Where French women buy shoes in Paris: 5 top stores!

MyFrenchLife™ - shoes in paris - LouboutinsIt’s no secret that shopping is one of my favourite pastimes. But even more thrilling than a purchase is the hunt – not for new things, but for new and exciting shops.

I’ve been buying shoes at some of them since I was a teenager; I discovered others as recently as last year! I’ve decided to start the series with my favourite shoe stores – because a girl can never have too many!

Christian Louboutins red-soled shoes have become synonymous with the epitome of French style.

A pair of Louboutin’s ‘Simple Pumps’ in basic black has long been on my wishlist, but until my dream-world budget becomes a reality, I stick to buying my shoes at more economical – but equally chic – shops when I’m in Paris.

When in Paris, shop for shoes at…

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You won’t find any expensive shoes at Candice. There are no brand names. Some of the shoes come without boxes. But in spite of the plethora of man-made fabrics and blatant knockoffs, the French have a distinct advantage when it comes to low-priced merchandise that North Americans never will. The shoes at Candice are all made in Europe.

Granted, they are made by underpaid and overworked Europeans, a fact that is evident upon close inspection, but these shoes will surprise you. They are immediately comfortable and shockingly durable. If you really feel like you need a pair of red patent Oxfords, even though you know in your heart of hearts you’ll only wear them once, Candice won’t disappoint – and the prices are low enough that you can avoid buyer’s remorse entirely.

14, rue de l’Ancienne-Comédie


MyFrenchLife™ - shoes in Paris - jonakIf you’ve been admiring the motorcycle boots all girls in Paris seem to own in every imaginable neutral shade, head to your nearest Jonak location to find a pair of your own.

A veritable institution in Paris, the Nakam family has been making quality footwear since 1964. Buying a pair of their boots is like buying a Parisian souvenir – and it’s a much better investment than an Eiffel Tower key chain.

Ten locations in Paris

Kerstin Adolphson

Scandinavian style is admired all over the world; Nordic women have a knack for combining practical pieces in the most stylish ways. If you’re looking to emulate that easy chic while you’re in Paris, look no further than Kerstin Adolphson, a fashionable Swedish boutique on the left bank that sells a seemingly endless range of au courant clogs, from simple basics in wood and leather to wild floral and plastic styles.

157, boulevard Saint-Germain


Minelli has a lot in common with North American Aldo. They offer low-to-mid priced basic and trendy footwear – some of it is leather, while some of it falls into the ‘other’ category. But, being that this is a French business, the store has a decidedly stylish twist. You won’t find any fuchsia satin pumps in their window display; all of their shoes come in pleasing neutral tones – black, brown, beige, charcoal… – with the occasional glaring exception. Minelli is fond of purple. And they adore red.

23 locations in Paris


MyFrenchLife™ - shoes in paris - repetto

The old standby of European ballerinas, this dancewear company recently expanded their line to include fashion footwear and handbags. Money cannot buy you a better pair of ballet flats than the ones Repetto makes, and they come in every colour in the known universe. They aren’t cheap, but in this case, you get what you pay for. (Consider your Repettos an investment in the health of your feet. Or, if you aren’t a fan of thinking practically, just consider them really pretty shoes. The strappy salomés are to die for.) The store offers serious service – they will measure your feet to ensure you get the best possible fit.

22, rue de la Paix


Truly high-quality footwear at a reasonable price is a rarity in the fashion world. I often struggle with the modern shoe paradox; to buy multiple pairs of trendy shoes in man-made fabric, or a single pair of high quality, leather-soled shoes with a designer label and inflated price tag. Swildens offers a welcome happy medium; their shoe range isn’t extensive, but the styles are at once modern and simple, the construction is high quality and the prices are relatively budget-friendly. I’ve never gone wrong in their shop!

Four locations in Paris

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  1. Julie Chamand Jan 20, 2012 at 1:42 PM - Reply

    It sounds really nice! I think I would visit these shops as museums… before giving in to a buying impulse! I would be really curious to see what your closet looks like 😉 Must be nice.

  2. Katja Tait Mar 15, 2012 at 1:28 PM - Reply

    Great post – you’ve definitely inspired me to give in to my darker shopping impulses!

  3. fashion - victime Jun 3, 2012 at 8:01 AM - Reply

    As we all know a red-sholed pair of Louboutin ‘s is every girls’ dream ! But our low budget doesn’t give us the chance of obtaining one of them ! So I think that we have to limit only in looking them be sold at the stores ! But the proposed stores above is a good solution for us who want quality combined with a good price ! So Paris offers to us a low -bugdet pair of shoes ! Enjoy them ! 😉

  4. Esme Wakefield Nov 1, 2013 at 1:15 AM - Reply

    Love this article. French shops are sooo much better, chic-er and often have lower/more reasonable prices for their wares! One of the many reasons I love France.

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