The 5 Best Shoes To Wear With Flare Jeans (And 1 That’s a Serious No-No)

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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.

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1. Platforms

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.

Get the look: Saks Fifth Avenue ($895), Shopbop ($398), ASOS ($50)

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2. Sneakers

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.

Get the look: Shopbop ($110), Nordstrom ($70), J. Crew ($98)

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3. Ankle Boots

The free-flowing shape of a flare juxtaposes nicely against the structured and no-nonsense feel of an ankle bootie. We love how these bells are cropped, to really show off the boots below.

Get the look: & Other Stories ($179), Everlane ($120), Macy’s ($129)

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4. Mules

Mules are stylish, practical and so in right now. Pair yours with a baggy leg and a subtle flare for look that’s very “I woke up like this.”

Get the look: H&M ($34), Reformation ($278), Revolve ($98)

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5. Pumps

A classic for a reason. Wear your denim to the floor or cropped, either way these polished shoes prove sexy and refined. Just maybe pack those aforementioned sneakers in your duffle in case you unexpectedly have to dart across town.

Get the look: Mango ($80), Nordstrom ($118), Revolve ($362)

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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.

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