Cold weather calls for tights. Though some people are fine braving winter weather with bare legs, most of us prefer to cover up with an extra layer to save our skin from the blistering cold. After all, tights can add a lot to your ensemble and even help make the outfit. Use the excuse to protect your gams as an opportunity to upgrade your outfit. The only challenge that comes with wearing tights—those dreaded runs aside—is determining which shoes are best to pair with them.
While there do exist some strict Vogue-enforced fashion faux pas when it comes to pairing shoes with tights, oftentimes the lines between good and bad are a bit more blurred. To help streamline your looks this season, we've rounded up five shoes-and-tights pairings we love seeing and provided examples of our favorite fashion girls demonstrating the looks. See the best shoes and tights combos below, as well as our top picks to shop in each category.
Combat boots can always finish off a tights look, giving it a punk-rock edge, especially when juxtaposed with an ensemble like Roberts's otherwise-polished dress-and-turtleneck combo.
Dr. Martens 1460 Serena 8 Eye Sherpa Boots ($145)
Sam Edelman Tamia Boots ($170)
Villa Rouge Jade Boots ($150)
Sam Edelman Jennifer Studded Combat Boot ($170)
Vince Camuto Bestenda Combat Boot ($149)
Another solid option with tights? Loafers. White Gucci tights are optional, but this styling combo is definitely a winner.
Dr. Martens Adrian Tassel Loafers ($130)
Tod's Gommino Croc-Effect Leather Loafers ($525)
Madewell The Frances Loafers ($148)
Sperry Seaport Penny Loafers ($100)
Though wearing tights with open-toe shoes can be polarizing, we think the way Diane Kruger pairs her patterned fishnets with platform heels is quite striking.
Prada Velvet Platform Sandals ($850)
Tabitha Simmons Patton Platform Sandals ($695)
Gianvito Rossi Poppy 120 Metallic Leather Platform Sandals ($845)
H&M Platform Sandals ($40)
Schutz Keefa Platform Sandals ($195)
Classic booties are a failsafe choice. Whether you prefer them rendered in suede, patent, or leather, booties are the perfect shoes to wear with tights during the winter.
Jack Erwin Chelsea Boots ($225)
Mango Heel Leather Ankle Boots ($150)
Matiko Jillian Point Toe Booties ($209)
H&M Ankle Boots With Pointed Toes ($50)
Pointed stilettos are an ideal shoe to pair with tights, bringing instant drama to an otherwise-casual outfit, as demonstrated here by Alexa Chung.
H&M Pointed Pumps ($29.99)
Jimmy Choo Romy 100 suede pumps ($650)
Sam Edelman Hazel Pumps ($120)
Mango Leather Pumps ($100)
This article originally appeared on Who What Wear
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