As the fashion capital of the world, Paris is the go-to place to look for the latest trends in fashionable footwear. On a recent trip to the City of Love, busy Parisian women seemed to embrace an “upscale casual” trend. Whether riding the Metro or shopping through the artsy Marais neighborhood, sky-high stilettos were replaced by dressy flats in a variety of styles that work just as well with a summery dress or skinnies and a cute top. Here are a few shoe trends that we saw Parisian women wearing throughout the city.
By far, the most frequent shoe style seen throughout Paris is a chic and classic ballet flat. In a variety of materials and designs, ballet flats, made popular by Audrey Hepburn, can work with almost any outfit for any occasion and are perfect for running around a busy city. Two new arrivals for fall, the Haloe ballet flat, with a snake-printed toe cap and chain link detail, and the Velma, with quilted stitching and patent touches, have just enough embellishment to add a little something extra while still keeping you comfortable.
Parisian women are known to dress in neutrals – black is everywhere – with small touches of color and bling in their accessories. On hot and humid days in the city, an embellished sandal is a must-have to add a pop of shine and interest. Like ballet flats, they can be worn with a cute dress or casual outfit and are comfortable for long days of walking. The Waverly sandal, with jewel and metallic ornamentation on a white, silver, or black upper, pairs well with a basic ensemble. For a more minimal statement, the Julissa in sand leather/gold snake adds a hint of shine without overwhelming your look.
One major fashion trend for the upcoming fall season is adding a touch of masculinity to a feminine look. Always ahead of the curve, we noticed Parisian women here and there sporting a low-profile, lace-up oxford shoe, particularly with tights and a basic dress or with skinny jeans and a light sweater or cardigan. Start your transition into fall with Naturalizer’s Hampshire oxford, a leather lace-up style with a short heel that comes in both black and a multi-tonal brown.
What is your favorite Parisian trend?