While French women aren't afraid to try new trends or challenge the clichés that are often attached to the French aesthetic, there's no denying that they wear trend-proof pieces particularly well. Classic items that don't date year-on-year and that come in handy when styling the more statement clothes in their wardrobe. French women have helped me better understand the need for solid basics, pieces that work hard and can be worn with a multitude of outfits. And this is undoubtedly the case when it comes to their footwear selection.
Ever wondered which shoe styles French women wear during springtime? Let’s find out.
As a confessed Francophile, I'm always looking for new ways to bestow my own looks with some Gallic charm. On the cusp of spring, I was particularly interested in finding out which spring shoes French girls are most likely to wear. It's a tricky time to make footwear decisions—one minute it's raining, and the next it's glorious blue skies, so I'm always looking for inspiration and guidance when selecting shoes between seasons.
In the name of research, I scrolled through dozens of profiles belonging to fashionable French influencers, and after looking at the imagery I amassed during this deep dive, I realised that eight specific shoe styles kept cropping up, some of which I expected, but others? Total curveballs. With everything from classic flats to their go-to details, keep scrolling to see the French-girl spring shoes influencers love to wear.
Style Notes: No shoe style has been quite so prevalent over the past few years as chunky-strap flat sandals. It’s easy to assume French women would have swerved this trend, as stereotypes dictate they typically prefer their sandals to be more delicate, but I saw so many pairs—especially those with thick Velcro straps—whilst doing my research.
Style Notes: If you thought French women didn’t wear trainers, think again! Aside from chunky New Balance trainers, the kicks French women are most likely to wear in spring are Converse high-tops. I put this down to their chic, often-monochromatic colour palette and having the ideal dose of nostalgia.
Style Notes: Okay, so I know espadrilles may seem like a French fashion cliché, but they are on the feet of almost all French women come spring. Despite the fact that the shoes hail from Spain, French women have adopted the style as their own, wearing them with everything from floaty dresses and skirts to vintage denim.
Style Notes: This is perhaps the biggest French style cliché of them all (aside from berets and Breton stripes that is). I was surprised to learn just how many French women wear ballet flats. It's one of the first things they reach for once boot season is over, and they tend to stick to traditional colours for a grown-up take.