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Best Walking Shoes For Paris

Best Walking Shoes For Paris

One question I am asked a lot about Paris is what are the best walking shoes for the city. Today, I am telling you about my favorite walking shoes for Paris for each season and what shoes Parisians are wearing now.

First, whichever shoes you decide to pack with you, make sure they are comfortable. The last thing you want to do when you get to Paris is wear a pair of shoes that aren’t comfortable and you end up with blisters by the end of day one.

Also, don’t try and break in a new pair of shoes on the streets of Paris. Make sure your shoes have been worn a few times so your feet are used to them.

Lastly, shoe comfort is different for each person so I can tell you which shoes I think are the best walking shoes for Paris but ultimately that’s up to you.

These are the shoes I have packed for Fall, Spring, and Summer in Paris. Also, don’t forget things like gel insoles, moleskin padding, and band-aids.

Woman wearing pants, sneakers, and denim jacket.

Shoes To Pack For Paris In Spring And Summer

  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Ballet Flats or Loafers
  • Evening Shoes
  • Waterproof Boots *Early spring especially*

Shoes To Pack For Paris In Fall And Winter

  • Sneakers
  • Ballet Flats or Loafers
  • Ankle Boots
  • Tall Boots
  • Waterproof Boots
  • Evening Shoes

How Many Shoes To Pack For Paris

This is obviously up to each individual in how many shoes they want to pack and of course depends on the time of year and how long you’re staying in Paris. I would recommend 2-3 pairs if you’re going for a week and a few more if you’re staying longer. Of course, there’s no better place to buy shoes than Paris if you require more.

Here’s my list of the best walking shoes to pack and wear in Paris broken down by category. I’ve shown the styles I have worn as well as other options.

  • Ballet Flats
  • Sandals
  • Sneakers
  • Boots
  • Evening Shoes

Best Ballet Flats For Paris

Classic ballet flats to wear in Paris.

One thing to keep in mind regarding ballet flats, you can also take loafers or mary janes as well. They are just as stylish and classic as ballet flats and worn by locals.

M.Gemi Ballet Flat

The Danza from M.Gemi are incredibly comfortable due to the small wedge in the heel which helps to provide a little lift and support.

Chanel Ballet Flat (similar)

One of my ballet flat styles I always pack during the spring and summer are my Chanel ballet flats (similar option). They are comfortable, chic, and classic and can easily be dressed up or down. A two-tone ballet flat option is great when you want to wear a basic outfit but elevate it a bit.

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Best Sandals For Walking In Paris

During the summer months, it’s highly acceptable to wear sandals walking around Paris. Of course, you still want to make sure you are wearing ones that are comfortable to walk around all day.

Best shoes to wear in Paris for walking.

Hermès Oran Sandal(similar), Sézane (similar), K. Jacques St Tropez (similar)

K Jacques St Tropez

A few styles I have worn in Paris during the summer months are these K Jacques St. Tropez, which is an investment pair, but very comfortable(similar affordable pair). Lots of French women are wearing this French brand during the warmer season with their summer uniform of skirts and dresses.

Hermès Oran Sandal

I also own the Hermès Oran Sandals which are very comfortable in my opinion. For a similar style, you can try these leather sandals. Usually, I will wear these with dresses, skirts, and even jeans when in Paris.

Sèzane Sandals

During the summer months, I have worn the Low Adeline to walk around the city and they are always comfortable to me. I have also worn these sandals to climb up castles in Provence over cobblestone streets.

Each spring and summer, I invest in several Sézane sandals, which are always comfortable. The ones I am wearing above are currently unavailable, but there are several other options like Low Aly, Rima, and Judith.

Madewell Sandals

Madewell always has a great selection of comfortable and affordable sandals to pack for Paris. The ones I have above are currently not available, but other styles I am loving for this new season and would take to Paris are these flatform, and these strappy ones.

SHOP SHOES

Sneakers

Adidas Stan Smith

There are several sneakers that Parisians are always wearing and the Stan Smith is one of them. In all the years I have been to Paris, this has never changed. You will find them being worn in the Navy or Green styles.

If Parisians are wearing them all over to walk the street then they must be good right? Personally, these are the most comfortable sneakers I have worn in Paris.

VEJA V-10 Leather Sneakers

VEJA is one of the most popular sneaker brands in Paris and everyone is wearing them. There was even a line outside and around the corner to get into the store. However, not all VEJA are created equally. These V-10s are not my favorite pair to wear in Paris.

These shoes do take time to break in so you want to make sure you do that before you wear them around Paris all day. I went down a size in these and wear the same ankle socks.

VEJA Campo

Another VEJA style I have worn in Paris before are the campo style which I actually find to be more comfortable than the V-10.

New Balance

New Balance has become quite popular in Paris over the last year couple of years I have noticed during my trips there. Last spring I bought this exact pair in Navy when I was visiting.

The 574 is a great sneaker especially if you need more support to walk all day. They are easy to wear and look classic with denim and trousers.

Axel Arigato Sneakers

During our month in Paris, I bought these Axel Arigato sneakers at Le Bon Marché. I have been looking for a new pair of unique sneakers yet still comfortable enough to walk around.

The sales lady told me these are a brand all the Parisians are wearing now and since then I have actually noticed more and more Parisians with them on.

Sèzane Jack Trainer

The Jack Trainers are a great option for Paris especially during the warmer months. I took these to Paris in the Summer and walked about 25,000 plus steps a day. Not once did I get a blister or any kind of rub from these sneakers.

These trainers have a bit of a lower profile so I feel they are best worn in Paris during the Summer months. Plus, they are not as heavy as some sneakers so make it a bit easier to take them when traveling.

They are beautiful leather sneakers that I took my normal size of 6.5. These sneakers are more of a cream vs. true white but you will not regret purchasing these sneakers.

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Best Boots To Pack For Paris

Waterproof Bootie

During Fall/Winter and Spring, it’s best to have a waterproof bootie on hand in case it rains. Weather during these months can be sporadic and you never know when it’s going to rain in Paris so it’s always best to be prepared.

I wore this pair of Aquatalia Booties (yes, they are an investment), on my last two trips to Paris in the Spring and late Fall. The bootie has a pointed toe which always helps to elongate the legs and a height of 1.5″, not too high and not too small.

I prefer a lower boot to fit perfectly under flare or boot-cut denim, trousers, or even with tights and a skirt or dress. For this boot, I take my normal size of 6.5.

Other options for booties are these Naturalizer, these Blondo, or these as well.

sézane adelle Ankle boots

This fall these Sézane Axelle boots were one of my most worn pair for the season. I wore them all over Paris with jeans, dresses, and trousers. A great way to add a pop of color to your outfits.

Sézane Tall Boots

During the fall and winter, you might want take a pair of tall boots to keep your legs warm. Go for a pair like these Sézane or a pair of tall waterproof boots is also a good idea.

SHOP THE BOOTS

Types Of Evening Shoes To Take To Paris

SLINGBACKS

These French Sole slingbacks are a great option for dinners and evening events. They are comfortable, stylish, and elevate an outfit.

Sézane Gloria Sandals

One of my most favorite and worn shoes are these Sézane Gloria Sandals. They have traveled with me on almost every Paris trip. The gold sandals are easy to dress up or down, are comfortable thanks to the block heel, and are incredibly chic. Parisians love to wear gold sandals and heels.

SHOP THE SHOES

What About Shoes For Pictures

If you want to take pictures with shoes that aren’t great for walking all day, then here’s my trick. I carry around this Longchamp tote with me every day and inside I always carry another pair of shoes.

There are times when I want to wear nice shoes for pictures but won’t be going back to the hotel to change during the day. So, I just take them with me. Put them on for the picture and then take them off again and put them back on my sneakers.

What Shoes Parisians Are Wearing Now

If you want to go to Paris and look like a local then you want to take these shoes with you on your next trip. Lots and lots of sneakers including, VEJA, Stan Smith, and Converse.

Also, Parisians love their booties and there was no shortage of those as well. I didn’t notice as many ballet flats this time around but maybe it was because it was still a bit chilly some days. I will look to see if I see people wearing those in June.

I always look at the Parisians to see what they are wearing before I pack for my trip. I figure if the shoes are comfortable enough for them to walk all day every day, then they must work.

Hopefully, this has helped with the best walking shoes for Paris and some things to think about next time you head to the city of lights.

French Shoe Brands

Here are some of my favorite French shoe brands I like to wear in Paris and some on my wishlist.

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9 Comments

  1. Hi! I’m planning a trip to Italy and Spain this summer, and found your recommendations so helpful. I’ve bookmarked several links. Thanks for the practical help and stylish details!

    1. Hi Zahra,
      My pleasure and I am so glad you have found the article helpful! Have a wonderful vacation and thank you for reading.
      Noelani 🙂

  2. This time last year I was in Paris for the first time, and enjoyed a wonderful two weeks (le sigh). Between our hotel and the metro station on our first morning, my loafers that are incredibly comfortable at home were rubbing my heel, so I limped back to the hotel and switched to my Stan Smiths. I was definitely not wearing socks with the loafers, and may not even have been wearing footies … oops. If you tear your feet up the first day, you’re in trouble! I ended up wearing my Stans most days after that — partly because of the comfort and partly because it rained most of our trip, and I didn’t want to ruin my dressier shoes.

    My husband and I both wore our Nisolo ankle boots as well, as an alternate to sneakers, which were helpful for the rain and cool April weather.

    I wore my Margaux The Demi ballet flats for our all-day Versailles visit, with footies and heel pads, because my Stans weren’t as cute with the lady jacket I wanted to wear. 😉 While walking across all the cobblestones between the gates and the palace entrance, my ankles were quite unhappy but otherwise they were plenty comfortable the rest of the day. I wouldn’t wear ballet flats two days in a row for a ton of walking, though.

    Since that trip I invested in a pair of Aquatalia Stassi ankle boots. Despite the heel I clocked over 20,000 steps in them all over Brussels, with no discomfort. I wish I had them in Paris, especially because they’re both chic and weatherproof. I tried 6 different Aquatalia ankle boot styles and the Stassi was my personal favorite, but there’s something for everyone! For anyone traveling frequently in cold or cool weather, especially in Europe where you’re doing lots of walking, the investment is totally worth it. I wear them all the time back at home too.

    1. Hi Hollie,
      Love this message! I agree about the Aquatalia, being so incredibly comfortable, and the investment being worth it for sure! I belive in paying for comfortable shoes especially for Paris and you’re right, you can definitely wear them at home as well. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!
      Noelani

  3. Hi Noelani

    Thank you so much for joining us and sharing your shoe options. You have great style. Unfortunately, I have a bunion, so now have to order a wide width so my options are limited darn it!

  4. Wonderful post! So informative. I have some issues with plantar fascists and comfortable shoes are a must. I am waiting for my Veja Campo which is in back order, but I see that you prefer the V10. Should I change? Or do you recommend I get the Stan instead? Thanks!

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