The Best Shoes to Wear With Your Wide-Leg Pants

It's all about the shoes.

Woman wearing pink Wide Leg pants

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My favorite pant style of the season is the extra, super wide leg. It’s the easiest assimilation back into regular pants after wearing sweatpants for the last year. Wide-leg pants are comfortable and easy to wear. That is if you wear the right shoes. Ahead, I’ve broken down six types of these wide-legged wonders paired with shoe styles that go with each. Keep scrolling to discover your new favorite spring outfit. 

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The Classic Trouser

At least in my book, one of the chicest looks is a crisp wide-leg trouser with simple everyday sandals. It helps the exaggerated volume of the pants maintain their stardom and also looks really chill. Trousers can be quite dressy, so a casual sandal is a perfect contrast. I like walking shoes like Birkenstocks or Teva-style shoes. I also think a flat strappy sandal like a lace-up or flip flop is good as long as the pants don’t excessively drag, though I don’t mind a bit of pants-to-ground action. 

Pants

Liesl Wide Leg Trousers
The Frankie Shop Liesl Wide Leg Trousers $162
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Wide Leg Pant
Arthur Apparel Wide Leg Pant $125
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BDG Skater Wide Leg Chino Pant
Urban Outfitters BDG Skater Wide Leg Chino Pant $49
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Shoes

Arizona Big Buckle Sandals
Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Sandals $150
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Poria Leather Flatform Sport Sandals
Ancient Greek Sandals Poria Leather Flatform Sport Sandals $325
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Nudes Sandals
Tkees Nudes Sandals $50
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The Super Wide Denim

You can undoubtedly approach denim the way you do your trousers with a walking sandal or strappy one (I prefer the latter), but I do love a statement shoe with a bit of weight to it with a denim wide-legger. I personally fancy a chunky or platform sole shoe and brownie points if it has a wooden or lug sole. I think it keeps the look youthful but intentional.

Pants

Stried Wide Leg Jeans
Raey Stried Wide Leg Jeans $176
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Oversized Slouchy Wide Leg Jeans
Free People Oversized Slouchy Wide Leg Jeans $128
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ZGY Hi Hights Organic Jeans
Free People ZGY Hi Hights Organic Jeans $108
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Shoes

Albert Sport T-Bar Raised-Sole Leather Loafers
Hereu Albert Sport T-Bar Raised-Sole Leather Loafers $425
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Leather Clogs
J. Crew Leather Clogs $178
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Noreen Cider Brown Sandals
Miista Noreen Cider Brown Sandals $190
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The Linen

‘Tis the season for linen! A wide-leg linen pant is a perfect solution to most outings in the warmer months if you’re not one to wear shorts. I like pairing a wide-leg linen trouser with a structured shoe with a bit of weight to it but not too heavy. Think: flatform style sandal with a criss-cross strap or a wide upper or a flat sandal with some caging.

Pants

Molly High-Rise Linen-Denim Wide-Leg Trousers
Three Graces London Molly High-Rise Linen-Denim Wide-Leg Trousers $752
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Bevza Linen Square Pants
The Frankie Shop Bevza Linen Square Pants $495
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Rivello Pleated Wide-Leg Linen Trousers
Asceno Rivello Pleated Wide-Leg Linen Trousers $319
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Shoes

Lilo Quilted Sandals
By Far Lilo Quilted Sandals $508
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Beige Puffed Platform Sandals
Flat Apartment Beige Puffed Platform Sandals $535
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Marilisa Crossover-Strap Leather Clogs
Ancient Greek Sandals Marilisa Crossover-Strap Leather Clogs $405
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The Easy Breezy

Flowy wide pants are another wonder of warm seasons. To avoid veering into the sleepwear category, I like to pair them with shoes with substantial straps or a block heel. That way, your feet keep the look grounded but not clunky since the pants are so very airy.

Pants

Viviers Samurai Pants
Industrie Africa Viviers Samurai Pants $540
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Organic Pima Wide Leg Pant Tall
Lunya Organic Pima Wide Leg Pant Tall $148
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Leer Ben Pants
Diarrablu Leer Ben Pants $135
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Shoes

Cross-Strap Leather Sandals
Ancient Greek Sandals Cross-Strap Leather Sandals $165
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Cross Strap Sandals
Senso Cross Strap Sandals $170
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Leather Strappy Lace Up Heeled Sandals
& Other Stories Leather Strappy Lace Up Heeled Sandals $129
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The Knit

Because I’m not quite ready to pack up my stretchy, comfy-cozy bottoms, the knit wide leg had a reserved spot on this list. Ideally, you want to look for pants made with cotton, so they work well into the warmer season. They look especially great with casual and clean flat shoes like a caged flat sandal, a canvas flat, or lightweight sneakers.

Pants

Gerrie Ribbed-Knit Cotton Flared-Leg Pants
Anna Quan Gerrie Ribbed-Knit Cotton Flared-Leg Pants $340
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Maru Pants
Baserange Maru Pants $224
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Knit Wide Leg Pants
Hendrix Knit Wide Leg Pants $35
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Shoes

Cabersa Woven Padded-Leather Sandals
Hereu Cabersa Woven Padded-Leather Sandals $405
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Tragara Natural Canvas
Donna Tragara Natural Canvas $108
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Fe Lo 1920
Feiyue Fe Lo 1920 $25
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