10 Out of 10 French Girls Own These 5 Shoe Styles

Allyson Payer

As our ongoing fascination with Carrie Bradshaw's style proves, we Americans love a vast shoe collection. But in our ongoing fascination with French style, our research has shown French 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 women have in their closet. We looked to the feet of Parisian It girls like Sabina Socol, Jeanne Damas, Anne-Laure Mais, Camille Charrière, and many more and successfully narrowed it down to just five styles that are essential to a French look.

While current shoe trends include glitter, pastel colors, unique heel shapes, and Western-inspired styles, 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 the French are known for—that je ne sais quoi. 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 shoes are and shop our picks for each!

ESPADRILLES

A French summer shoe favorite is undoubtedly espadrilles. Affordable Barcelona-based brand Castañer is a go-to, but the style has become so popular that even brands you never associated with the style have embraced it.

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Castañer Carina Wedge Espadrilles ($135)

H&M Platform Espadrilles ($30)

Sam Edelman Khloe Espadrille Flat ($48)

Rouje Estelle Espadrilles ($135)

WHITE SNEAKERS

White sneakers are certainly a staple of fashion influencers all across the land, but here in the U.S., sneaker trends vary considerably. French style setters, on the other hand, love their clean white kicks.

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Veja Esplar Sneaker ($120)

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers ($55)

Superga 2750 Nappaleaw Sneakers ($67)

Good News Bagger Lace Up Sneakers ($110)

BLOCK-HEEL MARY JANES

You won't typically catch the French teetering around in sky-high stilettos. Instead, when they want to wear heels, you'll oftentimes find them in a pair of block-heel Mary Janes, which instantly make any outfit look chic.

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Miu Miu Embellished Block Heel Mary Jane Pump ($850)

Repetto Rose Mary Jane Pumps ($331)

ASOS Willing Mary-Jane Block Heels in Ochre Velvet ($56)

Chanel Mary Janes ($900)

BALLET FLATS

The French wearing ballet flats: groundbreaking, right? While it may seem like stating the obvious, French It girls do love their ballet flats, which are often Repetto.

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Repetto Cendrillon Ballet Flats ($196)

Sam Edelman Felicia Ballet Flats ($110)

Chanel Ballerinas ($750)

Margaux The Demi ($155)

SUEDE ANKLE BOOTS

Just as espadrilles are the French go-to shoe style of summer, suede ankle boots with a block heel are the go-to shoe style of fall and winter. The suede boots add a bit of cool ruggedness to their otherwise polished looks.

H&M Ankle Boots ($70)

Isabel Marant Dacken Stacked Heel Bootie ($560)

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Mango Heel Leather Ankle Boot ($40)

Steve Madden Davist Bootie ($53)

Are you surprised that the French have great taste when it comes to classic shoes? Yeah, we aren't either. 

This article originally appeared on Who What Wear

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