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What Type of Shoes to Wear with Leather Pants?

Finding the right type of shoes that would go well with leather pants might be tricky hence we've created this guide to help you choose the exact footwear along with shoes to avoid when wearing leather pants.

Legs in black leather pants and high heels.

Leather pants: you either love them or you hate them. Some associate leather pants with rock bands and emo kids, while others see it as a fabulous way to show off your sense of fashion. 

If you appreciate a gorgeous pair of leather pants, this article is for you. Finding the right shoes for leather pants can be challenging: you can’t just put on any shoes and go about your business. In this article, we’ll show you the best shoes to wear with leather pants, as well as what shoes you should definitely avoid.

Pointy-Toe Kitten Heels

JENN ARDOR Women's Kitten Heel Pumps Ladies Closed Pointed Toe D'Orsay Ankle Strap Dress Stiletto black US size 7.5

These shoes go so well with leather pants that you would think they were made for each other. What’s more, pointy-toe kitten heels are amazing at making shorter ladies look a little bit taller. 

They have a great way of creating the illusion of mile-long legs but don’t create a weird sense of proportion. You’ll find that pointy-toe kitten heels look especially good with culotte-style leather pants.

Suede Ankle Boots

Steve Madden womens Howler Fashion Boot, Sand Suede, 8.5 US

Many fashion experts will be quick to tell you that when it comes to shoes, suede is so much better with leather than anything else. That’s probably because suede is an entirely different texture and it doesn’t make it look like you were trying very hard to make your shoes and leather pants match. 

Suede ankle boots will add dimension and interest to any outfit, and it does so fabulously with leather pants. Plus, these boots can help to elongate the leg, which is a brilliant bonus.


DREAM PAIRS Women's Sole-Simple Red Pu Ballerina Walking Flats Shoes - 8.5 M US

If you’re looking for a style of shoes that can go well with any type of leather pants (except leggings — they need something a bit more substantial), you’ll probably want to invest in a pair of beautiful flats.

For a really good look, go for flats that have pointy heels. They just look fantastic with leather pants. Of course, you have to be sure the colors work well too, or your efforts won’t pay off as well as they should.

Ankle Boots

Womens Ankle Boots Slip on Cutout Pointed Toe Snakeskin Chunky Stacked Mid Heel Bootie

If you’re wearing ankle boots that aren’t made of suede, you should definitely make sure your boots contrast with your leather pants. If you don’t, it will look strange and rather uninspiring.

Stark white with black leather or even a daring snakeskin pattern will look fantastic with your pants. If you’re scared that snakeskin is too bold, remember that you’re wearing leather pants – the definition of bold!

Pointy-Toe Pumps

Nine West Women's Flax Pointed Toe Dress Pump, Black Leather, 7

Pointy-toe pumps are another great option if you’re looking for the best shoes to go with your gorgeous leather pants. That little bit of skin you’re revealing has a nice way of bringing together the pants and the shoes in a harmonious way.

As long as the colors are a good match, you’ll look amazing with pumps and leather pants. Just make sure there is skin showing because the alternative doesn’t look as good.


Steve Madden Fayna Sneaker Sand 8 M

Sneakers may not immediately (or ever!) come to mind when you think about leather pants, but they work surprisingly well with these pants. You’ll find that sneakers look especially cool with skinny leather pants. 

However, you have to always remember that color is important. Black sneakers tend to not look so great, while white is just contrasting enough to look really nice. Also, make sure you’re showing some ankle for an interesting look.

Tall Boots

DREAM PAIRS Women's Laurence Over The Knee Thigh High Chunky Heel Boots Long Stretch Sexy Fall Suede Boots Size 8.5, Black

If you love curve-hugging leather leggings, you’ll also love tucking them into boots that reach your mid-calf (or higher). Together, this pair makes for a really chic look that doesn’t seem to go out of style.

Whether you want to go for a supermodel appearance or something more inspired by the 90s, just make sure the leggings are tucked in neatly.

Shoes to Avoid

Right, so we’ve covered what shoes look great with leather pants, now we have to caution you so you don’t wear the wrong pair of shoes. 


Dansko Women's Berry Mushroom Mule 8.5-9 M US


There is never a situation in which clogs look good when rocking a pair of leather pants. They just aren’t made for each other and don’t vibe well at all.

Crocs and backless clog styles are a no-no, so if you enjoy wearing them, put away the leather pants or grab one of the shoe types we mentioned above. Clogs tend to go better with denim if you want to insist on wearing them.


Havaianas Women's Top Tiras Flip Flop Sandal, Steel Grey, 7-8

Leather pants are so fabulous, how could you even consider wearing flip-flops with them? These shoes are okay if you’re chilling at home, but don’t wear them when you want to look good in leather pants.