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Jeans and sneakers are a fail-safe combo, and yet, for some reason, it can be tricky to find the perfect pairing. With a vast assortment of denim cuts and sneaks on the market, who’s to say which two styles are best suited for each other? To us, it’s all about proportion and striking a perfect harmony between opposing styles. Let us explain.
Say, for example, you’re wearing a cropped, straight-leg jean. A slim high-top like Converse All Stars will hug your ankle and tuck under the hem nicely sans bulk or bunching. Alternatively, heftier high-tops sit better with skinny jeans that are fitted over your calves and ankles and meet at the top of the shoe (almost as if you’re tucking your jeans into your sneakers). If you go for a cropped jean that hits just above the ankle, your tried-and-true white leather low-tops are an ideal companion.
In the case of a voluminous jean, like wide-leg crops or a roomy trouser style, you’ll want a sneaker with weight for balance. A chunky “dad” style or throwback heritage sneaker like Reebok classics are our of-the-moment picks (Scandinavian It girls are big proponents of both these styles).
Think you got it? Here, we pulled together a range of combinations to further guide you, as illustrated by the always-savvy street style set. Peruse the various looks and shop our picks for re-creating each pairing on your own.
— Additional reporting by Allison Ingrum and Laura Lajiness