Flare jeans and bell bottoms automatically evoke images of 70s style. But while we may be decades removed from that specific sartorial time, a demand for chic, attention-grabbing flares remains to this day. Still, pairing those new jeans with the right shoe can prove tricky. (Platforms? Too obvious? Flip flops? Too Wet Seal?) We’re here to help with the shoes styles that’ll take your flares to the next level.
The 5 Best Shoes To Wear With Flare Jeans (And 1 That’s a Serious No-No)
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Platforms may seem like the obvious choice here, but it’s for good reason. They provide sufficient lift and balance a denim cut that can often feel heavy. If you want to bring a a nostalgic vibe, go for a fun pattern or wooden sole. If you’re all about modernizing the trend, go for sleek shapes and neutral tones.
For a combo that’s decidedly non-70s, rock your favorite pair of sneaks with your flares or bells. From go-to converse to chunky-soled trainers, this look says you value style and comfort. Just make sure your flares hit high enough so they don’t cover your shoes or, God forbid, drag on the ground, middle-school style.
Don’t: Flip Flops
While there are many instances where flip flops are a great footwear option (beach fun, anyone?), pairing them with flare jeans is a no-no. The added fabric will swallow your feet in an unflattering heap, and the overall vibe is straight-up sloppy.