5 new denim styles you need to know (and what shoes to wear with)

Trench: J Crew (old). Breton: £27.65, Boden. Jeans: £120, Donna Ida x Jaeger. Shoes: £395, Jimmy Choo. Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell
There are an abundance of new denim styles which have made their way into our fashion remit recently. Crop kick flare, frayed step hems and don’t get me started on wide leg cropped frayed edge flared jeans (yep, they’re a thing). As a huge denim fan, okay reliant…I thought it only right to test out the most recent denim shapes and show you, hopefully in a useful way, which shoes to try with each. All worn with a breton, because, as you know stripes go with everything.
I bet you haven’t heard of this style in everyday life? Yes they’re flares but slightly cropped, just showing a hint of ankle. The automatic assumption is to pair these with heels to elongate the leg but I find they look too short and not on purpose…so I would try wearing them with a pair of chic flats.


Jeans: £120, Donna Ida x Jaeger. Shoes: £395, Jimmy Choo.
It sounds wrong but it’s right. They’re basically a skinny jean with a slight kick at the bottom and finish mid calf. And a fit that works so well with mid calf ankle boots – even better with a bit of skin showing.


Coat: £69, Marks & Spencer. Breton: £27.65, Boden. ‘Dree’ jeans: Topshop (sold out but buy similar here). Boots: £82, Topshop





‘Dree’ jeans: Topshop (sold out but buy similar here). Boots: £82, Topshop
A tricky style, for sure. I would do these with heels – and they make a nice alternative to a dressier trouser, especially in black. This pair are super comfy, I’m also wearing them with trainers in the day (but they’re definitely more flattering with heels). Try a barely there style so you see an elegant silhouette rather than something chunkier.


Breton: £27.65, Boden. Jeans: £195, 7 For All Mankind via Next Sandals: £22.99, New Look. Necklace: £295, Laura Lee
Jeans: £195, 7 For All Mankind via Next Sandals: £22.99, New LookNails in ‘Cloud Fine’: £7, Cheeky.
4. The frayed instep reworked denim
Gosh, they’re all a bit of a mouthful aren’t they?! I’ve already talked about this denim style as one you need to know but what shoes to wear with? The cut-out at the front leaves a perfect gap for a flat ankle boot (something I’ve always struggled with before – do I tuck a skinny jean into boots?? Do I roll them up?).
Coat: £250, Sezane.  Wool scarf: Next (old but buy similar from Warehouse here). Jeans: £34.99, Gap. Boots: Whistles (old but buy similar from Topshop here)


Jeans: £34.99, Gap. Boots: Whistles (old but buy similar from Topshop here)
AKA the jean of the moment. I almost like to embrace their ‘mom’ like style with a pair of granny style shoes. The minimal style lends well to the block heeled shoe and in pastel pink? Total minimalist goals.


Coat: £69, Marks & Spencer. Breton: £27.65, Boden. Jeans: £30, Asos. Suede shoes: £115, Cos


Asos. Suede shoes: £115, Cos
*DISCAIMER* this is by no means the be and end all of denim styling, I’m a bit of a hippy in that sense – wear what and how you want! This is just a kind of ‘what would I do’ guide to help guide people through the new denim styles which, let’s face it, are tricky. Hope some people find it useful!



  1. Bought the GAP step hem jeans after falling in love with on here, my size was totally off, so disappointed. Determined to find a similar style that fits me as outfit 4 is gorgeous!

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