Do you ever look at your closet and say to yourself, “I don’t have any practical shoes to wear?” Because let me tell you, I did. When it comes to keeping a collection of shoes fashionable and functional, it can sometimes be difficult, even for an editor. I often find it easy to try another shoe trend or even buy another pair of heels (even if I already own too many that are far too uncomfortable). You understand then why the need to invest in timeless and comfortable shoes is essential, and fortunately for me, a style of shoes has made a subtle comeback: the mary jane shoes.
It’s not that this classic style has really gone out of fashion, but with the focus on trendier styles (ahem, platform sandals, glass heels, and ballet flats), the Mary Jane shoe hasn’t entirely done part of the conversation. But, given that this shoe has been spotted in recent catwalk collections and the whole of fashion has meticulously picked up on the style, it’s safe to say that this shoe is starting to get the recognition it deserves again. After all, this shoe is arguably one of the best purchases you can make because it’s not only versatile in style (you can find it in everything from platforms to mules to flats), but it offers endless style possibilities. And to prove that point, I’ve rounded up 15 Mary Jane shoe outfits that can be worn all year round and shopped the key pieces needed to recreate the looks on your own. Buckle up because after reading this you won’t pretend you have good shoes.