Just a few years back Jim Moore, Creative Director at GQ, was interviewed by the New York Times about the rising trend in men rolling their chinos and jeans into cuffs. At the time Moore declared, “The roll has to feel a bit unintentional.” But based on what we’ve seen on the streets and around the office recently, that mantra no longer holds true (unless you’re specifically going for the “unintentional” look).
Today, men cuff their jeans in a variety of ways depending on the occasion, the style of pants and, most importantly, the shoe. There’s nothing nonchalant about crafting the proper cuff so you can show off your kicks. Whether they’re Italian leather brogans, limited edition high-tops or classic sneakers, what you’ve got on your feet is a great way to make a statement. And nothing draws attention to your shoes like a creative denim cuff.
Here are some of our favorite ways to rock a cuff — because your clodhoppers won’t stand out without the right jeans to show them off.
High-tops and low-tops alike.
Classic sneakers, like throwback basketball or tennis shoes.
Pretty much any shoe.
Retro high-tops or leather boots.