These Are the Only Sneakers French Women Wear

Regardless of your stance on the years-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 these 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 their wardrobes. Accordingly, we scrolled through hundreds of chic French-girl outfits and kept seeing eight specific sneakers on the streets of Paris and beyond. As expected, most of them veer classic, but there are a few trendy surprises in the mix, and all are relatively affordable, which is always a plus.

Keep scrolling to see how the French 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. 

Chuck Taylors give any outfit they’re paired with that cool vintage edge that French women love.

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

Nike Cortez sneakers give a cool ’70s vibe that feels very fresh right now. They’re a bit hard to find these days, though, so if you find a pair, snag them.

These canvas sneakers will truly never go out of style, so you might as well buy them in every color.

These celebrity favorites are also French-girl favorites right now. They look especially good with baggy jeans. 

Yes, the New Balance 990v5s are the reigning It sneakers, but all New Balance styles are also It sneakers. French women are well aware of this.

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

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