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, but what shoe options are there for wide-leg pants? Answer: more than you think.
Ahead, I’ve broken down 10 types of shoe styles that pair perfectly with these wide-legged wonders. Keep scrolling to discover what shoes to wear with wide-leg pants.
Meet the Expert
Audree Lopez is a professional stylist and founder of Fashion Fundamentals based in New York City.
The Comfortable Sandal
A wide-leg trouser can take any look from drab to fab, but it can be difficult finding the right shoe to pair with them. A casual sandal allows the exaggerated volume of the pants to maintain their stardom while keeping the vibe chill. Trousers can be quite dressy, so a casual sandal provides the perfect contrast. Pair with walking shoes like Birkenstocks or Teva-style sandals. Also, flat, strappy sandals (think lace-up or flip-flop) work as long as the pants don’t excessively drag.
Professional stylist Audree Lopez suggests paying attention to the length of your pants. "If you are wearing flats or sneakers, the hem should hit at the top of your foot and around 1/4" to 1/2" off the ground from your heel," she recommends.
The Platform Clog
If you find styling wide-leg trousers intimidating, try approaching it the same way as denim. A walking sandal or strappy one keeps a look casual, but a statement shoe with a bit of weight to it creates a 70's vibe. A chunky or platform shoe keeps the look youthful yet intentional.
Pair wide-leg trousers with a structured, weighty shoe. Think: A platform-style sandal with a criss-cross strap or a wide upper, or a flat sandal with some caging.
Heels will keep your trousers from dragging across the ground, and block heels will keep you sturdy. Pair them with wide-leg trousers and a flowy blouse for a simple and chic look that is bound to turn heads.
Trousers and wide-legged pants tend to look formal, and they can easily venture into the business-casual era of the 2010s. To bring this look into the modern era, try pairing wide-legged pants with some chunky sneakers. The extra weight from the sneakers balances out the airiness of the trouser, and adds an unexpected flair.
Again, the length of your pants is important. In order to get them just right, "try to avoid cuffing your pants because it can widen and shorten your legs," Lopez suggests. "If you need to cuff the pant, cuff internally and use double stick tape or a safety pin."
A standard pair of sling-backs is a staple in any wardrobe. Comfier than stilettos but classier than sneakers, this style of shoe elevates any garment from a simple pair of jeans to a mini skirt. If your wide-legged trousers are reserved for date night or your nine-to-five, a sleek sling-back is a must-have addition.
Consider picking one with a pointed toe. "Rounded-toe shoes can hide the foot or cut it off and make you appear wider," explains Lopez. "A pointed-toe shoe elongates the legs and draws the eye down vertically."
We get it: Stilettos are not the comfiest shoes on the market, but much like a pair of silk trousers, a sophisticated set of high heels elevates most outfits. This sexy staple is sure to take your trousers from office-appropriate to cocktail-hour worthy. Pair with a crop top or sparkly tank to complete the look.
Delivering the sophistication of a heel with the comfort of a loafer, mules offer the best of both worlds. Plus, the thicker strap over the toes provides a little extra support.
Classics are classics for a reason. The loafer has had a major comeback, and we are here for it. Much like chunky sneakers, a sturdy loafer adds some weight to wide-leg trousers. These shoes keep your outfit looking cool, casual, and, better yet, office appropriate.
Stilettos are chic and strappy sandals are fun, but once the weather turns, open toes are not an option. Thankfully, wide-leg trousers are versatile and work with many different styles of shoes. Chelsea boots not only protect your toes from the cool air but also add a little edge to your look.