Style rules for wearing jeans with sneakers

In honour of Jeans for Genes Day, we've rounded up some style tips and tricks to make jeans with sneakers totally work, whatever your body shape.

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It’s no secret that teaming sneakers with denim is one of the hottest street-style looks sported by off-duty models and the fashion elite. And now there’s even more of a reason to pull on your favourite pair – it’s Jeans for Genes Day on Friday 5 August. This much-loved national day is the iconic fundraising campaign of Children’s Medical Research Institute, and raises funds for childhood genetic diseases.

In honour of Jeans for Genes Day, we’ve rounded up some top style tips and tricks to make jeans with sneakers totally work, whatever your body shape.

1Opt for cropped

This isn’t to say other jean styles won’t work, but for a sure fire style tick, just show a little ankle. Stylist, digital editor and the founder of Style by Yellow Button, Claire Fabb recommends cropped in order to avoid the Jerry Seinfeld look. So, stick to a classic cropped look (we love Frame Le Skinny De Jeanne), boyfriend jeans (we love Rag & Bone The Dre) or try this season’s hottest denim trend: cropped flares (we love J Brand Selena). Straight leg jeans also look great with a cuff, especially if they’re light-coloured – think white or pale blue, which work with almost any kind of trainer.

2Go for fashion, not function

Yes, we’re all about exercise here at Sporteluxe. And yes, it’s important to pick shoes that suit your fitness pursuits (more on that here). But just once, this once, we say it’s okay to pick your footwear entirely on what looks cool. Truly functional sports footwear is ideal for hard-core training, but if you’re outside the gym and pairing them with jeans, then fashion-forward kicks, like these white Common Project sneakers will always serve you best.

3Stick to a neutral colour palette

It sounds obvious, but if you’re wearing a coloured or patterned trainer, then make sure your jeans and top half are as neutral as possible. Remember, less is more.

4Skip the socks (or hide them at least)

It goes against what feels natural with sneakers, I know, but ditch your socks if you can. If you can’t go without, stick to the very low ankle (we love Bonds Low Profile Fashion Footlet). That means no logos or colours peeking above your shoes, sorry. Plain, subtle, ideally absent. Invest in good shoe deodorant if going sock-free scares you.

TIP: As we all know, when it comes to rules, the best kinds are those broken. Don’t be afraid to put your own spin on any look, but remember: pick one statement piece (which in this case is probably your trainers) and work around it. Then you’ll never go wrong.


“While we might get caught up in the style of it all, it’s important to remember the reason you’re sporting your denim on Aug 5. Donating is easy. All you have to do is text the word ‘jeans’ to 1997 6484. A $5 donation will go directly to the charity and will automatically get added to your phone bill. Simple!” says stylist, digital editor and the founder of Style by Yellow Button, Claire Fabb.