Here are the 5 essential French-girl shoe styles you need for fall/winter. In case you have missed, I’ve written a few articles on the 10 essentials of Parisian winter style, the French girl’s guide to dressing for fall, plus the 5 best coat styles to get French girl style this fall/winter. Today I wanted to dive a little bit more about the five essential shoe styles that every French woman has in their closets.
French girls are well-known for their timeless and effortless, laid-back, yet always put-together look. And nothing is as chic as the way French women combine high-end wardrobe staples with functional footwear. In this article, I’ve listed the five shoe styles that are essential to a French look this fall/winter. This five-piece French-girl shoe collection definitely contributes to the effortlessly chic aesthetic —that je ne sais quoi.
5 Shoe Styles French Girls Love To Wear In Fall/Winter
1. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are definitely a staple of the French fall/winter wardrobe. There are so many styles of ankle boots out there but suede, black leather, and block heel boots are the main three shoe styles French girls wear in fall/winter. Suede ankle boots are quite popular in the fall while black leather boots are best for rainy days in Paris. One of the best things about ankle boots is that they are very versatile.
Personally, I think that ankle boots are the ideal pair of shoes for almost any time of the year as those stylish shoes can suit many looks and can easily be dressed up or down. Whether you’re wearing jeans, pants, a skirt, dress, or jumpsuit, ankle boots can provide an excellent footwear option. I’ll recommend combining them with a wool blazer, a cashmere turtleneck, and a pair of high waist jeans to get that French-girl look anywhere you live.
2. Low-Heeled Ankle Boots
Low-heeled ankle boots are one of my favorites shoe options for fall/winter, especially the Sezane Low Henry Boots (which I wear on repeat for years). It’s really a fall/winter staple of French girl’s wardrobe. Low-heeled boots offer somewhere between one and two inches of height, which is perfect if you have a lot of miles ahead of you. Versatile, walkable, and comfortable shoes, low-heeled boots are the perfect shoe option if you’re looking for chic and elegant footwear without the possibility of getting some serious foot pain. Keep scrolling below to shop some of my favorites low-heeled boots for fall/winter.
3. Derby/Oxford Shoes
If there’s one shoe style that I particularly do love, it’s a great pair of Derby or Oxford shoes. I do love the menswear-inspired shoe style. Those are great styles of shoes that can work for just about any look or occasion. And even if Oxford and Derby shoes were probably more popular a few years ago, they generally a timeless shoe option.
If an Oxford shoe is a lace-up shoe that has the bottom of the lacing section sewn closed and the eyelet facings stitched underneath the vamp, a derby is a lace-up shoe but with an open lacing section. Both are a great shoe option for fall/winter. Chic, comfortable, and versatile shoes, the number of styles, colors, fabrics you can choose from is pretty endless. Keep scrolling below to shop some of my favorites Derby and Oxford shoes for fall/winter.
4. Knee-High Boots
Knee-high boots are very popular with French girls, especially during the winter months. It’s a great shoe option if you want to stay warm in the colder months but you still want to look stylish and pulled together. Versatile shoes, knee-high boots can look fantastic with a variety of outfits. You can wear them with a dress, a skirt, a pair of skinny jeans or a pair of boot cut jeans. Prefer wedge heel boots as they offer a bit of height that helps elongate the legs. Keep scrolling below to shop the best knee-high boots to consider for the fall/winter season.
5. Snow Boots
French women do not wear snow boots very often in Paris as it’s snowing no more than 2 days out of the year. However, snow boots are necessary for Parisian especially during the coldest days when the temperature drops drastically. Also, it’s always convenient to have a chic pair of snow boots for skiing in the French Alps. French women avoid wearing Ugg boots as they’re not very chic (and even if they seem very comfortable). Instead, French women prefer a pair of chic and stylish snow boots like the Sezane Raphael Boots. Keep reading below to shop my favorite pairs of snow boots to get French girl style this fall/winter.
And you, which one of those essential French-Girl shoes do you prefer for fall/winter? I would love to hear your thoughts! Please add your comment below.
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