Welcome to 2019: the year where it seems like almost every throwback item has found its way back into the fashion scene. Everywhere you turn, you'll notice designers making the staples from your childhood into high-fashion pieces, from seashell chokers worn at summer camp, to tie-dye tees that were an after-school activity. And now, even the Mary Jane shoes you probably sported in elementary school are coming back — albeit in a very elevated way, thanks to a few key designers and brands.
While you may be envisioning your classic black or patent leather Mary Jane, the shoe is influencer-approved now and often comes with funky soles and eye-catching embellishments that bring it to a whole new level. Take Burberry's version, the Patent Leather T-bar Shoes, $680, which debuted during its Spring/Summer 2019 show. Its grungy, effortlessly cool vibe explains why influencers have been sporting it all over Instagram, like Reese Blutstein, who has styled the shoe in several unexpected ways on her own page.
And the Mary Jane is being remade in more sophisticated ways, too. Up-and-coming designer Nodaleto came out with a high-heel Mary Jane in its line that launched this year. The Babies Bulla Black Glassed, $765.80, includes the label's signature chunky block heel and platform sole, creating a unique spin on the classic silhouette. It's already been spotted on style icon Alyssa Coscarelli during fashion week in Copenhagen this month, so expect it to be everywhere this fall.
If you're sold on the reemergence of the Mary Jane, you'll find nine options ahead that range from classic to spunky to consider adding to your fall footwear lineup.