You know those low sneakers that every, but seriously every chic Parisian has in her “on the go” shoe closet? The chic sneakers French girls wear even when they are already worn out? But would make the rest of us girls look underdressed even when brand new? Yes, those New Balance low sneakers! Here is how to style French favourite low sneakers like Parisians. And yes, this style trick is all about your favourite spring-summer 2019 neutral colours.
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Surely you have had at least one pair of low sneakers that made you feel or even look underdressed, didn’t you? And I bet that pair of low sneakers was either Converse or New Balance.
Guess what? All the chic Parisians have the same pair of New Balance sneakers. But they never look underdressed when wearing them. All the contrary. They look very chic when running around Paris in New Balance sneakers, black top, blue 80s jeans or mini skirt.
And no, not because they are running around Paris. Evidently, the city does give some extra points to their chicness. However, Paris doesn’t help much if you don’t style your low sneakers as Parisians do. Tourists in Paris keep proving this, you know what I mean?
HOW TO STYLE NEW BALANCE LOW SNEAKERS AS CHIC FRENCH GIRLS
Here is what makes Parisians look chic when wearing casual New Balance low sneakers. It’s two things actually.
First, the comfort and that light feeling when walking around in their favourite pair of sneakers. Read, you need to get the right pair of New Balance low sneakers.
Whereas Converse low sneakers are just one, there are many different types of New Balance low sneakers. Yes, those numbers matter. Honestly, I didn’t know that until getting my first pair.
I mean all New Balance sneakers look the same to me. Ha, I thought I would never say that about the shoes! Anyway, my first pair of New Balance sneakers (New Balance 247 – that you see in the photos) wasn’t comfortable.
And after an in-depth street investigation (yes, that is the reason why I kept looking to the feet in Paris) and Insta research, I noticed that most Parisians wear iconic New Balance 574 (shop here), New Balance 696 (shop here) or New Balance 996 (buy here). Don’t worry, I made sure to add the comfortable pair of New Balance sneakers in the fashion cheat sheet below only.
Secondly, Parisians always wear their low sneakers with neutrals. In fact, only with neutrals that are in fashion in spring summer 2019! Ps. Check the SS19 colour report to see all the neutral colours that are in fashion this season.
Yes, styling low sneakers with neutral colours, like Parisians do, to make your outfit look chic. Trust me, if you style your low sneakers with the right neutrals, you will never look underdressed again. Even once your low sneakers get old.
But wait! This doesn’t mean all the neutrals do the trick. Unfortunately, they don’t. The emphasis is on the right. But don’t worry, I made a fashion cheat sheet for this styling problem. Down below is a collage that will show you how to style your low sneakers with the right neutral colours and therefore help you never look underdressed in your sneakers again.
SHOP AND WEAR MY STYLE
As promised the fashion cheat sheet that will help you style your New Balance sneakers as Parisians do. Chic and never underdressed. You can shop all the products in the collage by clicking on them. Click inside the pink brackets. You can also find all the links in the copy below.
NEW BALANCE LOW SNEAKERS
Again, I won’t lie to you. The New Balance sneakers that I’m wearing in these photos aren’t comfortable. I got blisters on my left foot. Furthermore I dislike the elastic trim at the ankles. By the way, I’m wearing New Balance 247.
Still, there must be something about the New Balance low sneakers that makes Parisians love them so much even once they are all outworn.
I must admit, I didn’t really get this when I first moved to Paris and saw all my friends wearing these low sneakers daily. With everything. From 80s jeans to mini skirts. Even less when getting my first pair and learning I could easily look underdressed in these sneakers.
But after deep Insta search and closer look at how my French friends wear low sneakers, I figure it out.
Anyway, now you know it too. Ps. Don’t forget to save, pin and share the fashion cheat sheet from above. Oh and you can shop the New Balance sneakers that I used in the collage over here.
I have New Balance 696 now too, and they are better. Not as comfortable as my low pink sneakers from Puma (last seen here). But I have hopes for them. After all French girls low New Balance sneakers. And they sure know why. I mean Parisians walk miles without even knowing.
BEST CLOTHES TO WEAR WITH LOW SNEAKERS
Now to the clothes you should wear with your low sneakers to make sure you don’t look underdressed. Again it’s all about neutrals. Black, blue and light beige or off-white. That is black, eclipse blue and sweet corn in SS19 colour terms. Click here to find out more about these colours.
LIGHT BEIGE COAT
Since it’s still a bit too chilly to run around the city without a light coat, I’m wearing my favourite virgin wool coat this time (shop here). There is no doubt if you don’t have a coat like mine, made of virgin wool, yet, you should get one now.
Trust me, it’s during the spring that this coat pays off the most. You are never cold or hot when wearing it. Besides, it gives a ladylike punch to any low sneakers. Even your old dirty white Converse.
Anyway, here is where to shop Max Mara wool coat.
BLACK SILK TOP
It’s a black embellished silk blouse that I’m wearing under the off-white coat this time. How predictable about me, right? Sorry but not sorry. This embellished black blouse truly does the trick every time I decide to wear something that is too casual to wear 9-5 weekday.
You can get a similar black embellished top over here. Ps. Since this top will be your wardrobe hero, better splurge on it. Or get this one from Ganni. It has polka dot print instead of the embellished collar trim as mine, but it’s also made of silk. Furthermore, it’s on sale now.
ECLIPSE INDIGO BLUE DENIM JEANS
You know these jeans already. But just in case you forgot, they are A.P.C. Paris denim jeans. You can buy them here. These jeans are indeed a must-have. And not only now when this eclipse indigo blue colour is in fashion. You can even wear them for work.
ACCESSORIES AND MAKEUP
It turns out that makeup and accessories matter more than they should when dressing up on the go, this time.
I’m wearing a pearl hairpin (shop here), blue leather gloves (shop here) and small black top handle bag (Ps. you can forget about the bag I’m wearing and shop the IT black top handle bag instead – over here).
To shop all the makeup I’m wearing simply click the items in makeup cheat sheet or the widget.
MORE WAYS TO STYLE LOW SNEAKERS THIS SPRING
Wondering where I was heading off wearing this chic spring low sneakers outfit? Find out here! Also if you want to see more ways to style low sneakers. By the way, are you a team Converse or team New Balance?