Shoes can make or break an outfit, especially if you are styling something tricky like cropped, wide-leg pants. If you have been avoiding this style because you weren’t sure what kind of shoes to pair with them, you’re not alone. Here’s a guide for the best shoes to wear with cropped wide-leg pants.
I’m not going to lie. Many brands style cropped wide-leg pants with heels or pumps because they know this is what it will take for most women to feel confident wearing these pants. Cropped wide-leg pants are challenging because they tend to make your legs look short, so if you are not tall and slim, you can end up looking wide and stubby.
Heels fix this problem by making you look long and lean. They also help to give cropped, wide-leg pants a softer, flowery look which is always very flattering. Pointed-toe pumps are more modern and slimming than a rounded toe. A pump with a low vamp also creates the illusion of longer legs,
Heels look especially fab worn with dressy wide-leg pants. I’m talking about the kind of wide-leg pants you might wear to work or an evening out. They make you look refined, feminine, look sexy.
If there’s no way you can stand wearing heels, even with a dressy outfit, then try a classy flat, backless loafer mule. Leather and suede mules are popular, and I’ve recently seen some knit mules for summer. For a sleek look, choose a pointed or almond-shaped toe, match the color of your mules to your cropped pants, or wear nude mules. If you want to express your personality more, then a pair of leopard or snake print mules are always fun!
3. Low-Medium Block Heel
Another popular shoe to wear with cropped, wide-leg pants is a low-medium block heel. These go with more of a middle-of-the-road or semi-dressy look. A backless block heel shoe is more elongating than one with a back and an ankle strap, but both styles look great.
Slides with a wedge or low chunky heel are perfect for wide, cropped-leg pants. They go with the carefree feel of these 70’s inspired pants.
Flat sandals, like this striped linen pair, are delicate if your wide-leg cropped pants are very casual. They’re in sync with this vacation look, making it look like you are headed for the beach.
6. Chunky Sneakers
A trendy way to wear cropped wide-leg pants is with sneakers. This is more of a street-style look but is very comfy. Chunky trainers with thick soles give you a sporty, youthful vibe and some height. That’s always good because cropped wide legs can sometimes make you look a little bottom-heavy depending on your figure.
In winter, fall, or spring, a classy pair of booties always looks very chic with wide-leg pants, and a higher heel is usually more comfortable as part of a bootie than a shoe.