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Live In Jeans? These Are The 6 Shoes You Need!

I practically live in jeans. I’m not kidding…I wear them almost every single day! Skinny jeans, straight jeans, flare jeans, kick flare jeans, you name it! I love them all! I often get the question, “What shoes should I wear with my jeans?” Well…I’m here to share the top six pairs of shoes in my closet that I routinely pull out to wear with jeans.

 

COMPLETE Guide To Wearing Boots With Jeans video here.

FENDI flats black and brown pointed toe ballet flats with see through Fendi logo

FENDI flats black and brown pointed toe ballet flats with see through Fendi logo FENDI flats black and brown pointed toe ballet flats with see through Fendi logo

#1 | Flats

Your flat shoes should be very comfortable! You have lots of options here. Sandals, loafers, mules, slides, pointed toe flats, whatever you want! If you work in an office where you get to wear jeans, try some chic ballet flats like I’m wearing above. For more casual days, try some comfy and fun sandals. One of the most common concerns when wearing flats is… how to wear them without looking FRUMPY. I share a bunch of tips on how to look taller in flats in this video.

These gorgeous Fendi logo flats which I shared in this video are quite versatile due to the unique brown and black color combination. It’s one of the those combos that we always hesitate to wear. But, when you have an anchor piece like these flats that mixes the two colors for you…it’s a cinch! These flats will pair perfectly with any style jeans…skinny jeans, flare jeans, cropped jeans, etc. They would also look beautiful with skirts, pants, ankle trousers, etc.

Above, I styled them with a pair of classic dark wash skinny jeans and a pretty, black puff sleeve Alice + Olivia sweater. This sweater has a removable white collar that I love! Fun Fact: TODAY show host, Savannah Guthrie wore this sweater on election night.

Date Night Outfits, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing a black puff sleeve blouse by IRO, ripped skinny jeans by Rag & Bone, Schutz black croc-embossed knee high boots, Chanel boy bag, and Topshop belt in Telluride, Colorado

What shoes to wear with jeans featuring Schutz Mariana boots in black croc-embossed leather paired with dark wash skinny jeans and astr the label plunging neckline bodysuit on fashion over 40 blogger Erin Busbee

#2 | Knee High Boots

Knee-high boots are a must-have if you love skinny jeans! The pair that I’m wearing above is AMAZING and SO sexy!!! I love how they are not super fitted around your calves…so they slide right over skinny jeans. Knee-high boots should come up below your kneecap. Material and color are up to you based on the rest of your wardrobe. If you wear more brown, get a gorgeous tan pair. If you wear a lot of black and gray, go with black! But, when in doubt, choose either black or brown. These gorgeous croc-embossed knee-high boots are by Schutz. They are surprisingly very comfortable for heels. I love them so much I also have them in the python print. These are my go-to date night boots. (in her mind says, “Date Night. What’s that?” ;

Another great option with skinny jeans is over the knee boots. I shared how to wear OTK boots if you’re tall or petite in this post.

Elevated Basics, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing black golden goose sneakers with black joggers by Norma Kamali in south texas, what shoes to wear with jeans Elevated Basics, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing black golden goose sneakers with black joggers by Norma Kamali in south texas
Button Downs For Summer, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing Moussy Vintage tapered jeans and Golden Goose platform sneakers from Nordstrom in Telluride, Colorado Button Downs For Summer, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of BusbeeStyle.com wearing Moussy Vintage tapered jeans and Golden Goose platform sneakers from Nordstrom in Telluride, Colorado

#3 | Sneakers

I wear sneakers with my jeans a TON. And there are so many sneaker options out there now! I know these can be tricky to style. I did a video recently sharing some styling tips to help you wear sneakers with style at any age here. I also did a full review of whether I think these Golden Goose sneakers are worth it. But I’m sure you can guess my opinion based on the photos above! I have a few pairs of Golden Goose sneakers now and love them! The Hi Star platform sneakers are great if you want to add a little height but my true favorites are the popular Super-Star Low Top sneakers. I know these are pricey so I linked more sneaker favorites below…

Some other options that are popular are white sneakers or slide/slip-on sneakers. If you live in a colder climate, you might want some cool shearling-lined sneakers for winter. Or, if you’re fashion-forward and like to take risks, try some cool dad sneakers. If you like the look of the Golden Goose sneakers but not the price tag, consider the Veja sneakers. They take a few weeks to break-in but are very cute!

What I wore in Paris, France in the spring featuring fashion blogger over 40, Erin Busbee of Busbee StyleBlouses That Cover Arms, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing a blue tie-front button down shirt by Rails with high waisted white slit hem jeans by 7 For All Mankind and See by Chloe wedges and Saint Laurent sunglasses in Telluride, Colorado, what shoes to wear with jeans

#4 | Wedges

Wedge sandals are definitely a must-have going into spring and summer. Wedges are perfect for events or special occasions when you want to add height, but still feel comfortable and functional. I am choosing to think optimistically about spring and our ability to socialize and travel. I’ve had these See By Chloe wedges for years and LOVE them! This brand’s wedges are really popular and come in multiple styles. These have a 4.25” heel but since they’re espadrilles and platform style, they’re manageable to walk in. (Seriously. Not kidding). I’m usually not a fan of buckles because I like to easily slide shoes on and off. But this buckle is so simple I don’t mind it. I also love that they have the leather ankle strap and white canvas strap across the toes! The spongey white sole is key for comfort.

Valentino Rockstud sandals in beige paired with white knit tank dress

#5 | Slide On Sandals

Especially for spring and summer, slide on sandals are a must-have! I prefer my sandals to have a heel for added height. But you can also go with a flat option! These Valentino sandals are so pretty and comfortable. They have the classic Valentino studs and a manageable 2.5″ heel. They are a simple shoe to throw on and elevate any summer outfit. I’ve worn them with everything from jeans, to dresses, even shorts! These will be heavy hitters in your wardrobe which may help you justify the price.

Another pair of flat sandals that I’m really enjoying are these stylish sandals by Steve Madden. They are ridiculously comfy and chic.

what shoes to wear with jeans featuring Jimmy Choo Romy pumps in black leather paired with dark wash skinny jeans and a black lace corset top by Jonathan Simkhai on fashion over 40 blogger Erin Busbee what shoes to wear with jeans featuring Jimmy Choo Romy pumps in black leather paired with dark wash skinny jeans and a black lace corset top by Jonathan Simkhai on fashion over 40 blogger Erin Busbee

#6 | Pumps

I wear pumps with my jeans all the time because I always feel sexier!!  Sometimes you just have to dial up the sexy, ya know? Remind yourself that you still got it!! 😉 You can wear pumps with pretty much any denim style. And, of course, they look amazing with dresses and skirts too. My favorites designer pair of pumps are the Jimmy Choo Romy Pumps. A more affordable option that is especially great for narrow feet, the Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps. If you can’t wear pumps, get a pair of really sleek flats like the ones I featured above instead.

Best brown booties, Erin Busbee of Busbee wearing an ASTR the Label sculptural sleeve sweater with rag & bone skinny jeans and brown western inspired Paige booties from Nordstrom in Telluride, Colorado

Bonus | Ankle Booties

You can wear your ankle boots with pretty much any jean style. Tuck them into skinny jeans, wear a statement bootie with some kick flare jeans, or wear them under straight jeans. Booties are SO versatile with jeans. I have multiple pairs in multiple styles and colors. For maximum versatility, I recommend getting a pair of black or brown booties. The brown suede pair that I’m wearing above is a great neutral everyday color. You can find some of my favorite brown booties in this post.

I totally get that styling your jeans with ankle booties can be challenging and that’s why I created this comprehensive guide to help you. 

Which pair of shoes is your favorite? The flats? The booties?? Are we missing anything? Please share in the comments!

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How To Manifest Anything, Fashion blogger Erin Busbee of Busbee Style wearing an orange and blue Staud Ina dress with white sunglasses walking around in Telluride, Colorado
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After a decade in TV news, a desire to help women "look pretty" sparked a career pivot. I started my own wardrobe consulting business, styling "real" women for many years. In 2014, I changed direction again, using my TV background and styling expertise to launch this website and my YouTube channel. We are now a community of nearly 700,000 dynamic, vibrant, amazing women over 40... who know that age isn't something you need to hide from. For us, life is just getting started!!
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5 thoughts on “Live In Jeans? These Are The 6 Shoes You Need!

  1. I read a recent influencer blog that stated wedge heels are OUT. I am happy to see you sporting a lovely pair of wedges so I’m guessing it is a trend that is personal and wear wedges if we enjoy wearing them. Is there a certain kind of wedge that is not recommended….such as wedge boots or booties?

    1. I’m a big fan of the wedge…They offer height while still being super comfortable. I’d opt for a wedge sandal over a wedge dress shoe or bootie. A cute pair of wedges with a summer dress is a great summer look. ~Erin xo

  2. Hi Erin, Can you please highlight some flats or sandals which run narrow and are not frumpy. I have a narrow foot and cannot seem to find any chic looking sandals or flats. Thank you!

  3. Hello ERin, I love all of the shoes you love all of the Jean’s. Jackets I REALLY love every single one of the pieces yo share with US. And I watch all of your videos on you tube your style is impecable and I love you for SHARING SO many tips to help us look better but also fell better about our selves god bless you and your family..

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