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by habituallychic

07 . 23 . 09

I want to thank everyone who emailed me and left comments today! I really appreciate your support! I’ve been running around all day and am too exhausted to write a big post tonight so check back tomorrow for our regularly scheduled programming!

On a side note, one of my readers was worried that I would wear white sneakers popular with American tourists while I was in Paris. Don’t worry, HC will not embarrass you or herself while abroad. I already have all my chic shoes picked out for my trip including this fabulous pair of Hogan Interactive Sneakers that will only be worn to tour Versailles. And maybe if it rains or my feet really hurt but it would take a lot for me to give up wearing my Christian Louboutins in Paris. It’s like they are going to the motherland!

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  1. High-Heeled Foot in the door July 23, 2009 | 3:10 am

    Oh very chic sneakers! You are going to have so much on your trip. Totally jealous!

  2. The Antiques Diva™ July 23, 2009 | 9:49 am

    If you’re going to wear tennie shoes in Paris, Hogans are the only way to go! I have my brown leather Tod trainers for those rainy walk-all-day days too!

  3. mo-zy July 23, 2009 | 11:59 am

    At last, I must give in…My knees are killing me at the risk of looking good?!! I am going out today to buy a pair of “Hogans” …Have a great trip to Paris. This is one of my favorite blogs.

  4. Carol Ann July 23, 2009 | 1:31 pm

    Just a thought…have you ever gone on to http://parisbreakfasts.blogspot.com/
    It is a great blog about an artist that goes to Paris, look into the archives there are so many great ideas on where to visit, shop, how to dress and anything else you could think of…not to mention the wonderful paintings…
    Regards, CAM

  5. goldie stetten July 23, 2009 | 2:01 pm

    I was in Paris in May for 8 days with my youngest daughter. I wore my flats by Thierry Robatin almost every day. They were very comfy since some days we were on our feet for 10 hours. Au revoir XX

  6. pve design July 23, 2009 | 3:13 pm

    Whilst painting in Central Park, a chic young woman sat down with a sigh of “No place like NY” and she was from Italy – wearing chic white hogans with a bit of metallic and a polo.
    I love wearing dance shoes while traveling. The Capezio dance store sells them and they provide support and the ability to dance….at my own whims!

  7. Brandie Herbst July 23, 2009 | 3:25 pm

    Love the Hogans!!! Thinking I may get a pair now…I am leaving for Japan in a week and a half…and it’s a big walking city also. Got Silver Chuck Taylors (trust me, cute!). But these are darling! Be well!

  8. Diane Dorrans Saeks July 23, 2009 | 5:23 pm


    Have a wonderful trip.

    Look for classic Chanel flats (ballerines)–which are chic and Parisian and don’t read ‘ sporty trainers’ to the French eye. They are also more versatile–you can wear them in the evening, while ‘sneakers’ are not at all appropriate. Dressing like a Parisian is the way to go–city apparel and footwear.
    I would advise not wearing silver footwear.
    Ask Charlotte–she is the queen of chic.

  9. Habitually Chic July 23, 2009 | 5:37 pm

    Highe Heeled Foot in the Door – I can’t wait to leave and also share all my adventures with everyone!

    Antiques Diva – I wanted the tan ones but couldn’t find them in my size! I bet you look very chic in yours!

    Mo-zy – I have switched to flats due to knee and foot problems. I think you will really the Hogans!

    Carol Ann – I have looked at her site! I am about to start typing up my lists from all my various sources and will definitely going back to her blog for store suggestions! Thanks!

    Goldie- I have never heard of that brand but I am going to look them up right now! Thanks for the tip!

    PVE – I’ve seen Italian tourists wearing these sneakers around for years and have been dying for a pair but could never find them in my size so I am excited to finally have a pair. They really are comfy and chic! I never thought about dance shoes though. I’ll have to check them out.

    Brandie – I was just thinking about how much I want to go to Kyoto. Hope you have a great time! The Hogans are more dressed up than the Converse but I have never been to Japan so I don’t know what they are wearing there. You might want to check out Sea of Shoes. She was there and blogged about it! Bon Voyage!

    Oh and Diane, my post clearly states that I am only wearing them to Versailles and in case of emergency. I will not be wearing sneakers to shop in Paris. I’m not stupid! I have my Christian Louboutin flats and a pair of patent leather Loeffler Randall flats for rainy days and Louboutin heels for night. Oh, and in case it happens to still be warm, I also have a pair of black Roger Vivier sandals just like my beige pair. I think that should cover me!

  10. Diane Dorrans Saeks July 23, 2009 | 6:06 pm

    Hi Heather-

    You are going to have a superb time–with Charlotte and lots of friends making introductions, and so many fascinating people to meet. Your Viviers and Louboutins will make an elegant impression.

    One caveat on the silver sneakers: they take up a lot of space in your bag for just a one-time use. Ballerines are lighter and pack flat.
    In any case–you will look chicer than chic! I am totally confident in your taste, style and CHIC! Can’t wait to see pictures–you must send reports minute by minute to your breathless readers. Chic indeed!

  11. The Countess of Nassau County July 23, 2009 | 7:19 pm

    I have to be honest, Paris is not nearly as dressy as the guide books make it out to be. Great accessories, like scarves or bold bangles, paired with tailored classics will serve you well. And Parisians love their jeans and sneakers, like I said just dress it up with accessories.

    Also, go visit the blog, “Wide, Open, Spaces” and check out her July 17th posts. Wonderful images that will leave you totally feeling like you are in France already.

  12. ms. less is always more July 23, 2009 | 9:14 pm

    My mom just got home from a trip to Paris/Italy… said she couldn’t believe all the locals and their sneakers (even, gasp – crocs!!) everywhere! She said mostly with skinny jeans… you’ll have to check it out for yourself!

  13. The Consummate Hostess July 23, 2009 | 10:00 pm

    Fabulous shoes!

  14. Anonymous July 23, 2009 | 10:50 pm


    I visited Paris last year and fell in love all over again. I wore black ballet flats and croc ballet flats every day for LONG sightseeing/shopping outings (plus they are parfait for negotiating cobblestones!).
    I would highly recommend every Parisian girl’s go-to sneaker- the tres chic Bensimon- they are very sweet plain tennis shoes and come in delicious colours- EVERY girl has them!! The Bensimon store is in the Marais- and you can also buy them at Galerie Lafayette (and make a cute souvenir)

    Bon vacance

    Jane in Sydney (Australia)

  15. Jessica Claire July 24, 2009 | 3:51 am

    I love both pairs of my Hogans – very comfy although they’re not quite as conservative as yours

    no matter where I am if i’m traveling by foot and covering a lot of ground – blister band aids are my best friend! Always good to take some in case

  16. Grant K. Gibson July 24, 2009 | 4:26 am

    I agree with sneakers are not for Europe- but for your day trip they are just perfect! I say you should wear them around NY for a few days to break them in.
    The worst is having sore feet in Paris. You just wander and walk for hours and you want to keep going!

    Not to mention- how cute are you that the “H” is for Heather! Adorable! You are TOO TOO chic and I wish that I could fit in your carry on.
    Paris…Oh I love you!

  17. maison21 July 25, 2009 | 5:23 am

    i can’t see you in sneakers. even hogans. 😉

  18. Hilary Dow-Ward August 5, 2010 | 10:58 pm

    Well, I’m a boob. I just emailed you to get details about these shoes. And while I can’t find a link to them (are they gold or beige) I did figure out the name.

    Thanks and sorry for my ignorance.