Skip to Content

être à l’aise dans ses baskets

“Être à l’aise dans ses baskets” is a lovely little French idiom that literally means “To be at ease in ones own sneakers”. Les baskets is a funny anglicism that means sneakers or basketball shoes. Être à l’aise means to feel comfortable or at ease.

A French-to-French translation could be “être bien dans sa peau”, to feel comfortable in one’s own skin.

Here are some rough translations of the expression:

  • to feel comfortable with oneself
  • to be in one’s element
  • to feel at ease with oneself

Here’s a sample sentence:

  • Pierre réussit dans sa carrière, il a une belle famille et plein d’amis. Il est a l’aise dans ses baskets. Pierre is succeeding in his career, has a lovely family and lots of friends. He feels comfortable in his own skin.

main expressions page

Sharing is caring!

Affiliate disclosure: Below you will find affiliate links. If you purchase something after clicking the link, we will receive a small commission. To learn more please visit our full disclosure page. Merci!

Sign up to download your free trial of À Moi Paris a French course which I recommend to my personal students to help with pronunciation, vocabulary and grammar. After that, upgrade for access to 77 hours of audio lessons.

Read our full review of À Moi Paris and find out why we love it so much!

Are you struggling with French verb conjugations? Then we highly recommend French Today's French Verb Drills course. Get over 28 hours of audio exercises to build reflexes and dramatically improve your French level and confidence.

Read our full review of French Verb Drills and find out why we recommend this course!

David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site,, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

See all posts by