Shoes to Wear With Leggings

Shiny, strappy heels with leggings...hot or not?

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Leggings can lend you some fashion balance -- especially when paired with a chunky sweater or a menswear-inspired shirt. But, what about your feet? Just because you have the fashion sense to put together a fab outfit, doesn't mean you can just throw on any old pair of shoes. Instead, you need to know what the best shoe picks are to pair with leggings.

Flats

The no-fail flat -- a comfy, closet staple for many fashionable ladies. The flat will work fine for anyone, but it probably works best on gals with a bit more leg length. Those flats may be your faves, but if you're shorter, they'll probably emphasize your lack of height -- not a negative at all, it just depends on how you want to look. To keep things looking as long and lean as possible, stick with a flat in the same hue as your leggings.

Platforms

If you want to do the cropped leggings thing -- go for it. If you're petite, however, you will risk looking stumpy. In this case, the best option is to go with some espadrille platforms in the same color as the leggings -- think black on black. If you're not petite, you can still go with the platform espadrilles to keep that longer, leaner look going strong. Or you can choose to rock a different pair of platforms -- if they work better with your overall style. Just keep it monochromatic for the best look.

Boots

Boots are the perfect pairing for form-fitting leggings. The reason is that the leggings offer you superior tuckage. Just slip your boots right on over the leggings and enjoy. The most flattering look will come from a boot and legging in a matching hue. This rule holds true for short, ankle-length boots to over-the-knee boots. Of course, you're free to create your own fashion masterpiece with boots and leggings -- go for what looks the best on you.

Heels

High heels come all different shapes -- low vamp, high vamp, short heel, stiletto heel -- so you'll have to use your best judgment here when pairing heels with leggings. Frankly, some heels will look better with your leggings than others. This is where the rest of your outfit may come into play. Remember -- you want to create balance. Try heels with cropped leggings if they don't seem to work with full-length styles.

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