The Absolute Best Shoes To Pair With Your Favorite Mom Jeans

With the return of so many different 90s and Y2K trends, it's no surprise to see mom jeans once again reigning supreme when it comes to must-have denim this year. If the words "mom jeans" have you thinking of an SNL skit, don't worry — the current iteration of this classic style is way more stylish than its predecessors.

Mom jeans work well for so many people because they feature a high waist, as well as more room through the seat and legs than many other fits. "It's such a classic, cool fit," New York City-based stylist Sheyna Imm told Shop TODAY. "The way that they are cut allows room for different body types to kind of make them their own, and they look really flattering on a lot of different shapes and sizes."

So while mom jeans may be a magical unicorn of denim, many still struggle with what shoes to wear with them. After all, mom jeans fit looser and are often more cropped at the ankle, allowing you to really showcase your footwear. If you've been on the hunt for some style inspiration, look no further: We've compiled a list of some of the absolute best shoes to pair with your favorite mom jeans.

With classic white tennies

Never have classic white tennis shoes been more in style than they are right now, and they're the perfect footwear to pair with those mom jeans you've just bought. The bright white of the shoes is the perfect complement to the blue denim, and gives a cute, sporty vibe that's perfect for everyday wear. 

The nude pump

Mom jeans aren't just for running errands. Throw on a pair of nude heels, and you've got an outfit that is chic and comfortable. This look is perfect for an afternoon lunch with friends or a casual day at the office. It doesn't matter what color denim you opt for, since nude heels go with anything, making this the perfect footwear.

Slouchy suede boots

Mom jeans tend to hit right at the ankle or even a bit higher, which makes them the perfect length to wear with a pair of slouchy, suede boots. Find a pair that hits right around the hem of the pants and pair it with other neutrals for a chic, sophisticated look.

White boots

White boots are one of this season's hottest trends, so it only makes sense they would look amazing when paired with mom jeans. Because mom jeans are looser around the ankle, you can wear them down to elongate your legs, or roll them up so your white boots can tuck underneath them.

Classic Chucks

We love a pair of classic Converse, and these look so good when worn with mom jeans. This creates such a great casual outfit that you can wear to run errands, while taking the kids to sports practice, on an afternoon date, or just to grab some coffee with friends. The best part is you'll be just as comfortable as fashionable!

Black combat boots

If you've just bought a pair of black combat boots but aren't sure how to style them, mom jeans work so well. Roll them up so they sit just above the top of the boot and pair them with a fitted shirt or blazer. Add in coordinating accessories if you want to create a dressier look, or wear them with an oversized shirt or denim jacket for something more casual.

With cute summer flats

Mom jeans are great for the summer because they look just as great rollup up at the ankle as they do worn down, making them ideal to wear with a cute pair of summer flats. Wear flats that feature a bow or other embellishments at the toe that make your shoes the focal point of the outfit.

Lug sole boots

Mom jeans are great for summer because they show some ankle, but don't despair if you want to wear yours in the colder months. Pair them with some lug sole boots for a look that's not only stylish, but comfortable and practical too. Tuck your jeans into the boots for a more urban feel.

Nude strappy platforms

We love how versatile nude shoes are — and we love how adorable these nude, strappy platform shoes look when paired with mom jeans. The platform sole will help elongate your legs, while the nude color will look great with any color top and accessories you choose. This looks especially hot when you color-coordinate your shirt with the shoes.

Casual slides

There is nothing better than a cute pair of slides that you can slip on when you're running out the door. Not only do they look adorable, but they're convenient, too. This style of shoe looks great with any jeans. But they work especially well with mom jeans, because they're both low maintenance and easy to wear.

Colorful sneakers

White sneakers may be having a moment right now, but that doesn't mean you can't embrace color. We love how these mom jeans are styled with a classic pair of colorful running shoes. Wear them with a shirt in a similar color and a long coat in a similar shade to your jeans to tie the entire look together.


If you're looking for the perfect warm-weather shoe to pair with your mom jeans for a casual and functional look, wear your Birkenstocks. Not only will you look great, but your feet will thank you, too! We love this double-strap Birkenstock, but you could also wear any of the different varieties that are available, and they'd all look equally great.

Color-coordinated New Balance

It just feels right to wear mom shoes with mom jeans, don't you think? However, both of these styles have come a long way since they first gained popularity — and as you can see, they look amazing when paired together. Coordinate your New Balance with your sweater and accessories for the ultimate cool look aesthetic.

Chunky loafer

Another style that is reminiscent of the origin of the mom jean are loafers. We love how a chunky heeled penny loafer looks so good when paired with mom jeans. Throw on a blazer over a neutral-colored t-shirt for a quick and easy preppy look that can be worn day to night.  

Monochrome boots

Mom jeans don't have to be blue and look great when worn in a variety of colored denim. Wear them with a pair of boots in the same color for a chic monochromatic look. We love how sophisticated these black jeans become when paired with a black top, black boots, and a black printed coat.

Printed slides

Have some fun with your footwear by wearing your distressed mom jeans with a pair of slides featuring a bold print. We already love how the low profile of the slide works so well with mom jeans, and adding the print allows you to showcase a bit of your personality while not overwhelming the outfit.


If you're looking to dress up your mom jeans for a date or dinner with friends, try wearing them with a pair of slingback heels. Regardless of the height of the heel you choose, the slingback is a shoe style that immediately elevates any look you wear it with. We love this nude color, but you could wear these jeans with any color shoe.

Get strappy

If you love a strappy heel, you can get creative with your mom jeans and wrap the extra strap around the outside of the leg. This is a cute way to create some drama and draw attention to your shoes. If you don't like the idea of lacing up the straps over your jeans, you can always lace them up traditionally; the shoes would still look amazing. 

Ankle boots

Ankle boots are great and so on-trend this season, but they can be hard to style if you're unsure how to wear them. This is a style that works so well with mom jeans, because they tend to sit right at the end of the hem. The top of the boot and the bottom of the jeans meet just at the same spot, making these the perfect boot for mom jeans. This way, you don't have to worry about tucking in your jeans or having any excess fabric bunch up.

Leopard print heels

We love a leopard print, especially when it's on a shoe. Make a statement by pairing a sassy pair of leopard print heels with your mom jeans, rolled up just enough to make sure your shoes are the centerpiece of your amazing outfit. Add an oversize blazer and graphic tee, and you've got the perfect look for the office or for grabbing drinks with someone special.

Ballet flats

Balletcore is everywhere, and those who are so tired of wearing heels couldn't be happier about it. Let's face it, there's something so refreshing about wearing shoes that not only look great, but are comfortable, too! Mom jeans don't have to be cropped, and when you're wearing a pair with a longer hem, they look so good when worn with a basic pair of ballet flats. 

Mary Janes

Mary Janes are one of the hottest trends this year, so you're going to want to make sure you have at least one pair in your closet. Whether you choose a pair of flats or those with heels, these were made to be worn with mom jeans. We love a bright-colored Mary Jane paired with a darker denim, but any color of this sweet shoe would look good.

Cowboy boots

Yee-haw! Although for some people, cowboy boots never went out of style, they've become a popular footwear choice for the masses recently. Not only are there endless styles to choose from, but cowboy boots also look good with everything, from shorts to dresses and even with mom jeans. Create a cute, casual style by tucking your mom jeans into your cowboy boots, or wear them tucked in.

High-heeled mule

Mules really are the epitome of leisure style, which is why they look so good when paired with a darker denim style mom jean. You can choose a high-heeled mule or a flat slip-on, and they both will elevate your outfit. Mules are such a classic style that looks great with long jeans or ones that hit at the ankle.

High-top sneakers

If you want to create more of a street style with your mom jeans, try wearing a pair of distressed denim with a pair of high-top sneakers. This gives more of a youthful and casual look that's great for daytime wear, and proves that mom jeans look good on everyone.

Strappy pink sandals

All you'll need to pull off this look is a great pedicure! These adorable strappy pink sandals look so good when worn with a pale black pair of mom jeans. We love how the ankle is rolled up to really showcase these gorgeous shoes. This is such a great way to style these jeans — you only need a neutral-colored tank top to complete the look.

Dressy slide

Looking for an outfit for an afternoon engagement or simply want to look more put together when out running errands? Grab a dressier slide from the closet and throw them on with a cute pair of cropped mom jeans. We love the silhouette of these cute sandals, and they work so well when worn with mom jeans.

Flip Flops

Flip flops are the shoes of the summer for one reason: They're amazing. Not only are they cute, but they're comfy, affordable, and easy to throw on when you're stuck on what to wear. Flip flops look good with everything, making them an easy choice to wear with your mom jeans.