Mary Jane: the it shoes of the season that you could not have in your wardrobe
It was the year 1902. The Mary Jane entered in the homes of American families thanks to Richard F. Outcault Buster Brown’s comic book. And it is just from the comic book that also comes the name of the shoe: Mary Jane was in fact the girlfriend of the protagonist, Monster Buster.
These classic top-of-the-range shoes with ankle strap or ankle strap have always been identified as children’s shoes, but are in “Roaring Twenties” when Charleston starts to be a hit, that Mary Jane, adding heel, are beginning to be associated with the world of fashion and feminine beauty. Their consecration comes in the ’30s and’ 40s when they are worn by the most important stars of Hollywodian cinema such as Greta Garbo and Rita Hayworth. And since then they have never abandoned the fashion world.
And today? Their fascination and timeless elegance have made them protagonists of all the fashion shows of the greatest fashion designers who have reinterpreted them in a contemporary way without neglecting their essence.
Valentino proposes a minimal and elegant nude color model, Gucci colors red and embellishes pearls on heels or dresses in colored leather and laced with heel and python strap; Miu Miu instead has them with covered glitter. Prada made them out on the catwalk in lacquered leather, matte, satin with heel and tip of lively pastel colors on gabardine fabric. Gianvito Rossi suggests Mary Jane models in velvet soft tones with wide heel and low waistband strap. Bottega Veneta’s Mary Jane are sophisticated and elegant and respect the brand philosophy of luxury niche.
They change in shape and height of the heel, in colors and materials and also change the number and position of the straps. But what does not change is that bon ton allure that the Mary Jane give to every look. Their secret? Versatility. This “it shoes” lends itself to being worn on a jeans and a blazer (maybe in a bare color) daytime, and in the evening opting for glittered, metallized or jewel-like versions.
The Mary Jane are crappy but also exquisite, and above all comfortable and versatile. Do not let it run this winter! And whoever has a pair in the closet do not hesitate to get them out!