Trainers are to jeans as Nutella is to pancakes; eyeliner is to Alexa Chung; and corsets are to the cast of Bridgerton. They just look good together. The only major flaw in this thinking, however, is that every pair of trainers works with every pair of jeans. As someone who has often chosen jeans and sneakers over heels and a dress, I’ve worked out that there are certain trainers that work best with certain jeans silhouettes. Yes, it does help that I own a fair amount of both, but the way I see it is that you can rest assured that I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about this and have honed down the ideal combos.
When thinking about what trainers to wear with jeans, the first I think about is the hem of the trousers. Are they cropped or tapered? This immediately has an impact on the trainers I’ll choose. Case in point? If you’re wearing a longer leg style, you won’t want to wear a chunky pair of trainers as it might disrupt the silhouette of the jeans. Secondly, what width are the legs? For example, wide legs, for me, just don’t work well with chunky sneakers. Finally, I’ll think about the colour. If they’re a softer, non-blue, colour such as an ecru or green, I’ll try for a sharp white or black but will avoid grey. But with blue, you can pretty much wear any trainer colour you like. I have plenty more of these insights if you keep scrolling to see which four trainer styles are best to wear with jeans.