From Flats to Boots, These Are the 6 Best Shoes to Wear With Leather Trousers

Leather trousers have seamlessly made their mark as a timeless wardrobe staple, joining the ranks of wide-leg trousers in the realm of fashion essentials. And much like their floaty counterparts, leather trousers are here to stay, particularly as the autumn leaves start to fall. As someone who wears more than their fair share of dresses, this season, I’m eager to up my trouser game, and I’ve set my sights on leather strides. The first hurdle? Identifying what shoes to wear with leather trousers.

Wide-leg trousers once baffled me in the same way. Their innate elegance often left me scratching my head when it came to selecting the perfect footwear to complement their sweeping silhouette. Now, I’m applying the same logic to that of leather trousers by turning to Instagram—and the fashionable people who dwell there—to see which shoes people are wearing with their leather trousers. And, thankfully, there seems to be an endless pool of leather-trouser-outfit inspiration.

So, without further ado, allow me to guide you through the enigmatic world of shoe-and-leather-trouser pairings, where we’ll delve into a treasure trove of looks, unveiling a curated selection of footwear options. From chunky boots to elegant mules, here are the six sleekest shoes to wear with leather trousers. 

1. HEELED BOOTS

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Style Notes: Leather is a thicker textile than 99.9% of others used when creating trousers, which can sometimes look heavily on the leg. One way of countering this is to add height. I like wearing mine with heeled boots in a matching colour to elongate my petite frame. 

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2. LOAFERS

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Style Notes: Another easy way of balancing out leather trousers is to create some distance between the hem of your trousers and your shoe. My favourite combination? Leather trousers worn with loafers sans socks. 

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3. TRAINERS

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Style Notes: Leather trousers make for a great alternative to jeans, though some may argue they aren't quite as casual-looking. Give yours an everyday spin with the addition of some classic trainers. 

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4. SUEDE

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Style Notes: For a chic texture pairing, try offsetting the glossy leather finish of your trousers with softer, matte-like suede shoes. 

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5. CHUNKY BOOTS

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Style Notes: Leather trousers come in all shapes and sizes; if yours are tapered, just like Marianne Smyth's, know they look seriously cool worn with chunky flat boots. 

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6. MULES

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Style Notes: When it comes to heels, courts and pointed-toe slingbacks work with just about every trouser shape going. However, I especially like the minimalist finish of strappy mules with leather trousers. 

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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 InStyle.co.uk’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.