You can never have too much of a good thing, and right now, our thing is denim. After being somewhat cast aside for the first time in recent history thanks to the stretchy waistbands and comfy loungewear of the pandemic, jeans are back on the radar. Searches for jeans and denim trends have been on the up since the beginning of the year, and new looks (such as patchwork and criss-cross waistbands) have been well received by shoppers. The more we look at our friends IRL and online, the more we notice denim-centric outfits coming back to the forefront. In the past few weeks alone, the Who What Wear UK team has reported on the surprising rise of printed jeans, pinpointed 12 perfect spring outfits that all revolve around your favourite blues, decoded the new take on double denim, worked out which pair of & Other Stories jeans are worth ordering and much, much more. What we have discovered along our travels is that there is no “in” or “out” when it comes to silhouettes. Although it’s true that skinnies are slightly less in favour than they were a few years back, they’re not off the table. Instead, we’re seeing that all cuts, washes and colours are applicable to the here and now because it’s all about choosing the right style for you and your wardrobe. We’re living in a more democratic denim world, and that means flares are being adopted once more by stylish women in London, Paris, L.A. and beyond. But which shoe styles work the best with flare jeans? We have some theories on that. Keep scrolling to see the four footwear options that always look best with this denim cut.
Style Notes: I don’t like to make sweeping statements, but this one is true: So many French women (like Anne-Victoire Lefevre here) wear platforms with their flares, and it just works.
The shoe that reignited the platform trend.
Style Notes: Aria Di Bari has paired her high-waisted flares with chunky platform sandals—a classic summer combination.
These feel so French.
Style Notes: Julie Sergent Ferreri is an ardent flare wearer, and as such, she has many good outfit ideas for you to copy.
Suede makes for a softer fabrication to wear during springtime.
Style Notes: This is a look for all the minimalists out there. Allison Ho’s white blouse and black strappy sandals are just lovely.
You can style these wrap-around straps up to your knee or gathered around your ankle.
Style Notes: Using blue as a base colour, Naaomi Ross adds yellow strappy sandals and a pastel vest to her classic flares.
A bit of sparkle never hurts.
Style Notes: You can even turn up your flares slightly to show off more of your strappy sandals à la Jessica Skye.
The block heel makes these ultra-thin strappy shoes so much easier to walk in—I’m bookmarking this pair as a strong wedding-guest shoe.
Style Notes: Jazmine Rogers knows the score: White or cream almond-toe boots always look great with flared jeans.
The colour of these boots would look so premium with ecru denim.
Style Notes: Franny Mozemba’s white flared jeans look very chic with tan boots and a linen blazer.
The perfect boot for spring.
Style Notes: The idea of a trench coat with flares and a white shirt is totally timeless. Thank you for the reminder, Charlotte Kuhrt.
These will pair just as well with black tights and dresses as they will with flare jeans and white ruffle blouses.
Style Notes: In this category, almost anything goes—so Jessica Torres’s Velcro-strapped Teva-style sandals are absolutely a yes.
Tevas are ideal if you’re planning on doing lots of walking, as they’re super lightweight.
Style Notes: But you could also opt for the season’s take on thick-soled flip-flops, as demonstrated so elegantly by TyLynn Nguyen here.
You’ll struggle to find a comfier sole than this.
Style Notes: And yes, the idea even extends to clogs—a pairing we’ve seen some of Instagram’s more adventurous women trying out.
Clogs are set to be big news this spring. Look for classic pairs like this tan buckled iteration.
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This post was originally published at an earlier time and has since been updated.