With the Tour de France whizzing through London yesterday, my thoughts focused in on my holiday in Brittany I’ve got booked for later this year (can’t wait!), and in turn to French shoe brands. I’ve stumbled across a few recently, and if you like a quirky shoe with a sense of humour, I think you’ll like these three labels from across la Manche.
The shoes at Adieu Paris are actually inspired by British sub cultures like Teddy Boys and punk, and are for the most part creeper styles. I found them on one of my favourite shoe websites – shoescribe.com – which just so happens to have a sale on at the moment too!
I love these simple styles; they’re not reinventing the wheel here, but the design is so good that they feel fresh and not quite like anything I’ve seen before. Maybe it’s that super-shiny leather…
SunJellies dropped me a line recently and I’m so glad they did. This French brand were the original jellies people, and are now selling the shoes you all wore as kids in the UK (and in adult sizes!).
As you can see, there are all the colours you can imagine available and best of all, they’re only £14! They have high fashion credibility, too, having been spotted on a few catwalks at London Fashion Week in recent years. I have a pair in navy and they are as comfortable now as they were in 1983. If you’re feeling REALLY nostalgic, pick up a Jellie bag while you’re there to complete your look – at £10 an absolute steal!
I’ve written about Chatelles before but they’re still quite under-the-radar so I thought it was worth mentioning them again. Particularly as they’ve brought out these kitty flats…WITH A TAIL. So cute! All this brand sells is smoking slippers, but you can do fun things like customise them with coloured tassels or your initials on the toe. Oh, and the illustrations on the website are BRILLIANT.
Of course, my favourite French shoes are the cheap espadrilles you can buy in all the supermarkets in the summer. Watch this space for an update on my new pair for this year in August!