Let's get right to it: Street-style stars have been shoving their pants into their ankle-strap shoes to create a kind of flare situation and I'm currently processing whether this actually looks cool or if everyone's pulling an elaborate prank on me. (Kinda like those TikTok-ers who made people believe testicles have taste buds.)
Back to the pants/ankle straps, though...
Here are a few examples of how this actually looks ~in the wild~:
Apparently the styling trick works with both tapered pant legs and wide-leg options. The tapered style is a bit less obvious, and I do think if you're curious to try this trend, it's a good entry point.
The wide-leg version varies between making the pants look like they have scrunchie sweat-pant hems or turning them into mini bell bottoms. This is the one that requires a bit more skill, IMO, because it's harder to get it "right."
So far, the people out there convincing me that this is actually a Cool Thing That Other Folks Should Try are good at mimicking the proportions of those other styles mentioned above (the athleisure-scrunchie sweats, and the mini bells). The ones who leave me side-eye-ing hard end up lookin' like they've got some fancy hooves for feet.
Pulling it off comes down to wearing the right shoe.
First, it should be a heel. Second, it should have either the ballet-style lace-up kind of straps or spiral straps. Ones that zip up the back or buckle are okay for the skinny-jean-type styles, but not for the wider-leg options. This is because the bulkier back heels of those designs pin the excess fabric down in the back, and make it look less uniform.
Shop the correct kind of heels right this way:
To those of you that are cautiously into this trend, I salute you. To everyone else on the fence, I'm sorry I can't take back the images you've seen here today, but at least we have each other.
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