The Best Shoes for Flared Jeans

I just love jeans.  I love coloured jeans. I love skinny jeans.  I love boyfriend jeans.  And now I’m loving flared jeans.  I know! I didn’t think it was ever going to happen either.  I’m still completely anti-bootcut jeans though. I’m never ever going there.

We’re used to styling boyfriend jeans and skinny jeans. We can do that with our eyes shut. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.

Flared jeans are a whole new thing.  What are the best shoes for flared jeans? I’ve done the research and I’ve got the solution!

The Best Shoes for Flared Jeans

Platform Sandals – for the 70s boho vibe. Add a poncho or gypsy embroidery.

Heeled Ankle Boots – the perfect winter look. Layer with knits and a cute scarf.

Wedges – for style and comfort to give you the perfect leg lengthening look.

Loafers – for a cute preppy look, team with a crop top and long line shirt.

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The perfect shoe to team with flared jeans for maximum leg lengthening effect.

L-R | Bonbons Mia Flesh $109.95 click to shop | Zoe Kratzmann Enthral Print $189 reduced from $315 click to shop | Diana Ferrari Nakisha Black $139.95 click to shop


Such a cute preppy look. Best for taller girls, or girls who can wear short length jeans, because length is crucial to pulling this look off.  Any folding or wrinkling at the ankle is not what you’re after. Keep the rest of your look streamlined to downplay any possible dumpiness from wide legs with flats.

Top to Bottom | Mollini Quenjo Black $169.95 click to shop | Mollini Queff Navy $149.95 click to shop | Sol Sana Dillian Loafer $179.95 click to shop

Platform Sandals

The first thing you think of when flared jeans comes to mind is hippy boho chic, right? Tan leather. Floppy hats. Ponchos. Cropped kimono jackets. Fringing.  That totally works.  70s is so hot right now.  So get your boho on with a platform sandal.  A clog is even betterer.

Top to Bottom | Mollini Masimo Yellow $129.95 click to shop | EOS Nerin Black $159.95 click to shop | Django & Juliette Wisha Tan $159.95 click to shop

Ankle Boots

A block heel or wedge heel ankle boot works beautifully with a flared jean.  For the girl who prefers a shorter length jean, this shoe is perfect. Just make sure the denim is a heavier-weight structured denim.  A chambray-weight denim will not work.

L-R | Django & Juliette Sadore Ocelot Black $199.95 | Nude Youth Dew Tan $179.95 click to shop | Django & Juliette Roby Navy $199.95 click to shop

How to buy the best shoes for flared jeans

Usually, if our jeans are too long, we can get them tailored to fit.  However, this just doesn’t work with flared jeans.  Getting them taken up from the base runs the risk of removing the widest part and changing the whole look.

The trick is to buy shoes for each pair of flared jeans you own.  Try buying a “short” length or perhaps from a petite range if you want to wear them with flats, like loafers.

For the best leg lengthening effect, your flared jeans should be almost dragging on the ground.  Wear the highest heels you can tolerate for the best look, the fashion magazines say.  But hello? Most women wear jeans to rock a classic look that is comfy.

Look for a platform to give you height, and a wedge to give you comfort.  Pointed toe pumps will give you a super sexy look when teamed with flared jeans and a little cropped Chanel-esque jacket.  But if you’re remotely klutzy (like me!), a super long leg teamed with a skinny heel is a recipe for a face plant.

Set aside a shopping session to choose new flared jeans AND the best shoes to wear with flared jeans.  I’d suggest taking along the shoes you plan to wear with your new flared jeans – or schedule enough time to buy both!

If you’re shopping online, make sure they offer free (or reasonably priced) returns, and buy several pairs of both flared jeans and shoes, try them all on, and send back the ones that just don’t work.

Want some shopping and styling tips on flared jeans? Champagne Cartel have got you sorted with their guide to Seriously Sexy Denim: Fabulous Flares

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  • Danielle Colley - 18 March 2015 - 7.50 am

    I’m loving the platform heel at the moment. I can’t wear a proper high heel because they hurt my feet and I’m cranky when my feet hurt, but I really love the extra height a heel gives me. Enter the platform….. and I’ve always loved a loafer.
    May be time to explore the other styles some more with winter on the way.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 18 March 2015 - 9.33 am

      You know what I would love to have? The Mimco platform wedge loafers I bought about 10 years ago that were half a size too small in the correct size.

      They were gorgeous, and would look totally awesome with a pair of flares!

      Oh and I can’t do heels either. I love but I can’t do them.ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bavistock - 17 March 2015 - 5.43 am

    Brilliant styling advice, as ever. I’m absolutely loving those Django & Juliette platform sandals. Swoon! xReplyCancel

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