An honest review of the Spanx Leather-Like Jogger

Yep, I'm back with yet another review of Spanx pants because you know you love them. Up next is the Leather-Like Jogger, otherwise known as the faux leather jogger, which is one of Spanx's bestselling styles. I was a little apprehensive about trying this pair because I was a little disappointed with the Faux Leather Leggings—TLDR: while they suck you in like a vacuum, they don't look anything like actual leather. But after seeing these all over social media, I decided to cave and take a chance on them. Here's my honest and unfiltered review of the Spanx Leather-Like Jogger. 

Spanx Leather-Like Jogger

Like many people, I first got into joggers during the pandemic; they're a little more forgiving than a legging, and you can get away with wearing a shorter, non-butt-covering top with them if you want to. I already own a pair of Michael Kors faux leather joggers, but they're more on the baggier side, and I was intrigued by the slimmer fit of the Spanx version. Like most Spanx pants, the jogger has a hidden front panel that smooths your tummy, and I find it to be very comfortable and not as super-sucked-in as, say, the perfect black pant. The elastic waistband is flat in front so that it lays well and doesn't bunch up, then it's ruched in back, which is different from most Spanx pants. Also different: actual working pockets in front, which have the added benefit of camouflaging any hip/thigh lumpiness. This style also has ruched elastic around the ankle; I have very bony ankles and actually find this to be a little snug, but I usually stretch it out a few times before I put them on, and that seems to do the trick. If I were the technical designer, I would have made the cuff a wee bit wider so there's a less-extreme taper at the ankle, but that's just me. 


The fabric

Like I said, I was a little disappointed in the fabric of the faux leather leggings, because while it's interesting, it looks nothing like leather to me, and has become even less leather-like over time. I am happy to report that the Leather-Like Jogger looks and feels much more like actual leather—it's a thicker, more substantial polyester/elastane blend versus the nylon/elastane blend that the legging uses (both are coated in polyurethane). And while I wouldn't recommend wearing these in summer per se, I find the fabric to be surprisingly breathable, and it does not make me sweat. I wash mine inside out on the delicate cycle, then hang them to dry, and so far the fabric is holding up beautifully without losing any of its stretch—I've had them for about six months as of this post. 


The fit

I am almost always a medium in Spanx pants (I'm a very true size 6 in most everything, and for reference, I'm 5' 7"), but based on the advice of the Internet, I sized down to a small in these, and I'm glad I did. The effect is somewhere between a legging and a jogger, like a slouchy slim fit. On me, they're pretty fitted through the hips, butt, and thighs, then looser through the calf. You could always take your regular Spanx size if you want a more relaxed fit, but I think sizing down is the way to go. I am even carrying around a few extra pounds at the moment (thanks, holidays!) and these are still super comfy (and forgiving). I think they look just as good from the back as they do from the front. And like all Spanx pants, they come in sizes XS–3X!

My honest opinion

These are my current favorite Spanx pants, hands down. (The perfect black pants are a close second.) I wear them at least once a week, if not more. They're comfortable and stretchy, yet I can throw on a blazer and boots with them and feel dressed up enough to go out to dinner or drinks. I love that they look and feel like real leather, and the fabric really holds you in. They are totally worth the price, and I have a feeling I'll be wearing them for years to come. 


Lovely said...

The faux leather jogger looks flattering on you and it's cool that the fabric is comfy and breathable.

Mica said...

I find faux leather never holds up in the heat and humidity here but it's great these have washed and worn for you so well over the months you have had them, that's really impressive! They look so good on you too :)

Hope that you are having a nice week :) It's a big week here - first week of school for the kids after the summer holidays!

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James Enderson said...

You look so beautiful in this dress, I'm a nurse and don't earn much enough so I'm not able to purchase such type of clothes for my wife I always busy to Do My Nursing Assignment, because I want to complete my nursing education.

Nancy 's Fashion Style said...

Oh I love a faux leather jogger. So cool!

Gail Is This Mutton? said...

Interesting - I always enjoy your reviews of Spanx! I agree with you that the original faux leather pants don't look much like leather. I would be more inclined to actually wear these, because they look a bit more casual. I have only ever worn my leggings in photos, I'm ashamed to say!

Laura B said...

I've tried a few different leather joggers and haven't been impressed with the fit-too large and bulky. These look great on you and worth the splurge!

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Jessica Jannenga said...

Hi Cheryl
I enjoy reading your reviews. i have the Spanx leggings, and went up a size for comfort. I have not tried these or the the other joggers yet, but they look great here with the olive jacket. I feel the same with the elastic at the ankle, I have skinny boney ankles and would still like it to be a little wider :-)
Thanks for linking!
jess xx