My Favorite Walking Shoes for Paris

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My favorite way to explore Paris is by foot. It is how I collect images for the print shop. I love walking through Paris because you discover things you wouldn’t normally see otherwise. In the morning, my eye will catch a window as someone opens the shutters and in the evening a café terrace just below. I can walk down the same street at a different time of the day and feel like it is a completely different street.

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One of my favorite discoveries while walking through Paris is this “tout est possible” graffiti on the Left Bank. I found it at night while walking just as it was getting dark. I was able to capture it just in time. I went back the next day and it was gone. I still go back looking for that tiny street but I haven’t found it since.

It isn’t uncommon for me to walk 10 miles a day in Paris. I always find a reason to cross the Seine. It is so calming for me and a great place to watch the sunrise and sunset.

paris on the seine by rebecca plotnick

I have had my fair share of uncomfortable shoes on the streets of Paris and I feel I have learned my painful lesson. I have also been caught in the rain more times that I care to admit and in the end ruining a few pairs of shoes.


My favorite walking shoes have been the Blondo shoes. For Fall and Winter they were great because they make a variety of ankle and knee high boots. I have 5 pairs and counting! They are waterproof which is so great and I don’t have to worry about getting caught in the rain and ruining a pair of boots. The price point is between $125 – $200.

Sneakers are trendy in Paris and great walking shoes. Leave your athletic sneakers at home and think cute and comfortable at the same time. I love these from Madewell.

madewell pink sneakers walking shoes for Paris, France

Skip the heels and trade them in for ballet flats. Your feet will thank you! I love my blondo flats and the Yosi Samara ones are great. I have walked miles in each of these and they have worked out so well. The Yosi Samara ones are not waterproof but provide a great cushion for walking. Both are under $100.

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This is one of the areas I have spent the most time in over the past few years. I love the Marais and I can usually be found here on a Sunday for a stroll. I marked all of my favorite spots down for you. Download and save the map for your next trip to Paris.

Exploring the 1st arrondissement and around the Louvre. You can reach this whole area on foot. Don’t miss Palais Royal and grab a coffee at Café Kitsuné.

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Do you have a favorite walking shoe you can’t live without? Share below!

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P.S. Don’t miss A Guide to Paris in the Fall and My Favorite Boutique Hotels in Paris

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  1. I second the Rothys. I wore walked 10 miles one day this April while in Paris. Tossed them in the wash when I git back to Boston. They’ve got round toe, pointy toe, loafer and sneaker. My favorite sneakers are my white on white tretorn nylite.

    • Hi Stephanie,

      Great to know! Thank you. I love that you can throw them in the wash.


  2. I might need the snake skin version of the ballet flats. So cute! I have ultra sensitive skin. The elastic doesn’t look too tight, like on other flats that just have it at the back. Is it soft against the skin?

    • I literally walked 21 miles in the red flats and didn’t have an issue. I always wear little socks with them to protect my feet from blisters and sweat.

  3. I have found the best shoes which are designed by an Australian podiatrist and physiotherapist. They come with with insole inserts for extra comfort.. There are sandals, boots and jogger styles as well as ballet slipper styles. I have in excess of twelve pairs and a number of them have walked rhe streets of Paris. I love them.
    They are sold online all over the world at www.

  4. My favorite walking shoes on European trips are from Mephisto. In the summer I’ve been able to find lightweight sneakers that have a little metallic trim that work well with pants, skirts, and even casual summer dresses. In the winter I purchased the Mephisto black sneaker called Lenzo that has a thicker sole and suede shell that keeps you warm while walking on the frozen concrete. Mephisto is always very supportive.

    • I’m updating for summer with white Mephisto Hawaï with silver trim. They are very similar to Lenzo shoe. I’ll be in Europe this May getting my steps in. Also bringing Blondos for the rain days.

  5. Taryn Rose makes the most beautiful and comfortable suede flat. Rothy’s also makes super comfy and stylish flats that are machine washable!! They are made from recycled water bottles—how cool is that?!

  6. Great post and unless I’m going out to a restaurant I live in my black leather converse high tops. They go with most things and are so comfy. I do all my photoshoots and weddings in them too. A great investment and pretty cheap at underc100 euros. I’ve walked all over Paris numerous times and Rome and they are still going strong after 2 years! Xx