What do you think of Mary Janes, and what can I wear with black Mary Jane wedges? Thanks, Helen
I can’t say I’m a big fan of Mary Jane style shoes because they look very “school girl” for a 40+ gal. They were originally made for children and they bring back memories of kindergarten days. However, I’m a big believer that you should wear what makes you happy, and I understand that comfort is often the priority. There’s no denying that Mary Jane shoes for women are quite popular these days, especially since many of us are starting to have foot problems.
How to Pick the right Mary Jane
If you are going to wear this style, go for a high quality shoe like these black Mary Jane Wedges by Ecco. I like them because they’re:
- well made
- finer looking than many of the clunky, masculine looking Mary Janes out there
- suede, which is softer and more elegant than shiny black patent Mary Jane shoes, which can look juvenile.
Here are a few more women’s Mary Jane shoes that are more on the refined side. The ones with an angled strap gives the shoe a more contemporary look.
What Should You Wear Mary Janes With?
I find Mary Jane’s look best worn with pants, however they do not look great with skinny jeans or capris. ( They give you duck feet)
What about wearing them with a dress or skirt? In this case they’d typically be worn with tights. The tights, the shoe’s rounded toe, the strap across the top of the foot all add scream junior school. Plus, wide straps across your feet make your feet look wide, visually shortens your legs and makes you look heavy, especially if you carry weight in your lower half.
If you want to wear them anyway, then be mindful that you aren’t wearing anything too frilly or ruffly or sweet that would add to the little girl look. Keep things sleek and sophisticated up top.
Here’s a pair I found with a modern twist. These taupe suede Mary Jane much more interesting, feminine and sophisticated than your traditional Mary Jane. The strap is unique and the toes is a little narrower which makes the shoe look more mature.
What are the other flat or low heel daytime options besides Mary Janes? …You can’t go wrong with a ballet flat or a classy wedge with no strap. They work with everything.