Last updated on August 25th, 2020 at 01:56 pm
What you’ll learn:
- Working with solid colours
- How to wear leopard print with jeans
- Wearing darker shades
- Matching the tones
- Using earthy hues
- Considering the shoe style
- How to wear leopard print flat shoes
- How to wear leopard print shoes to work
Leopard print shoes are a great way to bring a pop of colour and pattern to your outfit. Believe it or not, this bold design traces right back to Ancient Egypt, when women would stencil leopard print patterns onto linen sheets in place of real fur pelts.
Since then, leopard print has been a firm favourite among style superstars and fabulous fashionistas. These days, leopard print isn’t limited to the red carpet or catwalk – it’s suitable in many everyday settings.
Whether you’re looking for a casual shopping outfit, a classy office look or something eye-catching for a night out, a pair of leopard print shoes can add the perfect finishing touch. Here are some of our top tips on how to wear leopard print shoes.
Working with solid colours
When you’re planning what to wear with leopard print shoes, stick with solid blocks of colour and try to avoid clashing patterns and doubling up on animal prints. This keeps the focus very much on your statement shoes.
Strong colours like red, chartreuse or orange will really pop against the natural colours of the leopard print in these Leopard Print Sandals.
How to wear leopard print shoes with jeans
When it comes to wearing leopard prints shoes as part of a casual, everyday look, you can’t go wrong with a classic pair of denim jeans.
Stick to classic colours like blue or black – so your shoes continue to do all the talking. Boyfriend and bootcut jeans are great choices, with ballet pumps like these Leopard Print Ballerinas creating a laidback look. For something a little edgier you could go for skinny jeans with a rolled up hem and a pair of Clarks Leopard Sea Boots.
Wearing darker shades
As natural coloured leopard prints have black in them, it’s the perfect pattern to pair with outfits made up of darker shades. Dark hues like burgundy and navy will perfectly complement your outfit and add another dimension to your look that you just wouldn’t get with plain black shoes.
If you’re not ready to embrace a full leopard print shoe yet, you can try something like Lotus Greeve Women’s Black Leopard Ankle Boots for a subtle injection of style.
Matching the tones
Leopard print shoes come in various colours, from natural tones like in these Brown Leopard Ankle Boots, to black and white patterns like these:
You can even get prints with bold colours like pink, blue and yellow.
The key to creating a cohesive outfit is to match the tone of your outfit to the tones in your leopard print shoes. If you have a natural print, warm colours will work best. In contrast, black and white prints will pair nicely with cooler tones.
Using earthy hues
Earth tones also look good with natural leopard print. Khaki, olive green, brown and rust shades will calm the bold pattern of your leopard print shoes and complement the natural browns, blacks and beiges.
Rich, earthy and autumnal colours like brown, burgundy, gold, navy and plum will also work well with a pair of leopard ankle boots – like these lace-up boots.
Consider the shoe style
Understanding how the different tones and colours of this popular print work with other items in your wardrobe is key to understanding how to wear leopard print shoes. Considering the style of the shoes you choose is also important. For example:
- Trainers. These Sketchers Lace-Up Black Trainers will create an uber casual look that’s perfect for running errands and will pair well with your gym kit for your workout session.
- Sandals. These strappy sandals from Heavenly Feet will pair well with a summer dress or shorts for a warm-weather look.
- Heeled court shoes. Leopard print court shoes will look great with a pair of black skinny jeans, leather jacket and white T-shirt for a rock-chick look – or an elegant black cocktail dress and gold jewellery for date night.
- Boots. A pair of military style ankle boots are perfect for cooler weather and will look fantastic with an autumnal green wool coat and jeans.
How to wear leopard flat shoes
Leopard print flat shoes are a great versatile accessory. Use them to create a casual look for roaming the high-street or a high-end outfit for a night out.
Pair these loafers with your favourite jeans for a day look and dress your look up with a black tailored blazer and gold jewellery for when the sun sets and the nightlife opens up.
How to wear leopard print shoes for work
You might think that leopard print shoes don’t belong in an office, but that isn’t the case. When it comes to wearing leopard print shoes for work, there are several trendy ways you can style your look.
Try a black tailored suit or knee-length dress in a rich earthy colour paired with classic ballet pumps or court shoes. This will combine the professional look of your work wardrobe with the high-fashion element of your funky shoes.
Sticking to simple, tailored lines and dark, earthy hues will help keep your look classy and professional, while adding a small burst of personal style to your outfit. For the best effect, pick leopard print shoes that use a natural print rather than a bold colour or black and white pattern.
Now you know how to style leopard print shoes, browse our full range to find the perfect pair for you.