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How to Decide What Shoes to Wear With Yoga Pants

Women wearing athletic shoes with yoga pants

How to Decide What Shoes to Wear With Yoga Pants

Pumpkin spice is in the air, everyone’s scrambling to find Thanksgiving flights, and stores are full of gorgeous trendy jackets. That can only mean one thing: fall is in full swing, and so is the season of yoga pants.

We’re in a serious revolution of comfy fashion right now, and yoga parts are at the movement’s core. They’re great for almost any locale, they keep your legs warm without unnecessary bulk, and they can look great on women of any size.

For those reasons, yoga pants are a fall staple in so many women’s wardrobes. The key to wearing them well, though, it pairing them with the perfect ensemble.

While yoga pants go well with a wide range of tops, the shoes can be a bit trickier. Here’s what you need to know to pick the perfect pair of shoes to wear with yoga pants.

Popular Shoes to Wear with Yoga Pants

Let’s start by narrowing down the choices. There are a few types of shoes that tend to pair well with yoga pants. Keep the sandals and stilettos in the closet and survey your selection of these types of shoes instead:


Booties, or short boots that come up to your ankles or a few inches above, are one of the hottest fall footwear trends of 2019. They look great with yoga pants because their stylish curves make your legs look sleeker and thinner.

Women wearing booties with legging

Wearing booties with legging

With booties, you have a wide range of color options. Charcoal and tan top the list of this year’s trends. However, it can also be fun to branch out with some more lively colors like burgundy and army green.

Full Boots

Another popular option to pair with yoga pants is a classic boot. Many women love the traditional boot that hits just below the knee.

This year, though, we’re seeing a growing trend in above-the-knee boots. Those tall statement boots can look great with a miniskirt, but pairing them with yoga pants can give you a more conservative yet still trendy look.

Women wearing boots with yoga pants

Most of this year’s favorite boots have at least a modest heel on them. It’s the perfect way to accentuate your curves and make those yoga pants show off your figure even more.

Athletic Shoes

Perhaps you’re more of a fan of a casual, athleisure type of style. Lucky for you, athletic shoes pair well with yoga pants.

Women wearing athletic shoes with the Hard Tail "Flat Waist Ankle Legging"

Wearing athletic shoes with the Hard Tail “Flat Waist Ankle Legging”

Of course, not all athletic shoes are equal in this regard. Unless you’re in the middle of a workout, skip the bulky and utilitarian tennis shoes. Instead, go for something that’s built for style as well as comfort. A great basic white shoe is the perfect fit.

Another athletic shoe trend that’s taking women by storm is the glam athletic shoe. These great options feature fun details like gold designs as well as metal or gemstone accents. They’re the perfect marriage of comfort and personality, and they’re a popular choice with yoga pants this season.

Ballet Flats

Of course, we can’t forget about the classic ballet flat. It’s cozy enough for you to wear anywhere and it gives yoga pants and less casual and more put-together look.

The key with great ballet flats is to find the right color that pairs well with your yoga pants. If you’re wearing black yoga pants try a light pink or tan flats. A great pair of black flats can go well with a more colorful pair of yoga pants.

Choosing the Perfect Shoes for Your Yoga Pants

Now that you have an idea of what your options are, how do you decide between them? These handy questions can help.

Where Are You Going?

As many dreams as you may have of high-end fashion, no one looks great when they’re in pain all day. The first thing to ask yourself is how comfortable you need to be. Will you be spending your afternoon sitting at a coffee shop or will you be walking around a park?

The good news is that unless you have some boots or booties with heels of an unusual height, most of the shoes that go with yoga pants are rather comfy. Still, it’s important to get to know your shoes and figure out how much time or how much walking each pair can handle.

What’s the Weather Like?

If you’re expecting to walk through snow or find yourself in rain during your outing, suede might not be the greatest choice. As the cold weather sets in, make sure you have shoes that will stand up to whatever weather your climate tends to throw your way.

What Top Are You Wearing?

Athletic shoes and over-the-knee boots have two distinct styles. Part of your shoe selection depends on the style you’re aiming for on that day.

If you’re topping your yoga pants with a cute and casual sweatshirt, your favorite athletic shoes will be the perfect complement. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a more feminine and fashion-forward sweater, boots or booties will be a better fit.

What Color or Pattern Is On Your Yoga Pants?

The key to a great outfit is a balance between basic staples and stylish attention-grabbers. If you’re spending your day in classic black yoga pants, feel free to get adventurous and wear shoes that serve as an accent.

On the other hand, let’s say you’re playing with a bright or patterned pair of yoga pants. While any of the styles of shoes above could work, stick to basic designs with few if any accents.

What’s Your Personal Style?

There’s one factor you should never ignore in fashion: the “you” of it all. Which pair feels right to you today? Which one fits your personality the best today?

Rocking Those Yoga Pants

If you’re like us, you’re thrilled that it’s finally time to indulge in all of your fall favorites from yoga pants to oversized sweaters. Make sure you wear them well this season by choosing your shoes to wear with yoga pants with care.

If you need to step up your fall fashion, shop our selection of women’s attire.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in October 13, 2018 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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