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Mary Janes: Glossary of Shoe Styles


It's the straps that run across the tops of these shoes that make them mary janes.
Clarks 'Un.Linda' Image: Zappos.com

Definition: A mary jane shoe usually refers to a girl's or woman's shoe that is styled after shoes children used to wear.

Mary janes can have varying heel heights and come in a variety of styles, but what makes them mary janes is the strap that crosses the middle top of the foot - sometimes shoes called, mary janes will have multiple straps crossing the top of the foot.

Traditionally, a mary jane shoe has a short, rounded toe box, and very flat heel, although now nearly any style or height of shoe can have mary jane styling.

Also Known As: Mary-Janes, MaryJanes

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