Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen have built their fashion empire around luxury basics—after all, The Row sells £200 jersey T-shirts and £2695 leather backpacks. This season they have taken on footwear for the first time, with simple shoes made for pounding New York sidewalks (with a venti Starbucks in hand, of course).
If you have seen any pictures of the twins playing their constant game of hide-and-go-seek with the paparazzi recently, chances are they are wearing their £700 flat Mary Janes. The velvet Mary Jane pumps come in both navy and black and have a square toe, a strap with a buckle adorned with a blue rectangular stone and a minuscule heel.
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Ashley Olsen wearing Mary Janes in New York City.
This simple shoe might have been forgotten in recent years, thanks to the return of the loafer and our undying obsession with trainers, but the Olsens prove it’s time to rethink this classic little black shoe. When it comes to footwear, the sisters are all about comfort, wearing leather flip-flops, Birkenstocks and slip-on loafers almost exclusively—no red carpet can steer them off-piste. So the good news is we can be sure that their Mary Janes are a blister-free option.
Both Kate Moss and Alexa Chung are fans of a classic Mary Jane.
And it’s not just the Olsen twins making a case for the return of Mary Jane flats. Kate Moss has been inseparable from her Repetto Rose Mary Jane Pumps (£270) this year, and Alexa Chung has never stopped wearing hers.
The Row Ava Mary Jane Flats (£690) go on sale in June, but they have almost sold out while still in the pre-order stage at Barneys. But thankfully, there are also a number of other options for those of us who can’t afford to spend the big bucks on an everyday shoe.
See below for our edit of the nine best Mary Jane shoes, from Office to Gucci…
Don’t be scared of Mary Janes with a little more personality. Tabitha Simmons’s floral-embroidered flats will work for every occasion, from a trip to the flower market on a Sunday to a traditional wedding.