What Shoes to Wear With Tights: A Visual Guide

Cold weather calls for tights. Though some people are fine braving winter weather with bare legs, most of us prefer to cover up with an extra layer to save our skin from the blistering cold. After all, tights can add a lot to your ensemble and even help make the outfit. Use the excuse to protect your gams as an opportunity to upgrade your outfit. The only challenge that comes with wearing tights—those dreaded runs aside—is determining which shoes are best to pair with them.

While there do exist some strict Vogue-enforced fashion faux pas when it comes to pairing shoes with tights, oftentimes the lines between good and bad are a bit more blurred. To help streamline your looks this season, we've rounded up five shoes-and-tights pairings we love seeing and provided examples of our favorite fashion girls demonstrating the looks. See the best shoes and tights combos below, as well as our top picks to shop in each category.

Combat Boots


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Combat boots can always finish off a tights look, giving it a punk-rock edge, especially when juxtaposed with an ensemble like Roberts's otherwise-polished dress-and-turtleneck combo.

Best Shoes to Wear With Tights


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Another solid option with tights? Loafers. White Gucci tights are optional, but this styling combo is definitely a winner. 

Platform Heels


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Though wearing tights with open-toe shoes can be polarizing, we think the way Diane Kruger pairs her patterned fishnets with platform heels is quite striking.

Ankle Boots


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Classic booties are a failsafe choice. Whether you prefer them rendered in suede, patent, or leather, booties are the perfect shoes to wear with tights during the winter.

Pointed Pumps


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Pointed stilettos are an ideal shoe to pair with tights, bringing instant drama to an otherwise-casual outfit, as demonstrated here by Alexa Chung.

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