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RUSSH Loves: Mary Janes for every occasion

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They were the shoe popularised in the early 1900s when a Missouri shoe manufacturer, The Brown Shoe Company, began marketing them for young children as a formal shoe. Transcending time, trends, and the cartoon character the shoe was initially named after, we can still appreciate the Mary Jane for it's refined, feminine silhouette and classic touch.

The shoe that was once for the school yard and church-goers was adopted by luxury houses like Chanel, Gucci and Prada on their runways and into the trend cycle. With the impending resurgence of "indie-sleaze", a subculture of style with offshoots in the "twee" trend amongst others, the Mary Jane takes centre stage once again. This isn't to say that Mary Janes have not held a permanent seat in the trend cycle for mere decades, but that similarly to the ballet flat and the penny loafer, we can anticipate Mary Janes in the mainstream again in the coming seasons. Even J.W. Anderson's Jonothan Anderson has dabbled with the silhouette in his most recent menswear collection for his namesake brand.

In honour of the iconic shoe, we're rounding up our favourite Mary Janes of the season, below.

Chanel Flats

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Maison Margiela Tabi Mary Jane Flats

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Vibi Venezia Mary Janes

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Jil Sander Buckled Leather Ballet Flats

Hereu Tread Sole T Bar Loafer

The Row Ava Leather Ballet Flats

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Prada Logo-Plaque Mary Jane Pumps

Miu Miu Denim Slingback Pumps

Burberry Embossed Leather T Bar Shoes

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By Far Ginny Pumps

Gucci Leather Ballet Flat with Horsebit

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If you're looking for something more masculine, our guide to the best loafers of the season can be found here. Otherwise, for a more femme approach, we've rounded up our favourite ballet flats to get amongst. Clogs are having a moment too, and to find our top picks in the clog department, look no further than our edit. Happy shopping.


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