I'll Never Wear These Shoes Again After Living in Paris

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Years ago, I spent a summer living in Paris. During my time in the city, I found an apartment in the Marais and made a point of trying to live like a local. I made regular stops at the boulangerie on the corner and walked everywhere to really learn the city for myself. During those walks down the sweeping boulevards of St. Germain and through the paths along the Tuileries, I encountered stylish Parisian women and made mental notes about the outfits they were wearing.

Since Paris is a city where the locals walk everywhere, outfits always strike a balance of stylish, cool, and comfortable. So I quickly learned that the towering heels I’d packed in my suitcase were not very "French.” I’ve since given up wearing any shoes that are uncomfortable. Instead, I’ve taken inspiration from the stylish Parisian women I came across and added their go-to shoe styles into my own closet. Ahead, see the Parisian shoe trends I still wear today.

1. ANKLE BOOTS

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Perhaps one of the most Parisian shoes in my closet: ankle boots. No matter what time of the year, these are essential to pair with everything from jeans to dresses.

2. LEATHER SANDALS

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For warm weather, leather sandals are key. You'll be sure to spot the classic style on plenty of French girls—I especially love slide versions.

3. SLINGBACK HEELS

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If you want to slip on some heels, there are a few styles French women wear on repeat. First up: slingbacks that are both practical and stylish.

4. KITTEN HEELS

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Another key heel style? Kitten heels. What makes these popular is perhaps unsurprising: They're more comfortable than sky-high silhouettes.

5. STRAPPY HEELS

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The other heel staple French girls wear? Strappy styles that have a delicate, barely there look.

This post was published at an earlier date and has since been updated. Next, shop my holy-grail wardrobe basics.

Associate Director, Special Projects

Kristen Nichols is the Associate Director, Special Projects at Who What Wear with over a decade of experience in fashion, editorial, and publishing. She covers seasonal runway reports, fashion trends, the luxury market, industry expert interviews, fall and spring issue features, on-the-rise brands, self-styled shopping stories on the best current buys, and columns including The Luxury List. She also contributes to podcast recordings, branded content initiatives, and social media takeovers. Kristen has worked with luxury brands including Prada, MyTheresa, and Luisa Via Roma, and rising designers such as Refine and Tove, and her personal style has been featured in publications including Vogue.com, Vogue France, and the CFDA. Prior to Who What Wear, Kristen began her career at Rodarte, where she worked on assistant styling, photo shoots, and runway shows, and at Allure, where she moved into print and digital editorial. She graduated from the University of Southern California, where she studied art history and business, and currently lives in Los Angeles.