Leggings have always been one of fashion's most significant dividers. Comfort has never been the point of contention here—we can all agree that they're just about the most enjoyable garment to wear. However, as for their style credentials? They're often brought into question.
We blame this on the '80s, where leggings were neon, cropped and usually accompanied by clashing leg warmers. However, over recent years, when leggings have made an almost biannual comeback, they've looked a little different than when they did in their '80s heyday.
Now, black leggings are pretty well the only way forward if you intend to wear them out of the gym. And with weighted fabrics, they look and feel significantly more premium than they're lycra counterparts. However, one thing even we still struggle with is deciding which footwear goes with them.
Your choice of footwear will determine how your legging look is perceived. If you intend on going casual, a pair of trainers will do the trick, but you'll probably want to steer clear of plimsolls as they'll look too P.E.-like. After dark, courts might seem like a strong option, but really, they'll make them look dated.
Instead, we've whittled down the five pairs of shoes to wear with leggings that will actually look chic. Keep scrolling and you'll never have to second guess stepping out in leggings again.
1. CHUCKY TRACK-SOLE BOOTS
Thick-tread boots are 2020's undisputed It shoes, so if anything is going to make your legging ensembles feel bang up-to-date, it's a pair of them.
2. MINIMAL MULES
Yes, you can wear leggings on a night out. As we've already discussed, courts can make leggings look pretty dated, which is why we instead suggest styling them with some pared-back mules.
3. WHITE TRAINERS
Much like boots, trainers are also erring on the chunky side this season, with white styles proving to be the favourite in fashion circles. The oversized silhouette will help balance out the tight fit of your leggings. All you need to do is add a hoodie and blazer, and you'll have yourself the coolest off-duty ensemble imaginable.
4. BALLET FLATS
Leggings started out life as ballerina attire, and now the look has come full circle. Now, fashion types are donning their leggings with ballet flats for a very pretty, very French vibe.
5. KNEE-HIGH BOOTS
With the power to make any outfit look instantly glossy, it's little wonder that we've seen so many influencers styling their leggings with knee-high-boots of late.