How to Wear Culottes

Unsure about what shoes to wear with culottes? Forget “has to be flats” and “only ever heels”, culottes are a versatile fashion trend with the ability to look incredible with any footwear, from sneakers to stilettos.

Full length, calf-cut, pastel, flower-print, elasticated, belted, linen, denim: the culotte range is massive and the footwear combinations, endless.

But, how do you decide what shoes to wear with your culottes? Embrace the culotte lifestyle in all its fashionable forms. See how we combine our designer footwear range with a mix of culotte designs to create stunning outfits that will make your look pop with individual style this season.

Heeled pumps

Simple, sophisticated and striking. Ankle-length culottes fashioned in accordion pleats give an eye-catching ripple effect that really draws attention. Go for sleek black with a pair of simple pumps or ballerina shoes featuring a small, chunky heel for a touch of height. Our scalloped, rounded-toe shoes from Chloé have a classic 1950s’ fashion look to them, so they’ll really work to add elegance to your appearance without overpowering your culottes.

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Chloe Nude Heeled Pump Chloe Black Heeled Pump

Peep-toe shoes

Here, we have a long, wide-hem culotte in neutral pale blue. Everything about this outfit says comfort and summer, from the floaty white crop-top to the elasticated waistband. If you’re thinking about what shoes to wear with these culottes, we suggest the ever-feminine peep-toe. Try this in a low wedge for an ideal balance of height and stability, or go for a strappy slingback style with wooden-stack heel to add a touch of chic to your ensemble.

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Calpierre Peep Toe Sergio Rossi Wedge Peep Toe

Wedge heels

If you love bold, bright colours, these are all over the catwalks this season. Wear slightly more fitted culottes in a powerful shade with a plain black top to really make your trouser type stand out. For shoes, we recommend running with the summer theme. Think straps, open toes, cork effect soles, and wedge heels, like our designs from Tory Burch and Stella McCartney. Customise your outfit with a beachy, straw bag and you have the ideal summer look.


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Tory Burch Wedge Heels Stella McCartney Wedge Sandals

Flats and Loafers

Like we said, the range of culottes is near endless. If you enjoy pretty pastel shades and flowing feminine lines, go for something like these dainty and glossy culottes in a soft colour for an ethereal look. What shoes to wear with this culotte? Complement the grace of this outfit with a pair of simple pointed-toe flats in crisp white or backless loafers to show off your ankles and create a longer leg effect.

Nicholas Kirkwood Loafers Gucci Loafers

High heels

Contrasting casual and formal is huge in fashion this season. Take this light-wash, faux-denim culotte and highlight the frayed hems with a pair of ultra-chic heels from our Vittorio Valsecchi collection. Any heeled shoe paired with this style of culotte will give you a blend of bohemia and elegance. The extra height elongates your leg for a look that flatters every woman, plus this clash of casual and chic gives you more scope for creativity when it comes to choosing your bag, top, jacket, and accessories.

Vittorio Valsecchi Black Heels Vittorio Valsecchi Navy Suede Heels


For special events when only glamour will do, choosing shoes to wear with culottes seems all the more difficult. Our advice is to go for a monochrome shades and straighter culotte leg lines. This pair of slightly narrower black-and-white culottes is perfect for a dressy night out and come to life when sitting above slingback shoes. Pointed-toe shoes are a good option if you want to give the illusion of longer legs, plus they really stand out against the wide leg of your culotte.

Nicholas Kirkwood Sparkly Heeled Slingbacks Nicholas Kirkwood Suede Heeled Slingbacks

Sneakers and trainers

Mix up your styles yet again and throw in a summertime vibe with this fresh white culotte and plain white sneaker. You might think wearing this type of shoe with culottes would dress it down too much, but for warm days out, garden parties and barbecues; casual chic is an ideal look. Cool and contemporary, the colour gives you a blank canvas that looks great paired with a bold floral-print top. Or you can use your trainer selection to add a flash of colour to your outfit.

Ash Star Motif Trainer Michael Kors Leather Trainer

Platforms and flatforms

Nineties’ trends are taking over the 2017 fashion scene. Chunky platforms are a great dressed-up, daytime look and the flatform takes this trend to a whole other level. Flatform shoes (like platforms but with a level base) are amazing with culottes, giving you the height of a wedge heel with the comfort of a sandal. Go for any colour flatform you like and match it with a patterned or plain culotte for a retro twist to your everyday look.

Ash Black Flatform Ash White Flatform

Ankle boots

The thing we love about culottes is that they are unbelievably easy to dress up and down. Go grunge with a pair of plain black cotton culottes and wear them with an oversized checked shirt or plain top and denim jacket. If you’re wondering what shoes to wear with these culottes to finish off the laidback look, flat ankle boots are the clear winner. Comfortable and always in vogue, ankle boots add a touch of contemporary formality to your casual attire.

Grenson Chelsea Boot Alexander McQueen Chelsea Boot

Mules and espadrilles

Pleats and textured fabrics are really popular at the moment. These dusky pink culottes are perfectly complemented by tan accessories and a loose-fit t-shirt for that good-time, holiday feel. Shoes that go with this culotte look centre around mules, sandals, loafers, and espadrilles. These ‘throw-on-and-go’ shoes are all natural summertime footwear and instantly give you a breezy look that slots in seamlessly with summer 2017 fashion.

ANYA HINDMARCH Yellow Espadrilles ANYA HINDMARCH Coral Espadrilles

Now you have a better idea about what shoes to wear with culottes, browse our wide selection of shoes from the world’s top designers. Then, why not customise your outfit with bags and accessories to complete your new look?

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