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What Type of Shoes Should You Wear With Leggings?

by Jennifer Blair, studioD

When it comes to comfort and versatility, it's tough to top a pair of leggings. Whether you wear them with a long sweater, cute dress or sexy tunic tank, you can find a look that works for many occasions. It is just as hard to go wrong with the footwear you pair with them -- leggings work with a variety of shoe styles. Switch up your footwear to transition your outfit from daytime errands to nighttime fun.

Versatile Boots

Leggings and boots are a made-for-each-other combination; the slim-fit leggings don’t bunch up when you tuck them inside boots. In most cases, flat knee-high or calf boots work best with leggings for a chic, casual look. Pair them with a boyfriend sweater or cardigan when you’re running errands or going shopping. Wear tall boots and leggings with a dress or skirt when want a little extra coverage in the fall and winter. When an occasion calls for heeled boots, ankle booties are good options with leggings. Wear them with an oversized button-down blouse that’s belted and a bold statement necklace for a look that works well for a casual night out with the girls.

Casual Flats

Combine leggings with casual, comfortable flats. Try a flirty, feminine look with a pair of ballet flats that feature bow details or go bold with flats in a bright color like red or magenta. Patterned flats, like animal print and polka dot styles, spice up a pair of neutral black leggings. Wear the flats with your favorite summer dress and use the leggings and a cardigan or blazer to transition the look for fall and winter. On dressy occasions, pair black leggings with luxurious suede or velvet flats. Wear the combination with a tunic-style top for a comfortable, sophisticated look.

Sexy Heels

Heels can work with leggings when you want to dress them up, but it is a tricky look to pull off. Choose low, modest heels that have an elegant feel to create a sophisticated outfit. Kitten heels are dressy enough to spruce up casual bottoms, and they have a chic, understated look. Pair your leggings and kitten heels with a sequin tunic tank for an evening out, or wear the combination with a wrap dress and strand of pearls for a polished look for the office.

Summer Sandals

In summer, staying cool is a priority, so pair your favorite leggings with sandals. As with boots, flat sandal styles typically work best with leggings -- gladiator sandals work especially well. Wear the combination with a long, linen tank or a short eyelet sundress. When it is time for an evening out, opt for a pair of metallic or beaded gladiator sandals to give your outfit a little more pizazz.

About the Author

Based in New York City, Jennifer Blair has been covering all things home and garden since 2001. Her writing has appeared on BobVila.com, World Lifestyle, and House Logic. Blair holds a Bachelor of Arts in Writing Seminars from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland.

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