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With spring well and truly here, I’ve been thinking about the season’s staples and pondering the best trouser-and-shoe pairings. Wide-leg trousers have always illuded me, as they seem to be a particularly difficult item to pair with footwear. (Evidently, I’m not alone. We’ve recently seen an increase in searches of the phrase “shoes to wear with wide-leg trousers.”)
Luckily, the street style at Copenhagen Fashion Week, which is always attended by sleek dressers, offered up plenty of inspiration on this exact topic and was a veritable masterclass in how to style wide-leg trousers. Whether you’re looking to style flared jeans, wide-leg leather pants or traditional suit trousers, those in the know have a footwear option for every occasion.
Keep scrolling for the best shoes to wear with wide-leg trousers, including chunky boots, heeled mules and pointed-toe pumps.
1. Wide-Leg Trousers + Simple Flats
Style Notes: This may not be for everyone (due to the fact that many petite people will find their trousers dragging on the ground), but this super-simple pairing generally tends to look incredibly chic, and you’ll also be extremely comfortable.
If you don't want to venture in heel territory, you can avoid puddles and wear and tear by ensuring your trouser hem is ever-so-slightly tailored to hit above the sole of your foot.
2. Wide-Leg Trousers + Heeled Mules
Style Notes: The juxtaposition between wide-leg, oversized trousers and daintier mules is a good way to balance out the proportions of an outfit. I love the way this showgoer has paired her leather trousers with barely there mule heels.
3. Wide-Leg Trousers + Pointed-Toe Heels
Style Notes: This look means business. Pointed-toe pumps will work to elongate the leg and make you appear slightly taller (which is always a bonus if you’re on the shorter side like I am).
4. Wide-Leg Trousers + Strappy Sandals
Style Notes: These two are a match made in heaven. The combination of wide-leg jeans and strappy sandals feels distinctly Carrie Bradshaw and will look chic no matter how you style it.
5. Wide-Leg Trousers + Sneakers
Style Notes: To be frank, I’d wear sneakers with just about anything. I think lighter-coloured sneakers look best against wide-leg trousers, as they don’t draw the eye immediately to the base of your outfit.
6. Wide-Leg Trousers + Ankle Boots
Style Notes: Wide-leg leather trousers and ankle boots are a pairing we see season after season. This look works particularly well because the trousers are cropped slightly, which allows you to see more of the boot’s silhouette.
7. Wide-Leg Trousers + Chunky Loafers
Style Notes: Again, I think the balance of proportions here works best because the trousers are slightly cropped. I always find heavier-soled shoes look nice against a cropped trouser leg, helping break up the look.