3 Shoe Styles That Go With Leather Pants (and One That Doesn't)

We count on you, our readers, to let us know when there’s a fashion issue you can’t seem to solve. Our job? To get to the bottom of it. The latest question you've posed to us was what shoes actually work with leather pants?

The sleek wardrobe staple is a favorite among trendsetters like Olivia Palermo and Gigi Hadid. Leather pants instantly dress up a daytime look, and they’re a solid choice for a night on the town too. And now that colder months are here, there's nothing that will keep you quite so warm. But finding a pair of shoes that work with the slinky pants can be tricky. To help you master the style on your own, we rounded up three easy footwear styles you can easily pull off with leather pants. Armed with these go-tos (along with one style to avoid), you'll find that rocking these edgy-cool pants will be refreshingly easy. 

Read on for a guide to three shoe styles you can easily rock with your leather pants!

Don't: Summer Sandals

While a heeled sandal feels fancy enough to wear with sleek leather pants, a casual flip-flop or lace-up flat sandal feels out of place paired with this cool-weather staple.

Do: Black Ankle Boots

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On Hailey Baldwin: T by Alexander Wang crop top.

Elongate the leg by coordinating leather leggings with sleek black leather boots.


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On Kate Upton: Bottega Venetta bag; Lanvin boots.

Contrast a sleek pair of black leggings by styling them with suede ankle boots.

A chunky heel will be comfortable, and the height will help lengthen your leg.

Add a little something speical to your look by trying boots with unique details, like these small stars.

Do: Pointed Pumps


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On Rosie Huntington-Whiteley: Anine Bing Biker Pants ($999); Saint Laurent bag.

Dress up leather pants and a white T-shirt by adding a pair of printed pumps.


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On Olivia Palermo: Zara Embroidered Poplin Shirt ($50); J Brand Edita Leggings ($948); Givenchy heels.

A pointed heel adds an element of sophistication to leather pants. 

Try neutral tones if you plan on wearing a statement top with your pants.

Try playing with contrasting textures, and opt for a velvet heel.

A strappy shoe adds to the edgy-chic attitude of your look.

Do: Sneakers



On Gigi Hadid: Jacquie Aiche x Mother top; Unravel Leather Lace-Up Pants ($2051); Adidas Superstar Sneakers ($80).

To make leather pants feel more appropriate for daytime, style them with a classic pair of sneakers.



On Kendall Jenner: Elizabeth & James sunglasses; Roberto Cavalli Leopard Printed Jacket ($2030); Are You Am I Rylie Tee ($79); Unravel pants; Vans Old Skool Sneakers ($60); Givenchy Bow Cut Bag ($1390).

For a cool take on the trend, style a lace-up pair of leather pants with skate sneakers and a tee, and then add a leopard coat for polish. 

If you're looking to dress things up a bit, try a crisp white sneaker.

This sneaker adds an instant cool-factor to your look. 

Need more style inspiration? Check out why you should be wearing the femleisure trend right now!

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