History of the Mary Jane

The Mary Jane shoe is a closed-toe, low-cut shoe with a strap that runs across the bridge of the foot. The shoe was made popular by a comic strip called Buster Brown, and was featured in ads for the Brown Shoe Company. A majority of dolls still sport the Mary Jane shoe to this day! Although historically this style of shoe was worn by children, today a Mary Jane can be worn by women of all ages. Throughout the years, the timeless shoe has remained true to the original design.

Designer Mary Quant pushed the look in her fashion during the Sixties with model Twiggy’s big-eyed young girl appearance. Courreges, Yves Saint Laurent and Dior featured the style in their collections, often in patent leather with low, solid heels and tapering toes.

Fast forward to the Nineties as worn by Courtney Love. To date, Narciso Rodriguez, Marc Jacobs and Comme Des Garcons, Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo have introduced the classic Mary Jane in their design collections.