Mary Jane Shoes to Wear on Repeat


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I can’t remember the first time I bought Mary Janes or where I wore them. What I do remember is securing the buckle, shimmying my socks just so, and feeling ready. After a hiatus of a decade (give or take), all the best Mary Janes—from demi-heel versions across DTC brands to the cult-favorite Margiela Tabi topped with a Mary Jane buckle—are making me fall back in love with the style. There’s a bona fide fall 2022 shoe trend happening here, but the prep-meets-Parisian shoe never really went anywhere. Cassie Smart, head of womenswear at MatchesFashion, says her team has always gravitated toward Mary Janes, regardless of whether they’re on the runways.

The effortless chic of the Mary Jane style is the reason why our clients are drawn to this silhouette year after year,” Smart tells BAZAAR.com. And she has styling suggestions to prove it: They can polish up jeans from FRAME and Chloe as easily as they complement office separates like a Khaite blazer or smart shirting from Raey and Toteme, she says.

The designers reinventing Mary Janes best in 2022 are drawn to their sense of history and their versatility. “The BY FAR design philosophy is rooted in the reinvention of timeless silhouettes—and the Mary Jane is one of the most iconic designs ever,” says the label’s co-founder and creative director Denitsa Bumbarova. “The simplicity of the Mary Jane belies a potential for experimentation and abstraction which is integral to [our] design ethos.”

Then there’s a purely practical element. When you’re not quite ready for boots, Larroudé co-founder Marina Larroudé says they make tricky transitional dressing a cinch. “Mary Janes have that utilitarian feel, while also being flirty and fun,” she explains. “I’ve been wearing mine with summer dresses and mini skirts this summer; for fall and winter, I’m planning on wearing them with denim or tights and minis. They will be my go-to’s.” We expect you’ll feel the same about the 14 best Mary Janes ahead, from patent black flats to blush pumps.

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Blair Ballet Flat

Best Colorblock Mary Janes

Mary Janes

Best Patent Leather Mary Janes

Ginny Mary Jane Pumps

Best Mary Janes Under $150

Delia Shoes

Best Mary Jane Pumps

Horsebit 75 Leather Mary Jane Pumps

Best Minimalist Mary Janes

Ava Leather Mary Jane Flats

Best Embellished Mary Janes

Mary Jane Pumps

Best Lug-Sole Mary Janes

Uchi Flat

Best Double-Strap Mary Janes

Miss Jane 55 Patent-Leather Mary Jane Pumps

Best Block-Heel Mary Janes

Ema Shoe

Best Platform Mary Janes

Naomi Glitter Platform Mary Janes

Best Occasion Mary Janes

The Mary Jane

Best Velvet Mary Janes

Mary Jane Slipper

Best Loafer Mary Janes

Mary Jane Buckle Loafers

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