Bringing French Style Into Everyday Life – Red Shoes

French Style Red Shoes

I love style. I love it so much I did a whole course on it. 

And it probably comes as no surprise that I especially love French style. After all, it was our visits to France that got me interested in developing my own style in the first place.

There’s something so simple yet elegant about the outfits that stylish French women put together.  And every time we visit, I’m always looking to see what they’re wearing.

Of course, it probably goes without saying that I see many exceptional individual outfits. And I usually see some sort of trend. And it was no different on this trip.

The style element I saw time and time again recently was red shoes. Yes, we saw some oxblood and burgundy – it was autumn after all. But mostly we saw bright red shoes. Flats, high-heeled pumps and boots – we saw shoes in all shapes and sizes. And all in show-stopping shades of red.

Now, because I know I’ll be sharing any trends I see with you here on Distant Francophile, I have a rule about what I can class as a trend. Scott and I have to spot the potential trend at least three times each, and in a variety of locations. Well, we each saw so many pairs of red shoes we actually lost count. And we sighted them in Paris as well as in Clermont-Ferrand, Carcassonne and Rouen.

But the clincher for me on this particular French style trend was when Alisa, my friend and guest on The Franco-Files, mentioned in passing that she’d been seeing red shoes everywhere in Paris. She even sent me a photo of a French window display as proof!

French Style Red Shoes

Now, you might be thinking that bright red would be difficult to incorporate into an outfit. But in fact, it is incredibly easy to add some French style to your day in the form of red shoes. Here are three ideas to get you started.

Bringing French Style Into Everyday Life – Red Shoes

Idea One

Red looks sensational with neutrals like khaki, camel, grey and black. And there is nothing easier than putting together an all neutral outfit (think all grey or all khaki) and finishing it off with a pair of red shoes. Don’t forget to addyour favourite red lipstick for an extra French touch.

Idea Two

There’s a reason the colours red, white and blue feature on the flags of so many countries. The colours just look so good together. Use this as inspiration and team a crisp white shirt with your best blue denim jeans and your red shoes. 

Idea Three

Take your red shoes into the office. Paired with a suit – black or navy perhaps – red can add an unexpected splash of French style and personality to your corporate outfit. 

And remember Pinterest is a great resource if you are looking for even more ideas. Simply search ‘red shoes outfit’ and you’ll find a stack of inspiration.

Are you a fan of red shoes? Have you noticed them recently on French streets? Or have you perhaps picked up on another element of French style? I’d love for you to share your thoughts in the comments section below.

And until next time – au revoir.

Photo credit – window shot: Alisa Bearov Landrum.

Please note: This is an unsolicited post and no compensation of any kind has been received from the brands featured in this piece.

About Janelle

I believe that everyone can bring French elegance and inspiration to their life, no matter where they happen to live in the world. They only need to learn a secret or two to be on their way. When you join the Distant Francophile community, you’ll have access to the secrets that allow you to bring the best of the French lifestyle into your everyday life. I’m talking about things like style advice, recipes and book reviews. And you’ll also receive regular doses of French inspiration, as well as travel and packing tips galore.

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4 thoughts on “Bringing French Style Into Everyday Life – Red Shoes

  • Françoise

    Hello Janelle. It’s always a pleasure to read you. So pleasant to have my country analysed that way.
    I agree with red shoes. I haven’t managed to find “mine” yet but i’m working hard on it !
    It also works with all shades of Green which are vert popular these days.
    Enjoy your Sunday.

  • Taste of France

    I have some red trainers and would like a dressy pair next. Perhaps from Deuxième Studios, if I’m lucky. As you point out, a little bit of color on the feet is fun.
    There was a study by a (female) professor who, as an experiment, gave a presentation to a bunch of businessmen wearing a typical suit, then gave the same talk to another group, this time changing her black shoes for red ones. After each talk, she asked the audience to fill out an evaluation of her, guessing her credentials and publications. The audience with the red shoes thought she was smarter and more qualified. Details here:

  • Bonnie Phelan

    As always your advice and well written comments are much appreciated this is such a simple idea works for everyone. Thanks Janelle

  • Judy Noack

    I LOVE red shoes! My closet — if it could speak — would attest to that. My last trip to Paris in September included a pair of red shoes in my bag. Actually wearing a pair today as I write.