What Shoes to Wear With Tights: A Visual Guide

Cold weather months call for tights. Though some brave the winter climate with bare legs, most of us prefer to cover up with that 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 shoe stylings this tights 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.



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WHO: Langley Fox Hemingway

WHAT: Brogues are an unexpected pairing with tights but look so understated and effortlessly cool. They're a perfect alternative to heels that still dress up your ensemble and can easily go from day to night.

Pointed Stilettos


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WHO: Alexa Chung

WHAT: Pointed stilettos are a fail-safe shoe to pair with tights, bringing instant drama to an otherwise casual outfit as demonstrated here by Chung.



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WHO: Olivia Palermo

WHAT: It's no surprise our cold month shoe staple is a perfect pairing with tights of any thickness.

Platform Heels


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WHO: Diane Kruger

WHAT: Though wearing tights with open-toed shoes spurs polarizing opinions, we think the way Kruger pairs her patterned fishnets with platform heels is quite striking in all the right ways.

Combat Boots


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WHO: Emma Roberts

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

Which shoes and tights pairing is your favorite? Head to the comments to cast your vote!