Is It Appropriate To Wear Jeans With Dress Shoes?

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ASK SUIT: Is it ok to wear dress shoes with jeans?

Dear Jake,

This is a question that can have a long list of possible answers. To make things simple and straightforward, the answer is no. If you are aiming for high style points, this might be an approach you want to steer clear of.

The designs and materials used on dress shoes are too formal and would stand out instead of blending your outfit together when paired with jeans. Jeans are by nature a more informal article of clothing. Therefore, they should be paired with items in a similar category. Pairing casual bottoms with dress shoes will not make your attire seem more formal or appropriate for business settings. It will give off the impression that you mixed up two styles that should not go together.

If you want to look sleek and well put together while wearing jeans you can always pair your jeans with a good pair of boots, loafers or even sandals depending on your chosen style of bottoms. That will make your outfit stand out in a positive way. Since the possibilities of combining jeans and dress shoes are very minimal, we suggest you skip this idea altogether.

Last but not least, if there is a zombie apocalypse in which you do need to wear dress shoes with jeans, our tip is to make sure your chosen shoe is as minimalistic as possible. That means no shiny materials, patterned leather, or embellished design. If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to ASK SUIT.

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