If you were wondering if French women wear sneakers in Paris, the answer is: yes definitely! If you already went to Paris you might have seen that uncomfortable high heels are not very “French”. And hardly any French girl decides to choose high heels for the whole day. In Paris, it’s far more common to see Parisian girls wearing flat 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 stylish and cool with comfortable and stylish. And sneakers are probably the most stylish and comfortable shoes to wear in Paris. It’s impossible to not see several pairs of white sneakers topping off chic outfits in the street of Paris. 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.
So, if you want to wear your sneakers like a stylish French woman, here are the ten sneakers French girls swear by, plus four ways to wear them the French way.
The 10 Chic Sneakers French Girls Swear By
French women are used to wearing a very particular type of sneakers. To complement dress-down pants and make their outfits look smarter, French women opt for white sneakers that make their feet look thin, small, and classy. Indeed, sneakers most commonly seen on women’s feet in Paris are white, small, thin-looking, flat-sole, and (sometimes) designer sneakers.
On the contrary, French women avoid any type of sneakers that are too wide, cushy, of 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 city shoes that can go with any type of outfit. Check out below my selection of the best white sneakers to get that French-girl look.
- Veja Espalar Sneakers
- Sezane Jack Sneakers
- Thousand Fell Vegan Leather Lace-Up Sneakers
- Madewell Women’s Sidewalk Low-Top Sneakers in Leather
- Superga Cotu Sneakers
- Gucci New Ace Leather Sneakers
- Addidas Stan Smith Lace-Up Sneakers
- Everlane The Court Sneaker
- Saint Laurent Andy Leather Sneakers
- Madewell Sidewalk Low-Top Sneakers in Iridescent Leather
So if you do not have a pair of white sneakers in your closet yet, you definitely need one! You can choose the classic Stan Smiths, which were a real trend in the streets of Paris a few years ago. Now Veja’s sneakers are super popular in France and in the streets of Paris. Just opt for a pair of minimal plain white sneakers that continue to be a staple of Parisian style. And because white gets dirty very fast, make sure to have your white sneakers always clean and bright.
4 Ways To Wear Sneakers Like A Stylish French Woman
As a French woman living in Paris, I wear sneakers almost every day. I have three different pairs and I never wear them with hoodies or sweatpants. I usually pair them with a pair of high waist jeans, a white tee, and a blazer. It’s becoming the French girl’s uniform in Paris. I think it’s the perfect outfit for any kind of occasion and even the more formal ones, as high heels are an impossible choice in the cobblestone streets of Paris.
And there are so many ways you can wear your favorite sneakers! French women usually wear their very chic white sneakers with neutral colors (beige, white, grey). In this article, I’ve listed four different ways you can dress comfortably and elegantly by combining elegant outfits with casual shoes. The French secret to dressing chic while wearing sneakers is to create an outfit that doesn’t look too sporty. So, keep scrolling to know the four ways to wear your favorite sneakers like a stylish and chic French woman.
1. Sneakers With A Blazer
2. Sneakers With A Jean And Tee
3. Sneakers With A Dress
4. Sneakers With A Suit
And you, do you wear sneakers often? Which are your favorite sneakers? How do you wear them? Please add your comment below.
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Bonjour! I’m Leonce, I’m French and I’m a Parisian expat currently living in the city center of Amsterdam (I previously lived in the 4th arrondissement of Paris, on the Ile-Saint-Louis). I created Leonce Chenal back in 2018 when I was living in London and missing my home country way too much. Because I truly believe you don’t have to be French or to live in France to experience the French art de vivre, Leonce Chenal is a French digital magazine to help you live your French life, wherever you are. Enjoy <3