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The 12 Best Shoes to Wear With Wide-Leg Pants

From bold platforms to cowboy boots

<p>Christian Vierig/Getty Images</p>

Christian Vierig/Getty Images

We have a theory: Wide-leg pants are often overlooked. But we're on a mission to change that. One major pro? Versatility. Think linen for summer, chic wool for winter, and trusty denim for, well, anytime. So, why does this stylish silhouette get sidelined? It often boils down to the shoe conundrum. With wide-leg trousers, things can get a tad complicated. The proportions need to be spot on, the styling just right, and the wrong footwear choice can throw off the whole outfit.

That’s where we step in. As die-hard fans of the wide-leg look, we've navigated these style speed bumps and, based on our research (that is, we looked at photos and tried pairings ourselves) we’ve curated a list of the top 12 shoes to wear with wide-leg trousers. Whether you’re into bold platforms or cowboy boots, we’ve found your perfect pair.

Related: The 21 Best Shoes to Wear with Jeans

Cowboy Boots

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Claudio Lavenia/Getty Images

Cowboy boots have been trending for a minute now. While it-girls are giving them a  contemporary twist via styling choices like sequined mini skirts and leather pants, why not fully embrace the Western vibe? Pairing cowboy boots with wide leg flared jeans feels authentic and cool. To elevate it from ranch to runway, accessorize with sleek sunglasses and bold jewelry.

Pointed Pumps

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Edward Berthelot/Getty Images

When you need some added height, sky-high stiletto boots or pumps typically do the trick. If you're in a bind and can't have your pants altered in time, these pumps serve as a sleek and minimalist solution. 

Simple Sandal

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Looking for footwear that's understated, yet chic? A simple black sandal fits the bill. Be it a kitten or block heel, it will provide just the right elevation for wide-leg styles. This adaptable choice is spot-on for those days when you're seeking a low-key sophisticated look.

Mary Jane Pumps

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Not all wide-leg styles need to drape to the floor. Consider these culottes: the feminine touch of the Mary Jane pump perfectly contrasts the masculine silhouette, creating a balanced look.

Ballet Flats

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Jeremy Moeller/Getty Images

So, everyone's buying ballet flats right now, and you’re debating the purchase. Maybe you're thinking, “But I'm not the frilly-skirt type, should I even bother?” Hear us out. Try them with some ultra wide-leg jeans. It's got that model-off-duty cool without screaming, “I love pink.” When it comes to the length, remember a touch of intentional drag can be quite stylish.

Metallic Platform Sandals

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Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

A metallic platform sandal paired with a wide-leg jumpsuit screams '70s vibes. You'll be channeling Studio 54 in no time. The best part? The significant lift from the platform sandals, a blessing if you're on the shorter side.

Chic Loafers

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

A classic pair of loafers is a timeless addition to any wardrobe, a worthy investment that never goes out of style. Perfect for office days, they just give that clean, put-together look. Pair them up with some cropped wide-leg pants and a chic blouse, and you’re set!

Strappy Sandal

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Daniel Zuchnik/Getty Images

We know, a strappy stiletto can be as painful as it is stunning. However, this sexy staple can instantly transform even the simplest outfit. It’s the perfect choice to elevate your trousers from daytime errands to night out on the town.

Ladylike Mules

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Christian Vierig/Getty Images

Wide-leg trousers can come off as masculine, so styling is key. Balance them out with feminine mules, like these pointy-toed gems from Miu Miu. They add the perfect touch of elegance to the ensemble.

Block Heel

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Rachpoot/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images/Getty Images

Hailey Bieber chose square-toe block-heel loafers, proving that block heels — be they on mules, loafers, or boots — are ideal for wide-leg trousers. They provide just enough lift to keep your pants from dragging, and offer a more comfortable alternative to stilettos. Emulate Hailey's style by pairing them with a baby tee for a relaxed-yet-trendy look.

Related: 12 Outfits That Prove Ankle Boots Go With Everything

Chunky Sneaker

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Kirstin Sinclair/Getty Images

Embrace the dadcore trend by pairing chunky sneakers with wide-leg trousers. Choose sneakers with a heftier sole instead of a flat one. That way, they provide the necessary weight to ensure they’re not swallowed by the pants.

Cool Clogs

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Melodie Jeng/Getty Images

Clogs come in a vast array of styles, from platform to flat, and in materials ranging from leather to suede and beyond. Pairing them with wide-leg pants is always a win, lending a laid-back but stylish touch. Consider this model's off-duty ensemble: a matching vest and pants, topped off by an oversized blazer. The flat Birkenstocks take this look from buttoned up to easy-breezy cool-girl.

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