French Women Always Seem to Wear These Classic Sneakers

Allyson Payer
·3-min read

Regardless of your stance on the decades-long French-girl-style obsession, you have to admit that they have plenty of easy outfit ideas up their chic sleeves. In opposition to the stereotypes in which French women only wear ballet flats and espadrilles, many of their easy outfits involve sneakers.

We've published dozens of stories about French-girl outfits over the years, so you probably know the drill there, but perhaps you're curious about their sneaker-buying habits since they've become such a staple shoe style in everyone's wardrobes. Accordingly, we scrolled through hundreds of chic French-girl outfits and kept seeing seven specific sneaker styles on the streets of Paris and beyond. As expected, most of them veer toward classic, but there are a few surprises in the mix, and all are relatively affordable, which is always a plus.

Keep scrolling to see how French women style their favorite sneakers, and shop them for yourself.


The only actual French sneaker brand on this list, Veja is beloved around the world for its minimalist, classic white sneakers, which are also much more sustainable than most. Aïde wears the Campo style in the picture above, but we've seen V-10, Nova and Rio Branco styles too. The common thread? They're always white.

Veja Campo Leather Trainers (£115)

Veja V-10 Low-Top Leather Trainers (£115)

Veja Nova Sneakers (£75)

Converse Chuck Taylor

Chuck Taylors give any outfit they're paired with that cool vintage edge that so many of us love, French or not!

Converse Chuck Taylor High Top Sneakers (£56)

Converse All Star Low Platform Trainers (£75)

Converse All Star Hi 70s Trainers (£75)

New Balance 990v5

There's no surprise here, as the entire world has been enamored with these New Balance sneakers for over a year now, French people included.

New Balance 990v5 Sneakers (£180)

New Balance 990v5 Sneakers (£180)

New Balance 990v5 Sneakers (£180)

Nike Cortez

Nike Cortez sneakers give a cool '70s vibe to any outfit. They're a bit hard to find these days, though, so if you find a pair, snag them.

Nike Classic Cortez Trainers in Retro Leather (£75)

Nike Cortez Leather Trainers in White With Black Swoosh (£75)

Vans Authentic

These canvas sneakers will truly never go out of style, so you don't ever have to feel unsure about whether they look good or are worth buying.

Vans Classic Authentic Triple White Trainers (£52)

Vans Authentic Plimsolls in Black (£52)

Vans Authentic in Black Mono (£45)

Nike Air Force 1

These celebrity favorites are also a top choice in Paris right now. They look especially good with baggy jeans but are great with summer dresses too.

Nike Air Force 1 '07 White and Black Trainers (£90)

Nike Air Force 1 Shadow Suede and Leather Sneakers (£95)

Nike Air Force 1 '07 Trainers in White and Silver (£95)

Vans Old Skool

Another canvas classic, Vans Old Skool sneakers are a clear favorite (especially of French women who love '90s fashion).

Vans Old Skool Platform Checkerboard Trainers in White/Black (£65)

Vans Vans Classic Old Skool Triple White Trainers (£60)

Vans Classic Old Skool Black Trainers (£60)

This story was originally published on Who What Wear U.S. and has since been updated.

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