Nothing beats the comfort of a good pair of quality leggings. But it brings in a host of footwear dilemmas, alongside the age-old argument; are leggings pants? The answer is no, but they are arguably better. Effortless, practical and supremely comfortable - but they call for considered top and footwear combinations. Whether you dress them up or play them down, make sure you have a footwear choice that works. The key factor is working out where you’re wearing them and building your look to match the environment.
Everyday Casual Footwear
Leggings are a staple favourite in the wardrobe ready for a comfy lazy-day. Pair it with a baggy t-shirt or oversized sweater and you’re good to go. Just add some comfortable shoes. If you’re at home, we’re thinking slippers and leggings are the perfect combination. If out and about, switch them out for relaxed sneakers or flat ballet pumps that you can just slip on ‘n’ go. If it’s chilly out, cosy soft boots are a great alternative.
If you’re out and about and want to look a little more presentable and thought-out than your at-home chill look, you can just elevate everything slightly. That means instead of an old baggy gym t-shirt, find a nice oversized graphic shirt. And for shoes, opt for comfortable pieces in more premium styles and fabrics, such as branded sneakers, leather loafers or embroidered pumps.
Try pairing your leggings with a nice blouse and some more statement shoes for a more stylish turnout. This combination is perfect for wearing leggings out to lunch or to go shopping. When it comes to boots, over-the-knee works best to contrast the soft fabric of the leggings. For other styles, anything with a bold pattern or cut-out silhouette will work to dress up the cotton base stylishly.
Going Out Shoes
For those big nights out or special occasions, you can still make leggings work. Don’t be too quick to dismiss the humble cotton pant. Simply layer an embellished blouse or long satin shirt over the top and then crack out the jewellery and heels to take you from practical to party-ready. Stiletto heels are always the easiest way to add a glamorous touch to an otherwise relaxed outfit, and leggings look best with closed-toe options such as court shoes for a classic finish.