People in Paris Consistently Wear These 6 Flat Shoes With Jeans in Spring

Lauded as being effortlessly stylish, the French woman's fashion game is a code many attempt to crack, but few master. One enigmatic facet of their dressing prowess lies in their choice of footwear—specifically the flat shoes they wear. Flat shoes might have dominated this year but, to people in Paris, they've long been a staple in their wardrobes, one which they largely favour over heels. Okay, I'm generalising, but if you've been to Paris lately then I think you'll agree; no one wears flat shoes as well as French women. A blend of comfort and sophistication, flat shoes effortlessly capture the essence of Parisian allure.

More often than not, you'll find French women wearing flats shoes with jeans outfits. This strikingly simple combination might sound like a no-brainer, but their jeans-and-flat-shoe combinations are anything but basic or boring. From classic ballet flats to minimalist loafers, the choice of footwear becomes a canvas for expressing personal style, whilst the jeans add a casual je ne sais quoi to the rest of the look. Then, it's up to you—pop on a blue Oxford shirt, simple knitwear or a sleek blazer, because there's very little you can't style with this classic pairing.

For extra inspiration, I've assembled some of my favourite French-girl outfits that feature jeans and flat shoes. Something tells me these looks will come in handy for the season ahead.

1. Mary Janes


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Style Notes: Nodaleto put mary janes back on the fashion map a few seasons ago with its chunky heeled styles, but French women have long worn theirs by way of a flat shoe. Right now, I'm seeing more and more Parisiennes opting for mary janes from brands Le Monde Beryl and Vibi Venezia.

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2. Mules


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Style Notes: When it comes to flat shoes, none look quite as elegant as simple mules. Worn with a jersey top—in this instance, a long-sleeved, ballerina-style—this is a look you can rely on for errand running, coffee dates and meandering shopping trips.

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3. Ballet Shoes


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Style Notes: Of all the French-style clichés there are, there is one that certainly rings true—people in Paris love to wear ballet flats, and do so regularly. Although they loan themselves to dresses and skirts, I'd argue they look their coolest worn with baggy denim.

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4. Minimal Loafers


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Style Notes: London fashion people live in loafers, and their French counterparts are just as obsessed. Where ballet flats or mary janes can feel somewhat twee, a sleek pair of loafers will give your ensembles an androgynous feel.

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5. Slingbacks


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Style Notes: This season marks the return of the pointed flat, with many of these shoes coming with slingbacks as standard. Although they present the same clean finish as mules, the addition of a strap around the ankle makes them more secure and practical for longer periods of wear. Try styling yours with a pair of chunky socks—this will help you achieve that effortless French aesthetic that's hard to replicate.

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6. Chunky Sandals


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Style Notes: It's almost time to bring out your sandals. Start by pairing them with jeans and a blazer. Hello, trans-seasonal-outfit perfection.

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over thirteen years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content specifically for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, leads the editorial team in their SEO strategy and keyword planning, works closely with the beauty team on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media, including her own Who What Wear UK TikTok franchise, French Style Fridays. Previously, Maxine appeared on ITV's This Morning in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o.

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship at Look magazine, she was offered a position on the brand's fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. Her passion and natural talent for writing and styling meant she swiftly rose through the ranks to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as’s fashion and beauty writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief, overseeing both print and digital, before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others.

Maxine is based remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh where she spends her downtime renovating her house, walking her dogs, hosting friends and trying to master the art of making Old Fashioned cocktails.