Something about living in Paris: If you don't like to walk, you probably shouldn't move there. It's a highly walkable city, with neighborhoods heavily concentrated with cafés, markets, and shops, and if you need to travel further, chances are that you'll at least have to walk to the Metro station. And while the streets are constantly being repaved (it's a very old city, after all), you'll still find a fair amount of cobblestone ones. My point is: It's not a city that's exactly made for wearing heels.
If you scroll through the Instagram accounts of French women, there's further proof, as you'll see lots of flats outfits (and when they do wear heels, they're usually block heels). It's a great place to turn to for flat shoe-trend intel because of this. There are five styles, in particular, that I've seen over and over on the feet of French women this year, and each of them is trendy yet classic. With that, scroll to find your next chic pair of flats
ballet flats, loafers, retro sneakers, clogs, mary janes
They're certainly in the ballet flats family, but Mary Janes are unique enough to have their own category. They add vintage appeal to whatever they're paired with, which is probably one of the reasons French women embrace them.