The recent rise in popularity of cargo pants came as a surprise to most fashion editors. Championed by celebrities who made a very compelling case for the style—including Rihanna, Emily Ratajkowski and Bella Hadid—we started to perceive this trouser style as less clueless dad and more cool girl. A few years in and the ergonomic trousers have entirely shaken off their former reputation, attracting a swarm of cargo-converts to the check-out button.
However, the abundance of pockets and casual, draped shape does make styling them a bit difficult. To help, we've tried wearing cargos with just about every type of shoe you can imagine, and I've whittled it down the styles that work the best.
From sleek kitten-heels to the perfect trainers, we've done the hard work so that you can style your cargo trousers with ease. Read on to discover which shoes we love to wear with cargo trousers.
1. KITTEN HEELS
Style Notes: Nothing will elevate the look of your cargo trousers quite like a chic kitten heel. The mini heel packs a punch, delivering a sleek and stylish finish whilst juxtaposing the utilitarian nature of the trousers.
2. RETRO TRAINERS
Style Notes: It could be argued that cargo trousers look best with equally ergonomic accessories, such as retro trainers. To lean all the way in, consider styling with a crossbody bag and bomber jacket.
3. SLEEK FLIP-FLOPS
Style Notes: For a breezy, casual outfit, look no further than cargos with flip-flops. This playful combination is so easy to fall back on during warmer weather. If you want to hone a more polished look, consider tracking down thong flip-flops with a small heel, but if you'd prefer to keep your feet on the ground, a flat pair in smooth leather works just as well. To complete the ensemble, opt for cargo trousers in a light fabric such as cotton or linen for a harmonious pairing.