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Stylish and Classic Shoes For Fall

When it comes to French girl fashion and style for Fall and Autumn, a classic pair of shoes and sneakers can make all the difference in your outfits.

Shoes are such a classic and stylish piece of any wardrobe for women and this Fall there are several shoe and sneaker styles French women and classic, stylish women will be wearing.

Lady in fall walking across the street with black denim, stripe top, sweater, black slingbacks, and leather bag

Outfit : Jenni Kayne SweaterEverlane Denim – Chanel Slingbacks – Alex Mill Top A.P.C. Bag

These shoes are classic, timeless pieces that can last for years and outlive any seasonal fashion trend. If you follow French girl style at all, these are all must-have shoes in their closet to take them through Fall and Winter.

If you don’t follow French girl style, but still appreciate classic women’s style and fashion these are also great shoes to invest in. You can wear these shoes with basic everyday outfits like jeans and sweaters or with dressier outfits like a Fall knit dress.

Classic Must Have Shoes For Fall

1. Loafers

Loafers are such chic and classic shoes for the fall and autumn seasons and never go out of style. They are a closet staple not only for Parisian style but this fall season there are so many different types of loafers you can wear.

Depending on the look you are going for, you can choose from more of a classic, polished style like the Sam Edelman Loraine (mine are TTS). An investment feminine-looking pair is the Gucci Jordan Horsebit (mine are European TTS).

If you’re looking for more of an edgy or masculine-looking loafer for fall or autumn, you can go with a loafer with either a tassel, a penny loafer, or even a chunky lug sole loafer like these from Madewell.

2. Slingbacks

Slingbacks are a great alternative to high sandals or heels if you still want the height but want a little extra comfort with a strap around your ankle. Slingbacks are classic, stylish shoes that can be worn with jeans, trousers, and even a dress or slip skirt for fall.

Classic slingbacks come either as a kitten heel, or a small wedge, or you can even purchase a flat slingback.

A stylish and fashionable color to wear is either a two-tone or a sleek all-black slingback. Of course, the ultimate slingbacks are Chanel, but if those aren’t in the budget go for more affordable options. Vaneli has great-looking slingbacks at very reasonable price points.

I actually bought my Chanel slingbacks second-hand and couldn’t be happier. I have a timeless pair of slingbacks to wear for years that I purchased for less than half price. I know I will get years of wear out of these and feel good about that investment. I plan on wearing these classic shoes for fall with jeans and trousers.

3. Ankle Boots

Classic ankle boots are a staple during the fall and winter months for not only french women but for stylish women in general.

Ankle boots are easy to wear with jeans and you can even dress them up to be a bit chicer with black ankle boots and black point pants for a more streamlined look.

Go with leather, suede, or even a dark burgundy for the fall and winter months. The height of an ankle boot will vary from either a block heel to low or high ankle boots depending on your comfort level.

Some of my favorite ankle boots are from & Other Stories, Mango, Sézane, and ba&sh Paris.

The beautiful investment options I would recommend are these Loeffler Randall ones in a beautiful cacao color. I purchased these finally after two years of them selling out before I could get them. Another investment pair is these Rag & Bone that I get so many compliments on when I wear them.

4. Sneakers

Sneakers can obviously be worn year-round and look classic and stylish worn in many different ways. For fall and winter, wear sneakers with trousers and a sweater or jeans and a blazer.

You can wear a basic French girl sneaker like a VEJA, Converse, or Stan Smith. Or, go for a vintage-looking New Balance. Sneakers no longer have the reputation they used to have, just being worn for sports. Now, a sneaker is part of a classic shoe for fall.

5. Tall Boots

Once the weather becomes much cooler, wear tall boots for an elevated look while staying stylish. I love to wear tall boots with skirts and dresses in the fall.

There’s something elegant about a pair of tall black leather or brown cognac boots with a turtleneck or sweater and a classic bag.

Invest in a pair of tall boots you can wear for years because they never go out of style. Depending on your comfort level wear wedge, heels for height and to lengthen the legs, or a flatter version.

Several years ago, I invested in these Loeffler Randall Gia Boots and they are absolutely worth the money. They are gorgeous, the heel height is great, and they are comfortable. Very classic and timeless-looking pair of tall boots for fall.

6. Evening Shoes For Fall

A beautiful and elegant pair of evening shoes can be worn for date nights, cocktail dinners, and evenings out with friends. Don’t overestimate the power of a beautiful evening shoe. It can make a very basic outfit look elevated and elegant.

If you want something more classic and timeless, go for a kitten heel or suede mule. Invest in a pair that you can wear for years and that’s versatile. One evening shoe on my wish list and a very French girl shoe is a pair of Manolo Blahnik suede mules.

Another evening shoe to invest in would be a classic pair of black pumps in either leather or suede.

7. Classic Ballet Flats

Ballet flats are having a comeback this season although for me they never really went away. Not only are ballet flats classic and timeless but they are in every French woman’s closet.

An incredibly classic and versatile shoe, ballet flats can basically be worn with anything. A very classy, stylish, and timeless outfit is a pair of ballet flats, jeans, and a beautiful cashmere sweater or blazer for fall.

Go for a very Parisian style look with a striped top, straight-leg denim, and a classic leather bag.

You can wear a simple black pair in leather or go with a suede-colored (use SARAHFLINT-BANOELANIKC for $50 off) version for this fall and autumn. A two-tone color is also beautiful that will go with anything you wear.

Chanel ballet flats are the most classic but since ballet flats are trending this Fall you can find them at classic retailers like J.CREW, Loeffler Randall, Everlane, and Shopbop.

If you still want the feel of a classic ballet flat but a different look, opt for a mule style like these from MargauxNY.

8. Clogs for Autumn

Clogs are a very classic Parisian style type of shoe but have recently become mainstream over the past couple of seasons. It’s almost like we are realizing how classic and timeless French and Parisian styles are and can’t get enough.

I personally have been wearing clogs for a few seasons now and absolutely love them. I have two pairs, this pair I wear in fall and autumn and these Isabelle Sézane pair I wore all spring and summer.

There are so many different versions of clogs for the season depending on what you want. For a classic look go with leather or suede. For cooler days, wear a shearling lined clog. You can also choose a higher heel or flat clog to wear.

For fall and autumn, I will wear them with wide-leg jeans, a t-shirt, and a cardigan, for a Parisian look.

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