Shoes to wear with cropped pants

I’m not talking pants today but rather the shoes you wear with them.  Specifically what shoes you should pair with wide leg crop pants (although a few slimmer pairs did sneak in there).  If you follow anyone on Instagram you have likely seen them don a pair of wide leg pants (myself included).  People seem to be obsessed.  There is a good reason.  They are super comfortable and the fit is super flattering for lots of different body types.  Pick your top wisely and they accentuate your waist and minimize any lower body extras.  My favorite crops are my Oshimas (Everlane has similar) but if we are talking wide and denim then I have to go with these Levis wonders.  No matter what pair I’m wearing though, I often get the same question …

“What shoes do I wear with them?”

The good news is many different styles of shoes work with wide leg crops but some are better than others.  Here are my top picks!


If you are only going to pick one then a simple high heel pump is the classic way to go!  It doesn’t have to be sky high (a kitten heel will work).  Keep the toes pointed or at a minimum almond shaped like the Helena Pump at the end.  For this look to work best, you don’t really want your toes rounded.  You can modify the vamp slightly or open the heel – both shown with the Tibi slingback below.  #PumpItUp


You don’t have to wear heels but if you are going to opt for flats the pointer the toe the better.  If you must go with a rounder toe, make sure it is at least more oval or almond shape.  This will help keep the eye moving and avoid the dreaded leg shortening.

Khaite Raquel Patch Pocket Cropped Flare Jeans with The Reid Ballet Flats

Citizens of Humanity Demy Cropped Flare Jeans with Sam Edelman Linnie Flat Mules

Strappy Sandals

For a really leg lengthen effect opt for a barely there strappy sandal.  If the shoe has an ankle strap, make sure the crop pant ends a few inches above the ankle strap. #SummerSolution

Tibi Demi Crop Jeans with Tibi Gavin Sandals

Closed Glow Wide Jeans with Joie Malou Sandals

Kobi Halperin Kimberley Pants with Giuseppe Zanotti Dem 70 Mules

ei8htdreams Kate Wide Crop Frayed Jeans with Brink Kitten Heel Flip Flops

Alice + Olivia Pants with MARSKINRYYPPY Reba Sandals


One way to have some fun is with a cool mule (again with a pointed toe).  Pick a cool animal print like snake or leopard for even more fun! #Meow

Sea Stella Classic Pants with Steven Elora Pointed Toe Mules

AG The Etta Wide Leg Cropped Jeans with Cambria Mules

Khaite Wendell Cropped Wide Leg Jeans with YASMIN SHOOTIE MULES

7 For All Mankind Cropped Alexa Jeans with Dolce Vita Angela Point Toe Mules

Khaite Fiana Cropped Flare Jeans with Mikaila Mules


Sneakers can make you look dowdy when wearing wide leg crop pants. Keep them clean and crisp looking – the simpler the better. #BrightWhite

Joe’s Jeans The HR Trouser Crop Jeans with Tretorn Nylite Plus Sneakers

Ali Wide Crop Jeans with Exposed Buttons with Baja Platform Mulholland Sneakers

Rachel Comey Slim Legion Jeans with Frye Ivy Low Lace Sneakers

Pleated Wide Leg Crop Pants with Vince Pasha 2 Sneakers

Mother Paperpag Jeans with Veja Sneakers


As we transition to cooler months, pair your crops with boots (or booties). Pointed toe boots that hug the ankles are the ideal pairing. #FunForFall

Khaite Benny Crop Flare Jeans with Friday Block Heel Booties

Cinq a Sept Tous Les Jours Chantal Pants with Stuart Weitzman Clinger Stretch Booties

DL1961 Hepburn High Rise Wide Leg Jeans with Diane von Furstenberg Mollo Booties 

J Brand Selena Mid Rise Crop Boot Cut Jeans with Joie Booties

RE/DONE High Rise Wide Leg Crop Jeans with Rodeo Ankle Boots

Go Nude

Lastly, opt for nude. It can be any of the above styles but this sleek and monotone leg line is the perfect finish. #LegsForDays

Everlane The Lightweight Wide Leg Crop Chino with Everlane Day Boot

Veronica Beard Jean Cynthia Cropped Wide Leg Jeans with Cult Gaia Alia Mules

Veronica Beard Cormac Trousers with Strappy Tee Heels

Wide-Leg Cotton Culottes with Nude Pumps 

Rosetta Getty Pull On Straight Trousers with Cult Gaia Krystle Mules

While the shoes you pair with wide leg crop pants is important.  Overall, when it comes to styling, you should keep proportions in mind.  Balance high volume pants with a slimmer top or cropped jacket, and add more volume on top when your crop pants are more fitted. The shoes are just the final statement to a well put together look. #MakeAStatement

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