Here are the 5 French-style summer shoes all French girls wear on repeat. As I love to write about the French summer style, I wanted to dive a little bit more about the five key shoe styles that French women swear by.
This summer we investigated everything about French style, from the swimsuit styles French girls swear by to the best dresses all French girls have in their closet to the best French wardrobe staples that define French summer style. 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.
Regarding footwear, the French summer shoe collection is decidedly more pared down. In this article, I’ve successfully narrowed it down to just five shoe styles that are essential to a French look this summer. This five-piece French-girl shoe collection definitely contributes to the effortlessly chic aesthetic —that je ne sais quoi.
5 Shoe Styles For Summer That French Women Swear By
So whether you’re looking to pare down your shoe collection to just the essentials or to add a few pairs to give your look more of a French feel, this article is for you! Scroll down to get a better sense of the shoes French girls are wearing with simple summer outfits. You’ll also find recommendations for each summer shoe style if you’re interested in adding something French to your wardrobe this summer.
1. Wedge Espadrilles
Espadrilles may seem a French-girl cliché but they are literally on the feet of all French girls during summer. You can choose from two types of espadrilles: the ones with 2-inch heels give you a little extra leg length, while the flat ones are perfect to walk all day across uneven cobblestones in Provence. The wedge espadrilles are very comfortable and actually so versatile. They can be paired with any type of outfit: they work well with shorts, dress, and any type of pants. My favorite pair of espadrilles is this one from Castaner that I bought this summer.
2. Slide Sandals
Slide sandals are one of the essentials French summer shoes. Whether you’re wearing them to the beach, or to go on a walk, a comfortable pair of sandals is a summer essential. My French tip would be to avoid flip-flops and the classic rubber options that you see at the pool and which are not chic at all.
Instead, you can choose other styles including leather options, ergonomically designed sandals, and even designer slides. In addition, prefer a color based upon what goes with the majority of your wardrobes, such as beige and tan that are all really safe choices. My favorite pair of slide sandals is this one from K. Jacques which is super comfortable to wear for a touristy getaway. To help you find the best pair to suit your needs, I’ve selected the best French-style slide sandals that both stylish, supportive, and comfortable to wear.
3. Flat Espadrilles
Flat espadrilles are one of the essentials French summer shoes. These light shoes can carry you over from day to evening with no issues, with a French Riviera flare. Espadrilles are made with soles of rope, and traditionally with a canvas fabric. They can be an ultra-casual yet chic option for every day, but they can also work perfectly for daytime semi-formal events and evening smart casual occasions. I’ve picked out the best pairs of flat espadrilles to rock this summer and to get the French-girl chic style.
4. Gold Strappy Sandals
If you’re looking for awesome and glamorous sandals ideas for further summer days, then I’ll recommend shopping for a pair of fancy gold sandals. Gold strappy sandals are the ultimate staple of the French summer wardrobe. Indeed, they go with any outfit: from super-casual ensembles to party dresses and wedding guest outfits.
French women usually like to wear them for a summer night out, or for the day with a white dress. You can really pair them with any summer outfit! That is why French girls wear them on repeat all summer long. They look amazing with colored pieces of clothes and accessories. I just bought those gold sandals by Souliers Martinez, which are perfect to wear for a summer night out.
5. Block Heels Mules
French women know that nothing has the power to pull together an outfit quite like a pair of shoes. And if there is one pair of shoes that I’ll recommend purchasing this summer it’s definitely a pair of block heels mules. Thanks to the easy-to-wear silhouette and comfortable block heel, the mule sandal goes with your beach dresses just as well as it goes with your chicer cocktail dress. Indeed, a pair of statement block heels mules can bring any outfit to that next level. The comfortable in-between height makes it the ultimate French summer shoe. Keep scrolling for the best block heels mule sandals to shop this summer.
Which shoe styles do your wear this summer? Which one of those French summer shoes is your favorite? Please add your comment below.
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