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In case you haven't already heard, the once-trendy skinny jean is out -- that is, according to the TikTok-obsessed teens out there. The form-fitting denim style, made popular in the early aughts by none other than the Millennial generation that came before Gen-Z, has been deemed a trend of the past (for now, anyway). And if you ask what style these young fashion lovers are opting for instead, you'll get a more relaxed counterpart: the mom jeans (but the "old" ones, because skinnies are the new ones). But if you've been a fan of the skinny, jeggings style for a bit, you may be left with one question: what are the best shoes to style with mom jeans?
The old-school, classic mom jean (i.e. the high-waisted and straight leg, baggy or wide leg jeans) is nothing new to the fashion crowd. After all, the vintage-inspired, relaxed silhouette has been a favorite among denim lovers everywhere thanks to its cool and casual appeal. But now that they've resurfaced as the ultimate TikTok jeans style, this trend is getting new life -- especially when it goes so well with basic white tees and black ankle boots.
There's no doubt that skinnies will remain a staple in our wardrobes (they're timeless, after all!) -- and with good reason: they've become one of the easiest denim styles to wear with nearly any shoe you might have. But with baggier mom jeans taking over, you might find yourself at a loss for how to style mom jeans with shoes. Don't worry, that's where we come in.
ET Style pulled together the best shoes to wear with the TikTok-approved mom jeans -- and they're as stylish (and comfortable) as the new denim trend. So, once you've bought yourself a pair or two of mom jeans, scroll down and find the best shoes to wear with mom jeans.
For those casual and cool ensembles, you can't go wrong with a pair of sneakers to go with your denim look. Whether you opt for a sleek, classic pair that'll go with everything, including mom jeans, a chunkier, athletic-inspired option for a streetwear-approved outfit or something in between, jeans and sneakers will always be a winning combination.
Veja -- a sustainable, Meghan Markle-approved footwear brand -- used material made from recycled plastic water bottles and organic cotton to create a running-inspired shoe for everyday occasions. They're also perfect with high waisted pants like mom jeans.
You can't go wrong with all white sneakers with jeans -- whether you're into the boyfriend jean or you're diving into the mom jean style.
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When you don't want to go through the hassle of sneakers, why not opt for easy slip-on sandals? If you want a minimalist take to your ensemble, go with simple slides. Or, for those who want a '90s-inspired outfit, opt for a chunky platform style.
Whether you pair these now with a sweater and straight jeans while it's still chilly or with a graphic tee and ripped mom jeans as the temperatures warm up, these are the perfect sandals for your transitional wardrobe.
Let's be honest: Simple leather slides will never go out of style no matter what you wear with them, but with mom jeans with a high waist, a bodysuit and leather jacket, prepare for compliments.
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Edgy Ankle Boots
Like mom jeans, everyday ankle boots are a wardrobe staple. Perhaps you want to add an edge of cool with a pair of combat boots. Or maybe you want an effortlessly chic leather pair for your everyday occasions. With a stylish ankle boot, the options are endless.
Pair these with your TikTok-approved straight-leg mom jeans for a fashion-forward spring ensemble. With a heel that's not too high and not too low, you might want to buy more than one pair of these cute Sam Edelman booties.
These heeled boots look fabulous with cropped, straight leg jeans. If you really want to stun, a white shirt and oversized blazer completes the mom jeans outfit.
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When you're experimenting with baggier jeans, take the opportunity to play with proportions and style them with a delicate heel to add a feminine touch to your outfit. Whether that comes in the form of strappy sandals or animal print slides or a high-octane pump, a heel is the perfect way to subtly dress up your jeans.