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10 Best Sneakers French Women Love To Wear

10 Best Sneakers French Women Love To Wear

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If you were wondering if French women wear sneakers —and even in Paris, the answer is: yes definitely! Sneakers or trainers are one of the essential shoes all French women own. If you already went to Paris you might have seen that uncomfortable high heels are not very “French”. Hardly any French woman decides to choose high heels for the whole day. Instead, in Paris, it’s far more common to see women wearing comfortable shoes such as ballet flats, slippers, loafers, and sneakers.

Indeed, since Paris is a city where the locals walk everywhere, outfits always strike a balance of comfort and style. And sneakers are probably the most stylish and comfortable shoes to wear every day. It’s impossible to not see several pairs of white sneakers topping off chic outfits in the street of Paris. And since sneakers no longer carry the casual, lazy day stigma they did in the past, now, a simple pair of white sneakers can look stylish whatever your look.

Whether you have a thing for French style, or you want to add a few pairs to your shoe collection, keep scrolling to see the ten pairs of sneakers French women love to wear. Plus several ways to wear your favorite sneakers like a chic French woman.

The 10 Sneakers French Women Wear On Repeat

To complement dress-down pants and make their outfits look smarter, French women opt for sneakers that make their feet look thin, small, and classy. On the contrary, French women avoid any type of sneakers that are too wide, cushy, or comfy-looking such as chunky “dad” sneakers, running shoes, or multi-color sneakers. As for the color, French women will always opt for a white, light beige or light grey as anything that is too colorful is considered garish. Basically, French women wear discreet-looking and versatile sneakers that can go with any type of outfit. Keep scrolling below to see French women’s favorite sneakers.

1. Veja Espalar

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Veja Espalar Sneakers

2. Addidas Stan Smith

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Addidas Stan Smith Lace-Up Sneakers

3. Gucci Ace

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Gucci Ace Leather Sneakers

4. Sézane Jack

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Sézane Jack Sneakers

5. Converse Chuck Taylor All Star

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Converse Chuck Taylor All Star 70 High-Top Sneakers

6. Superga Cotu

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Superga Cotu Sneakers

7. RE/DONE 70s

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RE/DONE 70s Canvas Sneakers

8. Common Projects Tournament

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Common Projects Tournament Leather Sneakers

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9. Saint Laurent Andy

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Saint Laurent Andy Leather Sneakers

10. Everlane The Forever

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Everlane The Forever Sneakers

How French Women Wear Their Favorite Sneakers

One of my French style tips is to mix dressed pieces like a trench coat or a blazer with more casual items like a pair of white sneakers. It’s the perfect balance to make your outfit look “chic-décontracté” (smart casual in English). Opt for minimal plain white sneakers which make your feet look thin, small, and classy. Keep scrolling below to see the four ways French women dress comfortably and elegantly by combining elegant outfits with casual shoes like sneakers.

With a Blazer

With a Trench

With a Dress / Skirt

With a Wool Coat

The Best French Sneaker Brands

Below, I’ve assembled a list of the best French sneaker brands that will help you attain that French-girl je ne sais quoi. To learn more, check out my previous article on the best French shoe brands.

  • Veja
  • Le Coq Sportif
  • Bensimon
  • National Standard
  • Spring Court
  • Faguo
  • Piola
  • Garçonne & Chérubin
  • Pairs in Paris
  • Bobbies
  • Panafrica
  • Newlab
  • Lacoste

Et voilà! I hope this guide will help you style your favorite sneakers like a chic French woman! If you have any questions, please add them in the comment section below.

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View Comments (10)
  • I’m not quite sure what you mean when you say the sneakers should be small and flat. One has to buy the size they wear for them to fit. Maybe American women have larger feet than French women. I am enjoying reading your posts.

    • Thank you Sherry for your question/feedback <3 There are several types of sneakers out there and some of them can be very wide/large, cushy, of comfy-looking such as chunky “dad” sneakers for example. Whereas other sneakers can make your feet look thin (because they are well-fitted shoes and not too wide/large). Of course, you need to choose the size that fits you. I'm not talking about the length but more about the shoes' width. I hope that helps 🙂

  • This is the second post I’ve read from you thus far. I am enjoying! Though I am not French, nor have I ever been to Paris, I love the chic and “effortless” style. I am in the midst of reinventing my wardrobe, (adding pieces with more intention), as well as my style. I’ve never really paid attention to my own style (or lack thereof), and find these types of guides so informative. I know what I like when I see it, and I see that I continually gravitate towards Parisian flair.

    • Thank you very much Kenya <3 I'll try to create more French-style guides in the future! Let me know if you're thinking about any topic you would like me to write on 🙂

  • Just bought my first pair of white sneakers following your advice and really looking forward to wearing them this Spring. As someone who has never had a confident dress sense, I’m finding your advice really helpful and encouraging, so glad I found you, thank you.

    • Thank you so much Clair! Let me know if you have any other questions, and I hope you’ll enjoy wearing your white sneakers this spring 🙂 xo

  • I also like wearing white sneakers. I have some skechers that look like the gucci stripe design with a gold heel patch. At the moment I like them with belted Levis 501 vintage blue jeans rolled up a little and a white v neck t-shirt . But they go with denim shorts or a mini skirt too. I am enjoying your blog, especially since the world is ‘closed down’ and the Paris I sampled in 2018 is not available to me right now. In New Zealand we are somewhat limited with shopping but more and more sites are allowing shoppers from here.

  • Do you wear white sneakers even in November, or do you switch to same style but grey or black? Thank you

    • Bonjour Susan, thank you very much for your question! Personally, I always wear my pair of white sneakers even in November, and for a more polished look in winter, I usually switch to ankle/Chelsea boots. xo

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