There’s something extra special about leather pants. They’re considered rugged, protective, and structured, and in our modern era, incredibly luxurious. Working with leather is ancient stuff, too; having been used to make clothing since the dawn of mankind. (Right?) Leggings seem to be at total odds with this heavy-duty substance: very much a product of the 20th century, designed for comfort and coziness with a construction that can, at times, veer towards flimsiness. And yet, after all this time, the twain have met — with sexy results.
While it seems like an unlikely May-December romance between the body-hugging legwear and the supple material, they’re actually a match made in heaven. Leather conforms to the legs with the same intuition and ease of that trusty cotton-spandex blend, they’re often as comfy and warm as sweats, and they give your wardrobe that boost of polish making them an essential that can be worn over and over again. Click through to see the best leather leggings — both genuine and faux — that we could find right now. And if you don’t wear another pair of pants for the rest of the season, we won’t blame you one bit.
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If you don’t know VEDA, listen up: they’re the OG independent leather specialists, and have been turning out small-batch goods from their New York design studio for over ten years. Their small-batch production means less environmental impact and more oversight over factory conditions.
VEDA Zero Cropped Leather Leggings with Zipper, $, available at 11 HonoreScoop Vegan Leather Legging
Walmart recently re-animated the iconic Y2K-era retailer Scoop, marrying the shop’s of-the-moment trendiness with Walmart’s own epically competitive pricing. You better believe there’s a faux-leather legging in the mix for fall — to the tune of less than $30.
Scoop Vegan Leather Leggings, $, available at WalmartCommando Faux Leather Leggings
Need a print in your life? A leather-effect legging with a snake-effect print will have, well, the effect of turning the heads of everyone around you.
Commando Faux Leather Leggings, $, available at AmazonDr. Denim Plenty Jean
This faux-leather pair have a denim-like construction that are comfy yet still substantial.
Dr Denim Plenty Jean, $, available at Revolve
Lysse Hi Waist Vegan Leather Legging
These high-waist leggings are made of buttery vegan leather, cut to elongate and lengthen. We especially like the seam detail that runs down the front each leg.
Lysse Hi Waist Vegan Leather Legging, $, available at Lyssé