Years ago, I spent a summer living in Paris. During my time in the city, I found an apartment in the Marais and made a point of trying to live like a local. I make regular stops at the boulangerie on the corner and walked everywhere to really learn the city for myself. During those walks down sweeping boulevards of St. Germain and through the paths along the Tuileries, I encountered stylish Parisian women and made mental notes about the outfits they were wearing.
Since Paris is a city where the locals walk everywhere, outfits always strike a balance of stylish and cool with comfortable and stylish. So, I quickly learned that the towering heels I’d packed in my suitcase were not very “French.” I’ve since given up wearing any shoes that are uncomfortable. Instead, I’ve taken inspiration from the stylish Parisian women I came across and added their go-to shoe styles into my own closet. Ahead, see the Parisian shoe trends I still wear today.
Perhaps one of the most Parisian shoes in my closet: ankle boos. No matter what time of the year, these are an essential to pair with everything from jeans to dresses.
By Far Este Croc-Effect Leather Ankle Boots ($510)
Stuart Weitzman Solo Stretch-Suede Ankle Boots ($222)
Joseph Rodeo Ankle Boots ($230)
For warm weather and vacations, leather sandals are key. You'll be sure to spot the classic Hermès Oran sandals on plenty of French girls—or you can opt for the Zara version I picked up last year.
Zara Leather Crossover Sandals ($46)
Hermès Oran Slide Sandals ($845)
Saint Laurent Nu Pieds Woven Patent-Leather Slides ($595)
If you want to slip on some heels, there are a few styles French women wear on repeat. First up: slingbacks that are both practical and stylish.
Chanel CC Slingback Pumps ($695)
Sam Edelman Denia Slingback Pumps ($120)
Joie Reno Slingback Pumps ($298)
Another key heel style? Kitten heels. What makes these popular is perhaps unsurprising: They're more comfortable than sky-high silhouettes.
Ayercony Buckle Mules ($43)
Kalda Simon Mini Slide Sandals ($370)
Schutz Keilla Kitten Heel Mules ($72)
The other heel staple French girls wear? Strappy styles that have a delicate, barely there look.
Reformation Isabelle Sandal ($198)
Zara Strappy Mid-Heel Leather Sandals ($80)
Simon Miller Strappy Low Tee Heel ($390)
This post was previously published and has since been updated.
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