What are the best shoes to wear with leggings

Best shoes with leggings

Not all shoe types are the right fit for leggings. Let’s look at the best shoes to wear with leggings.

Shoes are no doubt like a crown to your outfit. It is amazing how a particular shoe type can change the overall look of your outfit. They go a long way to give the proper tone your outfit needs for the occasion you are dressed for.


What are Leggings?

Leggings are tight pieces of clothing covering the legs. Leggings are typically a feminine fashion but not exclusive to females alone and are worn also by males, mainly as sporting wear than as a casual or official outfit.

Made from an elastic blend of fabrics such as cotton, lycra, nylon, wool, silk or polyester, these tight-fitting pants are worthy additions to your fashion as leggings keep the legs from exposure offering warmth and protection.

Typically, they go from the waist and stop at the ankles. But some modern fashion variations have them extended to cover the feet like socks. Others are ripped in different variations along both legs to give it an attractive blend of fabric and skin when worn. They can also be shorter, staying above ankle length.


What can leggings be worn with?

Since leggings give a form-fitting silhouette, most people think leggings should only be worn as part of a layered outfit. But here is the catch, they give a high amount of comfort when worn, but leggings do not follow the rules of regular Pants. Wearing leggings properly comes with careful consideration of which includes what top to wear and what shoes to wear.

Leggings can be worn as a fully exposed piece of clothing on the waist. Meaning they can be worn alone just the same way you wear pants or trousers. They can also be worn combined with others in a sort of half-length exposure. For instance, worn underneath a skirt covering the upper part of the leggings. Shorts and big tees also are included in this combo. Leggings can also be worn, totally covered by the upper clothing. How about wearing them with Ankara tops, just like you wear Ankara tops and Jeans. Well, it all boils down to what looks good on you.


Shoes to Wear with Leggings

Leggings can be worn for any occasion and can be combined with a lot of outfits. And to top that, they are comfortable to wear regardless of when or where. At the end of the day, everyone wants to look amazing and still yet comfortable, that’s why we have pulled out this list of footwear to help get that look you want while wearing your leggings. 



These can either be lace-up sneakers or slip-on sneakers. Leggings already give you an athletic look, especially when worn fully exposed.

Lace-Up sneakers will do justice to your looks by fitting perfectly with any length or design of leggings you want to wear. Giving a sporty feel already, just like the leggings, Lace-up sneakers are the easiest footwear to combine with leggings.

Giving a very attractive and hot look by showing your curves rather nicely, you can finish this look with a nice crop top or the likes. Lace-up shoes are the most popular shoes to wear with leggings.

If you want to go minimal on the sporty look, slip-on sneakers give you a less athletic look.  Combined with a variety of tops, you can vary how you are more sporty or less sporty you look in your leggings. Think of a top that covers the butt and a crop top, both are not going to give you the same look with slip-on sneakers.

Leggings and sneakers



Boots never go out of fashion, adding an attractive highlight to the feminine figure. A good choice during cold and wet periods, they add more warmth to your leggings. If you have a slim boot, you find it easier to slide your foot into it with your leggings on than with jeans, which sometimes you have to fold. There are different lengths and sizes. 

Over the knee boots go above your knees and can be a lifesaver on that cold day when your leggings can’t offer much warmth. So you get to stay in fashion and still be comfortable. 

Ankle boots offer more visuals to your legs. Heeled ankle boots will cause the curves on your legs to be more pronounced if you want to show off what you got. Any length of leggings will be a match with ankle boots and they do not cover up the designs on your leggings.

Knee-high boots give a comfy finish when worn with leggings. Popularly worn with this combo are oversized sweaters. Worn together it gives you the just-right look in your leggings.

Leggings and boots

Leggings and boots



Loafers give you a clean casual finish that doesn’t say “hey! I am an athletic babe!” If you want to go all casual with your leggings, slip on a pair of loafers and you are good to go. Loafers and leggings combined with the right top can also give you a sophisticated yet relaxing look. Try a button on a shirt and you can fit in just anywhere.  

Leggings and loafers
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Well well! This is not top of our leggings list but is top of the list when it comes to female fashion in general. Heels make a lady more attractive, giving her butt, legs, calf muscles especially, and feet more shape and making you look curvier. Not to mention the improvement it adds to your posture.

Heels and leggings are a great combo, but one has to be very choosy to pull off a dashing look with it. Heels make your legs slim and pointed making your bottom half appear rather longer. Since your leggings expose everything as it is, you might want to wear a top that balances this instead. Hey! There are no rules here, strike a balance! That’s all.

Leggings and heels


Leggings and heels


Ballet Flats

So there’s this look you tried pulling off in your leggings but wearing your heels doesn’t seem to make it better, go for ballet shoes. It keeps your bottom half looking all-natural as it is in your leggings. This gives enough room to accommodate the kind of top you want to try out with your leggings.

Leggings and ballet flats
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Slides are all about ease and comfort. Engaged in some relaxation activities dressed up in your leggings? You don’t want to look too serious or too sporty. Putting on a pair of slides keeps you looking cool by not adding too much influence to your outfit. They look the best when worn with shorter leggings, like the ones reaching between the knees and ankles.

Leggings and slides
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Strap sandals are best to go casual with leggings. Leggings and sandals fit in for more occasions than slides. You can even tweak the look with different Sandal designs, from flats to heeled sandals.

Girl wear Leggings and sandals


Leggings and strap sandals
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Frequently Asked Questions

Can you wear leggings with anything?

Leggings can be worn with anything you can wear Pants with and even more, you just have to put in a bit of thought in planning the outfit. You can wear them with different tops, skirts, rompers and shorts even. It’s all about styling your legs for comfort and protection.


Are Leggings the same thing as Jegging?

No. Leggings and Jeggings are very similar in appearance, but Jeggings are designed to look like jeans, but tighter. Some come with fake pockets and fly in front 



Leggings already make your legs pointy enough showing outlines. You should go for shoes that compliment your bottom half look to whatever you are wearing as a top. There are no strict rules in fashion, so try them out first and let your confidence and mirror give you hints. After all, if they make you comfortable, you should go for it.



Written by Sene Bestman

Particular clingy on answering the questions that pops up everyday before stepping out - "Do I look okay"?
I believe that outfit might just be the right amount of confidence boost you needed.

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