Shoes to Wear With Straight Jeans

Straight-leg jeans are the go-to style for a casually conservative look.

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Straight-leg jeans are a classic wardrobe piece. They never go out of style, in spite of whatever type of jeans is the trendy at-the-moment look. They're versatile and, when worn in a medium-blue wash, will be your go-to for casually conservative scenarios. That is, if you're wearing the right type of shoes with your jeans. The good news is that more shoe styles can be worn with this type of jeans than any other.

Description and Length

Straight-leg jeans can be deciphered from the umpteen other types you'll see in stores by looking at the size and shape of the bottom cuff and by trying them on. A straight jean will be slim-fitting, though not tight. The legs of the jeans will look the same width from the mid-thigh down to the bottom of the jean. These jeans will lengthen your stems as long as you have the right length. No matter what type of shoes you wear, the jean should always fall to the bottom of your shoe heel. When in doubt, read the label and you'll know for sure.


Flats are a chic, comfortable option for your straight jeans that work for daytime errands. Don a ballet flat in a classic nude, pink or black that will blend into medium-blue washes and go with whatever top your heart desires. Pointed-toe flats will add length to your legs, and in a patent material will also dress up your jeans for an upscale spot for lunch or dinner.

High Heels

High heels dress up your jeans for evening and nighttime wear and lengthen the look of your legs. Just keep in mind when you're in the dressing room that you want to buy jeans in a length that are a few inches past your heel. The best way to be sure they're the right length is to take a pair of your heels to the store for when you try on your jeans. Keep to sleek, non-chunky pairs. A pump with an almond or pointed toe is best. High-heeled boots are an option, too, as long as the shaft fits closely to your skin and is slim enough to go under your pant leg without being noticed. You don't want VBL: visible boot lines.


There's a difference between sneakers and trainers. Trainers are walking or running shoes, and you want to avoid wearing them with straight jeans; they're best with flares. Sneakers in a sleek Puma- or Converse-style shape are best to wear with your straight legs. Avoid wearing your jeans with sneakers for all but the most casual activities. A walk in the park, a trip to the grocery store and daytime errands work best with this jean-shoe combo.

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