Here are the five styles of shoes French women wear on repeat in spring. I love to write about French-girl style, and in case you missed it, I’ve written a complete article on how to create a spring French capsule wardrobe. Today, I wanted to dive a little bit more into the five essential spring shoes 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 spring. This five-piece French-girl shoe collection definitely contributes to the effortlessly chic aesthetic —that je ne sais quoi. Keep reading to see and shop some of my favorite shoe styles for spring.
5 Iconic Shoes French Women Wear In Spring
1. Flat Ballerinas
One of my footwear of choice for spring is a French-girl staple: ballet flats. They are one of those classic styles that hardly ever feel dated. And this iconic Parisian style is a bit of a wardrobe icon and a staple that continues to be trendy. There are two iconic pairs of ballet flats: the Chanel ballerinas and the Repetto Cendrillon ballerinas. The Cendrillon ballerinas are an iconic shoe style from the Maison Repetto, originally made for Brigitte Bardot. No matter if you prefer square, rounded, almond, or pointy styles, and whether paired with jeans or a dress, they’re just what your need this spring.
2. Slingback Shoes
If you want to dress like a Parisian this spring but you’re looking for other shoe options than ballet flats, I really recommend slingback shoes. The slingback shoes are a timeless, elegant, statement. And they’re perfect shoes for in-between weather. Also, they are super versatile as they can go with anything. You can wear them with jeans, midi skirts or dresses. They’re also a perfect choice if you want more comfortable shoes but still want to wear heels.
One of the most iconic French shoe styles for spring is the Chanel Beige & Black Slingback. And there are many other great and more affordable shoe options like Marc Fisher Laynie Block Heel Pump or Rockport Total Motion Salima Slingback Pump. This season, I do love monochromatic slingbacks with a block heel (either pointy or rounded styles) like the 27 EDIT Meera Slingback Pump, and the Linea Paolo Baize Buckle Pointed Toe.
Loafers are one of the very chic French footwear favorites. And they’re one of the most comfortable shoe options to wear too! What I love about loafers is they add a very polished vibe to any outfit and they will never really go out of style. This spring, you’ll see quite a few Parisians around with Gucci Jordaan Bit Loafers. But if that’s not in your budget, there are sophisticated iterations available on the high street, too. So, if you’ve been eyeing the trend but haven’t found a pair you love just yet, then look no further than the best loafers for women that I’ve pulled together here.
4. Low Block-Heel Pumps
All Parisians own at least one pair of low block heel pumps. If you’re favoring comfort over style, low block heel pumps are one of the comfortable shoe options you can walk for miles in. And there are two iconic pairs of low block heel pumps that Parisians love to wear: the Carel Kina Buckled Pumps and the Roger Vivier Block Heel Pumps. To see just how chic the low-block-heel pumps can really be, see and shop the most beautiful pairs on the market.
5. White Sneakers
You might know that uncomfortable high heels are not very “French”. Hardly any French woman decides to choose high heels for the whole day. And in Paris, it’s far more common to see Parisian women wearing flat shoes such as sneakers. And, to make their outfits look smarter, French women opt for white sneakers that make their feet look thin, small, and classy. If you want to learn more, you can read my previous article on how to wear sneakers like a stylish chic Parisian. Two of the most iconic sneakers are the Veja Espalar Sneakers and the Sezane Jack sneakers.
Et voilà! Now you know which type of shoes French women wear in spring! Which one is your favorite? Let me know in the 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