I've Just Come Back From Paris— 3 Pretty Shoe Trends French Women Are Wearing With Jeans and Skirts

We routinely turn to French women for outfit ideas given their effortless approach to style. The ensembles from Parisians that we save on Instagram are consistently equal parts easy and chic. And yes, they always include a forward shoe choice. On that note, there are a few specific summer shoe styles women in Paris are turning to over others, and they fall within the “elegant” category. Essentially, the silhouettes in question are pretty, sleek, and modern.

In addition, the said shoe trends seem to be paired the most with jeans and skirts—two staples that often complete some of the coolest outfits. Below you'll uncover the three elegant summer shoe styles French women are prioritizing the most. It’s also to note that the specific skirt and jean silhouettes Parisians wear run the gamut—everything from relaxed denim to long silk skirts. Oh, you’ll also uncover a range of shopping recommendations if you're looking to add a new pair of shoes, a skirt, or jeans to your wardrobe.

1. Slingbacks

How a French girl wears a skirt with heels

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Style Notes: As one of our fashion editors recently stated, slingbacks are a key shoe style to elevate an outfit. This outfit with the slingbacks and of-the-moment column skirt is about as chic as it gets.

How French girls wear slingbacks with jeans

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Style Notes: Slingbacks with a lower heel or in the form of flats are also quite relevant with both jeans and skirts.

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2. Court Shoes

How French girls wear a skirt with pumps

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Style Notes: As one of spring and summer 2024's most elegant shoe trends, court shoes (often in an almond-toe silhouette) are quickly becoming a key style for French women. This pair looks quite sleek with the cool leopard skirt.

How French girls wear pumps with jeans and a Louis Vuitton bag

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Style Notes: While sneakers could totally work with this ensemble, the elegant pair of heels is so chic with the jeans and leather jacket combo.

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3. Ballet Flats

How French girls wear ballet flats with skirts

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Style Notes: Ballet flats continue to hold strong as a go-to footwear choice for Parisians as an easy-to-style silhouette.

How French girls wear ballet flats with jeans

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Style Notes: This pair of ballet flats in red is beyond elegant with the light-wash jeans.

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Bobby Schuessler
Market Director

Bobby Schuessler is a fashion editor with over a decade of editorial experience covering shopping, style, and beauty. He's spent over seven years at Who What Wear, currently leading the market team to deliver highly covetable and convertible content. He creates data-driven shopping guides featuring top retialers like Nordstrom, Shopbop, and Net-a-Porter and is at the forefront of Who What Wear's shopping tentpole strategies, including Amazon Prime Day. He also works on branded content initiatives and appears on camera in video and shopping livestream franchises. He has also worked across a variety of other media brands and fashion retailers like Refinery29, PureWow, Men's Health, and Gilt covering commerce, trend reporting, women's and men's fashion, home, and lifestyle.