I live in Paris and these are the 3 shoe trends for summer 2024

After Paris experienced its rainiest spring since 1886, we can finally see the sunlight at the end of this (soggy) tunnel – and Parisians couldn't be more excited for summer temperatures. With only closed shoes and water-repellent spring shoes allowed in the drizzle of the past few months, French girls were quick to slip on their new summer shoes during this warm, sunny week.

Chunky shoes for stomping around town have officially been relegated to the back of closets. Now the front row is reserved for ladylike steppers for strutting down the streets. Think: cute Mary Jane ballet flats, dainty Carrie Bradshaw-esque heels and trendy braided shoes. Below, find the summer shoe trends all Parisians are wearing right now:

Cute Mary Jane Flats

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When sneakers inevitably lose their appeal in high temperatures, Mary Janes can be a good substitute. With many styles that nearly As comfortable and supportive as your Adidas Gazelles, flat Mary Janes can be your go-to shoe when you're walking around town. If comfort is your priority, opt for Sam Edelman's leather Mary Janes, which shoppers say are “supportive, well-cushioned, and surprisingly lightweight,” or these classic satin ballet flats from Amazon, which feature cushioned, anti-fatigue soles for extra comfort. If you're looking for a slightly dressier pair, Tory Burch's new cap toe Mary Jane flats are a great choice, and if you're leaning toward trendier pieces, you're sure to love Mango's ballet flats with a chunky buckle or Free People's daisy-studded mesh ballet flats.

Dainty kitten heel sandals


Maybe it's because Sex and the City has finally made it to Netflix, but French girls aren't shying away from dainty heels that look like something Carrie Bradshaw would wear. These shoes have a more reasonable heel that makes it easier to walk around town and a delicate silhouette that will elevate any outfit. You can walk 48 blocks in these shoes, like Carrie—but they won't cost you $400. For example: Try Steve Madden's kitten heel flip flops in classic black, Mango's tangerine ones for a poppier hue, or a pair of metallic strappy pumps from Amazon. Looking for sturdier options? Reach for Jeffrey Campbell's satin pumps with a tiny heel or Reformation's fashionable, barely-there option.

Trendy woven shoes


Braided shoes are a French-girl classic—probably because they pair well with cropped jeans, mini T-shirts, and a basket as a handbag (did I bring an image of Jane Birkin to your mind?). If you prefer leather options, try Jeffrey Campbell's cognac mules or Madewell's coffee-colored ballet flats, both of which are dressy enough to wear to the office. If you want a lighter, more casual choice, opt for Steve Madden's flat mules, or for a super comfortable option, Sam Edelman's Rowan sandals, both of which are made for lake and beach life. And if you prefer your shoes a little higher, Cushionare's braided heels are a fun, more formal pair to wear to this season's garden parties.