Nothing beats an old classic, particularly when you have the approval from fashion heroine Alexa Chung. Here at Clique Mag, we can’t help but embrace our footwear fetish and jump onto the Mary Jane train.
From the iconic round toe, leather strap design establishing itself in the early 1900s, the Mary Jane is seeing a re-emergence for Spring Summer 16 with designers taking a modern spin on the traditional ‘school-girl’ aesthetic.
We’re seeing frostings of metallic glitter and pretty pastels from Miu Miu, embellished brocade and lush velvets from Dolce & Gabbana and, our favourite, sleek patent leather from Valentino.
They’re also becoming a wardrobe staple for fashion icon Alexa Chung, who has a serious penchant for the ladylike trend; so much so, we’re starting to question the size of her shoe cupboard. She’s donned multiple takes on the revamped Mary Jane, championing her signature shoe in the form of block heels, sky-high stilettos and the classic ballet flat.
To up your style game and channel your inner Chung, team your favourite Mary Jane with an ultra feminine slip dress and a leather biker. If you’re more casual-cool, pair them back with some distressed denim, a crisp shirt and man-style blazer to earn your fashion tick of approval.