Apropos Of Nothing, Some Things I'd Like To Discuss

1. Is it just me or has flying become a little more.....informal than it used to be? I'm not so much talking about the preponderance of sweatsuits and bonafide, no-kidding, $11.99-at-Old-Navy plaid pajama pants in the security line---though Sarah Brown's airport observation that "America is terrified that it might for one minute be uncomfortable" is bang-on---but rather about the rather jocular flight attendant on my plane from Dallas to Denver yesterday evening, who leaned toward the passengers seated in the exit row, winked, and asked, "So hey, in the event of an emergency landing, y'all will help me out here, right?"

Um, sure? Could we maybe just whip up a batch of popcorn first?  Check the baseball scores while the plane's going down in flames? You know, since we're being so casual and laissez-faire about it and all.

2. My new sneakers really hurt me. They hurt me so damn much, I'm starting to reconsider their purchase. I've been looking for a pair of gold and white sneakers for as long as I can remember, and every pair I've ever tried on until now has caused Sean to raise his eyebrows, open his eyes wide, and mutter the three words no girl ever wants to hear: "Too Paris Hilton."

I finally found them at the Puma outlet on the way back from Monterey this weekend, and jumped for joy that they were a) in my size, and b) only $37. But ah, if only I'd known that my jump for joy would very likely be the last jump I did for a very long time; these seemingly perfect sneakers, you see---after only one wearing---have now torn my feet up something rotten. Here, commit this (admittedly cute) shoe to memory and then vow never to buy it. At least not if you ever want to wring even the merest soupcon of joy from your life EVER, EVER, EVER AGAIN.

(I mean, am I supposed to break them in? Do you even do that with sneakers? Or are they always going to be this uncomfortable? I'd hoped for these to be my Official Walking Around London And Rome Shoe, but that's looking fairly unlikely now---unless, of course, my vacation is sponsored by a giant box of Band-Aids. And I can learn some new curse words in time. Preferably curse words in Italian.)

3) Speaking of sneakers, I have decided that I just cannot work the jeans and sneakers look. Trust me, I have tried, and trust me, I would love to, but there is something about my particular proportions---the length of my legs? the circumference of my hips?---that makes the combination of jeans and sneakers Not The Best Look For Me. I am just about able to do jeans and ballet flats---although I much prefer its close cousin, jeans and tall pointy heels; still, that's not quite the most practical look for every day, sadly---but wearing jeans and sneakers together makes me feel stumpy and weird.

If you can wear jeans and sneakers together, I envy you, I really do, and I suggest that perhaps you could put together a distance-learning course for me on how to achieve this. I will pay top dollar in exchange for this knowledge, and when I say I will pay top dollar, I really mean that I will just send you some cookies. They will be the good kind, though, and I will make them with love. I will also make them with blood, sweat, and tears---haven't you heard? my stupid new shoes are driving me effing crazy---so, you know....maybe don't eat them if you don't want to get sick.

Sep 26, 2008

i've wondered how people do the jeans and sneakers look, too. some people look so fresh and outdoorsy and cute and mobile. i look like i'm a frazzled browser at a strip mall. ballet flats don't work for me either. if you find an answer, let me know. in the meantime, i've learned to run fast and climb in heels.

Sep 26, 2008

I am also unable to pull off the jeans and sneakers look...although if it makes you feel any better, I usually disapprove of any woman wearing this combination as I just find it, well, lazy. I'm hopelessly devoted to ballet flats, though, so I may be bias.

Sep 26, 2008

Well I am officially someone who rocks the sneakers and jeans look on causal days.

In fact, I wore said look today as I had the day off and had many errands to run with a baby on the hip.

I must tell you, I am only 5'3" tall and wear between a size 10 and 12, so I've got short legs/curvy hip action working for/against me.

For me, as I am so short, I flip up the bottom seam of my jeans (only the seam) when I wear my sneakers, they don't drag and they don't look baggy or stumpy.

I also wear Adidas exclusively, as I too found many of the other brands to be just dreadful. My favorite pair for just walking around and being casual? Adidas Samba Millenium.

The ones I have are plain white with black stripes, but they have various styles in many colors. I also have another pair of Adidas that look similar to your Pumas in style but are brown and pink; exceedingly comfortable for walking.

I'm certainly NOT a style maven by any stretch of the imagination. I'm a 7th grade teacher and a mom; I will always chose function over form when it comes to my footwear, (but I have to chase small people as part of my daily life.)

I will tell you however, that I have been complimented on more than one occasion for my sneakers and jeans look (when I wear it, again only when I'm NOT working,) and usually by my stylish friends who have far more sophisticated lives and wardrobes than myself.

Sep 26, 2008

Hmm. I have found that for me (completely normal looking I HOPE, not like, tall and skinny), the sneaker-jeans thing works best with a larger/wider pair of jean and a sneaker that is not too delicate. It puts the look more on the casual side, but I don't end up looking like a short and fat teenager.
The sneaker you bought would make me look like I had ridiculously slim and looong feet (which is a look I'd like to have on my upper body, not on my feet!) paired with really short legs. So not what I am going for!
Oh, and I also once bought pumas, and they killed me so much that I had to give them away. OTH, a pair of vans that I own hurt for a while, and then got better. So maybe you need to rock the silicone-blister-bandaid look for a while?

Sep 26, 2008

I have the opposite problem. I can't work the jeans and ballet flats look because I have such huge feet I feel they seem even bigger (5'7'', size 9). I would love to be able to do so: how do you do it? Anyway, I usually go for the jeans and converse look and I think it works quite well.

Sep 26, 2008

Hearing someone say ANYTHING I try on is "too Paris Hilton" would send me running in the other direction faster than an ill-fit would. The cutest/most comfortable pair of sneakers I wear with jeans are dark red Diesels. They are the same look, in style, of your Pumas, but are so entirely comfortable I never want to take them off. My feet are more on the flat side, though, so that kind of shoe just fits better. Like a previous commenter, I also fold the hem of my jeans up when I wear the flat sneakers (and ballet flats for that matter).
House of Jules

Sep 26, 2008

I used to wear jeans and sneakers all the time as a student, but rarely anymore. I think it reminds me too much of schlepping around to classes.

Also anytime I see jeans and RUNNING shoes (rather than "urban" sneakers), I think of Jerry Seinfeld.

Sep 26, 2008

Maybe i'm just really dim, but ... if you don't wear your sneakers with jeans, what DO you wear them with? It seems to me that sneakers and jeans are kind of like peanut butter and jelly. They just go together naturally.

But then, maybe i'm the person everyone in town is pointing to, saying, "Dude. Check out the lady wearing jeans and sneakers! She is SO not able to pull that off."

Sep 26, 2008

Holly, I have trouble even wearing jeans, let alone finding shoes to go with them. I have one pair of jeans that I wear about once a month, and they are definitely worn begrudgingly. I am a dress and nylons/tights/boots kind of person (making fall my only viable season for actually dressing for the weather, basically), and would love to know how to do the jeans and shoes look, too!

Sep 26, 2008

Here's how you learn the jeans and sneakers look: develop a very painful foot problem. Go to a podiatrist. Be forced to wear stupid inserts in your shoes and be commanded to wear sneakers all the time. Ta-da!

I've had to wear sneakers for FOUR YEARS now. It doesn't bother me because I'm not much of a fashion plate, but I don't even remember how to shop for shoes anymore.

Sep 26, 2008

Despite the width of my thigh I think I look incredibly fetching in jeans and sneakers but it could merely be my imagination.

I don't think there's a particular secret to it (aside from choosing cute trainers) - I guess it's more a thing about attitude - I feel comfortable in that outfit, which makes me think I look more fabulous, so I emit the sexay vibe and people react to that.

In terms of trainers though, I mostly wear Converse - I find them endlessly comfortable and am pleased by the variety of jewel-like colours they come in.

Sep 26, 2008

Sometimes if the sneaker is too flat it can look weird, which is unfortunate because lots of cute sneakers are flat-ish...like converse, for example. A chunkier sneaker can hold up to the jeans better.

What it is, though, is that the heel elongates the leg so it will always look better than a flat shoe of any kind. Platform sneakers, maybe? (ha ha JUST KIDDING, how awful would that look?)

Sep 26, 2008

I, too, love the jeans and sneakers look, but I also tend to wear flip-flops (the horror!) with jeans as well. I think being short helps (maybe?), I'm 5'1" and a size 4, and like Stephanie I flip up the hem so my jeans don't drag.

But honestly, if my feet could afford it I would wear jeans and pointy heels every day.

Sep 26, 2008

I think it depends on the sneakers. I prefer to rock chucks, rocket dogs or these adorable pink and brown puma wannabes with jeans because the rounded toe reminds of ballet flats and is a little less "I should be wearing some track pants" than regular sneakers.

I'm fairly tall though and have long legs. I also wear primarily dark denim and non-flared legs, also not skinny jeans. The right proportion of jeans is critical (not for your hip but for your ankle!).

As with Leandra, I also rock the flip-flop and jeans look, but that is pretty big here in Texas.

Anne & May
Sep 26, 2008

I'm just sitting here trying to figure out why I've never thought about this problem. Do I look okay in jeans and sneakers and I just never noticed? Do I not? I haven't even stopped to consider it.

I think it's because IF I'm wearing jeans and sneakers I'm probably taking the day off/going to the farm/hanging out with kids/hiking.


Better look in the mirror a little more critically next time.

Sep 26, 2008

OK, I am going to let you in on a trade secret concerning Puma trainers (or sneakers if you prefer :0 )
You always have to buy a size up from your actual size.

I know this because my boyfriend fell in love with the Puma Speedcats, and wore them for about 3 hours before experiencing the same pain you are going through now!
When we took them back to the shop, the very helpful salesman explained that Pumas are designed narrower and tighter fitting than all the other trainers in the world so nearly everybody has to buy a size bigger.

Unfortunately I don't think the breaking in system works very well because when I mention the Speedcats to this day I get evil looks from my boyfriend who still cannot wear his favourite trainers!

Sep 26, 2008

I went on a quest for a pair of brown Pumas for my NYC trip last year and was successful at the very last minute. My euphoria was short lived as I quickly developed blisters from them. To the point that my sister and I traded shoes in the middle of a New York sidewalk (don't you love sisters?).

However, I went and purchased the thinnest pair of socks I could find and recovered nicely. As long as I wear mine with really thin socks, they serve me well.

Sep 26, 2008

what about some of those 'athleisure' shoes (with possibly the most horrible moniker since....well... ever)? Cute, sneaker-like but slimmer than sneakers, comes in fun colors and even a bit 'strappy' in a sneaker kind of way? Almost like a true biking shoe but made for walking. There's some very cute styles out there, and I've seen some nice ones, not too expensive, at Marshall's.

I think if your legs are slim, then you wear slim jeans, sneakers look too big and clunky. A lighter shoe that's (not to use the same word three times in a row) slimmer, might work better.


:) too much coffee...

Sep 26, 2008

I know *exactly* what you are talking about re: jeans and sneakers. I think we have a similar build (I am 5'5" and normally proportioned but a little curvy in my lower half, so heels always elongate me nicely and I prefer them), and I have only one pair of jeans that "works" with sneakers. And even so, I fear that I look like a hausfrau when I wear them. They are my shortest jeans, and slightly bootcut, and I wear them with either grey and orange New Balance suede 574s, or a pair of brown hipster sneakers much like your ouchy Pumas. The New Balances are a little chunky for my liking, but the jeans are wide enough at the hem to swallow up a good deal of the sneaker so I don't look too Clydesdale. But I have no real advice for you, because I have never been entirely comfortable about this look either.

Sep 26, 2008

I too cannot rock the jeans and sneaker look; it makes me look stumpy and I am 5'9 with pretty long legs! I think it is due to the fact that sneakers are such ginormous shoes that instead of a graceful end to your leg it just STOPS.
Like someone else said, for a similar silhouette try Diesel -- they make some cute and comfy ones.

Sep 26, 2008

I am currently wearing the jeans and Converse look often and loving it! I'm 5'10, so that helps, but I also have size 10 feet and Jack Purcell Converse are among the only sneakers that don't make my feet look like water skis. Also, I only wear them with wider leg openings, so they don't look so... huge.

I find a good look with Converse is a more "preppy"/put-together top (read: not t-shirt) and a trench... says sophisticated and casual rather than forgot to leave highschool behind.

Sep 26, 2008

I'm currently rocking a "jeans and high-heeled boots" look...one that I could easily wear every single day. I also have a problem with the jeans and sneaker thing...I either feel way under-dressed, like I'm late for English class, or just...silly. I love the converse sneaker look...but they KILL my feet. Too narrow I think? Sigh. I'm constantly on the hunt for a pair of "urban" type sneaker that make me look cool and put together...nothing yet. :(

Sep 26, 2008

I'm sorry but those tennis shoes are HIDEOUS!

Sep 26, 2008

As someone who doesn't wear heels -ever {not even to black tie events} i am a massive advocate of the trainers and jeans look.

I find a nice boyfriend jean looks best with a pair of trainers, or maybe a bit of a flare. But a good boyfriend jean is the best for wear with trainers. It covers most of them, so you can only see the toes.

Skinnies, i find cant be worn with much other than a pair of pumps, or on occasion, some maryjanes. cons can be done, if they are suitably beat up, you're at a gig, or dating an indie rocker, or have little feet {anything over a 7 with skinnies looks like a boat i find}.

Sep 26, 2008

I have never considered whether I look rubbish in jeans and trainers (sorry, I'm English, "sneakers" sounds wrong) - I'm going to have to look in the mirror next time I'm wearing them! I don't think I'd abandon them anyway; like Jenn, I have to wear orthoses and trainers are generally the only shoe type that they fit well in. I even wear my trainers to work, but that's why I love working in the Arts, no-one cares. In fact, if I came in in heels people would look at me strangely.
I can highly recommended Cu:she trainers, they're very comfortable, some come with velcro fastenings (I hate laces) and best of all they have a whole load of writing in reverse on the soles, so you can make pretty patterns when you're on the beach!

Sep 26, 2008

I cannot do the jeans and sneakers look either. I'm short and curvy. No bueno.

Sep 26, 2008

I love, love, love sneakers and wear then with everything I can, but I am a die-hard Adidas sneakers girl. As for the jeans-with-sneakers look, you're on the right track with the flat-soled sneakers (NOT running shoes, which yes, are chunkier), but the style of jean needs to be straighter/wider through the whole leg, and a bit of flare is good too. No skinny jeans. It becomes too 90's-Axl Rose-minus-the-hi-tops thing. And it makes your feet look HUGE, no matter what the size.
I'm tall (6'2"), and have a hard time finding jeans that fit, so when I go shopping, I always wears my sneakers to make sure they look ok. So, wider leg jeans, flat sneakers (because they're more for fashion than function), and flipping up the hem (only once!!) is good too if necessary. Good luck!!

Sep 26, 2008

I always have to break in my Puma sneakers. Once I get them worn in though, they're awesome. And then I go buy another pair and magically forget how awful the first two weeks were...

Sep 26, 2008

I, like Karen, thought that jeans and tennis shoes would naturally go together, like jeans and t-shirts. Jeans and t-shirt DO go together, right? Or am I just completely hopeless?
Adidas are the best, the are totally comfortable, especially if you have an extremely high arch, like me. I also love Chuck Taylors, but have to buy them a little big as to accomidate the Dr. Scholl's high arch support insoles. I only wear boot-cut jeans. I think anything else, on any body type, just makes your ankles look skinny and your feet look big.
Hopefully this helps!

Sep 26, 2008

I'm a fan of converse and skinny jeans. I've been complimented on it, plus they have the added bonus of being laboratory-appropriate footwear (unlike my ballet flats!) The only downside is that in The Desert, flip-flops are really the only comfortable footwear for over half the year.

Heather B.
Sep 26, 2008

The other day the flight attendant said to those sitting in the emergency exit row "Just pretend that you're listening and nod your head yes". Makes you feel really safe.

Sep 26, 2008

I have the opposite problem! Can totally rock out the jeans and sneakers look and can not for the life of me pull off the jeans and tall pointy heels. I just feel too tall and lanky already, so I don't think adding height and points is not good on me, however much I wish it was. Cute shoes though! Hope they feel better soon!

Sep 26, 2008

You gotta wear chucks! They come in a huge variety of colors and styles, and the toe line is so simple that there is no room for any frump or dump. You might even be able to find them in white and gold :)

Sep 26, 2008

You know, I have wanted a pair of Chuck Taylors for a long time. I have tried many a pair on, though, and I think my feet are JUST TOO WIDE. (I have pretty wide feet. This might go a long way towards my sneakers problem in general.) Chucks seem to be pretty narrow, which I think just isn't going to work for me. Payless, however, sells FAKE CHUCKS (I know!) and they're actually pretty comfy on my foot. So I may cave and buy the facsimile. Oh, the horror! http://tiny.cc/8SHU7

Sep 26, 2008

First of all, I stopped being able to wear jeans and sneakers together around the time I turned 30 and gained an inch or so in the hips. It was just enough to transform me from Sporty Spice into Squat Spice.

Which brings me to my next point. What size shoe are you? I have an adorable pair of size 7 gold and brown Diadoras that were actually designed for the Italian soccer team in the 2004 Olympics (long story, I used to work in fashion PR and we all got a pair for working on the account). Anyway, I have only worn them a handful of times, but not in at least two years (see first point) and every time I did wear them, I got major compliments. If you want them, let me know - I'll ship them up north. Better they find a nicer home than the darkness of my closet.

Camels & Chocolate
Sep 26, 2008

Well, you know my thoughts on jeans in the first place.

Sep 26, 2008

I TOTALLY can relate with the jeans and a sneaker look - just cant manage... I look like an even bigger dork in flats... so sad so sad.

Sep 26, 2008

I was ogling those sneakers recently - thanks for the warning. :)

I cannot pull off the sneakers & jeans look but my husband can, lucky bastard. I think it has something to do with my short legs.

Sep 26, 2008
The REAL Dana
Sep 26, 2008

FYI - #23, "Dana" isn't me. It appears someone is impersonating me but we'll get to the bottom of it.

I lurves the shoes. I'm a big Puma fan.

Sep 26, 2008

Bleh. I loathe the jeans and sneakers look, but only on me. Other people can rock this and look incredibly cute. I think this look does have a lot to do with attitude, as Nina said in comment 11. I don't like the look on me, so I feel frumpy whenever I wear the combo. The worst thing you can do is wear jeans that are too long, as a few commenters pointed out. I actually have a few different inseams for when I wear flats or when I wear heels. Also, jeans that are TOO flared can swallow your entire sneaker, giving you an elephant leg, while jeans that are TOO skinny can create an unpleasant illusion where your butt and your sneakers look the same size. A nice boot-cut pair that stop just short of the ground when you have the sneaks on is your best bet.

Hot Bride
Sep 26, 2008

I believe I have perfected my sneakers and jeans look and I owe it all to the wide leg trouser jean. See here: http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=13650&pid=600156
If you can't buy the right length right off the rack, get them hemmed because there is nothing sexy about dragging your pants through the mud and sidewalk dirt.
Anyway, it's for sure all about the wide leg jean. Low rise or trouser, I guarantee it!!!!

Sep 26, 2008

pumas are narrow shoes. that's why i can't wear them. i have very wide feet and a high arch, so a lot of shoes are out for me. tres horrible, especially since i love pumas. i do wear chucks and they are comfy. i've have converse one stars in the past and they, too, are comfortable for this miss flintstone.

Sep 26, 2008

When my now-husband and I were newly dating, he sweetly offered part of a drawer in which I kept jammies at his apartment. In the other half of the drawer, I found a box of Legg's knee-high nylons and instantly thought, "Um, what have I gotten myself into here?!" Turns out his mom taught him to wear the knee-highs under socks when he was breaking in new sports shoes. IT WORKS. He used to get teased in the locker room, but he was the last one laughing when it turned out he was the only one without blisters. Maybe there is hope for those cute Pumas yet? Good luck!

Sep 26, 2008

I very rarely wear sneakers and jeans, but today was one of those days. I think for me, it either has to be pouring rain, or I have to be engaged in some sort of Very Outdoorsy Act, such as apple picking, to warrant it.

Sep 26, 2008

OK, for one thing, it is INCREDIBLY weird that someone is impersonating The Real Dana. (Saw your tweet and had to come see what was going on.)

Anyway, I do rock the jeans and sneakers look often myself, and I agree with the suggestions to wear wider-leg jeans. Today, for example, I have on some moderately wide-leg trouser jeans and a pair of Chucks that I think work well together. (I can get away with this at work because I teach at a university where the students dress in gym shorts & flip flops every day, so even the small act of having on full-length trousers differentiates me, fashion-wise, and gives me some authority.) I also usually wear this stuff with dressier blouses or jackets/blazers, so I don't look too frumpy or casual. It's great at the end of the week, when the high-heel pain has accumulated after days of standing and lecturing.

For what it's worth, I am tall-ish (5'9') but have a wide lower half, and I don't think it's too unflattering...

Anonymous New York
Sep 26, 2008

Blerg. Internet ate my first response. Since I've gotten older I've leaned toward the flats/heels/boots look, much to the chagrin of my feet. As pp mentioned, you could try something like this cute Nike maryjane sneaker, and it comes in gold/white! http://tinyurl.com/4hshof

Sep 26, 2008

I once had a flight attendant sit down in an empty aisle seat next to me and proceed to totally hit on me. While my husband was sitting on the other side of me in the window seat. Holding my hand.

At one point the flight attendant leaned in, nodded at my husband, and whispered, "You need to lose him."

(Also jeans and trainers are really hard for anyone to pull off.)

Sep 26, 2008

I recently did a LOT of flying, and experienced the same thing -- the flight attendants were cracking jokes and tossing pretzels around. Really weird.

Also, I found it hilarious that, by wearing a simple cotton dress and cute shoes, I was stopped on four separate occasions and told how nice I looked. You know, because I was the only one not in a track suit. Sheesh.

Sep 26, 2008

OK, I realize this is a dumb question, but I have to ask it...if you aren't wearing pumas/converses/etc with jeans, what else would you wear them with??

Sep 26, 2008

I wear sneakers with khaki-ish kind of pants, I guess, and army green pants. Also maybe sweatpants. I love sweatpants.

Sep 28, 2008

Totally with you on the too-casual flying thing. That's why, even if its 50 bucks more, I try my damndest not to fly Southwest. I can't handle the glib staff. ANYWAY.

Ellen is the hero of the jeans and sneaks look. The secret? It's ALL ABOUT THE PANTS! Gotta go with flat front, fitted thru the thigh, and boot cut and/or flared at the ankle. The only people who can pull of skinny jeans and sneaks are...lithe freaks? That's a toughie. But anyway...J Crew makes awesome chinos that always look rad with sneakers as does Gap. Rilly.

Finally, the best shoes I've ever worn traveling were Airwalks, a thousand years ago when they made super cute girl shoes with just the tiniest bit of Vision Street Wear influence. IF anyone could find those online, I bet it's you. Anyway, you will fit RIGHT in in Rome in your heels :-)

Sep 28, 2008

Wide leg + dark sneaks. Cute, anti-frump.

Operation Pink Herring
Sep 28, 2008

I was searching earlier this year for a shoe that would look less gym-like with jeans than my Asics running shoes, and someone recommended the Privo Comice. They are miraculous. They're just as comfy as a real sneaker, but they look much cuter with jeans. They're a little pricey, but totally worth it!
here they are on endless: http://www.endless.com/s/105-6770645-9428468/ref=topnav_sk__gw/105-67706...

Sep 28, 2008

I get the sneakers/jeans thing. It really doesn't matter what I try. Somehow or the other...jeans make my body suddenly metamorphasize into an oompalooompa shape. Unfortunately for me...my fiance manages a New Balance store and is obsessed with the horrible shoes on my feet. When I say that sneakers hurt me...he claims its because my feet are so damaged by the death traps I choose to force upon my precious feet.

whatevs :)

Sep 28, 2008

I do the sneakers and jeans look a lot becuase of my job (stand all day in a semi messy environment) and I think I work it pretty well (or so I assume. No one has told me otherwise and my friends would tell me if I looked like a complete dork). A boot cut or straight leg jean that sits about 1/2" to an 1" off the floor at the heel works best since it elongates the leg (the wider cut leg opening also keeps the jean from bunching up at the bottom which like a too short jean, can make you look shorter). I think it's the same principle for wearing heels and jeans--you just have to wear the right jean/shoe combo. Which finding that can be the hard part...

Even though the folks on What Not to Wear wouldn't recommend the jean/sneaker look, I wonder what they'd have to say...

Sep 29, 2008

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Sep 29, 2008

Try an Adidas store - I bought a pair of white w/ gold stripes sneakers and they are the most comfortable shoes ever ($100 Cdn).

Sep 29, 2008

The key to rocking the sneaker/jean look is like you said - proportion.

I used to work as an alterations seamstress. My job was about making store-bought clothes fit people well. My advice:

1) go buy jeans that you LOVE. LOVE = you look at yourself in the mirror and go "dang, my butt looks good today!". They should, ideally, fit your butt and thighs slightly, but not too tight, with a slight flare (more or less is personal preference) below the knee. This is different for everyone. Don't worry if they are too long.

2) Find sneakers that fit. Go a size up if you have too. They should be somewhere between "chunky" and "slim" - go for a pair with a bit of a sole on them, so you get the illusion of "heel".

3) Get your jeans altered - I know it sounds weird. But get them hemmed wearing the sneaker of choice. Have them at the length where in the back, they hit the part of the shoe where the body meets the sole (or just below this point... That way you can where them with sinful heels too.). The front should have a nice "break" (a partial fold in the fabric that happens when the pant leg is a bit longer than the length to the top of the shoe). The appropriate inseam length is a matter dependent on your size and the shoe you wear most often with the pant. You can experiment with this by fold the jeans UNDER and look at different lengths.

What then shows from under the jean should be the front half of your foot. Not just toes, not all the sneaker - about half the shoe. If you don't show enough shoe, it looks frumpy and your legs look frumpy and look too short for your jeans. If you show too much you look like your pants are too short.

Good luck!

Sep 29, 2008

Okay, yes, I've had this problem too and I find it refreshing that I can come here and 1) learn about kitchen spray and 2) think about pants & shoes all in the same visit! I've found that the sneakers can't be too flat and low hiking shoes (like Keens) or running/walking shoes work the best. I really try to avoid this look altogether and stick with jeans and clogs or heels. As others have mentioned the length and width really does matter. I only have one pair that really works with ballet flats. On a related note, I work in a middle school and a new fashion trend that bothers me is the "kind of too long skinny jean with the giant (almost puffy) sneaker that's usually all white and, sometimes, partially untied." Have you seen this? Please say no!

Sep 29, 2008

Whoa, I have NOT see that. And I really, really hope it doesn't catch on.

Sep 30, 2008

I love heels, but since I walk about a mile and a half to work (and a mile and a half back) heels have their place at the office and I'm otherwise rocking a pair of boots or converse-style shoes. With dress pants. Or a skirt. Or what have you.
And I know people are looking at me and thinking "skirt, nylons, and converse. uh huhhh." but I don't really care ;)