blue denim with green sneaker would be an analogous color combination but not a tonal one.
Simple but well constructed look. Perfect for the modern minimalist gentleman.
When in doubt, go tonal. Great for first date outfit. It is almost impossible to go wrong with a tonal jeans and shoe combination.
Warnings: Make sure that you have enough contrast between your shoes and your jean, if not you would end up looking like its the same color.
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Check out this free tool, colorexplorer, which helps you explore color matches if you're having trouble imagining matching your shoe colors with your jeans.
3.) Tips to Match Your Jean Colors
Here are some simple tips to matching shoe colours with your jeans:
Grey jeans compliment bright colour shoes.
Grey is a neutral color and works great with neutralizing any bright bold colors of your shoe to give a very balanced look.
Furthermore, grey is a classic color that gives a very smart sophisticated chic look as compared to the common blue denim.
Use grey jeans to experiment with your shoes as it works great with almost any color.
It also works well with dark colors like black.
If you love grey jeans because of its versatility, then you're really gonna love white jeans.
According to Fashionbeans article on white jeans, white is the ULTIMATE neutral color, meaning it can really go well with any color.
White has always been associated with wealth and royalty.
From the olden days, white was a color that typically only worn by royalty and it was Queen Victoria, who wore a white wedding dress during her wedding that made wearing white a norm for brides during weddings.
Wear white jeans to give a sophisticated classy chic look, especially paired with a dressy shoe like oxfords or monkstraps.
Be caution when pairing white jeans with a dark brown shoe, especially formal/dress shoes. As the sharp contrast may be quite jarring. Not suitable for beginners or first time experimenters.
Instead, wear them with a black dress shoe first and see how you like them.
(Black leather shoes and white jeans go well together because they are both neutral colors)
Check out fashionroom for more images of both casual and formal/dress shoes with white jeans.
Black jeans, the opposite of white jeans right? Well..not exactly.
Basically, treat your black jeans like your black business pants.
Whatever shoe colors that wear well with your black dress pants will wear well with your black jeans.
Well...the key to rocking your black jeans and shoes combination is contrast, as with any shoes/jeans combination.
Too sharp a contrast and it could come off as jarring and eye-piercing while too little a contrast and it will be seen as a one-sie, as if your shoes and jeans are attached together as one.
This works especially well if you're a man with wider hips and trunky legs as the blackness helps to break down the wide shape of your bottom to give an overall slimmer look.
Wear a pair of black leather dress shoes like derbys or oxfords with your black jeans to give a "taller" and classy look.
As there is little contrast between your shoes and jeans, it gives a "taller" impression. Furthermore, formal/dress shoes with their heels would add more height to your stature and add a dressier and classier touch. Win-Win.
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When wearing black formal/dress shoes with black jeans, ensure that there is enough contrast between both shoes and jeans. Preferably, the shoes should be of the darker tone.
Wearing the Right Shoes For Your Jeans
When it comes to wearing the right shoes for your jeans, there are just two things to take note of:
1.) Does the style of my shoes match the style of my jean
2.) Does the color of my shoes match the color of my jean
Get these two aspect right and you're ready to rock the casual weekend look. For those modern gentlemen looking to master the smart casual look, try investing in a good pair of formal/dress leather shoes.
Formal/dress shoes are versatile and while they are made to wear with business pants, dress shoes could also wear well with your casual jean to give a sophisticated chic look for the casual weekend night out.
Remember, when it comes to fashion styles and rules, there are no hard and fast rules and more often than not, fashion rules are meant to be broken anyway.
Use this as a guide to find your fashion sweet spot and what works for you. Don't be afraid to experiment!
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I hope that these tips help you to better wear your casual or formal/dress shoes with your jeans.
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Singaporean Inside Humor
This is something only Singaporeans will get. Our typical Singaporean girls lamenting on Singaporean men's poor fashion sense.
"how can wear slippers with jeans de" or "Wah Piang, wear singlet go town"
Regardless, lets all agree that Inspector Ah Lian, Singapore's First Fashion Mata mata would make a more interesting show than the original.