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Best Shoes To Wear With Capris & Cropped Pants

Capris with Sneakers
Bulky sneakers + capris make you look short and stumpy.

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
  • Clogs
  • Loafers
  • Oxfords
  • 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 a round toe
  • have no straps above the ankle

1. Lace-up Sandals

Olive capris lace up sandals

Here are some popular styles of shoes to wear with summer capris and cropped trousers that will make you look stylish and balanced

Lace-up sandals are open, airy, and reveal some skin that helps elongate the leg. If you don’t like up lace-ups, then any flat sandals 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.

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2.   Pumps

Black and white printed 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.

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shoes for 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

White off the shoulder top and jeans

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.

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4. Flats

Denim capris pink off the shoulder top

Ballet flats worn with capri pants are 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.

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5. Canvas Flats

Black capris blue of the shoulder top

Espadrilles and canvas flats are lightweight, casual, and breezy. They’re a natural choice to pair with short-cropped pants and capris.

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6. Mules

Capris Low Block Heel

A cute pair of Mules look classy with capris, especially when they look like those chic gold ones. Add a circle bag and a cute wrap top, and you have elevated the casual nature of capris to a whole new level.

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7. Strappy Flat Sandals

Shoes for Capris Gold Sandals white Jeans

A pair of cute strappy sandals always look right in summer with cropped pants or capris. Gold is super flattering and works perfectly with all colors since it is considered neutral.

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8. Statement Sneakers

Shoes for Capris Light Denim

Statement sneakers are not only comfy, but they’re also super stylish too, and there are so many to choose from to suit your personality. My favorite is the perforated style sneaker in this soft shade of blush.

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9. Slides

Shoes for Capris - Orange Sandals

Casual capris with a relaxed vibe look super with an easy pair of summer slides. These straw ones are all the rage and add a holiday vibe to a pair of olive linen khakis.

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10. Platform Sandals

Shoes with Capris Denim

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.

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We’ve looked at a lot of different options of shoes to wear with capris. Which is your favorite type?

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10 thoughts on “Best Shoes To Wear With Capris & Cropped Pants

  1. This is rather demoralizing for someone with bunions, flat feet, foot pain, and needs orthotic support and cushioning…who wants to walk a lot and not look like an old frump.

  2. I like the look of all the shoes, but my concern is that I have a very high arch and heels and don’t get along. I need something that would be comfortable if I was doing a lot of walking for the day out sightseeing or shopping but still look fashionably acceptable.

    1. Generally, I am confident, and I pair what I like as an artist. Also, if I am unsure, I try out different combinations while running errands or shopping at the grocery store.

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