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Which "Casual Shoes" to wear with Jeans?

post #1 of 35
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What shoes do you guys wear with jeans for casual occasions? Dress shoes, sneakers, boots, .... or something in between?

Dress shoes - seems a bit too dressy for casual
Sneakers - what I'm currently wearing but it seems a bit college
Boots - I'm not a boot guy

What kind of casual shoes can I wear to look a step above sneakers but not so much that I'm trying hard?
post #2 of 35
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Originally Posted by Jl24
What shoes do you guys wear with jeans for casual occasions? Dress shoes, sneakers, boots, .... or something in between?

Dress shoes - seems a bit too dressy for casual
Sneakers - what I'm currently wearing but it seems a bit college
Boots - I'm not a boot guy

What kind of casual shoes can I wear to look a step above sneakers but not so much that I'm trying hard?

Then boots are for you. Chelseas or jodhpurs are a step-up, but still casual. I personally wear dress shoes with jeans, but that is just me.
post #3 of 35
loafers?
i've got j.crew driving mocs
they can look a little dressier but definitely higher end casual as well w/ jeans

those are the ones i have
post #4 of 35
Short desert boots in tan suede, with crepe sole? Technically a 'boot', but feels more like a shoe.
post #5 of 35
Try RM Williams?
post #6 of 35
Depends entirely on the jeans but lately, I've been wearing my boots.
post #7 of 35
IMHO converse rule!! Especially black chucks because you can sneak them into "slightly more formal than casual" situations sometimes. I've got a pair of black high-top chucks with red stitching that I clean after every wear because I love them so much. I guess I dress kinda hipster but If I wear them with black jeans/blazer I always get complements from girls.

I don't really wear boots with jeans either, except for my 2 pairs of 3-eye Doc Martins (one black, one brown) look great with boot-cuts.

My APC New Cures are so damn skinny they only seem to look good with high-top chucks or my slip on vans, all my other shoes looks weird....
post #8 of 35
I picked up a pair of Diesel shoes, eggplant leather with purple accents, $50. My 2nd pair of Diesel shoes in a row, I don't know, they're so comfortable...
post #9 of 35
Who are you people and what god-awful pit of noveau hipsterdom did you come from? Tod's driving moccasins. Sperry top-siders. Suede desert boots. Pretend you're subtle and don't buy them in ridiculous colors (read: anything but brown or black) unless you can actually pull them off. If you have to think about whether you can pull them off, you can't.
post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by Eason
I picked up a pair of Diesel shoes, eggplant leather with purple accents, $50. My 2nd pair of Diesel shoes in a row, I don't know, they're so comfortable...

I grabbed a pair of Diesel Remys - pale green with dark green accents for about the same price and like them with boot-cut/straights but not so much with the skinny jeans. They are comfy. I got them at Journeys for $50 but now they are back up to $89
post #11 of 35
Air Force Ones?

A shoe that is very casual, but unlike regular sneakers. White on White is the classiest color way you can get. Make sure to get lows if you want a casual look, mids look too "gangster" in my eyes.
post #12 of 35
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Originally Posted by Max
Who are you people and what god-awful pit of noveau hipsterdom did you come from?



An invasion I'd call it and all of a sudden mind you.
post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by Jl24
What shoes do you guys wear with jeans for casual occasions? Dress shoes, sneakers, boots, .... or something in between?
Yes.
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Originally Posted by Jl24
What kind of casual shoes can I wear to look a step above sneakers but not so much that I'm trying hard?
If you're not a boot guy (odd idea to me, but whatever) then consider a more substantial loafer, such as the JM Weston 180. Of course, they're not cheap, but either are most of the jeans discussed here. Another option might be a split-toe Norwegian in a pebblegrain leather.
post #14 of 35
def Boots.
-brogued
-chelsea
-side zip
-chukka
-jodhpur
-engineer

all good choices with jeans or casual trousers

I could replace my entire shoe collection (excluding penny loafers) with just boots and never look back
post #15 of 35
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Originally Posted by SGladwell
Yes.

+1, although I would say that sometimes you have to watch it with dress shoes. I like the idea of retiring, say, beat-down wingtips or cap-toes from your dress wardrobe and pairing them with jeans. Not every type or condition of dress shoe works, obviously, but the ones that do look great. If you're not a boot guy, try becoming one; I suppose you could also try rubber-soled casual suede or leather oxfords.

Aside from those, they tried the "step up from sneakers" thing with the leather Steve Madden/Kenneth Cole/Sketchers bowling shoe craze and ended up committing one of the most atrocious fashion crimes of the past decade. Ain't nothing wrong with the classics...
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