The Best Boots (& Socks) To Wear With Mother Tomcat Jeans This Winter

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I’m just gonna get right to it, friends. Foolproof denim for clogs & combat boots = these Mother Tomcat crop jeans. They totally solve that “what to wear with taller ankle boots” problem. These jeans on their own are a little tricky though…I’ve found that they hit at a weird spot when they’re uncuffed and only work with heels.

This mama is not really wearing many heels these days.

BUT, these jeans kept calling me with their amazing distressing and perfect wash. So then I tried them cuffed! Cute! So cute. AND problem-solving — and you know I love solving a good fashion problem.

Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.

Jacket c/o (s) |  Sweater (s) | Jeans (28) at Nordstrom | at Shopbop | at Amazon
boots: at Zappos | at Free People | at Amazon | at Shoes.com | socks (M)

The Best Boots (& Socks) To Wear With Cropped Straight Leg Jeans

As a gal with not the longest legs on the block, I’ve never loved boots and socks over my skinny jeans. It simply cuts off the length I do have, making me look stumpy and shorter. But, when we want a warm jean (wide-legs aren’t the warmest choice) we run into this warmer-boots-fighting-jean-hem problem.

Unless we try that cuff! Certain straight leg jeans cuff so perfectly, visually balance wider hips and thighs, and solve this issue. And these Mother Tomcat ripped crop jeans are no exception.

My favorite boots to wear in the winter are combat boots and cozy clog boots, so I was stoked to find that when worn cuffed, these jeans don’t fight with the boot height. (ps. If you love you a cozy clog boots too, I just did a post comparing Swedish Hasbeens to No. 6 lined boots here.)

Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.

sweater (s) | Jeans (28) at Nordstrom | at Shopbop | at Amazon | at Anthro | socks (M)

1. MOTHER Tomcat Jeans + Combat Boots With A Heel (My Fav Are Doc Martens)

You may have seen the post where I style up my favorite Doc Martens — they have just a bit of a heel making them more flattering on my shorter frame, without sacrificing that classic Dr. Martens look. The Clemency are my current favorites, but any combat boots with a bit of a heel or slight platform will give you the same vibe! I love the Leona boots, too. Ooh, and these almond color Dolce Vita boots are gorgeous for a lighter chic look!

Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.
Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.

Jacket c/o (s) |  Sweater (s) | Jeans (28) at Nordstrom | at Shopbop | at Amazon | at Anthro boots: at Zappos | at Free People | at Amazon | at Shoes.com | socks (M)

2. MOTHER Tomcat Jeans + Swedish Hasbeens Clog Boots

I’ve had these for a couple of years now and adore them. They are warm, cozy and sturdy, and (as noted in my clog boots post) fit right into my dream of living in Sweden someday. This pair is lined, soft on the ankles, and easy to wear right out of the box. They aren’t lined in the footbed like the next pair, but this makes them easier to wear with thicker socks.

Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.
Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.

sweater (s) | Jeans (28) at Nordstrom | at Shopbop | at Amazon | at Anthro | socks (M)

3. MOTHER Tomcat Jeans + No. 6 Shearling Boots

So, yes, these are similar to the Hasbeens, but worth showing because I love them so much! These, unlike the Hasbeens, are a fully lined boot, so definitely size up. I had to go up to a size 40, and I’m typically always a 39 in Euro sizing.

You can easily slip these on with your skinny jeans and leggings without socks, but with these cuffed jeans, the socks and lined footbed combo feels cute and oh-so-cozy. Sadly, the No. 6 are going quickly in this colorway (and honestly, No. 6 shearling clogs all but sell out every fall), but you can still find some in black and gray right now. I’ve rounded up a few more places to snag them here:

I’ve also found a few similar styles at different price points that also offer a lined clog:

Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.

boots (size up– grey shearling option here or taupe frye optionDansko option) | Jeans (28) at Nordstrom | at Shopbop | at Amazon | at Anthrosweater (s, similar)

The Cuff + Sock Issue With Jeans, Solved

Of course, cuffing your jeans is not necessarily a novel solution, but not all jeans cuff as cutely as these. And then, what to do about the sock issue? I’ve realized that a speckled/marled/call it what you will, sock is the best transition between jeans and boots. A solid color cuts off the transition visually but a pretty heathered pair is so much better. I’ve rounded up a few more pairs below!

Shop More MOTHER Tomcat Jeans

The good news is that the Mother Tomcat Ripped Crop pair I have on are sold at a ton of retailers. This specific style does have a 25″ inseam, so I realize that’s not necessarily going to work for everyone. The Tomcat straight leg does come in a couple of other washes and lengths though, so you can hem, cuff, etc., for a similar look and shape if you’re not close to my height (5’4″).

Cute Socks To Wear With Cuffed Straight Leg Jeans

Heathered, marled, popcorn weave…these are the style socks I’m continually drawn to that I don’t mind peeking out of my jeans and boots in the winter. Smartwool are my favorites, but I’m digging these marled pairs below that get great reviews.

Stay tuned this winter as I try out even more styles of boots with these fab jeans. Have you found a pair of jeans you love to wear this way with your warmer boots? I’m gonna be attempting to cuff more of my straight leg styles to see if they work in this manner, as well. Hooray for warm ankles!

xo,

L

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Problem? Wearing cropped straight leg jeans (like MOTHER Tomcat) in winter. Solution: cuff & add socks. Style w/ combat boots or clog boots = outfit gold.

7 COMMENTS

  1. I fully support anything that pairs well with Dr. Martens. And I ALWAYS cuff my jeans. Always (ok. That’s a lie. I don’t cuff flare jeans, but that’s it). So, I’m feeling like this was written specifically for me. You could have just named the article “Beth, buy the Tomcat jeans already!” Haha! I love everything about this and you have now convinced me to just go ahead and buy them! Thank you!

  2. Please please please (ask Cam?) do posts like these for us tall/long legged ladies. Lately all the denim being featured only works for our short friends 🙁

  3. How are you feeling about that Mountain Hardware jacket? It’s adorable on you, especially styled this way. I recently ordered and am returning their similar stretch down shacket, which I found tragically taffeta-esque and stiff. It was way on sale, though, so probably from a previous year . . . I’d thought it would be my perfect down answer for mild NorCal winters, but NO!

    • Thank you! Omg it is amazingly warm for being so thin. This isn’t stiff at all and very comfy. Easy to pack and a nice shade of green, but comes in a couple different shades, too. I really love! Will do a review when I’ve had the chance to test it out more in cooler weather, but it’s great!

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