The 8 Best Shoes to Wear With Linen Trousers, Hands Down

The easy, throw-on appeal of linen trousers has taken the fashion world by storm, and as we embrace summer 2024, these trousers continue to dominate our wardrobes in a big way. From the runway to the celeb style circuit, linen trousers are everywhere, capturing our attention with their ability to elevate. As a former devotee of midi dresses, even I have succumbed to the allure of this polished wardrobe hero. However, when it comes to styling linen trousers, finding the perfect footwear can be a bit of a challenge. But fret not, as I've delved into the world of trouser-and-shoe pairings to provide you with all the inspiration and confidence you need to choose the right duo for you.

Much like wide-leg trousers, linen trousers can initially pose a styling conundrum, one that has left me wondering about the best shoe choices for them. Unsurprisingly, I'm not alone in this quest, as the search for "shoes to wear with linen trousers" has seen a recent surge in popularity. Fortunately, the stylishly-blessed denizens of Instagram and TikTok are serving up a feast of linen trouser outfits, offering a masterclass on how to wear them this summer. Whether you opt for ankle-grazing lengths, wide-legs or puddle hems, the style set have curated an array of footwear options suitable for every linen-trouser moment that awaits in your future.

So, without further ado, let's explore the best shoes to wear with linen trousers, from chunky flip flops to ballet flats, slingback shoes to heeled mules, and much more.




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Style Notes: For those seeking a laid-back yet fashion-forward choice, chunky flip flops like The Row's Ginza pair are an excellent choice. The exaggerated sole adds a modern twist to the classic flip flop design. Opt for a neutral or metallic shade to effortlessly pair with your linen trousers for an effortlessly cool ensemble.

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Style Notes: Looking for a timeless and feminine shoe option? Ballet flats are a perfect match for linen trousers. Their elegant silhouette complements the relaxed nature of linen, creating a sophisticated and refined look. Whether in classic black or or bright satin, ballet flats have the power to elevate any trouser-hinged ensemble.

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Style Notes: For a chic interpretation, heeled mules are a go-to shoe option to wear with linen trousers. The open-back design provides comfort but also simplicity, so it won't detract from the fluidity of your linen strides.

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Style Notes: For a sporty yet fashion-forward aesthetic, trainers are a perfect choice to pair with linen trousers. These nostalgic kicks add a side of casual cool to your outfit while providing all-day comfort. Opt for classic white leather trainers for a clean and timeless look or experiment with colourful designs for a playful and eye-catching ensemble. Whatever you do, keep them streamlined to avoid interfering with the way your linen trousers hang.

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Style Notes: Slingback shoes, especially those of the kitten-heel variety bridge the gap between polish and practically, making them a great choice for linen trousers. This shoe style features a strap around the back of the heel, offering a secure fit while maintaining a sleek appearance that loans itself so well to floaty linen trousers. Like mules, anything with more coverage would run the risk of looking too clunky set against them, so slingbacks present the perfect middle-ground solution.

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Style Notes: When it comes to embracing the relaxed nature of linen trousers, flat slider sandals are the epitome of laid-back style. These minimalist sandals offer comfort and ease while allowing your trousers to take centre stage. A chunky pair will also help balance out wide-leg silhouettes.

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Style Notes: Linen trousers can be on the long side so, if you're petite like me, why not give your outfit a literal boost with a pair of platform-sole shoes? Not only will they help balance out your frame, but they'll keep the hems of your trousers looking fresh and clean as they'll sit above the ground.

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Style Notes: Harmonise your breathable linen trousers with the lightweight fabric that's dominating the shoe scene this season. Mesh shoes only growing in popularity with styles cropping in Mango and via Net-A-Porter alike. Personally, I love the Dear Frances originals that kickstarted the trend.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.