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Mary Jane Shoes

Once you find the perfect pair of Mary Jane shoes at ModCloth, strap in, because you're in for a 'styled' ride. Whether they're flats or heels, Mary Janes are a timeless addition to any wardrobe

Mary Jane shoes are classified by at least one buckled strap across the instep and rounded toes. Appearing in the early 20th century, Mary Janes began as a gender-neutral shoe option for children, but eventually deferred to a feminine aesthetic sometime around the 1930s in America. From there, Mary Janes became a popular option for semi-formal to formal occasions, as well as the preferred shoe for folk costumes around the world. Throughout time, Mary Jane shoes have evolved into elegant heeled styles, edgy flatforms, easy-to-wear wedges, sultry peep toes, and so many other types of footwear, both retro and modern. With so many unique iterations, there's a style of Mary Jane for just about everyone!

Good news - because there are so many different styles of Mary Jane shoes, they can be worn with pretty much anything, at any time! Vintage-style shoes like Mary Jane flats give a bit of polish to a graphic tee and skinny jeans combo, and are a comfortable choice for sophisticated formalwear once the stilettos come off and the dancing begins. Speaking of heels, Mary Janes with a chunky heel are a workwear staple, as they keep you strapped in and comfortably on your feet all day long. The wingtip details you often find on Oxford loafers can also be found on Mary Jane shoes, too! Really, what form hasn't this iconic style already adapted to? More modern ensembles are welcoming of Mary Janes with cutouts, patchwork accents, and even crisscrossing straps. All of the pieces currently in your wardrobe prove themselves to be a fine fit for Mary Jane shoes - as will all of the items that will come in the future!

Looking to add more  cute shoes to your collection? Whether you're a lover of vintage-inspired style, or a modern day maven, you'll be sure to find cute and unique heels, boots, sneakers, flats, platforms, Mary Janes, loafers, and sandals to spice up your everyday outfits! Find cute shoes to compliment  any style or mood in a wide variety of sizes!

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF VINTAGE-INSPIRED SHOES? Well, that depends on what era of fashion you feel like channeling today:

  • 40’s Women’s Shoes: Classic oxford shoes, wingtip loafers with perforated detailing, T-strap heels, peeptoe heels, espadrilles, and ankle strap heels are timeless staples of 1940s women’s fashion. Kitten heels and wedge heels were all the rage during this era. 
  • 50’s Women’s Shoes: Rockabilly style began influencing fashion in the 1950’s, and red high have been stealing hearts ever since. This is the fashion era when slingback heels, strappy sandals, and stylish flats first made their debut! In the 50s, pointed-toe heels, shoes with cute cutouts, women’s penny loafers, slip-on flats all challenged the status quo in women’s fashion.
  • 60’s Women’s Shoes: In the 1960’s, sensible kitten heels in bold hues became mainstream! Patent leather heels with squared toes and block heels took over in shining shades of black, yellow, green, pink, and blue! Lace-up tennis shoes gained traction as Keds went mainstream, and naturally, patent white go-go boots became the must-have footwear.  
  • 70’s Women’s Shoes: Platform sandals, stylish mules, and clogs can be traced back to the 1970s fashion era. Block heels went sky-high and Birkenstock sandals joined a revolution in casual footwear. The disco era also made way for wild metallic heels, sequin boots, and boho-inspired fringed detailing. 
  • 80’s Women’s Shoes: Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing took classic Keds to the next level in the 1980’s, and classic black pumps took over prom night! Hightop sneakers made their big debut, and Ferris Bueller ensured their popularity. Ankle booties, knee-high boots, and thigh-high boots reached new heights during the 80’s fashion era. Strappy gladiator sandals, and preppy boat shoes also showed up during this iconic time.
  • 90’s Women’s Shoes: Platform sandals came back in a major way during the 1990s fashion era, and slides made their way into our hearts. Flip-flops were everything, and platform Mary Janes were everywhere. Platform sneakers also took footwear to new heights in the 90’s, and the combat boot was the shoes of choice for the grunge rockers and  rebels. Chunky block heels were added to nearly every style of shoe imaginable, and slip-on sneakers became a major mainstay.

  • Whatever era in fashion you seek to inspire, we're here to support you with cute shoes in a wide variety of sizes! 

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