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What to Wear: The Best Shoes for Yoga Pants

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Of course, yoga pants are worn for yoga. But because they're also extremely comfortable -- and stylish in a very laid-back way -- yoga pants are also being worn casually by those who actually practice yoga, as well as by people who don't know the difference between a lotus pose and a happy baby pose.

I should know since, regrettably, I'm a member of the latter group. I've never taken a yoga class in my life, but when I'm at home, and even when I'm running light errands, I practically live in yoga pants.

This article will offer suggestions for shoes that will work well with yoga pants worn casually, as opposed to shoes that should or should not be worn for the practice of yoga.

Now, on to the tips on what to wear with yoga pants. Below, I'll address three of the most popular styles of women's yoga pants, and offer footwear suggestions for each.

Boot Cut and Flared Yoga Pants

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Ibex 'Izzi' Image: Zappos.com
Certainly among the most popular types of yoga pants -- especially for casual wear -- are those with long, flared legs. This style of pants has, mercifully, replaced sweat pants as casual wear. In addition to being much more flattering than fleece pants with drawstring waists and elasticized legs; full-length, flared and bootcut yoga pants with flat or fold-over waists are extremely comfortable.

They also fit easily into most women's wardrobes as they're very tasteful and streamlined, so they can be worn with a variety of tops, ranging from sweaters and tunics, to sportier choices like hoodies and t-shirts.

Let your top, accessories and occasion dictate which of the following shoe styles you choose.

The Best Shoes for Long Yoga Pants with a Boot Cut or Flared Legs

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Puma 'Roma LL Nubuck 2' Image: Zappos.com

What not to wear with Long, Flare-Legged Yoga Pants

  • Puffy, high-top sneakers
  • Heels
  • Loafers
  • Patent leather or other glossy finishes

Long, Fitted Yoga Pants

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Lole 'Glorious' Image: Zappos.com
Some women prefer yoga pants that are full-length and fitted, like tights or leggings -- and, one of the great things about this style is that it can be worn exactly like tights or leggings would be.

Again, the rest of your outfit should be the determining factor in which shoes or boots you actually choose to pair with your long, form-fitting yoga pants.

The Best Footwear for Long, Fitted Yoga Pants

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Boutique 9 'Marl' Image: Zappos.com
  • Ballerina Flats
  • Delicate, flat sandals (avoid heavy straps and rugged soles)
  • Streamlined, simple athletic shoes
  • Boots (with pants tucked into them)

Shoe Styles to Avoid Wearing with Long, Fitted Yoga Pants

For the most part, you'll want to avoid any footwear that is too casual or clunky, and you'll also want to skip styles that are too dressy or sexy. Remember that yoga pants are the most casual of casual-wear, and therefore, they work best with simple, understated shoe styles that blend in with them, instead of competing with them, or calling too much attention to them.

Short, Fitted Yoga Pants

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Nike 'Legend Slim Poly Capri' Image: Zappos.com
Whereas fitted, long yoga pants are worn much like tights or leggings, fitted yoga pants that hit above the ankle are more akin to capri pants -- the only exception being that yoga pants are always casual, while capri and other cropped pants can, at times, take on a dressier look.

Shoe Styles that Work Well with Short, Fitted Yoga Pants

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Yosi Samra 'Stingray' Image: Endless.com
  • Any type of low, athletic shoes
  • Ballerina Flats
  • Flip-flops
  • Feminine, flat sandals
  • Boots that extend above the bottom of the pants (no leg showing)

Which Shoes to Avoid with Short, Fitted Yoga Pants

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