The 10 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, but what shoes should you wear with 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 wonder. Keep scrolling to discover what shoes to wear with wide-leg pants. 

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The Comfortable Sandal

At least in our book, 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.

purple shearling birkenstocks
Birkenstock Arizona Shearling Suede Leather $160.00
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Taupe sandals
Everlane The Day Crossover Sandal $75.00
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teva sandals
Teva Midform Universal Sandals $60.00
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The Platform Clog

You can undoubtedly approach denim the way you do your trousers with a walking sandal or strappy one, but a statement shoe with a bit of weight to it creates the 70's vibe. A chunky or platform shoe keeps the look youthful yet intentional.

free people black clog
Free People Calabasas Clog $148.00 $96.00
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Brown clog
Lisa Vicky Vim Platform Clog $100.00
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black clogs
JW Anderson Chain Shearling Leather Loafers $695.00
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03 of 10

Platform Sandals

Pair wide-leg trousers with a structured shoe with a bit of weight to it but not too heavy. Think: platform style sandal with a criss-cross strap or a wide upper or a flat sandal with some caging.

Black platform sandal
Larroude Dolly Sandal $315.00
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Gold platform sandal
Loeffler Randall Natalia Pleated Platform Bow Heels $450.00
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Sam Edelman platform heels
Circus by Sam Edelman Audrea Platform Sandal $90.00
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04 of 10

Block Heels

Heels will keep your trousers from dragging across the ground, and block heels will keep you sturdy. Pair them with your wide-leg trousers and a flowy blouse for a simple and chic look that is bound to turn heads.

Black block heel pumps
Kate Spade New York Marren Pumps $198.00
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Sparkly Sarah Flint pumps
Sarah Flint Perfect Round Toe Pump 70 $550.00
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Madewell brown leather pumps
Madewell HUMA BLANCO Leather Luisa Pumps $260.00
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Chunky Sneakers

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 your 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.

White sneaker Veja
Veja Venturi Sneaker $195.00
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new balance sneaker
New Balance Women's 237 Shoes $80.00
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Sorel sneakers
Sorel Women's Kinetic Breakthru Tech Lace $130.00 $68.00
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06 of 10

Smart Sling-backs

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 preserved for date night or your 9-5, a sleek sling-back is a must-have addition.

Alfani slingbacks
Alfani Women's Cienna Slingback Pumps $79.50 $56.00
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SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Shoes
SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker Women's Cy Pointed Toe Slingback Pumps $495.00
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French sole heels
French Sole Exclusive Baton Heels $198.00
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07 of 10

Strappy Stilettos

We get it. Stilettos are not the comfiest style of shoes on the market, but much like a pair of silk trousers, a sophisticated set of high heels elevate most outfits. This sexy style 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.

Sam Edelman
Sam Edelman Ophelia Ankle Strap Heel $160.00
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ALDO Stilettos
ALDO Dorah Black Women's Gladiator Sandal $98.00
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Denim Stiletto
Femme LA Whiskey Heel $189.00
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08 of 10

Slide-On Mules

Delivering the sophistication of a heel but 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 for your soles.

Blue mules
Splendid Kait Mules $144.00
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Black mules
Sarto by Franco Sarto Dune Pointed Toe Mules $130.00
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Italeau mules
Italeau Cecile Mules $269.00
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09 of 10

Office-Friendly Loafers

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.

Tony Bianco Loafers
Tony Bianco Axell Loafers $160.00
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Birdies Loafers
Birdies The Starling Loafer $145.00
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Lisa Vicky Loafer
Lisa Vicky Zany Loafer $100.00
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Chelsea Boots

Yeah, 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 look add a little edge.

Banana Republic
Banana Republic Hudson Suede Chelsea Boot $260.00
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Eileen Fisher Boots
Eileen Fisher Lilou Wedge Chelsea Boots $275.00
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Chelsea Boots With
Dolce Vita Women's Hoven H2O Booties $170.00
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