“Choosing the right shoe is definitely key to rocking this style for short gals like me so we don’t end up dragging the fabric all day or, worse, tripping,” she says. “The first time I tried it, I had on sneakers and it wasn’t too bad at the end of the day. I can’t wait for fall so I can wear them with boots, too.”
As for length, Chelsea suggests looking for styles that hit right at the very end of your shoe so you can get the puddle effect without risking the material getting caught under your heel. “I was lucky to find a pair that hits just centimeters away from my sole, which gave me more relief that I wouldn’t trip or drag the hem on the ground.”
We 100 percent agree with her assessment. For footwear, because there is now excess fabric around your feet to contend with, we don’t recommend wearing stilettos or anything that might get caught up in all that material. Pointy-toe shoes, like ankle boots or ballet flats, are probably your best bet. They’ll poke out from under the hem, giving shape to your legs, and are unlikely to trip you up. Platforms are also a great (and trendy) option because they allow the material to gather at the top of your foot but not drape all the way to the ground. But you can also rock a lug-sole Chelsea boot or loafer if that’s more your style.
Now that you’re well versed in pulling off this somewhat tricky trend, here are nine pairs of chic Kate Middleton-approved puddle pants to shop and wear this fall.