While fashion trends may come and go, there are some classic items that have always existed, well received by connoisseurs around the world. However, what is considered classic to one person may feel a bit outdated to another, and this is so with the item we are going to explore today; T-shoes.
You could argue that T-bar shoes are considered, for no better word, “outdated,” especially when you consider that their popularity peaked in the 1940s and 1950s. To many people, it’s simply not a shoe you’d normally see out in the wild. That is, unless you are in France. This sophisticated footwear option has been a beloved staple in the French fashion for decades, and its appeal shows no signs of waning on the streets Paris. In fact, this appeal is going beyond the Channel because I’ve noticed that the term “T-bar shoes” has grown 100% on Google in the last 48 hours.
The popularity of the T-bar shoe lies in its elegant look coupled with its practicality and comfort. With a special strap that forms a graceful “T” shape across the foot, this shoe boasts a refined charm that goes well with a multitude of outfits. French women have long appreciated its versatility and ease of wear; Whether it’s heels or loafers, strategically placed laces keep the shoe in place, making it easier to walk than most styles (which explains why they’re also popular in the ballroom dance scene). Seamlessly transitioning from casual walks along the Seine to evenings in the heart of Paris, paired with wide-leg trousers, a flowing skirt or a chic little black dress, it’s no surprise that the T-bar shoe trend is a trend that French women have never missed. And looking at the luxury styles that are popping up on the market today, I’ll probably follow their lead. Scroll to see how French women wear T-bar shoes, then buy my edit to go with it.