You may associate your old Mary Jane’s with long days spent in the school yard, but the style has recently undergone a chic update to become a favoured choice among the style set.

Given the similarity to the recently revived (with many thanks to Miu Miu) ballet flats, it’s unsurprising the shoe is making a comeback.

Keeping in tread with current shoe trends, the modern Mary Jane comes in many forms including chunky platforms as well as sleek patent styles.

Spotted on the Fall ’23 Runway at Emilia Wickstead with a classic take on the style as well as Prada’s Spring/Summer ’23 show with a chunky, point-toe iteration in an array of poppy colours, the Mary-Jane is here to stay.

Off the runway, the shoe has become a favourite of models and it-girls alike. For styling cues, look no further than Matilda Djerf’s ’60s-esque look, complete with a black mini dress, sunglasses, shoulder bag and, of course, Mary Janes.

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Or for a grungier feel, take notes from Gen Z style icon Olivia Rodrigo, whose addition of a band T-shirt, mini skirt, and white socks strikes a perfect balance between preppy and punk.


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The recent virality of luxe Parisian shoe brand, Nodaleto, has also undeniably played a part in the revival of this classic style.

The brand’s signature style “Bulla Babies”, is a chunky, curved, 70s-esque take on the Mary Jane and has been donned by the likes of Camille Charrière and Maisie Williams.

Taking cues from the style set, we recommend pairing them back with flared and relaxed fit jeans or layered with socks and your go-to midi or mini skirt.

Shopr our favourite Mary Jane styles:


Beige Chunky Buckle Ballerina Flats, Ganni

Price: $495


Black Uma Ballerina Flats, Aeyde

Price: $365


The Modern-Day Mary Jane, Poppy Barley

Price: $265