Once a staple in my high-school dressy wardrobe (for church and piano recitals), Mary Janes have generally worn out their welcome in my closet. I have one pair of patent leather t-straps that my mom got me when I was 19. They still fit and are still comfortable, but I don't really wear them that often, since they are a bit young looking. Mary Janes have come a long way from those sweet little girl versions. To me, Mary Janes are closed-toe shoes with an ankle strap, sometimes also with a t-strap. Once the toes peep out, I generally consider them strappy sandals.
Here are some of my favorite grown-up Mary Janes:
Clockwise from top left: Lumiani Janie, BCBGeneration Fedro, Seychelles Veronica, Naturalizer Beacon, Naturalizer Vamoose
Mary Janes are versatile--they work well with pants and skirts. I'm especially loving the chunky-heeled t-straps above...would love to pair one of those with my khaki pencil skirt for a breezy summer look that's ladylike for the office but fun enough for a lunch with friends.
What are you preferred Mary Janes and how do you wear them?