The dress pant trend for women has shifted from tighter pants to wider ones. Comfort is key to a wide pants outfit and look, but wearing them with the right shoes is key!
Thankfully, there are many great options of what shoes to wear with wide-leg pants and outfits. Whether you're wearing them as part of a pantsuit, with a bodysuit or blouse, or more casually with a t-shirt and moto jacket, the shoes in this post will fit the fashion bill!
I've already written a post about what shoes to wear with wide-leg jeans. However, this post will showcase outfits that are geared towards wide-leg dress pants, which give off a different vibe. They are usually softer and more versatile – especially black wide-leg pants!
If you're specifically looking for shoes for cropped dress pants, I have a post outlining both slim and wide leg styling for these!
Are wide-leg pants in style in 2022?
Yes, they most surely are! Women's wide-leg pants have arguably become one of the top trending fashion staples of 2022. The right fit can flatter all body types with the right clothing and accessories – like shoes – and bring you right on trend.
Women's wide-leg pants can be different leg widths, such as cropped, ankle-length, or super baggy. If you choose cropped or ankle height wide-leg pants, many more shoe opportunities open up, and a chance to show off that footwear!
Of course, you can find a variety of colors and fabrics, making some more optimal than others for certain occasions. High-waisted, wide-leg pants for women are popular, but can also be found in a medium rise.
Wide leg pants – especially black wide-leg pants – can be dressed up or down, worn casually or even to a fancier event, depending on what you wear them with. That's why shoes and accessories are very important!
14 Best Shoes to Wear with Wide-leg Pants
If you're curious about what shoes to wear with wide-leg pants, keep reading! I'll give you examples of everything from platform heels to clog, western boots to ankle boots.
Platform Shoes with Wide-Leg Trousers
Platforms are great shoes to wear with wide-leg pants for ladies. I love a more substantial shoe, especially with wide-leg pants, to balance all that fabric – even more so for longer, baggy versions.
That being said, whether your wide-legged pants are long, cropped, or ankle-length, any platform shoe, boot, sandal or sneaker will work!
Try a casual linen version with sporty platform sandals or slides in summer for casual outings in wide-leg pants. This you can style with a bodysuit, leather crossbody purse, and neutral straw fedora.
Try a pair of chunky lug sole Chelsea or combat boots or funky platform loafer for Fall/Winter. Tuck in a crisp shirt and layer a trench, shaket or cardigan layered over a simple tee.
Satin or velvet platform sandals with wide-leg pants are fabulous for fancier occasions. Rhinestones embellishments will add a je-ne-sais-quoi!
Chunky Sneakers with Wide-Leg Pants
Chunky sneakers look great with wide-leg pants. These include dad sneakers, platform sneakers, retro sneakers, and sneakers with a thick sole.
Again, this comes back to my love of heftier footwear with wide pants! I love the trendy grey-toned New Balance 990, Isabel Marant Balki wedge sneakers or thick-soled slip-on Vans.
Style your chunky sneakers with cropped or straight-leg wide-leg pants for a casual vibe. Add on a simple t-shirt, bomber jacket with aviator sunglasses for a trendy ensemble.
If you're looking to dress up your wide-leg pants, try a pair of chunky sneakers with some high-waisted black wide-leg pants. Add a grey tee, oversized plaid blazer and some hoop earrings for an elegant look.
The great thing about chunky sneakers is that they can be worn all year round. Pair them with some wide-leg pants and a plush waist-tie wool coat for a stylish and warm look.
In the summer, you can rock your kicks with ankle-length wide-leg pants, a cropped top. Add a utility jacket for cooler spring evenings.
No matter what the weather, chunky sneakers are an excellent choice for what shoes to wear with wide-leg pants.
Classic White Sneakers with Wide-Leg Trousers
I mean, white sneakers are shoes that go with everything, so it's no surprise to find them in a wide-leg pant styling post!
Everyday white sneakers I'm thinking of here are Nike Air Force 1s, Veja, Addidas classic sneakers and similar. These can be styled with a rocker tee and black wide-leg pants for a more put-together casual look.
You can wear white sneakers in the winter. Try styling them with long wool wide-leg trousers, a tucked-in light knit turtleneck, and a peacoat for a trendy, cold-weather look. They're also some of my favorite casual shoes to wear with a jumpsuit.
Square Toe Boots with Wide-Leg Pants
Ankle boots are perfect for Fall, but to look extra trendy, square-toe boots with a block heel is where it's at. These boots add a touch of interest to any outfit. Style them with wide-leg pants for an exciting contrast in shapes, especially if you choose a western-style boot!
To dress up your look, try a pair of wide-leg pants with a high slit. Style your boots with a sheer tee under a blazer and some statement jewelry.
Spring and fall are the best seasons to wear square toe boots with wide-leg pants. You could wear a pair of square toe boots with dark wash wide-leg pants during these seasons.
Combat Boots with Wide-Leg Pants
Combat boots are great shoes to wear with wide-leg pants. You can wear combat boots with long wide-leg pants that cover the top of your boots and show off some funky outsoles. Ankle-length wide pants are great for classic combat styles.
Tuck in a cozy sweater and layer on a classic peacoat. complete the look with gold hoop earrings and a leather cross-body purse. This is a great look for either fall or winter!
For a fun summery look, go for a pair of distressed high-rise wide-leg denim pants lightened up with a crop top. Add a leather moto jacket to give your look an edge. So many great ways to wear combat boots (LINK)!
You can even wear combat boots with a wide-leg pantsuit. Be sure to tuck in a blouse or silky tee, gold necklace and minimal makeup for an office-appropriate look. In my dedicated post, learn how to wear combat boots with virtually everything!
Simple Heeled Slides
These are best suited for cropped or ankle-length wide-leg pants. Avoid wearing them with long pants, as you might step on the hem and lose your shoes as you walk!
Block kitten heels are a great go-to that can be worn in the spring and summer with wide-leg pants and a breezy top for a classy but comfortable look. This is a great look for running errands or meeting friends for coffee.
If you want to dress up your wide-leg pants with heeled slides, choose a metallic pair for extra oomph for an evening out or dinner date.
Chunky Chelsea Boots
Spring and fall are perfect seasons to wear Chelsea boots with wide-leg pants. Lug sole Chelsea boots are all the rage and will give your wide-leg pants outfit a solid edge.
Combine low Chelsea boots with cropped or ankle-length wide-leg pants, adding a flowy blouse and layered necklaces for a more dressed-up look. For an extra layer, throw on a cardigan or blazer.
Pair high-heeled Chelsea boots with wide-leg pants and a sexy top for a night out. Try a metallic pair with a high-waisted black wide pant with a white or black bodysuit, topped with a well-cut blazer. Add the trendiest of earrings and you have a perfect party look!
Pumps with Wide-Leg Pants
Pumps are literal shoes that go with everything and they don't disappoint with wide-legged pants! Pointed-toe pumps work best with cropped wide-leg pants, especially if the front or heel portions are adorned with bows or jewel details.
Square toe pumps to suit all wide-leg pants, but I love them with long ones in particular. Balenciaga (LINK) agrees with me! I also reserve stiletto heels with shorter pants, so you won't piece the pant legs with them.
Pair pumps with cropped wide-leg pants, a white tee and minimal jewelry to keep things minimal. Add on a denim jacket and some thick-framed sunglasses for an effortlessly chic ensemble.
Pumps with long wide-leg pants can also dress up your look. Choose a metallic, clear or glittery pair with a textured bodysuit and tuxedo jacket. Add on some subtle sparkley jewels for a touch of glamor.
In the fall/winter seasons, try your ankle-length wide-leg pants with a block heel patent pump and a crisp shirt topped with a teddy coat to maximize comfort.
Flat Leather Slides
When thinking what flat shoes to wear with wide-leg pants for summer, simple leather slides come to mind. As the cousin to sportier, thicker versions, these are great shoes to wear with wide-leg pants of all kinda.
Especially if you don't mind them dragging a bit on the ground – a fashionable way to wear wider leg pants right now!
They are a great go-to shoe in the warmer months. With one, two straps or criss-cross straps across the top of your feet, they’re effortless to slip right into. Puffy top flat slides are also a bit hit with all looks, including wide-leg pant outfits!
Slides can give you the comfort of earthy sandals while staying on the casual side. For a laid-back outing, try baggy wide-leg pants and a pair of soft leather slides – either colorful or neutral – with a white, feminine blouse.
Clogs with Wide-Leg Pants
Clogs are a unique shoe style that is coming back in fashion in a big way, thanks to Balenciaga, Crocs and Birkenstock.
Usually made of wood and rustic-looking, you can find a variety of styles for spring/summer and even fuzzy lined ones for winter. And don't forget about high and low-end colorful plastic styles that are hot right now.
Clogs style well with many outfits, including wide-leg pants. High-end designers are styling low-heeled clog flats with baggy, wide-leg jeans.
If your clogs are more traditional looking and include studs, show them off with ankle-length wide pants.
A pair of black wide-leg pants with a white top and red clogs is perfect for a fun and festive summer look. I love Swedish Hasbeens brand for classic clogs.
Strappy Heeled Sandals with Wide-Leg Pants
Strappy sandals are best worn with ankle or cropped wide-leg pants to show off straps, especially if they crisscross above the ankles. You can wear your strappy sandals with wide-ankle pants during the summer and even fall seasons.
For a day at the office, pair your ankle wide-leg pants with a blazer, tank top, and black minimal strappy sandals. The contrast between the professional look of the blazer and the sexy vibe of the sandals will make for a nice contrast.
If you're going out for drinks or dinner with friends, try pairing your cropped high-waisted wide-leg pants with a tucked-in flowy blouse and strappy stiletto sandals.
The blouse will add elegance to your look, while the sandals will keep things fun and flirty. You can swap the blouse for a velvet bodysuit to dress up your look for a formal event. Try a white or metallic sandal for maximum effect.
What is earthier than Birkenstocks? They’re the idea “put on and go” kind of shoes for wide-leg pants. The ergonomic cork footbed will also keep you comfortable and aligned all day long!
Linen, chambray or casual wide-leg pants look work best. Try wearing a cropped version of the pants for an extra casual and fresh vibe. Want to add some quirk? Opt for an earthy sandal with sheepskin in the fall or winter months!
Flatforms & Chunky Sandals
Flatforms and chunky sandals are the perfect shoes with wide-leg pants. They add height and make your legs look longer. Plus, they're comfortable and easy to walk in.
Pair your wide-leg pants with a white tank top and sporty flatform sandals for a casual outing. Add some fun flair with a colorful cap and sunglasses. Perfect for running errands or grabbing lunch with friends.
Spring and summer are the best seasons to wear flatforms and chunky sandals with wide-leg pants. Don't forget to get a cute pedicure to show off!
Loafers with Wide-Leg Pants
Loafers are in fashion right now, but chunky loafers are most trendy, thanks to Prada! Best to wear them with ankle or cropped wide-leg pants to show off the shoes (especially if you're wearing Pradas!).
Chunky loafers are an excellent option for those who want a little bit of extra height and edge to their outfit. They are great even for work attire when paired with flowy wide pants and a tailored blazer.
But one can make them look cool enough with long black wide-leg pants for a night on the town with a white bodysuit, cropped moto jacket or classic beige trench. Classic loafers also work, if you prefer a more streamlined look.
Final Thoughts on Shoes to Wear with Wide Leg Pants
If you're on the lookout for the best shoes to wear with wide-leg pants, there is no shortage of fun, classic and trendy styles to style with your wider dress pants!
Whether you're looking to wear these chic pants to a party, for a casual outing, to the office, or on a date, you will surely find a shoe, boot, sneaker, and heel that will look great. Wide-leg pant outfits are a comfortable, yet trendy look that you should definitely try – no offence to skinnier pants!
What kind of outfits and shoes with wide-leg pants do you prefer to wear most often? For me, it's a lug sole/platform shoe such as a sturdy sandal with a block heel or platform bootie.
In the mood for a new pair of wide-leg pants to add to your wardrobe? Take a peek at my favorite retailers to shop for wide-leg pants: Zappos, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale's, Mytheresa, and Luisaviaroma.
If I've missed one of your top shoes for wide-leg pants, let me know in the comments right down below. I'll do my best to add it to the above list.