As a fully fledged mule obsessive, I have a blinkered approach to shoe shopping that often swerves me away from new styles. There’s something about the backless pairs that, for me, makes any outfit feel more pulled together (even if it is just jeans and a T-shirt). But recently, I’m going to admit I’ve felt the urge to cheat on my much-loved mule collection. This hasn’t happened since I kept thinking about the toecap YSL slingbacks that took over Instagram last year, and now my head has been turned for Mary Janes. Another thing I must admit (we’re all friends here) is that I’ve never really liked them before now.
They reminded me of the flat, often patent styles with the one buckled strap across the front that were worn with white frilly socks and a grey pinafore for preschool. I thought Mary Jane shoes were a thing of the past until I saw every fashion person on my feed wearing them. While a few have opted for flats, the thing that makes these feel fresh—and more importantly, suitable for grown-ups—is the heel. Be it chunky, platform or sleek, the heeled iterations get my vote. And what I love most about this nostalgic style is how versatile they are across all seasons. Whether you style them with socks (something I wouldn't recommend with my faithful mules) while it's still chilly or wear them with minidresses, skirts or shorts come spring/summer, no doubt Mary Janes are sticking around. Here are five ways to wear them throughout the year.
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