Shoes to Wear With Cropped Ankle Jeans
Cropped jeans are a major fashion trend for women — and a reliably stylish, all-season wardrobe essential. They can also be somewhat challenging to accessorize. Choosing the right shoes is especially important when you're wearing shorter jean lengths. Go with the wrong shoe, and you can wind up looking more "mom" than modern. Not to worry, though — we've got you covered with our go-to guide to the shoes that go best with cropped jeans, from the wider straight leg cropped styles, to ankle-length skinny jeans.
If you're not into wearing high heel shoes, a colorful flat is a great way to still make a statement with your footwear. Skip the traditional black ballet flats and opt for flat footwear in a bright, even neon color instead. Just look at how cute these can't-look-away red loafers look, when worn with cropped denim jeans. These cheerful shoes can look cute with different jeans styles too, so have fun pairing them with distressed wide-leg cropped denim, or skinny dark wash ankle jeans (as pictured here).
Colorful Gladiator Sandals
Gladiator sandals are a great style staple for summertime. These sandals can be short or high on the leg, feature lots of straps and come in both flat and high heeled designs. While black or nude gladiator sandals are an easy choice, a multi-colored sandals adds instant trendiness to all your summer outfits. Buy sandals in the highest heels you can wear comfortably, to elongate your legs when you're wearing a shorter jean, especially if you're petite or curvy. These sandals will also lift your butt and the colorful design will put a spring in your step.
High Vamp Sandals
Open-toe sandals with a high vamp (the part of the shoe that covers the top of the foot) are sexy for summertime, especially in edgy black. We like the look of these sandals with boyfriend jeans cuffed above the ankles, to show off your fashionable footwear. You can wear this city-chic combination everywhere from shopping with friends to date night out. High vamp sandals still expose the toes, so remember to keep your pedicure up to date.
Men’s Wear Inspired Loafers
You can add instant style to a pair of casual weekend jeans when you match cropped straight leg jeans with a chic, androgynous pair of menswear-inspired black loafers. Choose a matte black leather shoe, or a shiny patent leather version as pictured here, depending on your personal style. Whether you're strolling art galleries on your day off, or dressing to meet with a client, you'll look just the right combination of relaxed and edgy.
Want to look edgy and cool in cropped jeans this summer? Try pairing a frayed hem, ankle length jean with stylish ankle booties. Platform ankle boots -- so trendy again right now, especially in white -- are universally flattering and makes legs look longer in shorter jeans lengths.You could also wear this boot to dress up casual boyfriend jeans.
Nude Kitten Heels
Here's your go-to summer shoe for wearing to the office, especially when you're dressing in shorter pants lengths. A nude shoe with a kitten heel is a versatile style that will mix and match with all your summer outfits. For the longest legs when wearing ankle length jeans, choose a pump with a pointy toe shape or special detailing, such as jewels or a metal cap, on toes. Pair this classic low-heeled shoe with your cropped jeans in any shade, from indigo denim to white jeans, pastel washes and even printed styles
When you're wearing a shorter jean, a high heel can do wonders to elongate legs, especially if you're on the curvier side. If you're not up for walking in stilettos, choose a fashionable platform heel shoe. You'll find platforms in every style from sexy to chunky, so choose a pair that suits your personal style.
Animal Print High Heels
Dark wash cropped jeans are visually slimming, which is important when you're losing length in the legs. Black and leopard is also a classic fashion combination that always looks stylish. We love the playfully fierce look of animal print high heels worn with distressed black jeans.