Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga agree: It’s time to start wearing your leggings with heels

Ah, leggings. They’re ideal for a great many activities — from working out to running errands to lazing around the house — and pair perfectly with sneakers, slides and cozy sweaters alike.

That said, you’ve probably never thought of wearing your everyday exercise pants with high heels, and for good reason. With the noted exception of Olivia Newton-John at the end of “Grease,” the combo of spandex bottoms and stilettos has never exactly screamed cool.

That is, until now. Over the past couple of months, we’ve seen several stars style their basic black leggings with decidedly fancy footwear, proving the sporty staple’s not just for spin class.

As with so many modern fashion trends, we can credit this one, at least in part, to Kim Kardashian; she’s been pushing the leggings-with-heels look for years, and is particularly fond of Balenciaga’s “pantashoes,” a $3,000 Frankengarment featuring built-in boots.

Chrissy Teigen is seen on December 28, 2023 in New York City.
Chrissy Teigen styled her lululemon leggings with Saint Laurent heels in December. GC Images

But in late September, Kardashian stepped out in an ensemble made up entirely of designer elements — here a Chanel cardigan, there a Balenciaga heel — save for her nondescript black leggings, which might as well have been from lululemon.

The Skims founder’s pal Chrissy Teigen actually did wear lululemon as part of her going-out look during the last days of December, dressing up the athletic brand’s popular Align pant with high-heeled Saint Laurent boots and a luxe velvet baseball cap for a pap walk in NYC.

And in early January, Lady Gaga looked ready to work it — if not work out — in croc-embossed Larroudé stiletto boots and Alo Yoga leggings during a Malibu stroll.

Lady Gaga and her boyfriend Michael Polansky are seen ringing in the new year together.
New year, new look? Lady Gaga paired her gym pants with stilettos in early January. RMBI / BACKGRID

Hailey Bieber out shopping
Hailey Bieber took stirrup leggings for a spin in November. BACKGRID

Recent runways tell a similar story; for fall/winter 2023, Schiaparelli, Saint Laurent and Blumarine all showed leggings styled with dressy shoes ranging from glossy slingbacks to knee-high boots.

Ferragamo even threw it back to the ’80s with stirrup styles paired with pointy heels, a look Hailey Bieber later test-drove on the streets of LA in November.

A model walks the runway at the Ferragamo fashion show during the Milan Fashion Week Womenswear Fall/Winter 2023/2024 on February 25, 2023 in Milan, Italy.
Ferragamo’s fall/winter 2023 runway was full of dressy leggings looks. Getty Images

Irina Shayk on the Schiaparelli runway
And at Schiaparelli, the sporty staple was styled with knee-high stiletto boots, à la Gaga and Teigen. Courtesy of Schiaparelli

But as the aforementioned A-listers prove, there’s no need to go the designer route to get in on this high-low look.

Simply slip into your favorite yoga pants, grab your highest heels and go anywhere you like — besides the gym, that is.

Shop the look:

lululemon Align Super-High-Rise Pant 28"

lululemon Align Super-High-Rise Pant 28″

Alo Yoga High-Waist Airbrush Legging
Alo Yoga

Alo Yoga High-Waist Airbrush Legging

Skims Body Legging

Skims Body Legging

Balenciaga Knife Boot
Saks Fifth Avenue

Balenciaga Knife Boot


Saint Laurent Justify Patent Leather Knee Boots

Larroudé Kate Boot

Larroudé Kate Boot