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Monday, March 19, 2012

Summer sneakers

Bensimon sneakers are the French girls' Converse. I bought my first pair for our honeymoon, and I've worn them every summer ever since. They look cute with jeans, shorts and dresses; and you can slip them on quickly when holding a wriggly baby. Well, Bensimon just released a limited-edition set of pastel colors for spring, made exclusively for Madewell. Aren't they lovely? (P.S. My big-foot size has already sold out, so hurry if you'd like a pair!)
(Top photo by The Singular; bottom layout by Jennifer Hagler for Cup of Jo)

88 comments:

.Tinacious Me said...

the yellow one is so cute!
xo, Tina
WWW.TINACIOUS.ME

Justine said...

These are super cute, I also love the yellow!

Joanna Goddard said...

i love the yellow, too; and the peach. so bummed that they're sold out of 41s!

Sandy a la Mode said...

those are soo super cute!!

Jenni Austria Germany said...

i will never see these shoes without thinking of you and your love for them. they should just make you their international spokeswoman already.

Simone said...

I LOVE Bensimon sneakers!! I feel like a cute French girl when I wear them :)

I have them in navy blue but these colours are lovely for summer :)

Sandra said...

I have been on a mission for cute flat shoes that I can walk in - these were just recommended to me by someone else too!

Will be checking them out and others as well on my next trip to NYC, the source of full lines of EVERYTHING.

(Hah - that made it sound like I needed ANOTHER person to vouch for your recommendation before I'd look into these.)

Joanna Goddard said...

aw, jenni, you are the cutest:) i've recommended these four years in a row, haha!

Meagan Murtagh said...

love the pink! i think i need to order a pair for this summer. thanks!

xo the egg out west.

Kassie said...

Those are so cute! Right now I'm personally really digging the new ballet flat TOMS...

fawn said...

The soles wear out SO FAST! Admittedly, this hasn't stopped me from repeat purchases. :)

Lauren Ever After said...

I love these shoes! I've been wanting to get some. I think Target may have a few pairs at which I can gander. :)

shannonin30s said...

These look so comfortable. I love the pink!

Michelle Stiles said...

Slip on shoes are heaven sent!

Katie Muncie said...

I would have got the coral. I love slip on shoes as they are super casual too, we live in Hawaii so you look a bit strange if you dress up too much.

I've also got some big feet, mine are a size 10 :( thank the lord for living in Hawaii, flip flops come in all sizes.... hahahaa..

dreamday said...

plucking a peach right now! love these... xo!

Amelia Meena said...

Joanna- you've answered my prayers! I've been searching for an alternative to Converse and Toms...this shoe is perfect! Thank you!

AML said...

wow, nice colors love the orange it is attractive at first glance. love the yellow too. how much is one for that?

Julie said...

Do you find your Bensimons comfortable? I can only wear mine with socks, but maybe I got a bad pair...

Elizabeth Benfield said...

they look super comfy but i just cant seem to get myself excited about pastels

Wandering Voyager said...

I love their shoes too! But it amazes me how much Madewell jacks up the prices here in the US. I got mine for 27 euros at Autour du monde in Paris- the pastels are so fun!

teeny84 said...

Kind of a gross question, but they obviously look quite a bit better without socks. How do you guys keep them from getting stinky?

Kate said...

These look so comfortable, but stylish! Thanks for sharing.

Kate {Something Fabulous}
http://thesomethingfabulous.blogspot.com

Daina @ New York State of Mind said...

I broke out my bright yellow Bensimons today- loving this warm weather in NYC! I found my yellow ones on clearance two summers ago at Madewell for $15, and it was love at first sight. Then, I found a green lace-up pair at Anthro for only $9.95! I love a good deal!

heemmaa said...

@Joanna, I remember my first pair... I am French and I bought it 20 years ago, when I was 14. My friends all had a pair and I absolutely wanted one, too. I had a very small budget (baby sitting money) and had to ask my mom to help me to buy the Bensimmons. I loved them so much I could have slept with my shoes. At the beginning, they were light blue, the same pastel color as this year's special collection,but I wore them until totaly bleached! Memories! You made me want to buy a a new pair here in Paris, to feel ... like yhe classy NY Woman you are :)

@Teeny84. The fact is : they sometimes stink (but not that much), because of the rubber sole. But the shoes can be put in the washing machine and dry quite easily. Some talc inside would help, too.

Charlotte {Charlotte's Web} said...

These are absolutely the most adorable thing I've seen today (I've been online shopping all day long)

Going to see if they have my size in pink! x

rellimarie said...

wish i had some extra spending $ - the peachy-orange ones are so fun!

The slow pace said...

They are so cute and comfy!

Aurélie & Angelo said...

These are cute! Would be great to have them in all colours! :-)

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Mal said...

I keep meaning to get a pair of these! The pastels are just lovely

Mal @ The Chic Geek

Christie said...

Those are such cute sneakers! Love the pastel colors and can never get over it for Spring. Can't wait to get a pair of those.

Haydee Rodriguez said...

they are a classic!!!


kisses from Spain!

AVY said...

Mm, French girls.


/Avy

http://mymotherfuckedmickjagger.blogspot.com

Hanneke @ Oh beautiful world said...

ooh they're cute!

Abbey said...

so pretty!!

Votre Amie said...

Love these shoes!!! Will definitely rock them will dresses and skirts! So fun and comfortable!

http://iloveublank.blogspot.com/

jen said...

i bought a pair of these last year on your recommendation and was less than impressed. they didn't even make it through the summer and that was only wearing them once or twice a week. i thought perhaps i got a bad pair because you've always raved about them, so i bought a second pair. nope. same story.:(
i have a pair of Toms that i've worn near daily for over a year and they still look great. love the new Toms styles and colors!

Melissa Blake said...

i'd love to mix and match colors!! those are so perfect for spring and summer!

Louise McG said...

Need. Want. Must have. :) Merci!

Louise xo

Kerli said...

http://www.madewell.com/AST/Navigation/Sale/AllProducts/PRDOVR~97504/99101549648/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~~P_saleprice|0~20+17~15~~~~~~~/97504.jsp
these beauties are in big size!

AM said...

I love these shoes and now really want the yellow! I made mine more comfortable by adding gel insoles…it made a world of difference in the comfort level (they feel almost like gym shoes now!). They've been really durable for me too - I've worn them a lot and they still seem new.

Thanks for the new color hint!
Ann Marie
www.believewishes.com

teeny84 said...

Thanks for the tips! I didn't think of the fact that they're machine washable. And for any Canadians out there, I snagged a few pairs at the Bay for (wait for it...) SIX DOLLARS! They still have some in both downtown toronto locations.

isaac, iris, and june said...

i have to agree with Jen's comment about these. The soles are so thin; feels like a water shoe to me. Like you can feel ever crack in the pavement that you walk on in them. Dansko or New Balance should collaborate with Bensimon to get a healthier shoe.

Anonymous said...

I looked into these before, but they looked really poorly made online. Sloppy workmanship... What do you have to say about the quality? Do they hold up well? I want to like them...

-Lilly

sip-n-wear said...

Ooo i love all of them!'

Ella said...

bensimon sneakers are the best! i have a pair of lace up ones that are in a light blue liberty print, they're absolutely perfect for spring!

Ana Magdalena said...

they look so comfy.

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Sarah Carlson said...

Love these! I love my chucks, but (call me lazy,) I hate laces!!!

liz said...

They're adorable, but has anyone else had the soles wear out in like, a week? Seriously, I only walked in them about half a mile to a mile a day, and they were absolutely shot after about 9 days. I wondered if I'd gotten a bum pair, but I see that someone else commented about this above me. I thought Parisian ladies were always walking places! :) The pink ones are super cute, though. So much chicer than converse, which are my sturdier go-to.

So Simply Chic said...

How cute are those! Love them

Xoxo
http://sosimplychic.blogspot.com/

Abby said...

So cute!! I'm not usually a 'pink' person, but the pink are definitely awesome!! I would wear these all the time, they'd be great for walking around campus.

Joanna Goddard said...

yes, i hear the comments about them being flimsy -- i think of them more like beach shoes//hang out shoes, so i basically get a new pair for each summer. they're just simple easy shoes. but not really investment shoes. those are my two cents! xoxo

Ashlie said...

I love these shoes! Especially the blue ones! I really want to find a pair somewhere!

ashliekristin.blogspot.com

Claire said...

Love the yellow ones! I feel like for spring and summer you can get away with wearing yellow with anything and everything. I was looking at the new Tom's parisian flats as well. Not sure which I like better? I guess it depends on comfort level!

Kate said...

How pretty would these be with a cute little St. James tee?? They actually look very comfy too..

<3 Kate
www.theforgetfulwife.com

Mersey said...

I ordered a pair a year ago and wore them all over Europe for a month. I walked over 5 miles a day, and I now still wear them! They have become dirty, but I am amazed at how well they have held up. These are definitely the most comfortable and sturdiest summer shoes I own (compared to sandals)

Ry Pepper - Arts and Dafts said...

Oh wow, how swell are these! They're like a girlier version of Sanuks (which I love). Excellent!

Ry
www.ArtsandDafts.com

Anonymous said...

I actually don't like any of these pastel shoes, but it is due to an old post of yours (which I recently discovered) that I found out about Bensimon sneakers in the first place. I bought the original sneakers in a taupe color for an upcoming trip to Amsterdam. I think they're a good balance between casual and chic.

sarina Cass said...

These are amazing like starbursts! I want one of each color please. xoxo Sarina from lowtidehightide.com

mish.sunshine said...

Oh, my word! These are precious! Are they as comfortable as they look?

Roseann (The Naked Rose) said...

Hello Joanna,

I just discovered this website and I thought it was so beautiful and it would fit perfectly on your blog, maybe as part of your motherhood mondays series. You may already know about it, but thought I'd share anyways. I found it inspiring.

http://www.theglow.com/

And I love the Bensimon sneakers. I want them in powder blue!

leslie said...

i bought the ballerine style last fall. they felt flimsy at first, but then i fell in love with them and have worn them practically non-stop ever since. but now there's a hole in the sole of one and i'm very sad.

wendy said...

Bensimons are the perfect spring/summer shoe! They're great for a walk through the park or a bike ride. Love your blog.

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xx

Jillian@TheHumbleGourmet said...

Adorable. I love slip-on sneakers with cute skirts and shorts in the summer. It's just such an effortless, feminine but not-too-girly look.

SILVIA said...

I would definitely wear these shoes for the summer.


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Anonymous said...

Hi,
I really want to buy a pair online (I can't find those in my country0.
Can anyone give some tips about the sizes? do they run big? small? regular?

Many thanks!

Karin said...

While I love the Bensimon sneakers, this year I opted for Veja:

http://pinterest.com/pin/261490322084263223/

K

Billie said...

I have to say, in Paris, I find way more women wearing converse vs these shoes. I think it's safe to say Parisian women more often wear converse as their go-to sneaker. They are literally everywhere!

Laura Zizzo said...

Just bought a pair, but went for navy blue. I thought 41s would do the trick, but even they are a bit too small (I have 10 month old twins and my feet are way bigger now, such a bummer - although the girls are so very worth having bigger feet!)
L

Melanie said...

Ordered them in yellow...had to try them since you speak of them so highly. AND they're French!

Are you going to do a post on 'Raising BeBe' (speaking of all things French)? Bought it & couldn't put it down. Thanks for mentioning it. Because of it, I'm going to do things a bit differently with "baby #2"!

Jenny Childers said...

Yay! I stalked their website all last summer & my size was always sold out...finally just bought a pair. Thanks for the recommendation! :)

rachelb said...

Joanna do you think these run big or small or true to size??

Bows and Sparrows said...

Oh my goodness...I need a pair! Better hop to it if all the big-feet sizes are selling like hotcakes!

Anonymous said...

Hi from Argentina. Summer sneakers here are called Alpargatas and its origins come from gaucho shoes which were made of leather. So we can say this are modern "alpargatas"!!..
Bye!!

Lynn said...

Have to agree with Billie -- I live in Paris, and Converse are the most common shoe or sneaker among Parisian women here. So much I'd say Converse are the French woman's Converse ;) In summertime you see more Bensimon's, but Converse still rules among all ages.

Céline said...

I enjoyed reading through comments above ! I am French and wearing both Converse AND Bensimon. Some practical tips : Yes, you can machine wash them easily, yes, their life duration (in good conditions) lasts approx. a season, but cheap as they are, you can afford a pair or two every summer. They size rather correctly (not too short, not too wide) I like to think that they were my it-shoes when i was 14 (decades ago), and made a glorious come-back a couple of years ago. Teens DO wear them in winter (which is crazy I can tell)...
Last but not least, I can read here and there that they are quite expensive in the US (vs. 27 Euros here) - but do you have the least idea of how expensive a pair of basic Chuckies are in France ?

Céline said...

I enjoyed reading through comments above ! I am French and wearing both Converse AND Bensimon. Some practical tips : Yes, you can machine wash them easily, yes, their life duration (in good conditions) lasts approx. a season, but cheap as they are, you can afford a pair or two every summer. They size rather correctly (not too short, not too wide) I like to think that they were my it-shoes when i was 14 (decades ago), and made a glorious come-back a couple of years ago. Teens DO wear them in winter (which is crazy I can tell)...
Last but not least, I can read here and there that they are quite expensive in the US (vs. 27 Euros here) - but do you have the least idea of how expensive a pair of basic Chuckies are in France ?

Patricia said...

LOVE them! I like that they're a cuter version of chucks. Gotta get a pair!

http://thedishhhh.blogspot.com

Reylan | National Labor Relation Act said...

I really love sneakers because it suits for all occasions.

Antonio Barros said...

Joanna!!!!

Thank you so much for posting my picture!!! I'm really glad you like it! :)

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Arsene Grand said...

loved the pink one..looks really comfy.loved to pair this up with my moustache backpack..:)

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