In warmer weather, most women wear sandals with shorts and skirts, but in many places, it's too chilly to wear anything but jeans or pants during much of the spring. Then there are those women who actually prefer wearing jeans, even in the hottest months of summer.
For all of those people and occasions -- as well as any others you can come up with -- I've assembled this list of jean-friendly women's sandals.
Before I get to the list, I want to clarify something: most sandal styles work well with women's jeans. In fact, the only styles I can think of that aren't a good match are very hefty comfort or athletic sandals; or really dressy evening sandals. And in some cases, even those extreme styles could work really well with denim.
So, now that you know that, you could just call it a lesson learned, and head off happily in whatever jeans/sandal combination suits you. Or, you could keep reading to see some of my own favorite sandal styles to wear with jeans.
For a look that's classic, and casual without being sloppy, look for leather; faux leather; or suede uppers and either: A) a single or multiple skinny straps; or B) one or two wide medium or wide straps. The reason for this is that flat sandals with too many wide straps or really heavy uppers will overwhelm certain styles of women's jeans -- cropped or skinny jeans, for example. Plus, the combination could make your feet look a lot bigger than you might like.
Another great thing about wedge sandals is that they work well with a variety of jeans styles, though they're especially suited to flared jeans; bootcut jeans; rolled jeans; boyfriend jeans; and long, skinny jeans.
My only warning is to be careful with peg leg, cigarette, and cropped jeans, as really heavy wedges can overwhelm these styles.
To make sure you don't go too far over the top, you can counter the glitz by looking for flat, skimpy styles; or even low- to medium-height wedges.
On the other hand, fancy sandals with heels that are too high run the risk of looking as if you're trying too hard, or totally ruining that "I'm just naturally this glamorous" vibe we all love so much.
The second reason slides are so popular is because there is no to strap to contend with, as there is with thong sandals. Even though I've never personally had a problem with thongs hurting my feet, I know a lot of people who do, and it's really not difficult to image.
If you're worried about the slides staying on your feet like they should, look for styles that include ankle straps -- these are especially cute with rolled boyfriend jeans.
Whether you prefer sandals with lots skinny straps or styles with only a few wide bands doesn't really matter, nor does the shape or height of the heel.
The only thing you really want to avoid is wearing any kind of sandals that look too heavy for the jeans you're wearing, or any style that will get swallowed up by them.