Pleated cropped pants can be tricky, but I like how they seem more fresh for warmer seasons. To elongate the cropped leg, opt for a shoe similar to your skin tone. My skin is obviously not snake, but from a distance they blend more than a black shoe would. I prefer tucking tops into pleated bottoms because layering over pleats creats an unflattering bulge at the tummy. You can find similar pants with a flat front if that is the look you are going for.
It's easy to take an item like this and think "I could never wear that!" (believe me, I did), but I think if you would dismiss your (probably distorted?) mental view of yourself, you could be pleasantly surprised. If one pair doesn't work, don't give up - try another.
So go try something "new" and report back. :)