Men in Tights

Are Leather Jogging Pants a Thing?

Kanye West's recent interview with BBC shed light on a trend West claims he began—leather jogging pants for men. Could West be right? A look at guys who love a leather legging.

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In Kanye West's recently released BBC interview, he asked a question that plagued and captivated us: "How many motherf--kers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?" This choice quote is an excerpt from an anecdote Kanye told about bringing his design ideas to Fendi. Apparently, Fendi passed on a number of Yeezus's sartorial revelations including the leather jogging pant. This legwear fiasco could have easily been lost in the stream of stories and opinions told during Kanye's interview. However, thanks to Jimmy Kimmel, the tale of Kanye West's leather jogging pants has taken center stage. Earlier this week, Kimmel aired a segment in response to the Kanye interview, making fun of the rapper's claim to fashion fame and implying that leather jogging pants aren't "really a thing." The world (a.k.a. West's nine million Twitter followers) was made conscious of this massive injustice on Thursday night, when Kanye took to Twitter to attack Kimmel through a series of VERY ANGRY ALL-CAPS TWEETS. In the end, this quickly escalating feud left us with two gifts: the hashtag #ALLDISRESPECTTOJIMMYKIMMEL and an increased awareness of the presence of the leather jogging pant in our midst—from Jared Leto to Justin Bieber, celebs everywhere have taken to the leather jogging pant, possibly unaware that they're actually honoring the great Kanye West, who, in his words, went from "in the projects one day, to Project Runway."

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Jared Leto

Jared Leto has always been easy on the eyes. But in this picture, from the 2013 VMA's, the actor/musician makes it physically impossible to look away. Between his ombre hair, pseudo-mullet skirt, and black and white leather leggings, Leto almost distracted us from Miley Cyrus's performance.

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French Montana

Rapper and CEO of Cocaine City Records French Montana showed up to the 2013 BET Awards on June 30 in leather sweats, Giuseppe Zanotti sneakers, and a snakeskin paneled leather shirt.

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Usher might look silly in these basic leather pants. Still, something about his sheepish grin makes us think that he's in on the joke. Plus, they actually look pretty comfy.

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Rick Ross

This photo of Rick Ross rocking red leather sweatpants and matching red kicks at BET's Rip the Runway on February 27 says a thousand words. 

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Drake's come a long way from playing a wheelchair bound teenager. Now, the Canadian rapper is walking tall, rocking a voluminous pair of red leather leggings and a whole lot of attitude court side at the NBA All-Star Weekend on February 16.


Kanye West

King of leather jogging pants himself, Kanye West, sports a pair with an oversized black hoodie and red and blue kicks.

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Justin Bieber

Wherever fashion goes, Bieber seems to follow. This leather drop-crotch look is a little large on the pint-sized personality.

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Big Sean

Big Sean looks easy, breezy, and beautiful in these roomy leather leggings at the 2012 BET Awards on July 1.

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Lenny Kravitz

Between his leather-fur-combo vest, leggings, and boots, Lenny Kravitz is a shiny PETA target. Hopefully his slick shades will help shield the celeb from paparazzi and animal lovers alike.

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Tristan Thompson

NBA player Tristan Thompson certainly knows how to pull off a leather leggings photo shoot (in a hotel lobby, no less). Pairing his luxe leather with a soft hoodie and winning smile, Thompson manages to make this daring trend look practically demure. 

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Burberry Spring/Summer 2011

Even high fashion isn't immune to the charms of a pair of leather skinnies. In 2010, Burberry debuted these leather pants for men. While we're not quite on board with the sandals, we're happy that our new favorite trend looks so at home on the runway.