Blue Jeans: What Shoes Should You Wear?

Blue Jeans: What Shoes Should You Wear?

Do you often wonder if your style of shoe matches your favourite pair of jeans? Here, we give you the low down on what type of shoe you should, and more importantly, shouldn’t be wearing with your trusty denim trousers. 

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Picking the right shoes to wear with jeans can be a hard task. There are many colours and cuts of jeans out there, and there are even more styles of shoe to choose from – so we understand it can be a bit confusing to know whether you are looking your best or not. But, look no further and worry no more. We have all the info you need to know about what goes well with what.

What Shoes to Wear with Jeans 

Good news, guys, jeans are a very versatile item of clothing, which is brilliant for those lazy few men out there who hate going shopping, or who don’t want to worry too much about having to put together outfit combos. This means that a good pair of jeans can be worn on many occasions, with many different pairs of shoes. Below is everything you need to know about what kind of shoes to wear with which particular style or colour of jeans.

On first thought, most men might automatically put jeans with trainers or some other casual shoe, such as a creeper or boat shoe. However, this is not always necessarily the case. Dress shoes are often worn with jeans for a modern, smart casual vibe. There are just a few rules to consider. There are a few rules that you should remember when you're considering what shoes you should be wearing with jeans:

  • Choose a dressier style of jean - distressed jeans or jeans full of rips and holes will clash with your dress shoes. Make sure that you turn up the bottom of your jeans, or wear skinny jeans, as they will not cover the dress shoe, and this will leave you with just a pointy toe end creeping out – not attractive.
  • Don't pick a shoe that is too dressy - this is so it balances out the casualness of jeans and the formality of dress shoes, making the whole outfit combination work together.
  • Balance out the rest of your outfit in the same way - wear a smart jacket or blazer and a shirt, but maybe with no tie and a few open buttons, to keep the smart casual feel flowing.


 The Idle Man Jeans with Clarks Originals and Workwear Overshirt



 The Idle Man Jeans with Veja Trainers

Other Colour Combinations

Have you ever heard of the well-known phrase: “black and brown will make a frown?” It is very similar to other sayings such as “blue and green should never be seen.” These statements are clearly rules or style opinions that many people believe in – they are colour combos that should never be worn at the same time, or so experts say. So if you’re wondering what colours you can wear together without becoming the subject of these silly jibes? Well, we have everything colour combination related that you need to know below.

Contrary to the first saying above, black and brown can be put together, but never in a formal setting. If you ever find yourself in a situation where you are going out for casual drinks or on an informal date, then feel free to combine the colours.

White jeans look amazing in the summer teamed with a pair of colourful brogues or boat shoes. You will be sure to give off a chilled and relaxed look, whilst being smart and summer-ready all at the same time. Wear a pair of white skinny jeans with a pair of brogues - this looks good after a holiday when you are sporting a nice tan too.


Since the main focus of this guide is to inform you on what shoes you should be wearing with blue jeans, here are some blue hue colour combinations for you to use as inspiration.

Blue jeans are the most famous colour of jeans and are exceptionally versatile. Nothing really looks bad with blue jeans which are an extra added bonus, however, it’s recommended that you stick to the same tones to avoid any overwhelming clashing outfits. Very pale blue jeans are excellent for spring or summer. Worn with white, you’ll be looking fresh as a daisy.

Light blue jeans are good for summer and especially good for a holiday. This is because they do not attract the heat as much as darker jeans do, so they won’t make you as unbearably overheated when you’re out for evening meals etc. Wear with a colourful shirt and a pair of flip-flops, slides or white trainers for the ultimate holiday vibe. Dark blue jeans go well with white – a simple white T-shirt or jumper will work a treat.



 The Idle Man Jeans with Clarks Originals and Corduroy Workwear Jacket

Your tan dress shoes will look best with other tones similar to itself. So think creams, camels and beige coloured suits and jeans. Black dress shoes are by far the safest option for men across the globe. They work well with any colour jeans whether it be black, light blue, dark blue, grey or even white.

Brown dress shoes should never be worn with black as this colour combination as it’s rarely accepted unless in a casual, dressed down sense. Plus, if you are wearing dress shoes in the first place, we can guess that you’re needing to be at least a little bit formal. We love a pair of brown loafers, especially when paired with some warm grey woolly socks in winter. This look provides the perfect combination of classic style and fashionable edge.

Blue Jeans and Shoes

As previously stated, blue jeans are extremely versatile, as they have been around the longest and are often seen as the most popular and obvious choice of colour. Blue jeans were created by Jacob W. Davis in partnership with Levi Strauss & Co. in 1871. This is where Levi’s jeans, the iconic jeans brand, comes from. Read more below to establish what kind of shoes look best with blue jeans.

What Shoes Go with Blue Jeans

Any shoes can go with blue jeans, it just all really depends on what other items of clothing you’re wearing that helps create the overall outfit. Some say that black doesn’t work well with the paleness of some blue jeans, as is the same with white jeans. However, if you’re incorporating other items into your outfit that are black too, for example, black dress shoes, then it shouldn’t become a big fashion faux pas. A pair of brown dress shoes would go well if you’re trying to make your outfit a little smarter.



 The Idle Man Jeans with Trainers

What Colour Shoes to Wear with Blue Jeans

Naturally, white and paler coloured shoes get dirtier faster, so even though they may start off looking fresher than ever in the beginning, avoid these if you know you can get yourself in a bit of a mess. If you know you’re messy but still want to pull off the white trainer look, invest in some shoe cleaning products which will protect them from getting too dirty.

When added to a pair of blue jeans, trainers add a casual edge, and wearing them with boat shoes gives off a chilled, relaxed, no worries energy. The blue jeans and boat shoe combination create a good look during the summer or on holiday, especially with a rolled up jeans hem. This means you have plenty of options available to suit any occasion and anything the weather may throw at you.

What Shoes to Wear with Raw Denim

Maybe you’re wondering what raw denim is exactly? Well, to put it simply, raw denim is a denim pair of jeans that have undergone none of the typical distressing and washing processes like other regular jeans have. Raw denim is also sometimes known as dry or unwashed denim because of this.

As the pair of jeans come straight off the loom with no other treatments before they are cut and sewn, they come off in a deep blue colour, with a distinctive sheen. To complement the deep blue colour of the jeans, either wear shoes in a contrasting pale colour such as white or wear something on the opposite end of the colour spectrum, such as pink or orange. Wearing a lighter shade of blue coloured shoe will look good as it will bring out the darker shade in the jeans.

Wearing a metallic tone can also be a good idea as it will work well with the natural sheen that comes within the raw denim pair of jeans, without it looking tacky or to over the top – making it perfect for people who like to stand out from the crowd.




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Shoes to Wear with Skinny Jeans

Skinny or slim-fit jeans are possibly the most popular men’s (and women’s) style of jeans out there on the market right now. They can be dressed up or down and work well for both the day and for the night time. They are increasingly worn with Dr Martens as an aspect of an edgy outfit. Trainers look cool with skinny jeans too for a sports luxe feel.

What to Wear with Light Blue Jeans

Confused about what to wear with your light blue jeans outfit? In the spring and summer months, look fresh by wearing crisp cool tones such as whites, creams, tans, and blues. These shades can be found again, in flip flops, boat shoes and even in a pair of formal tan dress shoes. Plimsolls are also a good alternative to wear instead of trainers as they’re more lightweight – perfect for hotter weather as they’ll not cause you any awkward sweaty feet situations and therefore prevent the nastiness that comes along with all that.

Shoes to Wear With Blue Jeans

  • When wearing dress shoes make sure you’re in either skinny or slim jeans as this will even out the outfit.
  • With trainers and jeans pretty much anything goes, however, we recommend that you stick to white to make your outfit look a lot cleaner.
  • Boots should have your jeans sitting just on top of your boots, but not with too much excess fabric, to show off the jeans and the boots at the same time.
  • Loafers will add that smart and casual look making them perfect for that night out or the office.

On That Note

As you can see from our handy little guide, your options on shoes with blue jeans are pretty much wide open. It’s important to remember that your shoes should compliment your blue jeans. Be brave and daring, but don’t cross into the realm of stupidity just to make a statement. From trainers to tasselled loafers and brogues to boots, your shoe choice is wide open.


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