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10 Pairs Of Mary Jane Shoes To Make You Anything But A Plain Jane

Call them bar, doll, or kiddy shoes – we’re calling them summer’s most unexpected shoe trend

Today, the Mary Jane shoe is no stranger to the runways and campaigns of major household labels. Yet, the classic shoe wasn’t always glamorous or romantic. On the contrary, the design rose to its popularity for its praticality and modest nature.

Here we break down our 10 favorite Mary Janes from the minimalist to the maximalist. There is something for everyone, whether you prefer the bedazzled or the traditional. Or whether you’re rocking a pair at a swanky event or just kicking it back with your friends. This versatile shoe is on everyone’s list this year.

Salvatore Ferragamo patent leather Mary Jane pumps, $599USD ($813), www.net-a-porter.com
There’s always the inner debate: should I be dropping half a thousand dollars on a designer shoe I’ll wear once ? But this, is an easily paired everday shoe. And it screams classic yet decadent. You’ll be making a statement everyday. Style tip: pair with gold jewellery for an extra kick. Prada Mary-Jane crocodile-effect leather mules, $785USD ($1065), www.matchesfashion.com
Oh Prada, how we adore you. Slip these on and you will feel like you’ve taken a ride on a time machine right onto the streets of Manhattan on a hot 1960’s summer day. The pink is bold yet subtle, the heel delicate yet sturdy. Dainty and airy is exactly how a sun kissed goddess should feel. Prada Logo-strap leather Mary-Jane mules, $915USD ($1241 ), www.matchesfashion.com
Mary Janes are often thought of as a fashion throwback, so we decided to include the most futuristic Mary Jane you’ll ever find. I wouldn’t be suprised if everyone on a sci-fi movie set was clad in these. But hey, if you’re in a dystopia might as well look stylish doing so.   Dolce & Gabanna Crystal-embellished Mary-Jane velvet pumps, $832USD ($1129 ), www.matchesfashion.com
Modern day royalty meets Venetian Renaissance opulence. This shoe pratically commands the attention and ears of all those around you. In this shoe you lead, whether that be in fashion trends or your challenging new project at work. Style Tip: Blood red velvet looks great with elbow length gloves Prada Checked canvas platform pumps, $920USD ($1248), www.net-a-porter.com
Plaid pays homage to the historic roots of the Mary Jane, school girl chic. But this takes a far more grown up and modern day twist with its chunky platform which simultaneously adds height and support. The reemergence of the platform is now in full swing, from espadrilles to dancing shoes. Tower over your friends in comfort. Miu Miu Glittered Mary-Jane leather flats, $847USD ($1149), www.matchesfashion.com
All the trademarks of a Mary Jane shoe: babydoll esque, girly chic, retro buckles, perfect with a mini skirt. The cut, shape and structural design of this one is utterly classic. And Miu Miu’s signature bedazzle just makes it all the more powerful. This summer, I’d suggest going gold. Prada Embellished patent-leather pumps, $1,178USD ($1,598) , www.net-a-porter.com
As if the color isn’t enough to turn heads, this multifaceted shoe allows you to have it all – sexy yet traditional. It’s always in the details and these ones are to die for, spotless white piping and gold embellishments. The pair tells a story like all good couture does. Miu Miu Crystal and faux pearl-embellished satin pumps, $1,170 USD ($1,587), www.net-a-porter.com
Let’s throw in another classic with these buckled satin babes. Silver detailing certainly does not finish second to gold, and these buckles are shaped into mini spiked wrecking balls. The double strap and slanted lines of the chunky heel add another dimension to sleek. Gucci Floral-print textured-leather pumps, $940USD ($1,275), www.net-a-porter.com
Florals are always fun especially in the summer time. And…especially when they have bright gold bow shaped buckles to tie them together. Gucci’s creative director, Alessandro Michel, designed these exclusively for Net-A-Porter, inspired by 19th century tapestries. Gucci Sylvie grosgrain-trimmed leather pumps, $745USD ($1,011), www.net-a-porter.com
Finishing up with another Gucci and it’s classic red, white and blue stripe. These talk business and they’re very professional. Pearly white leather is the perfect way to freshen up a look. I heard these look great with jeans as well as dresses.