Every denim style has its dream sole mate. From leg-lengthening flares paired with chunky heels (this is gospel) to slouchy boyfriend jeans and trainers, follow our guide to create the perfect match
1. Skinny jeans
Snug from hip to ankle, skinny jeans are unexpectedly versatile. Consider them the modern classic.
Pair with: This season’s wedge sandals. The platform sole creates height without discomfort, while the lacing around the ankle looks elegant.
2. Slim-leg jeans
Perfect if you don’t want a skin-tight look, this relaxed shape sits comfortably on the hips and lengthens the leg with a gentle flare.
Pair with: A block heel will elongate the leg. These tan sandals are ideal for elevating your daytime look.
3. Bootcut jeans
More curve-hugging than a flare and leaner than a straight leg, this is how to pull off Seventies cool with aplomb.
Pair with: A chunky heel is a must. Keep the look minimal with a white shirt and let the jeans do the talking.
4. Girlfriend jeans
If boyfriend jeans just don’t cut it, try this style. Tapered and more structured than its denim other half, consider the girlfriend an off-duty essential.
Pair with: Mules. This luxe leather pair from Autograph will keep your outfit feminine but with an edge.
5. Relaxed skinny jeans
Think cool and casual with a little more room to give. Perfect for weekends or the school run.
Pair with: Flat sandals. Try this season’s fringing trend to lift your look from simple to interesting.
6. Boyfriend jeans
A dream denim match: borrowed from the boys but made exclusively for you. Keep your outfit undone and natural.
Pair with: Trainers – ideally fresh white kicks. If you want to dress up your boyfriends, pointed black courts look perennially chic.
7. Kickflare jeans
The original icon, the flare isn’t going anywhere. Channel the likes of Victoria Beckham and Kate Moss and team with a simple T-shirt or blazer.
Pair with: A wedged heel – espadrilles are bang on trend for the season. Take them jeans shopping with you to make sure you get the length spot on.
8. Embroidered jeans
The latest trend in denim, embroidery is making a comeback – specifically florals. Get crafty with your jeans for instant sartorial kudos.
Pair with: Gladiator sandals. A fail-safe option for summer, choose white for a bold finish – and don’t forget your pedi.
9. Cropped straight-leg jeans
Hot off the fashion press: this is the silhouette to be seen in this season. Use the shorter length to show off your ankles, and team with a jacket and basic tee.
Pair with: Cool slides. The cross-strap design flatters the ankle, they’re comfortable, and they’ll win you extra sartorial points.
10. Super skinny
You love them so much so, you’re constantly giving them a five-star rating. The ultimate in comfort, they fit like a second skin.
Pair with: Ballet pumps. The epitome of Parisian chic – a light knit or simple T-shirt completes the look.
Photographer: Rokus Darulis / Stylist: Victoria Bain / Make-up artist: Rebecca Wordingham
Hair stylist: Nao Kawakami / Model: Hannah Cassidy at Storm