With the popularity of leggings, we're all inevitably going to want to get a little creative with how we wear them. In many cases, that means thinking outside the box when it comes to footwear. We've already discussed what to avoid wearing with leggings in general, but what about the all-important subject of shoes?
Given leggings' form-fitting silhouette and casual nature, determining which shoes will best complement them can be a bit perplexing—which is where we come in. As editors, we've been noticing fashion girls in fewer and fewer of a handful of shoe styles, at least paired with their leggings. So naturally, we've been taking notes on what they've been wearing instead. The legging trend is here to stay for the foreseeable future, so we might as well make the most of it and pair them with shoes that will keep things as stylish as possible, right?
With that, keep scrolling to find out which seven shoe styles fashion girls have pretty much stopped wearing with leggings, and shop the coolest shoe trends to wear with them instead.
X Stilettos & Platforms
Wear Instead: Mules
Towering heels and platforms are best suited for something a little less formfitting. Instead, sliding on a pair of mules will keep your outfit looking effortless and cool.
Pictured: Beyond Yoga Take Me Higher Long Leggings ($61); Zara shoes
Vince Kalina Slipper Slide Sandals ($125)
Equal parts comfortable and stylish.
Birkenstock Arizona Big Buckle Sandals ($150)
Long live Birkenstocks.
Birkenstock x Proenza Schouler Arizona Ps Exq Nl Sandals-Narrow ($370)
I can never resist a good designer collaboration.
Wear Instead: Slide Sandals
Flip-flops have a tendency to make leggings look a bit too casual. Rubber slides are an easy swap that will give your look an of-the-moment feel.
Pictured: Beyond Yoga Take Me Higher Long Leggings ($61); Gucci sandals
Shop Slide Sandals:
Adidas x Pharrell Williams Premium Basics Boost Sandals ($100)
Pretty in pink.
Villa Rouge Carey Sport Slides ($115)
These are giving me Sporty Spice vibes.
APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Big Logo Techloom Slides ($100)
The perfect house shoes.
X Wedge Sneakers
Wear Instead: Athletic and Classic Sneakers
The wedge-sneaker trend has come and gone, but athletic and classic sneaker styles are a no-brainer with leggings, and the fashion possibilities are endless.
Pictured: Beyond YogaTake Me Higher Long Leggings ($61); Nike sneakers
Shop Athletic Sneakers:
New Balance Classic Sneakers ($88)
I love the old-school feel of these sneakers.
APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Pro Sneakers ($160)
Sleek and simple. What's not to love?
Adidas by Stella McCartney Ultraboost 20 S. Sneakers ($230)
These are perfect for punching up your all-black workout outfit.
X Ankle-Strap Shoes
Wear Instead: Ballet Flats
While it may seem a bit out-there, we love the dancer-inspired look of a pair of ballet flats with a pair of leggings. On the other hand, shoes with buckled leather straps at the ankle aren't the best match for leggings.
Pictured: Beyond Yoga Take Me Higher Long Leggings ($61); Miu Miu flats
Shop Ballet Flats:
Schutz Polyna Ballet Flats ($185)
These are such a fun spin on classic ballet flats.
Ganni Square Toe Ballet Flats ($325)
Square toes make ballet flats feel very 2021.
Schutz Arissa Ballet Flats ($120)
Faux crocodile is such a classic print.
X Sock Boots
Wear Instead: Combat Boots
Sock boots are a current fashion-girl favorite, but unless you want your shoes to look like an extension of your leggings, it's best to go with something that provides more of a contrast, like on-trend combat boots.
Pictured: Beyond YogaTake Me Higher Long Leggings ($61); Jenni Kayne boots
Shop Combat Boots:
Frye Veronica Combat Boots ($278)
These boots were made for walkin'.
Rag & Bone Shiloh Boots ($525)
I'm obsessed with the contrast laces on these boots.
Dr. Martens 1460 Bex Boots ($160)
You can never go wrong with Dr. Martens.
Wear Instead: Loafers
When it comes to classic flats styles, loafers are still going strong. Loafers and leggings are one of our favorite combinations at the moment.
Pictured: Beyond YogaBeyond YogaTake Me Higher Long Leggings ($61); G.H. Bass & Co. shoes
Last Matter Loafers ($280)
Wear these with high socks for a grown-up take on school uniforms.
Sam Edelman Ackley Loafers ($105)
Your dad's shoes, but make them fashion.
Dr. Martens Adrian Tassel Loafers ($130)
Adding just a hint of grunge is never a bad thing in my book.
This post was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.
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