Mary Janes are one of the most recognizable and ubiquitous shoe styles of all time. Initially called ‘bar’ shoes, Mary Jane can be traced as far back as King Henry VIII. The classic Mary Jane came in black leather and became the quintessential shoe to wear with your school uniform but they’ve also been worn with workwear, winter coats and spring dresses and graced the feet of both children and adults, in all sorts of colours, as well as with buckles and buttons, flat and heeled.
A bit of history
Mary Janes continued to be popularized throughout the 20th Century and here are some interesting fashion facts:
Mary Janes were a famous part of the 1920s flappers' ensembles as they made for excellent dancing shoes for long nights in the jazz clubs. Also called ‘strap pumps’, Mary Janes were made in all sorts of colours and patterns. Hemlines were higher so shoes were more visible than ever, and they were worth showing off.
In 1934, a young Shirley Temple wore white Mary Janes in the movie “Baby Takes a Bow” popularising the shoes among children and landing them a school uniform tradition.
In the 1960s, designer Mary Quant put the famous model Twiggy in a pair, thereafter making them a fashion staple not only for kids but for women too.
How to style Mary Janes?
Mary Janes might make you think of school uniforms, but they are actually a timeless, vintage style for all ages. Mary Janes can fit most looks whether you're looking to create a formal, laid back, or dressed-up look. They are as versatile as they are trendy and are the perfect way to add an extra pop of style to your outfit.
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