I've Just Come Back From Paris—6 Summer Shoes French Women Are Wearing Nonstop

French women have long been heralded as style icons in their own right, and their impeccable fashion choices extend to their shoe game, too. As temperatures continue to rise, people in Paris are embracing an array of stylish footwear trends that effortlessly capture the essence of the season. When it comes to shoes, comfort and style go hand in hand for these chic dressers; a potent combination if there ever was one.


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As an admirer of all things French, I constantly seek fresh ways to infuse my own style with a touch of that Gallic charm. So, I thought I'd take a closer look at the French summer shoe trends that are currently dominating the pavements. What I soon realised was—as often is the way with French style—many of the pairs I saw felt inherently timeless and trend-proof; the sort of shoes you'll come back to again and again, regardless of the trends happening in the background.

Since France is blessed with a slightly warmer climate than we are, the majority of French summer shoe staples are sandals. Not all, I might add, but most. This is no deterrent though, especially given the glorious weather we're experiencing on British soil already this summer. Perhaps if I dress like a Parisian, their forecast will head this way, too? A little manifesting never hurt anyone, I guess. From flats to heels, let's explore the French summer shoe trends Parisians are wearing right now.

1. Elevated Flip-Flops


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Once considered solely appropriate for beach outings, flip flops have become a stylish staple around the world, particularly when they're made from premium materials such as leather and suede. It's these elevated options that French women are gravitating towards right now, with finishes such as mock croc further enhancing their expensive look.

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2. Demi-Wedges


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Though they ebb and flow in popularity in the UK, wedges—often in espadrille styles—continue to reign supreme in the French summer shoe repertoire. A marriage of style and support, while wedges are still prevalent in Paris and beyond, I'm seeing more and more French women opt for sleeker designs, often with lower heels for traversing the cobbled streets.

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3. Simple Sliders


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Another favoured summer shoe trend among the French is the slide sandal. Combining ease and style, these slip-on wonders come in a variety of materials and designs, with braided leather styles proving especially popular with our Gallic friends.

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4. Ankle Ties


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We've already discussed the affinity French people have for espadrilles, and this summer shoe trend nods to the style. Though the woven wedge is absent, ankle-tie straps are dominating the French sandal scene right now, be it on flats or heels.

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5. Ballet Flats


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Although it might sound cliché, one trend that's synonymous with French style that the women there really do wear, is ballet flats. Widely considered classic and elegant, they're a no-brainer with jeans and skirts, especially in the warmer months.

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6. White Tones


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French women have a penchant for white shoes, embracing their clean and minimalist appeal. Whether it's ballet flats (as seen above) or elegant strappy sandals, they're a versatile option that goes with a myriad of outfits, which only furthers their appeal.

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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 InStyle.co.uk’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.