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What are mary janes? – shoe glossary: mary jane shoes

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The company became associated with the comic strip, and the style of shoes worn by Buster Brown and Mary Jane became known as "Mary Janes."

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Mary Janes were a sensation, and they remained theВ must-have shoes for boys and girls up until the late 1950s. Styles for women originated in the '20s: called "bar shoes," their ornate fabrics and embellishments made them appropriate for evening wear. Plain styles were popular for daytime.

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The Mary Jane is significantly associated with American culture and has had a few historically prominent moments: Shirley Temple sported a pair of white Mary Janes in the 1934 film "Baby Take a Bow," and John F. Kennedy Jr. donned a pair at his father's funeral in 1963.

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The shoes then became associated strictly with women's footwear. British fashion designer and pioneer of the mod movement Mary Quant put British model Twiggy into a pair of black Mary Janes, bringing childlike fashion into style. Fashion houses Yves Saint Laurent and Christian Dior did their own takes on Mary Janes by featuring sophisticated touches like low heels, tapered toes and patent leather.

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Mary Janes remained popular throughout the '60s, '70s and '80s, but they had a major revival in the '90s when the shoes took on a chunky, platform style. The grunge, punk look was in fashion, which also took inspiration from '60s schoolgirl style, and Mary Janes provided the perfect complement.

The shoe is still in style today, as top shoe designers like Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin have given the Mary Jane a more feminine, sophisticated, high fashion look.

How to Wear Mary Janes:Mary Janes can be very stylish, but they can also make the wearer appear juvenile. It all depends on the design and the outfit. Flat Mary Janes are more childlike in nature, but that doesn't mean the style should be avoided. When worn with a sophisticated outfit, like a pair a cropped pants and a fitted blazer, flat Mary Janes can make you look polished and put together.

Heeled version of Mary Janes, like the ones made my prominent shoe designers, feature pointed toes, strap details and luxurious materials that make the shoes look more adult. In some Mary Jane heels the strap is positioned closer to the ankle for an even more feminine effect, or there are multiple straps that give off an edgy vibe.

The closed toe makes these shoes extremely work appropriate, and their conservativeness can help tone down an otherwise revealing outfit. They're also perfect to wear with tights.

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