How to Prevent Jeans From Staining Shoes

Jeans are a wardrobe staple for both men and women, but they can often cause havoc regarding shoe keep. For example, your favorite shoes can become stained with blue or black denim dye if you’re not careful. Luckily, there are several ways to prevent this from happening.

How to Prevent Jeans From Staining Shoes

In this post, we will discuss some of the most effective methods on how to prevent jeans from staining shoes. By following these simple tips, you can keep your look polished and put together, no matter what you’re wearing! Read on to learn more!

Why Should You Prevent Jeans From Staining Shoes?

Jeans are expensive, and, understandably, you would want to wear them as frequently as possible. Not only that, but they fit your body so perfectly than any other type of pants could. This can lead to many discomforts when you’re forced to change into another outfit towards the end of the day because your denim jeans stained your new shoes. If this sounds like you, you’ll want to learn how to prevent jeans from staining shoes.

The most common cause of denim stains on your feet is when they get wet and stay there for too long. Wet denim tends to stick to the smooth surface of the leather, so the stains are more challenging to clean than if they were to dry.

10 Effective Ways on How to Prevent Jeans From Staining Shoes

1. Choose Washed Denim Jeans

If you already own a pair of denim jeans with stains on the bottom hem, it might be worth trying to spot clean them. If they’re still in decent shape and can handle a washing, that’s probably the easiest way to prevent new stains from forming. Look for jeans labeled “prewashed” or “stonewashed.” They typically don’t shrink as much as jeans that are not pre-treated.

2. Wear Socks with Your Jeans

If you’re worried about staining your shoes, wearing socks is the best option for preventing stains. If you work in an office where flip-flops and sneakers are not allowed, you can still go sockless and wear shoes.

3. Put a Protective Layer on the Shoes

If you don’t want to change your wardrobe or put socks on every time you wear jeans, adding a protective layer to the bottom of your shoes is a good idea. You could also try using clear nail polish for this purpose.

4. Wear Shoes That Match the Outfit

If you plan on wearing jeans in your outfit, it’s best to match your shoes with them too. So if you’re wearing dark wash jeans, wear matching shoes like black boots or dress shoes. If you want to wear brown boots with your lighter-colored jeans, you can always spruce up the outfit with a bright belt.

5. Cuff the Pant Legs

If you don’t want to wear socks and change your shoes, take a cue from how jeans are traditionally worn and cuff the pant legs. When the hem of your jeans is at your ankles or lower, there’s less chance that it will come into contact with your shoes.

6. Choose Prewashed Jeans

This method is the same as choosing washed jeans because when a pair of denim jeans are prewashed or stonewashed, they’re less likely to shrink and cause a hem to roll up. As a result, you’ll have more petite hem touching your shoes.

Choose Prewashed Jeans for Stain

7. Shrink Your Hem

If the hem of your jeans isn’t rolled up, you could try taking them to a tailor and having them shrink your hem. A tailor can either shrink your hem themselves or help you do it yourself with a pair of hot water and ice cubes.

8. Give Your Hem a Fringe

Another option for preventing stains from forming on your jeans and shoes is to give your hem a fringe. Cut the bottom of your pant leg into strips, roll it up for a day or two, then reroll it in the opposite direction. This will cause the fabric to fray and create the appearance of fringe without actually cutting it.

9. Avoid Long and Baggy Jeans

Long and baggy jeans have a lot of excess fabric. As a result, it’s more likely to come into contact with your shoes. That being said, this doesn’t mean that you need to wear skinny jeans instead. If you want to be comfortable, remember not to cuff your pant legs too high, or they’ll touch the bottom of your shoes.

10. Use a Least Expensive Denim

You can also try using denim that’s the least expensive of your jeans. You can tell which are the least pricey simply by looking at them carefully. Since they’re already faded, stained, and distressed, they won’t be worth much if you decide to sell or donate them in the future.

Note: Some jeans have extra frayed hems that look similar to a fringe hem. However, this isn’t the same as giving your hem a fringe.

Some Tips and Suggestions

Here are some tips and suggestions on how to prevent jeans from staining shoes.

1. Wash jeans before wearing them.

2. Use a stain remover on jeans before wearing them.

Use Stain Remover on Jeans

3. Spray with hairspray and wipe off excess with a paper towel.

4. Wipe overshoes with a baby wipe or damp cloth when in-between shoe changes, just in case!

5. Use a napkin or tissue paper with the legs of your jeans tucked in.

6. Use powder when wearing with boots, not when wearing flats/pumps/etc

7. Do not wear jeans with heavy shoes.

8. Do not wear the same pair of jeans two days in a row to give them time to air out and dry.

How to Keep Your Pants From Bleeding Onto Your Shoes?

If you’ve ever worn a pair of blue jeans, chances are at least one time during that wear session, and your nice shoes got a little dirty around the soles from rubbing against your denim. It might not seem like much, but every little bit counts when it comes to keeping your footwear looking its best.

To avoid this from happening, keep a pair of “invisible socks” at work/school. When wearing pants that will end up on your shoes, put these socks on underneath said pants. These invisible socks are specially made to be fairly inconspicuous and will not show through your trousers.

Don’t worry about it if you don’t have any of these socks lying around. You can easily make your own by cutting the feet off of any old pair of socks (preferably an older/cheaper pair) and pulling them onto your feet like you would regular socks. This will prevent your pants from rubbing against your shoes and leaving marks.

How to Remove Jeans Stains From White Shoes?

A few light stains can be removed with a toothbrush and soap. However, if the jeans continue to stain the shoes after another attempt at cleaning them, you should immediately throw away this pair of shoes.

The longer these white shoes are exposed to blue jeans dye, the more difficult it will become to remove these stubborn stains. So if one of your white kicks has been stained, do not delay in removing them from your feet!

Is There a Special Fabric That Prevents Jeans From Staining Shoes?

Some people believe that a special fabric prevents jeans from staining shoes, but in reality, there isn’t. However, some materials are easier to clean when dirty or stained. This includes stain-resistant or water-repellent fabrics designed for business wear, casual wear, sportswear, and denim clothing.

Use Special Fabrics for Jeans

These fabrics don’t have a coating or finish that prevents stains from setting in, but rather they are designed to be more tightly woven and smooth resulting in liquids being less likely to penetrate through the fabric. The downside is that these fabrics tend to be stiffer and less comfortable compared to casual jeans.

How Do You Know if Your Pants Are Making Your Shoes Stain?

If you find that your jeans or pants tend to transfer blue dye onto the surface of your shoes, then there is a chance that it could be staining them, and you should do something about it. Although it might be hard to tell some of the time, several clues can point out whether or not you have a problem with blue jeans staining shoes.

First, take a look at your lower body clothing. You should see if you have blue coloring on your pants. If so, the dye is coming off on anything below it. This could be your shoes. Secondly, check the bottoms of your shoes to see if they are blue or if there is color residue on them. Once again, this means that the dye is transferring onto other surfaces and can create stains on fabric, tile, or any other surface.


The best way to prevent jeans from staining shoes is by wearing the correct type of shoe for the occasion. For example, if you are going out on a date, wear heels or flats with your dressy jeans instead of sneakers. You also might want to avoid white socks if they show when you wear low-cut pants. And lastly, don’t ever forget to let your denim dry before putting them away in storage!

We hope this blog post on how to prevent jeans from staining shoes has been helpful. Some of these ideas may sound silly, but they can work! What other ways have people found helpful in preventing their jeans from ruining their shoes? Please share your experience or idea by commenting on our blog post today. We’d love to hear what you think!

Nancy Behan

Nancy Behan

Nancy is an embroidery artist, fashion blogger and a full time editor at DIY quickly. Nancy edits the fashion section on DIY quickly, focusing on the embroidery and cross stitch articles, alongside with fabric and other costume design elements. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Art History. She loves to work on her own projects, read books and watch romantic movies in her spare time.

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