September 16, 2016

The humble Mary Jane is back. The century-old shoe style is hot on 2016’s fashion radar, and the many fresh takes on this classic design are guaranteed to set your heart and feet a’tappin, all the way down to the shops.

A staple of many a childhood wardrobe, the Mary Jane’s closed toes and banded, cross-foot straps have become irretrievably emblematic of girlhood and youth. This year however, the style is making its way back onto high fashion runways and grown-ups’ wish lists, with a luxe 21st century makeover.

The Chunky Show-Stopper

To match the raised fashion stakes, heel heights have risen. 2016’s Mary Janes feature towering, statement heels with a showgirl’s penchance for glitz and glamour. Think high shine, eye-catching colours and 3-D embellishments.

Slim, Svelte and Sharp

Sleek and streamlined like a new-age glider, with pinched toes that look sharp enough to cut. The adult Mary Jane flat has a slim, pointed silhouette with clean lines, softened with plush fabrics like velvet and jacquard.

Basically Good

Tried and true, the basic Mary Jane is a sturdy workhorse well-loved for its versatility and comfort. Gentle updates to the classic patent look feature modern favourites like luxurious, low-sheen material and rosy-hued, gold-tone hardware.