What Kind of Shoes Should You Wear With Leather Pants?
Do you remember last week’s post? All about leather pants? Well, I received a bunch of questions about what SHOES to wear with leather pants. Boots or pumps? Leather or suede? Same color or different? They’re totally valid questions. In fact, as I was chatting with some of my favorite store owners and managers recently, they said it’s a question they receive from customers often too…
So let’s have at it. A quick guide to what shoes pair well with leather pants.
Suede Ankle Boots
As a rule of thumb, when it comes to footwear… suede plays better with leather pants than either leather or patent. Mostly because the suede provides a different texture and looks less matchy-matchy. It adds interest and dimension to an outfit. Having the boot in the same color as the pant elongates the leg (and ain’t nothing wrong with that.)
Suede also works nicely if you want your boot color to differ from the pant. The rough finish of the suede marries the leather with the color.
Pointy Toe Pumps
When you’re wearing a pump (or a bootie with a cutout) there is a bit more leeway in terms of the footwear fabric and color. The peep of skin helps marry the leather of the pants and the texture/color of the shoe.
Even though I am not a huge fan of patent shoes and leather pants, because of the skin showing it works.
Sneakers for the Win
As shoes go, a sneaker looks cool and casual with skinny leather pants. If the sneaker is black, pass on leather and go for fabric or suede. In white, a leather version looks great! And, make sure some ankle shows to achieve the looks below.
If You’re Going to Do a Leather Bootie…
Try to make sure the leathers are a pretty close match and that the boot can tuck under the pant (so it looks continuous). Or if you’re wearing a leather legging you can pair it with a leather OTK bootie like these, for a practical but stylish look. BTW these OTK boots are some of my favorites ever!
I know I’ve said it before… I love, love, love it when you all throw styling questions my way. Shoes often seem to be an especially stressful topic. It makes sense because shoes can make or break the outfit. Feel free to comment, or DM or email me and pose some of your fashion hmmmmm’s. Chances are, if you have the question someone else does too – and it really helps me write posts that are about things you want to know.
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Post updated 3/1/21