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By now, you’ve likely caught wind of the fact that skinny jeans are over. The trend, spearheaded by millennials in the ’00s, was declared dead by TikTok last year. If you were a fan, I’m sorry for your loss. Of course, you can wear whatever jeans you please — more power to you if you rage against the Gen Z machine — but since the youngest generation is the one with the fastest growing economic power, there’s a good chance that the vast selection of skinny jeans you’ve grown accustomed to seeing in stores won’t be around for much longer. And when that happens, one question will inevitably follow: What shoes do you wear with jeans that aren’t skinny?

Finding shoes to go with the tight-fitting silhouette was simple: Heeled booties, over-the-knee boots, or pumps, if you’re a heels person; ballet flats or low-top trainers, if you weren’t. But these days, when footwear trends range from chunky loafers to even chunkier clogs, skinny jeans can feel like an odd pairing. Just think about the proportions. Throw on a pair of slightly baggy — but fitted in the butt and waist — vintage jeans, though, and just about every on-trend shoe style of the season is a perfect match, no matter how bulky. 

But switching to non-skinny jeans doesn’t mean you have to give up your favourite footwear. You can still wear black boots with flares and ballet flats with slouchy jeans. If you ask me, they’ll look even better. But there are a few types of footwear that pair especially well with a less fitted denim style. 

Scroll on to find out what shoe styles to buy, now that old mum jeans are “in” and skinnies — the new mum jeans — are “out.”

Fancy Shoes

There’s no shoe-jean partnership more visually satisfying than a pair of baggy, light-wash jeans paired with a fancy, colourful shoe. There’s something about the high-low mix that makes a cusper like me — someone who loves both Carrie’s Sex And The City shoe collection and Depop’s vintage denim selection — excited to wear jeans, even in quarantine.

Mango Feather leather sandals, $, available at Mango

Zara Lace Up High Heel Rhinestone Shoes, $, available at Zara

KG KURT GEIGER Sky, $, available at Kurt Geiger

Manolo Blahnik Araspemu 50 Leather Mules, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Billini Balton Heel, $, available at The Iconic

Senso Trina Heel, $, available at The Iconic

Chunky Loafers

With skinny jeans, loafers had a tendency to feel outdated. But, with slouchy jeans and an added heel or two-tone colourway, these former prep school styles become surprisingly cool. Don’t believe us? Just check social media, where loafers are impossible to miss.

Vagabond Cosmo 2.0 Loafer, $, available at Vagabond

Reformation Agathea Chunky Loafer, $, available at Reformation

& Other Stories Chunky Leather Tassle Loafers, $, available at & Other Stories

Tony Bianco Ruiz Loafer, $, available at The Iconic

Jil Sander Ruched Leather Loafers, $, available at Matches Fashion


Whether they’re Birkenstock-style clogs (or the high-fashion equivalent by JW Anderson) or cottagecore-esque rubber alternatives that are perfect for gardening, clogs of all shapes and styles are a comfortable and chic sidekick for your non-skinny jeans. There’s something very satisfying about the way slouchy jeans just fall on top of them, the rounded toe popping out ever so slightly. And for a dressier, more put-together alternative, dare I suggest a wooden heel?

Mango Studded leather clog, $, available at Mango

Birkenstock Boston Vegan, $, available at Birkenstock

Arket Low Wooden Sole Clogs, $, available at Arket

Birkenstock Boston Sandal, $, available at The Iconic

JW Anderson Buckled Leather-Trimmed Felt Slippers, $, available at Net-A-Porter

Crocs Classic Clog, $, available at Crocs


Yes, you can wear trainers with non-skinny jeans. Just opt for athletic pairs that have a chunkier sole — something with a little more height. 

ASICS GEL-KAYANO 14 Women’s, $, available at Size?

Saye Modelo ’89 Vegan Lima, $, available at Saye Brand

New Balance Unisex 530, $, available at New Balance

New Balance 574 Sneakers, $, available at The Iconic

Vans Old Skool Suede, $, available at The Iconic

Platform Shoes

With the return of Y2K trends, platform heels have become the must-have shoe of 2022. Even if many of us have relegated heels for good amid the pandemic, platforms are the best remedy to combat the collective disdain for uncomfortable, tall shoes.

Stradivarius Platform sandals, $, available at Stradivarius

Jeffrey Campbell Seventies Platform Sandal, $, available at Revolve

Zara High Heel Platform Shoes, $, available at Zara

Dazie Nara Heels, $, available at The Iconic

Paris Texas Malena Platform Sandals, $, available at Farfetch

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