August 17, 2022 7:23 am

Suddenly, Everyone in Fashion Is Wearing These Anti-Trend Shoes

Do you ever look at your closet and say, “I have no practical shoes to wear?” Because let me tell you, I sure have. When it comes to curating a collection of fashionable and functional footwear, it can sometimes be challenging, even for an editor. I’m often swayed to test-drive another shoe trend easily or even buy another pair of heels (despite already owning too many that are far too uncomfortable). You can understand then why the need to invest in timeless and comfortable shoes is of the utmost importance, and luckily for me, one shoe style has made a subtle comeback: mary jane shoes.

It’s not that this classic style ever really went out of style, but with the focus on trendier styles (ahem, platform sandals, glass heels, and ballet flats), the mary jane shoe wasn’t entirely a part of the conversation. But, considering that this shoe has Skechers Outlets been spotted in recent runway collections, and the fashion set has fastidiously taken up re-wearing the style, it’s safe to say that this shoe is starting to get the recognition it deserves again. After all, this shoe is arguably one of the best purchases you can make as it’s not only versatile in style (you can find it in everything from platforms to mules to flats), but it has infinite styling possibilities. And to prove that point, I’ve rounded up 15 mary jane shoe outfits that can be worn year-round and shopped out the key pieces needed to recreate the looks for yourself. Buckle up because after you read this, you’ll no longer claim to have any good shoes.

White Button Down + Denim Mini Skirt + Woven Bag + Mary Jane Heels
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You know a shoe is worth giving a whirl when it’s spotted on the French fashion set, and such is the case with mary jane shoes. Take a cue from the look above and opt for a heeled pair with a white button-down and denim mini skirt for an effortlessly chic ensemble.

Shop the key pieces:
Nodaleto Bulla Babies 65 Leather Pumps
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The cost per wear you’ll get out of these shoes makes the price tag well worth it.

Rolla's Classic Denim Miniskirt
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I can assure you this will look good with any pair. of mary jane shoes.

Tank + Pencil Skirt + Crossbody Bag + Chunky Mary Jane Shoes
mary jane shoe outfit ideas

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What’s so wonderful about this shoe style is that it really does all the work of elevating every look—case in point: the outfit above. A simple tank top and pencil skirt become a look when styled with a pair of chunky mary jane shoes.

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Open Edit Ribbed Crop Racerback Tank
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A simple tank will make your mary jane shoes pop even more.

The Reformation Abalonia Chunky Mary Jane
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Don’t these look so cozy?

Oversized Blazer + T-Shirt Dress + Mary Jane Flats
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Another simple way you can incorporate mary jane shoes into your life seamlessly? Pair them with a t-shirt dress, oversized blazer, shoulder bag, and sunglasses. It’s easy to throw on yet embodies that French “je ne sais quoi.”

Shop the key pieces:
Vagabond Shoemakers Delia Mary Jane Flat
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This will match everything you already own.

Who What Wear Collection Katie Double Breasted Blazer
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We love a good blazer, clearly.

Oversized Sunglasses + Oversized Button-Down + Biker Shorts + Mary Jane Shoes
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Some may think magic doesn’t exist, but I’m pretty sure that’s just because they don’t own a pair of mary janes. This shoe style can magically transform wardrobe staples like cycling shorts and an oversized button-down from plain to polished simply by wearing them. They may not be Dorthy’s red slipper, but they’re magic nonetheless.

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Mango Oversize Cotton Shirt
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Now here’s a button-down begging to be worn with a pair of mary jane shoes.

Frances Valentine Jude Mary Jane Leather Flat Green
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Pro tip: match your mary jane shoes with your oversized button-down to take your look to the next level.

Button-Down + Tie + Baby Doll Dress + Sheer Knee-High Socks + Mary Jane Shoes
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Let me share a little fun fact with you; mary jane shoes date back centuries but rose to popularity in the 1920s as the predominant shoe style for children. So when styling this shoe, there’s no better way to make homage to its history than going for a school-uniform look. Pair your mary jane shoes with a button-down, baby doll dress, and even finish the outfit with a tie and socks, and you’ll ace the assignment.

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Dr. Martens Addina Flower Buckle Leather Platform Shoes
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School may be out, but these shoes are seasonless.

Hue Sheer Knee-High Socks
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Pairing a knee-high sock with your mary jane shoes is bound to secure you some compliments.

Blazer + T-Shirt + Pleated Mini-Skirt + Mary Jane Flats
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If you don’t want to have full flashbacks to your youth, but still want to tap into the school-inspired aesthetic, look no further than the outfit above. Pairing a pleated mini skirt with a t-shirt, blazer, and mary jane shoes will give you that same preppy feel without feeling too kitschy.

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Sunday Best Olive Micro Skirt
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This pleated mini skirt is so good that I caved and bought it in multiple colors.

Maison Margiela Tabi Split-Toe Leather Flats
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The split-toe detail on these mary jane shoes makes them truly special.

Sporty Sunglasses + Knit Top + Jeans + Socks + Mary Jane Platforms
mary jane shoe outfit ideas

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PSA: mary jane shoes aren’t just sweet little school-girl-inspired shoes. Brands across the board (from Versace to Jeffery Campbell) have taken this formerly sweet shoe into the spicy territory by adding a platform, and the fashion set is eating it up. But if you’re unsure of how to make this edgier take on the shoe work,  I recommend leaning into juxtapositioning by pairing a feminine sweater and jeans with an edgy pair of shades and platform mary janes. If you do this, you’ll attain the perfect balance of sweet and salty wrapped up in a delectable outfit.

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Jeffrey Campbell Mary Jane Platform Pump
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These come in five other colors in case you’re not a fan of pink.

Szade Melba Iced Tungsten Moss Polarized Sunglasses
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Statement shoes deserve to be styled with bold sunglasses.

Peter Pan Blouse + Satin Mini Dress+ Printed Tights + Mary Jane Heels
mary jane shoe outfit ideas

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Another unique way to style these shoes is by leaning into their inherent quirkiness. Pair them with an oversized peter pan blouse, satin mini dress, and printed tights and you’ll be wearing these shoes, not the other way around.

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Anthropologie Mini Slip Dress
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Styling hack: you can also forgo the peter pan blouse and tights and throw a chunky cardigan over this dress for an equally cute way to style your mary janes.

Urban Outfitters Sadie Mary Jane Platform Heel
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Affordable and cute? Adds to cart, ASAP.

Tweed Jacket + Tweed Dress + Layered Necklaces + Mary Jane Heels
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While more trend-forward iterations of the mary jane shoe have begun to bubble up, if you’re a staunch classicist, you’ll want to reference classic Channel looks when styling this shoe. Pair a matching tweed jacket and dress with layered jewelry and a minimal-heeled mary jane, and you’ll look positively chic.

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Manolo Blahnik Campari Patent Mary Jane Pumps
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Buy these now, and wear them forever.

Saul Lee Alexa Mini Dress
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It’s giving Legally Blonde.

Trench Coat + T-Shirt + Jeans + Mary Jane Heels
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Another classic way to style mary jane shoes is by pairing it with your favorite jeans, t-shirt, and trench coat. This seasonless outfit idea proves once again that this shoe is a sound investment.

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H&M Cotton T-Shirt
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No matter what type of mary jane shoes you buy, this t-shirt will match perfectly.

Marge Sherwood White Crinkle Flat Mary Jane
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I’m a sucker for crinkled leather shoes.

Blazer + Pajama Set + Handbag + Mary Jane Shoes
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The beauty of this style is that it can make any piece in your wardrobe feel special—pajamas included. For those days you can’t even be bothered to put on jeans, style a pair of matching silk pajamas with a blazer and pair of mary jane shoes. It’s an effortless ensemble that screams, “I woke up like this.”

Shop the key pieces:
Sergio Rossi Si Rossi Mary Janes
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The only thing that can get me out of bed is the idea of coffee or sparkly shoes.

Flora Nikrooz Victoria PJ Set
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Pink pajamas are always a good idea.

Knit Crop Top and Matching Midi Skirt + Mary Jane Heels
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If the idea of wearing pajamas outside the home made you shudder, but you still want an outfit idea on the cozier side, then consider this the perfect look. What’s excellent about opting for a matching knit set is that it’s got the same ease as nightwear, but it’s a bit more formal and is ideal for transitional weather.

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Who What Wear Collection Aspen Cable Knit Midi Skirt
Charles & Keith Brown Snake-Print Double Strap Slingback Pumps
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These are the ideal hybrid between slingbacks and mary jane shoes.

Statement Coat + Shoulder Bag + Mary Jane Heels
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One of the best things about this shoe style is that it lends itself well to transitioning from season to season seamlessly. You can pair it with a dress in the summer, or in the fall, you can pair it with a statement coat and shoulder bag, and it’s just as posh. The key is to invest in a fun pair of mary jane shoes that you’ll want to wear year-round.

Shop the key piece:
Miu Miu Mesh Fabric Pumps
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Leave it to Miu Miu to make the most magical mary jane shoes I’ve ever seen.

Cuyana Classi Trench Coat
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Ideal for the fall.

Just a little reminder that this shoe isn’t just for the warmer months; in fact, you can wear this style well into the winter. Simply pair it with a great pair of jeans, a turtleneck and a shearling coat, and you’ll be able to wear this beloved style even when the temperature drops.

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Still Here Tate Crop Original Vintage Blue Jeans
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Having a great pair of jeans is half the battle in styling this shoe right.

Ganni Calfskin Mary Jane Square-Toe Pumps
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You can also style these shoes with trousers and a turtleneck for an office-friendly look.

Faux Fur Coat + White Jeans + Mary Jane Heels
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Is winter too far off a concept in your mind right now? Well, see this outfit as further proof that this style works year-round. Whether it’s summer, fall, or spring, this no-frills suit outfit further proves that this shoe style is an investment in your forever wardrobe.

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Steve Madden Mingle Cognac Patent
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How cute are these?

COS Pleated Shorts
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I’m not normally a shorts person, but this pair convinced me to convert to the cause.

Bucket Hat + Polo + Trousers + Mary Jane Heels
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Just because this shoe style is a bit more minimalist in nature,  doesn’t mean it can’t pack a punch. One styling tip we swear by is pairing a monochrome look with a mary jane shoe in a contrasting hue. Whether you opt for a navy blue bucket hat, polo, and trousers like above, or wear your favorite color, it’s a surefire way to make this shoe stand out.

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Chloé + Net Sustain Recycled Cotton-Canvas Bucket Hat
Sam Edelman Michaela Mary Jane Flat
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These shoes are sure to match any color you pair them with.

Leather Mini Dress + Shoulder Bag + Mary Jane Heels
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Finally, I can’t think of a better way to conclude my argument that this shoe is worth investing in than the following fit. A little leather dress paired with mary jane heels? It doesn’t get more adorable than this, my friends. And if this outfit doesn’t sell you on this shoe style, then nothing will.

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Mango Faux-Leather Shirt Dress
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You’ll wear this dress just as much as you’ll wear your new mary jane shoes.

Gucci Horsebit Patent Leather Mary Jane Pump
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These are worth every penny.

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