Capris are tricky because they can make your legs look short. Wear them with the wrong pair of shoes, and you can look downright stumpy!
Case in point, Bulky socks and sneakers are comfy, but paired with capris or short, cropped pants they scream frump city! This is one summer style sin you do not want to commit.
When wearing capris or cropped pants stay away from …
- Bulky athletic sneakers with socks
- Shoes with thick soles
- Shoes with thick, wide straps
- Clunky shoes
- Any heavy shoe that weighs you down.
To look fabulous in capris, you need to create the illusion of a long, lean lower leg.
To do this, put some visual distance between the hem of your capris and the tips of your toes. The best shoes for this are:
- nude (skin tone) color, or are the same color as your capris.
- are light and airy looking mainly on the top of the foot
- have a low vamp
- have a pointy toe, rather than round toe
- have no straps above the ankle
Here are some popular styles of shoes to wear with summer capris and cropped trousers that will make you look stylish and balanced.
1. Lace-up Sandals
Lace-up sandals are open, airy and reveal some skin which helps elongate the leg. If you don’t like up lace-ups, then any flat sandal will work. Choose a simple t-strap or multiple straps, but make sure the sandal looks light and airy to go with the breezy, summery look of capris and cropped pants.
A classic pointy-toe pump elevates the look of capris and cropped pants. A fine, high-heel sandal adds a sexy touch if you wear them with capris.
Notice how this chunky platform mule on the left covers and weighs down the foot making the whole look frumpy. Compare this to the low vamp pump on the right which opens up the foot and elongates the leg and looks more proportionate.
3. Block Heels
Block heels are modern and give you some height, without the hurt. This nude color helps create a long, lean leg line that makes your legs go on for miles.
Ballet flats worn with capri pants is a classic look that was made famous by Audrey Hepburn and still looks chic today! D’Orsay style flats are the prettiest versions of the ballet flat. The pointy toe and chic side cutouts are the perfect complements to capris and cropped pants.
5. Canvas Flats
7. Strappy Flat Sandals
8. Statement Sneakers
10. Platform Sandals
If you prefer some height, then a pair of platform sandals can work with cropped or capris pants. The light color -white- and cork wedge on these keep these sandals from looking too clunky or heavy with wide leg capris.
We’ve looked at a lot of different options of shoes to wear with capris. Which is your favorite type?