How To Pick The Right Shoes To Go With Your Pants

Have you ever wondered if you're wearing the right shoes with your pants? Us too—espcially our Entertainment Director Danielle Nussbaum! Inspired by her quest to find the perfect match, we're showing you six foolproof pairings to get you though fall. 

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    When Danielle moved from New York to LA, she began to expand her shoe collection—now that she didn’t have to walk anywhere, she could shop with reckless abandon. But more shoes led to more questions! Take, for example, her new Alexander Wang snakeskin pumps. They have an amazing ankle strap situation designed to show off. And the super chic grey suede Madewell booties: They’re perfect for dresses, but can you wear them with a skinny jean? What about a cropped pant?  Now that’s putting your best foot forward.

    Photographer: Luke Wooden 
    Hair and Makeup: Michelle Mungcal at Atelier Management 
    Model: Stephanie at Photogenics

     

     

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    A slingback elongates the leg and balances the athletic attributes of a dressed up sweatpant so that it still feels feminine and polished. 

    Sea Denim & Shearling Hooded Vest ($575) in Indigo; Tory Burch Florence Sweater ($250) in Camel Melange; Elizabeth and James Reed Sweatpants ($295, similar style here) in Black/Ivory; ShoeMint Karla Heels ($90) in Black.

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    Vince

    Celeste d’Orsay Pumps ($350) in Pomegranate

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    Kurt Geiger London

    Bond Pumps ($385) in Yellow Leather

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    Alice + Olivia

    Dina High Heels ($295) in Amethyst

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    With louche, floor-grazing pants, height in the shoe is key. A wide leg or flare trouser needs at least 3 1/2 inches to balance the volume. Plus, it will give you legs for days. Stay away from anything with a pointed toe, as it fights with the hem, and stick to something slightly rounded.  

    AllSaints Cammie Leather Jacket ($455) in Black; Iris & Ink The Pussybow Silk-Crepe Blouse ($125) in Off White; Joie Sitara Crepe Pants ($188) in Caviar; Manolo Blahnik Agatha Bicolor Leather Slides ($755) in Black White.

     

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    Jenni Kayne

    Haircalf Mules ($625) in Black

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    Alexander Wang

    Dina Mules ($575) in Buff

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    Jeffrey Campbell

    Cassatt Pointed Toe Booties ($180) in Black Box

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    This touches on two points: how to navigate a pair of ankle boots that come up a few inches above the ankle, as well as what to do with those few extra inches of jean that hit below. Look for ankle boots that taper closely, so there isn't too much space between the boots and the jeans can scrunch over it.

    Karen Walker Pennsylvania Jacket ($840) in Ecru; ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo Sweetheart Tank ($65) in Heather Grey; Citizens of Humanity Rocket Highrise Skinny Jeans ($198) in Au Natural; Hue Cotton Tissue Socks ($7) in Black; Tory Burch Lenny Booties ($395, 310.248.2612, similar style here) in Black. 

     

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    Zara

    High Heel Combination Ankle Boots ($80) in Burgundy 

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    Club Monaco

    Autumn Embossed Lizard Booties ($395) in Black

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    Ultimately, you always want your legs to appear as long as possible. A delicate heel, as opposed to a three to four inch heel, gives a quiet but elegant touch that elevates the look without overwhelming the pant.  

    Zara Pin Stripe Coat ($239) in Navy Blue; Bec & Bridge Celestial Knit Tank ($240) in Ink; Alexander Wang Cropped Tuxedo Trousers ($575) in Geyser; Reed Krakoff Suede & Metallic Leather Slingback Pumps ($750) in Navy.

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    Banana Republic

    Giah Pumps ($98) in Claret 

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    Tory Burch

    Noelle Pumps ($350) in Electric Eel 

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    Salvatore Ferragamo

    Rietta D’Orsay Pumps ($575) in Nero

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    Some people just need to be strapped into their shoes—me being one of them—but what to do with it? Try a cropped skinny that hits a few inches above the strap, but make sure it's fitted throughout so that the lines of the hem are streamlined with the ankle strap. It’s good to leave a little space in between so you can really show them off! 

    M. Patmos Bomber Jacket ($995) in Olive; T by Alexander Wang Distressed Merino Blend Knit Pullover ($275) in Forest; J Brand Anja Leather Pants ($1,076) in Black; Paul Andrew Bouchra Heels ($965) in Black/White.

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    Alexander Wang

    Lovisa High-Heeled Pumps ($485) in Leopard

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    DKNY

    Saffi Asymmetrical Pumps ($245) in Black

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    Loeffler Randall

    Alba Demi Platform Pumps ($395) in Taupe 

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    There’s actually a lot of shoes that can be worn with this more fashion-forward style, reminiscent of ‘80s Japanese fashion. Since cropped wide leg pants are opiate of the of the street style masses lately, we suggest just going with the flow and letting the look be more masculine. Oxfords with a chunky platform balance the wide leg while adding height, preventing the pants from making you look bottom heavy.  

    J Brand Itani Sweater ($575) in Oatmeal Heater; ASOS Boyfriend Shirt with Wordy Wing Placement Print ($37) in Multi; Karen Walker Crisscross Pants ($650, similar style here) in Chestnut; Hue Cotton Tissue Socks ($7) in Black; Loeffler Randall Calla Platform Creepers ($350) in Black Dot Haircalf. 

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    Alejandro Ingelmo

    Kennedy Platform Loafers ($575) in Oro

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    Paul Green

    Dex Creeper Platform Loafers ($289) in Black

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    Surface to Air

    Flatbush Creepers ($440) in Silver 

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Denim & Shearling Hooded Vest

Denim & Shearling Hooded Vest

Sea, $575
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Florence Sweater

Florence Sweater

Tory Burch, $250
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Luca Sweatpants

Luca Sweatpants

Elizabeth and James, $295
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Karla Heels

Karla Heels

ShoeMint, $90
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Itani Sweater

Itani Sweater

J Brand, $575
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Boyfriend Shirt with Wordy Wing Placement Print

Boyfriend Shirt with Wordy Wing Placement Print

ASOS, $37
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Land Girl Pants

Land Girl Pants

Karen Walker, $650
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Cotton Tissue Socks

Cotton Tissue Socks

Hue, $7
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Calla Platform Creepers

Calla Platform Creepers

Loeffler Randall, $350
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Bomber Jacket

Bomber Jacket

M. Patmos, $995
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Distressed Merino Blend Knit Pullover

Distressed Merino Blend Knit Pullover

T by Alexander Wang, $275
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Anja Leather Pants

Anja Leather Pants

J Brand, $1076
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Bouchra Heels

Bouchra Heels

Paul Andrew, $965
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Sweetheart Tank

Sweetheart Tank

ATM Anthony Thomas Melillo, $65
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Rocket Highrise Skinny Jeans

Rocket Highrise Skinny Jeans

Citizens of Humanity, $198
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Milan Booties

Milan Booties

Tory Burch, $385
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Cammie Leather Jacket

Cammie Leather Jacket

AllSaints, $455
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The Pussybow Silk-Crepe Blouse

The Pussybow Silk-Crepe Blouse

Iris & Ink, $125
SHOP
Sitara Cropped Crepe Pants

Sitara Cropped Crepe Pants

Joie, $188
SHOP
Agatha Bicolor Leather Slides

Agatha Bicolor Leather Slides

Manolo Blahnik, $755
SHOP
Pin Stripe Coat

Pin Stripe Coat

Zara, $239
SHOP
Celestial Knit Tank

Celestial Knit Tank

Bec & Bridge, $240
SHOP
Suede & Metallic Leather Slingback Pumps

Suede & Metallic Leather Slingback Pumps

Reed Krakoff, $750
SHOP
SCeleste d'Orsay Pumps

SCeleste d'Orsay Pumps

Vince, $350
SHOP
London Bond Pumps

London Bond Pumps

Kurt Geiger, $385
SHOP
Dina High Heels

Dina High Heels

Alice + Olivia, $295
SHOP
Flatbush Creepers

Flatbush Creepers

Surface to Air, $440
SHOP
Dex Creeper Platform Loafers

Dex Creeper Platform Loafers

Paul Green, $289
SHOP
Kennedy Platform Loafers

Kennedy Platform Loafers

Alejandro Ingelmo, $575
SHOP
Saffi Asymmetrical Pumps

Saffi Asymmetrical Pumps

DKNY, $245
SHOP
Alba Demi Platform Pumps

Alba Demi Platform Pumps

Loeffler Randall, $395
SHOP
Lovisa High-Heeled Pumps

Lovisa High-Heeled Pumps

Alexander Wang, $485
SHOP
Alexandra Pointed Toe Platform Dress Booties

Alexandra Pointed Toe Platform Dress Booties

Corso Como, $189
SHOP
High Heel Combination Ankle Boots

High Heel Combination Ankle Boots

Zara, $80
SHOP
Autumn Embossed Lizard Booties

Autumn Embossed Lizard Booties

Club Monaco, $395
SHOP
Haircalf Mules

Haircalf Mules

Jenni Kayne, $625
SHOP
Cassatt Pointed Toe Booties

Cassatt Pointed Toe Booties

Jeffrey Campbell, $180
SHOP
Dina Mules

Dina Mules

Alexander Wang, $575
SHOP
Rietta D'Orsay Pumps

Rietta D'Orsay Pumps

Salvatore Ferragamo, $575
SHOP
Giah Pumps

Giah Pumps

Banana Republic, $98
SHOP
Noelle Pumps

Noelle Pumps

Tory Burch, $350
SHOP
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