Turns Out You Only Need 5 Shoe Styles to Dress Like a French Girl
As our ongoing fascination with Carrie Bradshaw's style proves, we fashion girls love a vast shoe collection. But we also have an ongoing fascination with French-girl style, and according to our research, Parisian shoe collections are decidedly more pared down. Our research, in this case, consisted of doing a deep dive into our Instagram feeds to find out which shoe styles 10 out of 10 cool French girls have in their closet. We looked to the feet of Parisian It girls like Sabina Socol, Jeanne Damas, Anne-Laure Mais, Camille Rowe, and many more, and we successfully narrowed it down to just five styles that are essential to a French girl's look.
While current shoe trends include Lucite straps, embellishment, embroidery, and satin bows, the five-piece French-girl shoe collection is ultra classic in comparison. And their shoes of choice all ultimately contribute to the effortlessly chic aesthetic that French girls embody. So whether you're looking to pare down your shoe collection to just the essentials or add a few pairs to give your look more of a Parisian feel, read on to find out what the five essential French-girl shoe styles are and shop our picks for each!
A French-girl shoe favourite is undoubtedly espadrilles. Affordable Barcelona-based brand Castañer is their go-to, but the designs have become so popular that Zara even has a whole category devoted to the style this season.
White sneakers are certainly a staple of fashion girls all across the land, but here in Australia, sneaker trends vary considerably. French girls, on the other hand, love their clean white kicks.
BLOCK-HEEL MARY JANES
You won't typically catch French girls teetering around in sky-high stilettos. Instead, when they want to wear heels, you'll find them in a pair of feminine block-heel Mary Janes, which instantly make any outfit look chic.
French girls wearing ballet flats: groundbreaking, right? While it may seem like stating the obvious, French girls really do love their ballet flats, which are often Repetto.
SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS
Just as espadrilles are the French-girl go-to shoe style of summer, suede ankle boots with a block heel are the go-to shoe style of autumn and winter. The suede boots add a bit of cool ruggedness to their otherwise polished looks.