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 can look quite “school girl” for a 40+ gal. They were originally designed for children, and bring back memories of kindergarten. However, I’m a big believer in wearing whatever makes you happy, and I understand that comfort is often a priority. There’s no denying that Mary Jane shoes for women are growing in popularity, especially since many of us are starting to have foot problems. The good thing about this is, we’re seeing more varieties of Mary Janes, some which look more grown-up.
How to Pick the right Mary Jane Shoes
If you are going to wear this style, go for a high-quality shoe like these black Mary Jane Kimona Wedges by Mephisto. I like them because they’re:
- well made
- very comfortable
- finer looking than many of the clunky, masculine looking Mary Janes out there.
- narrower at the toe, not as rounded as some, which makes them look more grown up.
- suede, which is softer and more elegant than shiny black patent Mary Jane shoes, which can look juvenile.
- sensible, but not ugly
What Should You Wear With Mary Janes?
I find Mary Jane’s look best worn with straight leg or bootcut pants. Wearing them with very skinny jeans pants that are tight around the ankles, or with capris makes it look like you have duck feet. Black or dark pants will make them blend in and create a nice slimming line. Since they are more practical than fashion forward, I’d put the emphasis above the waist by wearing a beautiful colored or patterned top.
Can You wear Mary Jane Wedges with a Dress or Skirt?
Mary Jane shoes are casual, heavy-looking shoes that look best with casual dresses and skirts. They look really good with knit dresses because they weight of the dress balances the weight of the shoe. They are too casual and heavy for a dress that is very light and airy, or a dress that is very sleek and tailored like a sheath dress.
The best type of hose to wear with Mary Janes are semi-opaque or opaque tights. Sheer pantyhose are too fine and elegant for such a chunky, casual shoes.
How Do You Keep Your Look Grown-Up?
Be mindful not to wear Mary Jane wedges with anything too frilly, ruffly or sweet because it only emphasizes the little girl look. Keep things sleek and sophisticated all round so the shoes look more classic and blend in.
Here are a few more women’s Mary Jane shoes that are more on the refined side. The ones with the double angled straps give the shoe a more sporty look.
What are some 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.