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The 5 Summer Shoe Styles French Women Adore

The 5 Summer Shoe Styles French Women Adore

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Here are the most stylish shoes French women love to wear in summer. From strappy sandals that pair well with white jeans and summer dresses to city-appropriate sporty sandals to on-trend espadrilles, in today’s post, I’ve put together the ultimate shortlist of the chic French-style sandals that will see you through the entire season and many more summers to come.

Whether you’re looking for the next perfect pair of sandals, or you just want to get a better sense of the summer shoes French women are wearing with simple outfits, this article is for you! Keep scrolling below to shop my edit of the five shoe styles that are essential to a French look this summer.

The Espadrille

Despite being Spanish in origin, espadrilles are beloved by French women almost as much as ballet pumps. Espadrilles with heels will give you a little extra leg length while flat ones are perfect to walk all day across uneven cobblestones of the South of France.

These comfortable shoes can carry you over from day to evening with no issues, with a French Riviera flare. For a classic pair of wedge espadrilles I’ll recommend these Castañer Chiara 80 espadrilles. For flat espadrilles, I’m in love with these Loro Piana suede espadrilles.

The Sporty Sandal

If in the past, the sporty-style sandals or Birkenstock-style slides have been deemed “ugly,” they’re now super trendy. Chunky sandals started making tracks a few years ago, but it was only when Chanel brought out its own pair of chunky sandals —emblazoned with the iconic double-Cs and finished in bouclé— that this shoe style fell under the “chic” category.

For a more classic style, opt for Birkenstock Arizona suede sandals. Also, check out these gorgeous Birkenstock 1774 x Manolo Blahnik Arizona crystal-embellished leather sandals. In a similar style, Sézane launched these beautiful Low Jade mules.

The Slide Sandal

Slip-on sandals are the must-haves to slide into summer with style. These are an elegant and comfortable alternative to flip-flops and other rubber options to wear to the beach, or to the city.

You can choose from many styles, including leather options, ergonomically designed sandals, and even designer slides. One of my favorites this summer are these Manolo Blahnik satin slides.

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The Gold Sandal

Whether contemporary to high-street brands, gold sandals are a chic and glamorous shoe option for further summer days. They can go with any outfit: from super-casual ensembles to party dresses and wedding guest outfits.

The Strappy Sandal

Strappy sandals are one of my favorite footwear options for summer. Thanks to the easy-to-wear silhouette, strappy sandals bring any outfit to the next level. They can go with your favorite white dress just as well as with your kaftan and white denim. My favorite strappy sandals of the season are these A Emery Jalen suede sandals.

Et voilà! I hope this guide to the best French summer shoes will inspire you! Please let me know in the comments below if you have any questions.

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  • I love your posts!!! Hoping to get to France again as soon as they let US citizens back in! This article has me really thinking…I’m long retired so I’ve gotten very used to being very comfortable, perhaps a bit sloppy, with my clothes…especially shoes. I am a flip flop fan, wearing ones with good support, but…the slide sandals and flat espadrilles look spectacular!! And the photo of the woman in the black pants and blazer…that could have been ME back in my working days!!!
    I loved suits, blazers, slim pants, pencil skirts…and heels!! Always heels!! I dressed up when many of my colleagues dressed more casually!! Since retiring, I realize I’ve gotten a bit sloppy.
    So…THANK YOU for your amazing posts…I’m realizing that I need to get back to my more polished style!
    Now to figure out a way to do that, still be very comfortable, and cool!!

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