Boyfriend jeans, though a heteronormative term for a popular denim style made for anyone who feels like wearing them, are the kind of staple that likely won’t ever go out of style. Their concept is simple yet effective: jeans that feel relaxed and slightly subversive. Many attribute the origins of boyfriend jeans to Marilyn Monroe circa 1960s on the set of Misfits. But their prominence has only gained momentum over the last several years, particularly for those who aren’t fans of the denim trend on the opposite side of the spectrum: skinnies.
Wherever your allegiance falls, a pair of boyfriend jeans is worth adding to any wardrobe. However, because of their looser proportions, they can be more difficult to pair with shoes. Ahead, 10 footwear styles that work well with your favorite boyfriend jeans (and where to shop them).
Hear us out—western boots may seem like an adventurous pick, but they look insanely cute with a pair of slouchy jeans tucked into them. Finish the look with an oversized tee or button-down shirt.
If you run a Google search on boyfriend jeans, many of the celebrity images you’ll see show ladies like Rihanna and Sarah Jessica Parker wearing this denim style with classic pumps. It’s a tried-and-true combination that works for everyone.