un soulier

Part of speech: noun

Sound file: soulier

Register: normal

Translation: shoe (old-fashioned)

J’ai besoin de souliers de marche. – I need some walking shoes.

Nous n’aimons pas les souliers bas. – We don’t like low-heeled shoes.

N’oublie pas de mettre ton soulier au pied du sapin ! – Don’t forget to put your shoe (~ Christmas stocking) under the tree!


En attendant les souliers d’un mort, on marche longtemps pieds nus. – He who waits for a dead man’s shoes may long go barefoot.

Idiomatic expressions (contemporary)

  • être dans ses petits souliers – to feel awkward / ill at ease
  • ne pas être digne de dénouer les cordons des souliers d’un tel – to be unfit to tie someone’s shoes, to be inferior
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