Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset, authors of the bestselling Paris Street Style, explore the significance of the shoe as fashion icon and its deeply French origins.

Isabelle Thomas photo ©frédérique veyssetIsabelle Thomas is a personal coach and stylist. She writes the blog Mode personnel(le) for L’Express Styles. She is also a journalist, an editor, and the author of the book Bébé rentre à la maison.

FV7Frédérique Veyssset is a fashion and portrait photographer. Her photographs have been published by a wide array of international women’s magazines, including Allure, Vanity Fair, Grazia, Marie Claire, and Glamour. She also writes the urban fashion blog Dandy Blog.

Shoes are the ultimate accessories.

They can add a fundamental touch of elegance and personality to any ensemble—or do just the opposite. With their signature opinionated sense of style, Isabelle and Frédérique provide expert advice on the selection and upkeep of footwear as well as perfect outfit pairings. In addition to anecdotes on the history of shoes, they incorporate the commentary of Inès de la Fressange, Christian Louboutin, and other important French models, collectors, designers and more.

ParisStreetStyleShoes15877JFParis Street Style: Shoes offers inspiration on every kind of shoe for every occasion. In addition, more than 150 vibrant street-style photographs and 25 fun illustrations reveal how Parisian women use shoes as the most powerful weapon in their style arsenal. Concluding with a Paris shopping guide, this book is the ultimate tribute to shoes in the city where they are worn the best. (March 2015; Abrams Image) (Purchase)

Praise for Paris Street Style: Shoes

“In this fun new book, a pair of fashion bloggers promise to reveal the secrets of their compatriots’ mysterious and seemingly innate ability to look sophisticated under any circumstances. With the help of hand-drawn illustrations and photos of models, fashionistas and anonymous women met in the street, they dissect the essential elements of les Parisiennes’ deceptively casual, highly individualistic brand of urban chic and offer readers tips galore on creating their own personal style.” —France Magazine

Photos: Frédérique Veysset

Excerpt: Isabelle Thomas & Frédérique Veysset’s “Paris Street Style: Shoes” – Ballet Flats, the LBD of Footwear (excerpt). ©2011, Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset. Published by Abrams Image an imprint of Harry N. Abrams, Inc., New York. All rights reserved. (Reproduced by permission of Abrams Image and published on A Woman’s Paris®.) Continue reading »