What is it about the Mary Jane that is so appealing? Think of the shoe with the strap across the instep and images arise of school girls, professional dancers, the Flapper era and, dare we say it, the naughty librarian, all of which add intrigue to the woman wearing Mary-Janes.
The contrast between a shoe that looks sensible but is so sassy has transcended decades. That strap that makes a Mary Jane a Mary Jane serves a practical function to help keep the shoe from coming off – totally sensible, right? Yet that’s also the feature that makes it look at once vintage and retro but also modern and classic. Add interesting treatments in cut, design, materials, heel height and other detailing and the possibilities are endless. And the versatility! There are styles of Mary Jane that work with casual-wear on the weekend, business attire during the week and with your best evening clothes too. Build up your Mary Jane wardrobe to go along with your clothing wardrobe and you’re set.
While we have a large selection of styles of Mary Jane, here are a few suggestions that can help you round out your wardrobe:
The clean, simple lines and 1-inch heel of the ($145.95) add a feminine touch whether you’re wearing jeans or a skirt. Soft leather uppers form to your feet for a comfortable and breathable fit, complimented by the hook and loop strap over the instep. The insole is made from latex which has an extra heel cushion for unbeatable comfort. And the patented, non-slip outsole is made with PVC injected materials.
The Taos Uncross ($134.95) functions like an everyday slip-on but this Spanish-made sandal has a soft leather burnished finish and beautiful color for added visual interest. The crisscross straps in stretch goring allow a comfortable fit that moves and flexes with you. The full leather insole naturally wicks away moisture to keep your feet feeling cool and dry all day while the flexible rubber outsole creates traction on wet and dry surfaces to keep you sure-footed.
This dressed up Mary Jane’s uppers are made from Italian softy leather for a rich look and feel. The Tempo Wolky ($94.00 on sale) footbed mimics the shape of the foot to provide support exactly where you need it. The adjustable strap over the instep make putting it on and taking it off easy yet guarantee a secure fit. The 2-inch heel dresses things up a bit without reducing stability as you rush through your day.
The vintage style of Sofft Fiona ($66.00 on sale) adds interest to business attire. The metallic finish on the leather uppers, as well as the wing tip, show off this shoe’s design. The elastic strap over the instep means an easy on and off. The cushioned footbed, with built-in arch and forefoot offer support for real comfort. The chunky, stacked 3 1/4” heal looks stylish yet provides stability.
Here’s a sexy twist on the classic Mary Jane with a premium leather, extra-wide sling strap in back that gives the illusion of a higher heel sans instability. That strap on the Tsubo Acrea in black ($129.95) also provides less friction when dancing the night away. Other colors, brown/camel and exciting coral, are currently on sale for $72.00.
For something a little funky and fun, Wolky Dazzle ($105.00) is attention-catching with its purple, suede uppers and trendy, yet comfortable wedge. The adjustable strap over the instep accommodates varying arch heights.
With so much variety in style, design and vibe, why limit yourself to one, standard pair of Mary Janes? There’s one (or more) for all of your needs, activities and whims. Shop confidently and securely at www.Dardanos.com and have your selections delivered to your doorstep, no matter where you live. We offer free shipping on orders of $99 or more plus a 100% comfort guarantee on all our footwear with free exchanges and easy returns. Get complete details on our Customer Service page.