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Not quite a moccasin, not quite a sandal, the Mary Jane is the conundrum of a shoe that just might be about to have its big moment.
Yes, you probably remember Mary Jane from grade school. But that doesn’t mean they should be left there. The T-closure shoe was endorsed by Harry Styles, Tyler the creator, and Bella Hadid, who just stepped out of monstrous Mary Jane boots to attend the Balenciaga fashion show.
With famous faces that introduced Mary Janes to red carpets last year, brands are now tuned in to this demand for more diverse men’s shoe choices and they’re showing up everywhere in stores – not just at the hands of Gucci.
The latest offering from the ongoing Telfar x Converse partnership, for example, comes in the form of a Mary Jane Pro Leather sneaker / ballerina. It’s important to the GM. And it’s general public.
All of the above shows that Mary Jane shoes are more and more popular this summer. As such, we’ve put together a list of some of the best options of the season. Highsnobiety editors around the world have put their two cents on the shoe of the moment.
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Thom Bettridge, editor: “She’s the most mascot of the Mary Janes around. She’s a Murray Jane.”
Ernest W. Baker
Malaika Crawford, Market Editor: “There are tragic elements in this shoe, but I really love them. It’s very gigolo, very 70s.”
Corey Stokes, Fashion Director: “These are for a grown man.”
Joseph Cheaney & Son
Thomas: “This page really makes me want to buy things. It works.”
Malaïka: “Very Scandinavian, and maybe not for everyone.”
Thomas: “If Birkenstock is like trying a joint for the first time, it’s like taking DMT.”
Malaïka: “These are very traditional English versions. “
More editor-approved Mary Jane shoes for men.
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