Mastering the Art of Shoe Pairing with Wide-Leg Pants

The ultra-wide-leg style has been a popular trend in the last few seasons. Wide-leg trousers are easy to wear and comfortable, but they also look stylish enough to wear at the office or on a date. To customize this staple for your own personal style, or to dress it up and down, you will need a variety of shoe styles. We’ve compiled a list of 10 shoes that you can wear with wide-leg trousers. This includes product recommendations and stylist tips.

The Comfortable Slipper

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It can be hard to find the perfect shoe for wide-leg pants. Choose your favorite Birkenstocks or Tevas to join the “ugly shoe” trend. They will keep the pants’ exaggerated volumes in the spotlight while creating a contrast with dressier styles. As long as your pants aren’t too slack, flat, strappy sandals will work.

Audree K. Lopez, a professional stylist, recommends that if you wear flats or sneakers the hem should be 1/4″ to 1/2 inch above the heel.

The Platform Clog

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Try styling wide-leg trousers the same as you would denim. Walking sandals are casual and a closed-toe shoe with some weight will give you a 70s feel. Platform or chunky styles keep the look young and intentional.

The Platform Sandal

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Balance the dramatic effect of wide-leg pants with a shoe that is structured and heavy. Platforms with crisscross straps and interesting textures will add interest to any look.

The Block Heel

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Block heels are an excellent choice for a pair of heels that will not drag your pants across the floor. They’re also a stylish and durable option. Combine them with a wide-leg jean and a blouse that is light for a chic, yet simple look.

The Chunky Sneaker

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Wide leg pants and trousers can look formal but they also easily transition into the 2010s clubwear style, which is a mix of office sirens and indie sleaze. Try pairing wide-legged trousers with chunky sneakers to bring this look up to date. The added weight of the sneakers helps balance out the lightness of the trousers, giving it an unexpected flare.

The length of your pants will also be important. Lopez says that cuffing pants can make your legs look wider and shorter. If you must cuff your pants, use double-stick tape or safety pins.

The Smart Slingback

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Slingback heels are a wardrobe staple. These shoes look great with jeans, wide-leg pants, and miniskirts. They are more comfortable than stilettos, but still stylish. A sleek slingback will be a great addition to your wardrobe if you tend to wear wide-leg pants on date nights or at work.

Choose a style that has a pointed toe. Lopez explains that rounded-toed shoes can make your feet look smaller or even cut them off, making you appear larger. A pointed-toe shoes elongates legs and draws attention down vertically.

The Strappy Stiletto

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Stilettos may not be the most comfortable shoes, but they can elevate any outfit. The sexy addition will transform your trousers into something that is suitable for the office to something you can wear to cocktail hours. Add a crop-top or a sparkly tank top to complete the look.

The Slide-On Mule

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Mules combine the elegance of a high heel with the comfort and ease of a slip-on. The thicker strap at the toes adds a bit of extra support.

The Office Friendly Loafer

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Classics remain classics because they are timeless. In recent years, loafers have made a big comeback. We’re all for it. A sturdy loafer can add weight to wide-leg pants, much like chunky sneakers. These shoes will keep your outfit casual and cool. They are also suitable for the office.

The Chelsea Boot

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Open toed sandals and stilettos may be fun but they are not always appropriate for colder months. Wide leg trousers can be worn with a variety of styles. Chelsea boots are a great way to protect your feet from the cold air and add some edge to any outfit.

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